15 June 2021
Apple has announced the much-rumored iPad Pro at its special Spring Loaded event. The main highlight of this new iPad Pro is Apple’s own M1 chip that is expected to bring the same level of powerful performance as seen in the latest Macs.
The all-new iPad Pro 2021 comes in two sizes – 11-inch and 12.9-inch. Both the displays feature ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color support. However, only the 12.9-inch model features the new Liquid Retina XDA display. The new display offers a better visual experience with more true-to-life details. Apple claims the new display type features up to 1000 nits of full-screen brightness, 1600 nits of peak brightness.
Apple says the M1 chip in the new iPad Pro offers up to 50% improved performance compared to the previous generation that has A12Z Bionic. The 8-core GPU delivers up to 40 percent faster GPU performance.
The new Apple iPad Pro also includes an Ultra Wide front camera that comes with a “Center Stage” feature. Apple claims this feature automatically keeps users perfectly framed while they do video calls. The feature uses a much larger field of view to recognize and keep users centered in the frame. As the user moves around, Center Stage automatically pans to keep them in the shot. The feature can detect others as well when they join in.
The next-generation Apple iPad Pro features Thunderbolt as well. It also comes with USB 4 support, and 5G connectivity with mmWave support in the US.
- 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDA display
- Apple’s M1 processor
- Up to 16GB RAM
- Up to 2TB storage
- iPadOS 14.5
- Ultrawide+ LiDAR rear cameras
- 12MP ultrawide selfie camera with Center Stage feature
- 5G support, Wi-Fi 6, USB-C with Thunderbolt
The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $999 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $1,299 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model from apple.com.
Pre-orders will begin April 30, with availability starts in the second half of May.
Apple also announced an optional Magic keyboard for iPad Pro that now also comes in White color, other than Black color. The all-new iPad Pro supports second-generation Apple Pencil as well. The second-generation Apple Pencil is available for $129 (US)