Product Reviews

Welcome to Consumer Reports.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.

This model is no longer available or might have limited distribution.

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

We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (4G, 128GB) although it may differ in price and features.


The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (4G, 256GB) is part of the Tablet test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Tablet models like the iPad Pro 12.9 (4G, 256GB) 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.

Portability: Combines size, weight, and battery life.


Act as WiFi hotspot Act as WiFi hotspot Can use a mobile data plan to connect other devices to the Internet. Some carriers charge extra for this.


Memory-card reader Memory-card reader A slot for a standard memory card (usually a micro-SD) to expand storage or transfer files.
Fingerprint-resistant screen Fingerprint-resistant screen Screen coating reduces adhesion of skin oils and makes cleaning easier.
Detachable keyboard included Detachable keyboard included Price includes a detachable keyboard that folds like a laptop.
Detachable keyboard optional Detachable keyboard optional A detachable keyboard that folds like a laptop is available at additional cost.
Swype-capable keyboard Swype-capable keyboard Offers an alternative way to type by sliding a finger to each letter in a word.
Approved app market Approved app market Can access a rich variety of apps authorized by the operating system manufacturer.
Camera Camera An outward-facing camera for shooting photos or video recordings.
Detachable carrying case Detachable carrying case Includes a detachable carrying case.
Active stylus optional Active stylus optional An optional stylus ("pen") is available that can interact with the screen to draw lines of varying width.
Active stylus included Active stylus included Includes a stylus ("pen") that can interact with the screen to draw lines of varying width.
Webcam Webcam An inward-facing camera for video chat or selfies.
GPS GPS Can receive satellite data for precise navigation.
Capacitive touchscreen Capacitive touchscreen A capacitive touchscreen requires less pressure and is more precise than the resistive type, but cannot sense gloved fingers.


Internal storage (GB) Internal storage Storage for the operating system, downloaded apps and user content.
Operating system Operating system The underlying program that runs the user interface and applications.
iOS 9.2
Length (in.) Length The longest edge of the tablet measured in inches.
Width (in.) Width The medium-sized edge of the tablet measured in inches.
Depth (in.) Depth The shortest edge of the tablet measured in inches.
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.
Mobile data Mobile data Can use a cellular carrier's data plan to connect to the Internet.
Camera MP Camera MP Megapixel resolution of the outward-facing camera.
Color Color Indicates the available colors of the case of the tablet. A slash separates multiple colors on the same unit, while a comma separates available color choices.
Silver, Gold, Space Gray
Webcam MP Webcam MP Megapixel resolution of the user-facing webcam.