Apple updates its most powerful tablet. The new Apple iPad Pro once again comes in 11-inch and 12.9-inch versions, but relies on the manufacturer’s latest M2 chip. Fast Wi-Fi 6E and an innovative hover function for the 2nd generation Apple Pencil are also offered.
The new Apple iPad Pro in detail
In terms of design, the new Apple iPad Pro has changed almost nothing compared to its predecessor. Still offers the most powerful tablet from its own production in two sizes: slightly more compact, with 11-inch display and significantly larger with 12.9 inches.
As last year, the particularly high-resolution Liquid Retina XDR display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 pixels at 264 ppi is only available in the larger version. The smaller tablet has a resolution of 2388 x 1668 pixels at 264 ppi, but both models offer ProMotion for a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
However, the 12.9-inch tablet is much brighter thanks to the XDR display: a maximum of 1,000 nits in full-screen mode and 1,600 nits peak brightness (only for HDR content) are offered – compared to 600 nits in the 11-inch model.
However, the most important innovation is under the hood, because the new iPad Pro henceforth relies on the Apple M2 chip, which promises a significant performance increase. The M2 offers an 8-core CPU – up to 15 percent faster than the M1 – with improvements in both performance and efficiency cores.
A 10-core GPU with up to 35 percent faster graphics performance and a 16-core neural engine capable of performing 15.8 trillion computational operations per second promise top-level performance.
“Plus, the M2 chip delivers 100GB/s of shared memory bandwidth and supports up to 16GB of fast shared memory, making multitasking and working with large objects even smoother,” Apple said.
Wi-Fi 6E and hover function for Apple Pencil
Otherwise, the innovations of the new Apple iPad Pro are in the details. Supported is now, on both models, fast Wi-Fi 6E. In addition, there is an innovative hover function for the stylus, namely the 2nd generation Apple Pencil.
The Apple Pencil is already recognized up to 12 millimeters above the display, so you can see a preview of your markings or inputs even before they are implemented on the display. For example, when doodling, the text boxes automatically expand when the Pencil comes close to the screen, and handwriting is converted to text even faster.
The feature is also expected to be able to be used in third-party apps, which Apple hopes will bring a whole new experience to highlighting and drawing. However, it remains to be seen when and in what form these functions will be implemented. The factory operating system is iPad OS 16.
The Apple iPad Pro features a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 for up to 40 Gbit/s including support for an external display with a resolution of up to 6K at 60 Hz, four large speakers, Face ID, a LiDAR scanner and the cameras already known from the predecessor:
- Wide angle: 12 MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture
- Ultra-wide angle: 10 MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture and 125° field of view
- TrueDepth front-facing camera: 12 MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 122° field of view, ƒ/2.4 aperture
Pricing and Availability
The new iPad Pro is available for pre-order now from Apple and will begin shipping on October 26. It will be offered in Space Gray and Silver colors, as well as 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB storage variants.
The 11-inch tablet starts at 1,049 Euros with 128 GB of storage in the Wi-Fi model. An upgrade to the 5G model will cost at least 1,249 Euros. The maximum features (with 2 TB storage and Wi-Fi + Cellular) are already 2,629.00 Euros. The iPad Pro with 12.9 inches starts at 1,449.00 Euros. The best possible features will cost you an incredible 3,024.00 Euros.