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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (4G, 256GB) - 2017 tablet

We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (4G, 64GB) - 2017 although it may differ in price and features.

About

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (4G, 256GB) - 2017 is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the iPad Pro 12.9 (4G, 256GB) - 2017 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Performance: Speed of actions and visual smoothness running apps with complex graphics.

Display: Quality of the screen, including color, viewing angle, brightness and outdoor readability.

Convenience: Ease of using the buttons, keyboard, and touchscreen, or interacting with apps.

Connections

WiFi type WiFi type The type of built-in 802.11 wireless networking supported. Tablets with 802.11n also support 802.11g routers. Some models with 802.11n also support the 5GHz "high band," a standard suitable for apartments and other crowded areas.
802.11ac
Mobile Type Mobile Type Highest level cellular network the tablet can connect to using a carrier's data plan.
4G

Features

Memory-card reader Memory-card reader A slot for a standard memory card (usually a micro-SD) to expand storage or transfer files.
No
Camera Camera An outward-facing camera for shooting photos or video recordings.
Yes
Webcam Webcam An inward-facing camera for video chat or selfies.
Yes
GPS GPS Can receive satellite data for precise navigation.
Yes
Capacitive touchscreen Capacitive touchscreen A capacitive touchscreen requires less pressure and is more precise than the resistive type, but cannot sense gloved fingers.
Yes

Specs

Internal storage (GB) Internal storage Storage for the operating system, downloaded apps and user content.
256
Operating system (as tested) Operating system (as tested) The underlying program that runs the user interface and applications. Version is the installed OS at time of testing.
iOS 10.3.2
Length (in.) Length The longest edge of the tablet measured in inches.
12
Width (in.) Width The medium-sized edge of the tablet measured in inches.
8.7
Depth (in.) Depth The shortest edge of the tablet measured in inches.
0.2
Resolution Resolution The pixel dimensions of the screen, length by width. Combined with the screen size, this determines the pixel density, which is the true measure of the ability to display image detail.
2732 x 2048
Pixel density Pixel density A measure of observable detail on the screen. Pixel density of about 300 pixels per inch or higher eliminates any detail loss due to screen resolution limitations if viewed about 10 inches away.
265
Mobile data Mobile data Can use a cellular carrier's data plan to connect to the Internet.
Yes
Camera MP Camera MP Megapixel resolution of the outward-facing camera.
12.2
Camera: Video definition Camera: Video definition Largest height available to the outward-facing camera for recording video. 720 and above can display in HD; values below display in SD.
1080
Webcam MP Webcam MP Megapixel resolution of the user-facing webcam.
7.2
Webcam: Video definition Webcam: Video definition Largest height available to the user-facing webcam for recording video. 720 and above can display in HD; values below display in SD.
1080

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