12.9in iPad Pro vs 11in iPad Pro – How Do The 2020 Models Compare?

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 03/24/20 •  7 min read

OK, it’s time to compare the 12.9in iPad Pro vs 11in iPad Pro. If you’re in the market for a tablet, the new 2020 iPad Pro should definitely be on your list to check out. The new 2020 iPad Pro features some stunning additions, including a dual-lens camera, a blazing fast A12Z chipset, and an optional keyboard with a built-in trackpad.

If that all appeals to you, the bad news: you still have to decide which 2020 iPad Pro to buy. That’s because Apple has released two versions of it: a 12.9in display model and an 11in display model.

But is the display size the only difference? Let’s take a look.

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12.9in iPad Pro vs 11in iPad Pro Quick Comparison

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Oh boy–look, there’s not a lot to say here. The fact of the matter is both 2020 iPad Pros look identical. They both feature a glass and aluminum body and come in space grey and silver color variants. They also both feature an all-screen display and Face ID. Face ID is Apple’s advanced biometric authentication system. It’s way better than Touch ID and the iPad Pro is the only iPad series to offer it.

Both 2020 iPad Pros also support Apple’s newest tablet accessories like the Apple Pencil 2 and the Magic Keyboard case with trackpad. And as far as design goes, there’s really nothing that separates these two iPad Pros (that’s going to be something of a theme, as you’ll see. Read on…)

Winner? Draw – Both iPad Pros have the exact same design.


OK, finally here is something that does set these two iPad Pros apart! As a matter of fact, this is the only thing that sets the two 2020 iPad Pros apart: the size of their display. As you can guess from their name the 12.9in iPad Pro has a 12.9in display and the 11in iPad Pro has an 11in display.

Which is better? That’s an entirely subjective decision. Some people like the massive 12.9in iPad Pro, some people like the smaller 11in iPad Pro. Personally, I think the smaller one is best, but others will disagree.

It’s also important to note that the display technology used in both iPad Pros is exactly the same. Each features a ProMotion display panel that refreshes as 120Hz–this is good for snappy response times in animation and games. Each also features a True Tone panel with a wide color gamut. But yet…other than the size, these two iPad Pros are identical in the display department.

Winner? Draw – It’s too close to call. Both iPad Pros feature the exact same display tech: edge-to-edge True Tone display with a wide color gamut. Is the bigger display better or the smaller? It’s a completely subjective choice based on your use cases.


And when we get to the CPU, both iPad Pros are….the same. Totally didn’t see that coming, did you?

But the fact of the matter is both iPad Pros feature the same A12Z chipset. It’s an insanely powerful chip for a tablet (and most laptops). Its biggest feature? An 8-core graphics processor. This is one of the reasons the iPad Pro is called the iPad “Pro.” You can read a lot more about the A12Z chipset here.

Winner? Draw – The exact same A12Z is used in both.

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When it comes to the cameras…everything is the same again. Each iPad Pro features a 7MP 1080p HD front selfie camera. On the rear, both iPad Pros sport a dual-lens camera setup. That’s  one 12MP Wide and one 10MP Ultra Wide lens. The rear cameras also shoot in 4K HD video.

Finally, the rear camera also includes a new LiDAR scanner. This sensor helps enable new augmented reality features of the iPad Pro.

Winner? Draw – Both iPad Pros have the exact same camera setups.

Storage Options

Nothing to see here. Both iPad Pros come in the same storage capacities.

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Battery Life

And yep, each iPad Pro gets the same amount of battery life in normal use. Each iPad Pro will get you about 10-hours worth of juice.

Winner? Draw – The battery life is identical.

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So which is better? There’s no objective way to answer that. Both the 12.9in model and 11in model are exactly the same spec-wise. They both feature the same design, cameras, chipsets, display tech, and both support the new trackpad keyboard.

Which one you get depends on how much screen real estate you want. If you’re into a tablet for content creation, the 12.9in might be better. Its larger canvas means you have more room to display documents and projects.

Alternatively, if you like tablets with smaller footprints, the 11in model could be your sweet spot. No matter which you choose, rest assured you’re getting the best tablet on the planet.

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12.9in iPad Pro vs 11in iPad Pro: Specs

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Here are the specs for the 12.9in iPad Pro:

And here are the specs for the 11in iPad Pro:

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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