As expected, Apple has shown new iPads – the Cupertino-based company will launch two iPad Pro, the 11- and 12.9-inch models will feature the super-fast M1 chip.
The M1 chip, which made waves with MacBooks last year, is expected to be the heart of the new iPads, guaranteeing 50 percent more power. The M1 has an 8-core CPU and an 8-core GPU. This is indeed, as Apple promises, the fastest tablets in the company’s history.
The other key new feature is the Liquid Retina XDR display. It comes only in the larger model and features a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. Liquid Retina XDR has 1,000 nits of brightness maintained across the screen and as much as 1,600 nits of peak brightness, Apple claims. To fit it into the iPad Pro’s slim design, the company used specially designed mini-LEDs, 120 times smaller than the previous generation. The thickness of the case is 6.4 mm.
Liquid Retina on the iPad Pro 11-inch (with Liquid Retina screen) offers ProMotion, True Tone, P3 wide color gamut and ultra-low reflectivity technologies, as well as 600 nits in peak brightness.
Both models are equipped with Wi-Fi 6 and 5G. Additionally, the iPad Pro has a Thunderbolt connector that works with the current USB-C connectors. It allows you to use the Pro Display XDR display at full 6K resolution. The Thunderbolt port provides 40 Gbps of bandwidth for connections to monitors, external drives, and other devices. The tablets also have a LiDAR scanner that measures the return path time of light reflected from objects. The result is a depth map of our surroundings – a very useful technology if we want to plan to create augmented reality applications.
The Pad Pro has a new 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 122-degree field of view. iPads additionally come with Attention Center. It’s a new feature that uses an ultra-wide-angle camera and self-learning technology – when you move, the camera follows you. And when other people join or leave the conversation, the view zooms in or out accordingly. And that’s not just in FaceTime, but also in other video chat apps.
The iPad Pro 11 model costs from £3899 (128GB, Wi-Fi) to £10,199 for the 2TB model with Wi-Fi 6 and 5G
The iPad Pro 12.9 model costs from £5499 (128GB. Wi-Fi) to £11,799 for the 2TB model with Wi-Fi 6 and 5G