Apple announces new mini-LED iPad Pro with M1 and 5G

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What you need to know

  • Apple has announced a new iPad Pro with the M1 chip inside.
  • It brings next-level performance to the iPad Pro.

Apple has today announced a brand new iPad Pro featuring the M1 Apple silicon chip.

The new iPad Pro features an 8-core CPU, making it 50% faster than the previous model, and 75x faster than the first iPad. It also has an 8-core GPU, 40% faster than last year and 1500x faster than the first iPad.

It also has 2x faster storage and a 2TB option for up to 60k ProRAW images.

It has a USB-C Thunderbolt 4 and USB-4 compatible port for up to 40Gbps data transfer and compatibility with displays like the Pro Display XDR.

It also has 5G wireless connectivity capable of up to 4Gbps, and even mmWave in the U.S.

The new TrueDepth camera on the front is now an Ultra-Wide camera with a 12MP sensor, featuring Center Stage technology to track whoever is in the call as you move around, helpful for making video calls with numerous people.

The new iPad also has a new mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display, using the same technology as the Pro Display XDR, featuring 1000nits of full-screen brightness and a 1 million:1 contrast ratio. The display is powered by 10,000 LEDs compared to just 72 in the previous model.

The new iPad Pro is just 6.4mm thick and weighs 1.5lbs.

Apple also announced its Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is now available in white.

The 11-inch iPad Pro will start at $799, and the 12.9-inch model starts at $1,099, so slightly more than the previous model. They'll be available to order from April 30 and be released in the second half of May.

Stephen Warwick
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