Apple was widely expected to launch a new iPad Pro during its live event today, and sure enough, we finally have details about the new model. It’s a massive upgrade, bringing features from Apple’s new Macs to a tablet form factor.
The new iPad Pro doesn’t look too different than the existing model at a glance, but there are many changes on the inside. For starters, Apple is bringing its M1 chip (which is now shipping on several Mac computers) to the iPad Pro, giving the tablet yet another performance boost over the competition. The 8-core CPU gives the new model a 50% speed boost over the previous iPad Pro, according to Apple.
The new iPad Pro also has support for 5G (including millimeter-wave 5G), USB 4, and Thunderbolt. Complimenting the upgraded internal hardware is a new 2TB storage configuration, so professional photo and video work won’t involve quite as much cloud storage. Speaking of video and photos, the new iPad Pro has an ultra-wide 12MP front camera and LIDAR support.
Apple is bringing an upgraded mini-LED display to the new iPad Pro, nicknamed the ‘Liquid Retina XDR.’ It has a 120Hz touch-sensing rate, tap-to-wake, a maximum brightness of 1,600 nits, Apple Pencil support, “Extreme Dynamic Range,” a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and factory calibration. Some features may vary between the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, including the resolution.
The new iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 11-inch model, or $1,099 for the 12.9-inch version. You can pre-order it starting April 30th, and full availability starts in the second half of May.