With the M1 chip coming in Apple’s new laptops, we all knew it was only a matter of time before they made their way to their professional tablets, too. Boasting performance numbers that make it “the fastest device of its kind,” the new iPad Pro bring Apple’s breakthrough chip onboard, making it an even more powerful option for those looking to ditch the laptop as their primary productivity machine.
Yes, Apple’s new pro-grade tablet is here, bringing the outfit’s proprietary chip onboard, so it gets the exact same muscle as the newest MacBook Air and Pro laptops. That way, you get comparable performance, making it an even more viable alternative to traditional laptops for individuals looking to shed some weight and size from the productivity devices they carry to work every day.
The Apple iPad Pro pairs the M1 chip, which packs an 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16-core neural engine, with up to 16GB of RAM, turning out a tablet that boasts 50 percent faster CPU performance and 40 percent faster graphics than its predecessor. According to the outfit, this brings enough processing muscle to let you build intricate AR models and even play games with console-quality graphics at high framerates, making for one of the most powerful tablets around. Out front sits a Liquid Retina display that delivers a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 1000 nits of full-screen brightness (courtesy of over 10,000 mini-LEDs), P3 wide color gamut, and the outfit’s proprietary screen technologies, such as True Tone and adaptive 120Hz refresh rate.
Around the back, it gets a dual camera system (one wide lens and one ultra-wide lens) with 2x optical zoom, a brighter flash, and Smart HDR 3, allowing it to shoot 63MP panoramic photos, 4K video at up to 60 fps, and slo-mo video at 1080p/120fps. Out front, it gets a 12-megapixel camera with a 122-degree field of view, complete with a new AI system that uses machine learning to optimize the way you are shown during video calls, panning to keep you centered in the frame at all times and expanding automatically to show other participants in the room, as needed.
The Apple iPad Pro also gets a LiDar scanner, which it uses for both AR experiences and camera capture, as the system is able to accurately detect the length of time it takes to reflect light from various objects in the scene. There’s a Thunderbolt connection for hooking up to external displays, fast SSD storage, and all sorts of high-bandwidth accessories, as well as Wi-Fi 6 and 5G support for ultra-fast wireless connectivity.
It comes in two sizes: 11 inches and 12.9 inches (no 9.7 inches this time around). Both get the same core hardware, albeit with slightly lower full screen brightness for the smaller tablet (600 nits as opposed to 1,000 nits), as it can fit less of the mini-LEDs into the enclosure. Other features include a four-speaker audio system, a beamforming five-microphone array, up to 2TB of onboard storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life when connecting online via Wi-Fi (9 hours via cellular data).
The Apple iPad Pro is priced starting at $799 for the 11-inch 128GB Wi-Fi model and tops out at $2,399 for the 12.9-inch 2TB Wi-Fi/Cellular model.