Apple’s M1 processor is finally coming to iPads thanks to the latest iPad Pro.
Apple promises that the M1 processor in its laptops and desktops is now in its tablet. With eight processor cores, Apple promises that the new iPad Pro will deliver 50% faster processor performance and 40% higher GPU performance than its previous generation tablet equipped with the A12Z Bionic processor.
Like other devices using the M1 chip, the iPad Pro will benefit from Apple’s 16-core neural engine, 16GB of SoC onboard memory, and twice the storage speed. What’s more, users will be able to configure their iPad Pro with up to 2TB of storage space, in case you need to work with 20,000 RAW images on the go.
The 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro also receives an exclusive exterior upgrade with Apple’s new Liquid Retina XDR display. Basically, Apple’s version of the Mini LED display features a peak brightness of 1600 nits and 1000 nits full-screen brightness. This new Mini LED display is made up of 10,000 light-emitting diodes, for a total of 2,500 local dimming zones, and should be the most powerful display ever seen on a tablet.
The connectivity of the iPad Pro has also seen major improvements with support for Thunderbolt and USB 4.0 on its single port. According to Apple, the upgraded port offers 4x greater bandwidth, up to 40Gbps, making it powerful enough to drive an Apple Pro Display XDR in 6K resolution. 5G has also been added for those who want the fastest cellular connection on their tablet.
iPad Pro is equipped with a new ultra-wide front camera with a 12-megapixel sensor and a 120-degree field of view. It might seem too wide for a living room camera, but it’s meant to be used in tandem with the new Center Stage feature that automatically pans and zooms your video to keep the user in the frame.
For a bit more gaming support, iPad Pro also supports PS5 Dualsense controllers with haptic feedback.
The 11-inch iPad Pro will retail for $ 899, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will retail for $ 1,219. Pre-orders on both models will open on April 30 and release in the second half of May.