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iPad Pro 2016 vs 2017 (2021): The Faster And Bigger Successor

Apple dubs the iPad Pro (2017) as the official successor of the iPad Pro (2016). The newer version comes in up to 4 colors and either 64GB, 256GB or 512GB storage capacity. Other upgrades include a bigger screen, quicker processor and nicer front camera. So, do these improvements make the 2017 Pro the better buy? We’ve compared these two tablets below to help you decide.

iPad Pro 2016 vs 2017 Comparison Chart

Model iPad Pro 9.7-inch (2016) iPad Pro 10.5-inch (2017)

Weight 15.66 oz1.03 lbs
Dimensions9.45 x 6.67 x 0.24 inches 9.87 x 6.85 x 0.24 inches
ColorsRose gold, space gray, gold & silver Rose gold, space gray, gold & silver
Display 9.7 inches 10.5 inches
Screen Resolution 1536 x 2048 pixels 1668 x 2224 pixels
Pixel Density264 ppi265 ppi
Refresh Rate60MHz120MHz
ChipsetA9XA10 Fusion
Rear Camera12MP, f/2.2, Dual-LED flash12MP, f/1.8, Quad-LED flash
Front Camera5MP, 720p video7MP, 1080p video
Internal Storage 32GB, 128GB or 256GB64GB, 256GB or 512GB
Battery 7,306 mAh 8,134 mAh


Although maintaining the classic iPad look, the iPad Pro 2017 is longer and wider than the iPad Pro 2016.

ipad pro 2016 2017 build
Even the 10.5-inch iPad Pro 2017 is larger than the iPad Pro 2016

The most noticeable difference between the iPad Pro 2016 and iPad Pro 2017 are their sizes. The 2016 model is more portable at 9.45 x 6.67 x 0.24 inches and weighing just 15.66 oz. The 2017 version is available in two sizes: 10.5 inches and 12.9 inches. They weigh 1.03 lbs and 1.49 lbs, respectively.

Also, there is a choice between WiFi and cellular models for both the iPad Pro 2016 and 2017. They come in the same four finishes of rose gold, space gray, gold and silver. The 12.9-inch Pro doesn’t have the rose gold option though.


Not only does the iPad Pro 2017 have a larger screen but it also features a higher resolution.

ipad pro 2017 display
The screen on the iPad Pro 2017 has a higher resolution

The iPad Pro 2016 and iPad Pro 2017 sport IPS LCD capacitive touchscreens. But where the 9.7 has a screen resolution of 1536×2048 pixels, the 10.5 has 1668×2224 pixels and the 12.9 has 2732×2048 pixels. Pixel density has slightly improved from 264 ppi to 265 ppi as well.

The 60MHz refresh rate in the iPad Pro 2016 has been doubled to 120MHz in the iPad Pro 2017. This results in faster interaction with the Apple Pencil and smoother gameplay. Another new feature is ProMotion that allows the screen to dynamically adjust the refresh rate according to app requirements.


The iPad Pro 2016 has a decent A9X processor but the iPad Pro 2017 is equipped with a faster A10 Fusion chip.

ipad pro 2017 performance
The iPad Pro (2017) renders graphics faster with its A10 Fusion chipset

As expected, the newer iPad Pro 2017 carries a more advanced A10 Fusion processor that features six CPU cores. Three of the six cores are for improving battery life and the other three are for increasing performance. The A10 Fusion is 30 percent faster than the A9X along with a 40 percent boost in graphics rendering.

The internal RAM of the iPad Pro 2016 is only 2GB while the iPad Pro 2017 has double at 4GB. Combined with the more powerful chipset, this results in stronger performance even on graphics-heavy apps.


Featuring a 7MP front camera and quad-LED dual-tone flash on the back, the iPad Pro 2017 is better for taking photos.

ipad pro 2017 camera
The iPad Pro (2017) has quad-LED flash for its rear camera

The main camera on the iPad Pro 2016 isn’t bad at 12-megapixels with f/2.2 aperture, dual-LED flash and 4K video recording. Its front camera is also a decent 5-megapixel lens with Retina Flash and 720p video recording.

All of the above have been upgraded in the iPad Pro 2017. It has a 12-megapixels sensor too but with a finer f/1.8 aperture and an improved quad-LED True Tone flash. The front camera is 7-megapixels allowing for 1080p front-facing video recording too.

Other Features

Select from higher storage options and enjoy greater battery capacity with the iPad Pro 2017.

The iPad Pro 2016 comes in 32GB, 128GB or 256GB storage options. The iPad Pro 2017 starts at 64GB and tops out at 512GB. That’s half of a terabyte in a tablet.

It’s not just the storage that has increased in capacity though. The battery in the iPad Pro 2017 is also higher at 8,134 mAh for the 10.5-inch and 10,891 mAh for the 12.9-inch. The 2016 Pro carries a smaller 7,306 mAh battery but it matches the runtime of the 2017 models at up to ten hours.


With its greater storage capacity and faster processor, the iPad Pro 2017 makes for a future-proof tablet to keep up with increasing technology needs.

Although the iPad Pro 2016 has been discontinued by Apple, there are renewed versions available. It’s a good choice for an iPad if you find 64GB too much and don’t run graphics-heavy apps. Otherwise, the iPad Pro 2017 is the tablet to buy to prepare for the future. The A10 Fusion chip and 4GB RAM ensures good performance even as apps become more demanding.

Last update on 2022-08-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Andy Mathews

Lead Editor at Compare Before Buying. Product researcher and tech enthusiast passionate about consumer products, comparison charts and surfing.