The new iPad Pro 11-inch and 12.9-inch – with LiDAR scanner – were launched by Apple a few weeks ago. Now, very quickly, the National Telecommunications Agency already tried to approve them – at least the models with Wi-Fi + Cellular.
Here are the Homologation Certificates of the new tablets:
The approved models were A2230 (11 ″) and A2232 (12.9 ″). So far, nothing abnormal; but Anatel’s approval confirmed important information for us Brazilians.
Brazilian models, with connectivity, are different from Americans
Taking this into account, we can conclude that the iPad Pro technical specifications page on the Apple Brazil website lists the A2068 and A2069 models (sold in the United States) in the wrong way – the company probably just translated the American page, without paying attention to that detail.
This means that if you buy an American model of the iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, you will not be able to use 4G internet on band 28 (700MHz APT) – although it is possible to have 4G connectivity due to the bands 3 (1,800MHz) and 7 (2,600MHz).
Furthermore, since it does not support band 28, the American model cannot connect to what Brazilian operators call 4.5G (which, in short, works using all three bands at the same time to offer an even higher speed of connection).
This also implies doubts about warranty in Brazil: if Apple follows what it has been doing in recent years with Watch, models with cell phones purchased in the USA will not have support / warranty in Brazil; if it follows the iPhone policy, even if they are different models, they can be repaired / exchanged during the term of the warranty without problems. It all depends on Apple, on that.
It is worth remembering, of course, that Wi-Fi only models are unique to everyone – so you can buy them anywhere that will have no warranty problems. These will still need to be approved by Anatel, too.
In Brazil, the new iPad Pro will cost from R $ 8,500 (iPad Pro 11 ″, Wi-Fi, 128GB) and go up to R $ 16,850 (iPad Pro 12.9 ″, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 1TB). The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, which will be available for purchase in May, will cost R $ 2,600 (11 ″) and R $ 3,000 (12.9 ″). Finally, 2nd generation Folio Smart Keyboards – which do not have a trackpad or backlit keyboards – will cost R $ 1,450 (11 ″) and R $ 1,700 (12.9 ″).
We will now see when the iPad Pro Wi-Fi will be approved for the new tablets to be released for sale in the Brazilian market.