Whats the biggest iPad? Here’s the truth!

By Dave Johnson - Senior Staff Writer
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Apple’s iPad has come a long way since its debut back in 2010. Now there are the standard iPad, the lightweight iPad Air, the compact iPad Mini, and the most capable model, the iPad Pro. Content creators, digital nomads, and professionals will most likely be drawn to that last member of Apple’s convoluted tablet lineup, being able to take full advantage of the Pro’s superior M1 or M2 silicon, ultra-bright display, and wealth of software features such as Hover Mode thanks to premium add-ons like the 2nd-gen Apple Pencil.

If you have your mind set on the iPad, you may want to know, “what is the largest sized iPad?” Below, I’ll answer this question.

Whats the biggest iPad

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the biggest iPad on the market today. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro display has rounded corners that follow a beautiful curved design, and these corners are within a standard rectangle. When measured as a standard rectangular shape, the screen is 12.9 inches diagonally (actual viewable area is less).

You should get the biggest iPad if:

1. Your workflow requires a larger canvas

How are you planning to use the iPad? Are you a graphics designer who thrives on Photoshop? Do you edit raw 4K videos every other day of the week? If you consider yourself a power user, then the larger iPad Pro should serve you better than its smaller alternative. Not only does the 12.9-inch model give you a wider display on which to visualize your graphics, video timelines, and multi-window layouts, but it’s also noticeably brighter, with a peak brightness of 1,600 nits.

The superior visual output is thanks to Apple’s Pro Display XDR, an assembly of mini LEDs spread underneath the glass to create more dimming zones. Basically, you can expect one of the best-performing high dynamic range (HDR) displays on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

2. You want a larger keyboard to type on

Hear me out: The typing experience on any keyboard case you buy for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be better than that for the 11-inch model. This is because every case will very likely have a larger palm rest and trackpad to cover up the 12.9-inch iPad’s display when closed shut.

While keyboard cases will be more expensive for the larger iPad, as mentioned before, typing on one that was made for the 12.9-inch iPad should be less cramped and generally more comfortable. For traveling typists, that reason alone could justify the premium.

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By Dave Johnson Senior Staff Writer
Dave Johnson is a staff writer for GeeksChalk based in New Jersey. He covers news, how-tos, and user guides for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.
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