27 October 2022
As expected, Apple has taken the wraps off the new iPad Pro models through press releases. There are two display size options i.e. 11-inch and 12.9-inch, same as the last year. It is powered by the new M2 chipset as speculated before. It supports 2nd Gen Apple Pencil and will boot new iPadOS 16 out of the box.
The new iPad Pro can be bought in 11-inch and 12.9-inch display sizes. You will get a Liquid Retina display on the smaller model and a Liquid Retina XDR display (mini-LED technology) on the bigger one. Both have ProMotion displays which means you will get up to 120Hz refresh rate support.
The biggest change is the introduction of the M2 chipset that Apple debuted with the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro earlier this year. It is an octa-core processor that has a 10-core GPU for handling graphics-intensive tasks. It further has a 16-core Neural Engine for taking care of machine learning and AI-related things. It is claimed to deliver 15% faster CPU performance, 35% faster GPU performance, and 50% more memory bandwidth than the M1 chipset.
It will be compatible with Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) which can now be detected up to 12mm above the display. It will help users see a preview of the action before actually executing it. Apple says this functionality will be supported by first as well as third-party apps on iPadOS 16. The connectivity options include WiFi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, 5G networks, and a USB Type-C port.
You will get 8GB of RAM with 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage options. There is 16GB of RAM available with 1TB and 2TB storage models. Apple says 11-inch iPad Pro will start at $799 and $999 for WiFi and WiFi+Celular variants respectively. As for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, you will have to pay $1,099 and $1,299 respectively for base models.