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Nine tips and tricks for the new 2018 iPad Pro

Apple's latest iPad Pros are gorgeous and impressively powerful. Because of this massive overhaul, we are likely to see more new iPad purchases than we've seen in a long time, and we've got an assortment of tips and tricks to really flex the might of the new models.

2018 iPad Pros

2018 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro


Whether you are a seasoned user, recent updater, or new adopter, here are some tips, tricks, and knowledge tidbits to consider before you buy a new iPad Pro, and once you do, to get the most out of it.

Get 1TB storage for extra RAM



Before you buy, consider which model first. The 2018 iPad Pros generally come with 4GB of RAM, with a notable exception —the 1TB configurations of the 11- and 12.9-inch tablets comes equipped with 6GB of RAM.

RAM can be useful when dealing with copious amounts of multitasking or endless open Safari tabs amongst other aspects. If you want to max out your potential, go for the 1TB option and get a bonus 2GB of memory.

External monitor support






Apple has a newfound focus on external video with the latest tablets. With the new 2018 iPad Pro, you can readily connect widely available external 4K monitors through USB-C to HDMI or DisplayPort connectors on the display.

Developers can also display different content on the second display. For example, in iMovie, you can preview your project in uncompressed 4K while you edit.

External Monitor and iPad Pro

LG 4K display connected to iPad Pro


We expect many developers to take more advantage of this over time, coming up with creative solutions for that connected monitor.

Charge your iPhone or Apple Watch



That USB-C port on the bottom of the iPad has a bunch of advantages. One of the being you can charge your iPhone through it.

Apple Watch charging on iPad Pro

Apple Watch Series 4 charging on iPad Pro over USB-C


Even though Apple highlighted charging iPhone, you aren't limited to purely your handset. Most mobile gear can be powered up. Your Apple Watch, AirPods, headphones, all can draw juice from iPad's massive battery.

This doesn't have to be a constant solution to your charging woes, but available in a pinch. Heading out for the day or the weekend and have your iPad? That should provide enough juice to give your phone and watch enough needed battery and still leave plenty left for your iPad.

Wake with Apple Pencil 2



The new Liquid Retina display is equipped with Tap to Wake for the first time on an iPad. It makes waking the iPad (especially with the lack of Home button) all the more easier.

If you have Apple Pencil though, you can easily tap the screen to immediately wake the display and launch the Notes app. You don't even have to unlock your device first — of course you will before accessing anything else on the device.

This was possible on the previous iPads with Apple Pencil support too, but it is so useful we wanted to mention it once more.

Know the gestures



Now that the Home button has gone the way of the dodo, it is more important than ever to familiarize yourself with all the gestures on iPad.

Gestures on iPad Pro

Multitasking on iPad Pro


To start, a continuous swipe up from the bottom takes you to the Home screen. Swipe up halfway and pause invokes the app switcher. When in an app, swipe up just a half inch or so to access the dock. Control Center is still opened from swiping down from the top right corner. Swipe left or right on the bottom lets you jump between apps.

Apple also has different ways of doing the same thing, which can be useful or unnecessarily confusing depending on who you are. You can pinch in the center to go the home screen. You can push up with four fingers to jump into the multitasking interface.

Physical buttons need re-mapped too, in similar fashion to the iPhone. Hold the on/off button to summon Siri (instead of the Home button). Press the on/off button and volume up button to quickly take a screenshot. Hold the on/off and volume up button to turn off your iPad.

Connect directly to your camera



Thanks once more to USB-C, your camera can be connected directly to your iPad. If you've got a newer camera that has a USB-C port (like the Nikon Z7 It is even easier.

Nikon Z7 connected to iPad Pro over USB-C

Nikon Z7 connected to iPad Pro over USB-C


If your camera instead has a micro USB port, you can pick up a cheap micro USB to USB-C cable to get the job done. No longer do you need to carry around Apple's Lightning to USB adapter, though a USB-C to USB-A adapter is still available if you choose to go that route.

Use Animoji and Memoji



Apple's fun and colorful Animoji characters come to iPad for the first time. Previous an iPhone exclusive, these creative outlets live within iMessage and let you record up to a 30 second message to send to others.

Using the new True Depth camera system (primarily utilized by Face ID), it maps several muscles on your face to replicate your facial movements, head tilts, tongue, and blinks.

Animoji and Memoji on iPad Pro

Animoji and Memoji on iPad Pro


Memoji also joins Animoji, which instead of choosing from a playful character, you can create your own avatar that either looks just like you, or completely wild.

Instead of recording a clip, you can also strike a pose, and drag your character to the conversation as a sticker.

Charge faster using your Mac's power cable USB-C cable



MacBook Pro USB-C Power Brick

87W USB-C MacBook Pro power brick


Apple (finally) upgraded the in-box charger to 18W rather than the dinky 12W wall charger from the past. This certainly will help you power up quicker. but there are better options.

If you have a somewhat recent Mac lying around, you likely have a 29W, 60W, or 87W USB-C charging brick lying around. Just plug that into your new iPad to gain battery percentage points even quicker. And no, this won't damage your iPad's battery.

Add a second face for shared devices



Many users out there still use iPad as a shared resource within their home. Using Touch ID, each person in the family could register a finger to unlock the tablet with ease. Face ID makes that a bit more difficult, but luckily, iOS 12 offers some help in this regard.

Alternate Appearance was a new feature baked into iOS 12 and lets a second face be registered to a device. If a married couple each use an iPad, now each of their faces can unlock it. It isn't the same as the five fingers Touch ID would support, but it's a start.

Liquid Retina display on new iPad Pro

Liquid Retina display on new iPad Pro


Where to buy



Apple authorized resellers offer a variety of perks on iPad Pro purchases, including no sales tax on orders shipped outside New York and New Jersey at Adorama and free shipping within the contiguous U.S. Shoppers can also take advantage of financing incentives with the Adorama Credit Card, such as no interest when paid in full within six months on iPad Pro orders over $500 —or no interest when paid in full within 12 months on iPad Pros over $1,000. With the holidays fast approaching, having a little extra time to pay off the purchase can be beneficial.

Backorders are filled on a first come, first served basis, so you'll want to reserve your spot in line today for the fastest availability. Adorama will not charge your credit card until your order is ready to ship.

Those looking for an iPad Pro right away can also shop in-stock models at Abt.com with no sales tax collected on orders shipped outside Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

For deals across all iPad lines, including dicounts on 10.5-inch models, be sure to check out our iPad Price Guide.

11" iPad Pros

  • 11" iPad Pro 64GB Silver Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $799.00
    ($64 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 64GB Space Gray Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $799.00
    ($64 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 64GB Silver Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $949.00
    ($76 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 64GB Space Gray Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $949.00
    ($76 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 256GB Silver Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $949.00
    ($76 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 256GB Space Gray Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $949.00
    ($76 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 256GB Silver Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,099.00
    ($88 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 256GB Space Gray Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,099.00
    ($88 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 512GB Silver Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $1,149.00
    ($92 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 512GB Space Gray Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $1,149.00
    ($92 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 512GB Silver Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,299.00
    ($104 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 512GB Space Gray Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,299.00
    ($104 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 1TB Silver Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $1,549.00
    ($124 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 1TB Space Gray Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $1,549.00
    ($124 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 1TB Silver Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,699.00
    ($135 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 11" iPad Pro 1TB Space Gray Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,699.00
    ($135 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)


12.9" iPad Pros

  • 12.9" iPad Pro 64GB Silver Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $999.00
    ($80 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 64GB Space Gray Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $999.00
    ($80 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 64GB Silver Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,149.00
    ($92 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 64GB Space Gray Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,149.00
    ($92 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 256GB Silver Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $1,149.00
    ($92 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 256GB Space Gray Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $1,149.00
    ($92 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 256GB Silver Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,299.00
    ($104 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 256GB Space Gray Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,299.00
    ($104 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 512GB Silver Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $1,349.00
    ($108 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 512GB Space Gray Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $1,349.00
    ($108 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 512GB Silver Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,499.00
    ($120 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 512GB Space Gray Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,499.00
    ($120 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 1TB Silver Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $1,749.00
    ($140 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 1TB Space Gray Wi-Fi Only
    Buy for $1,749.00
    ($140 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 1TB Silver Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,899.00
    ($152 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
  • 12.9" iPad Pro 1TB Space Gray Wi-Fi + Cellular
    Buy for $1,899.00
    ($152 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)
    *Adorama will not collect sales tax on orders shipped outside NY & NJ*. iPad Pro qualifies for no interest when paid in full within 6 months on purchases $500-$999, or no interest when paid in full within 12 months on $1,000+, with the Adorama Credit Card.


Apple Pencil 2
Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) for 2018 iPad Pro
Buy for $129.00
($10 off in tax outside NY & NJ & 0% financing*)