New iPad Pro Gets Updated with Apple M2 Chip and Apple Pencil Hover
The newly announced iPad Pro updates the 12.9-inch and 11-inch models with the new Apple M2 chip and Apple Pencil hover feature.
New iPad Pro Powered by Apple M2
Apple has officially announced newly updated versions of the 12-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro, and they will be powered by the same Apple M2 chip powering this year’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
This means that the new iPad Pro models will have an 8-core CPU consisting of 4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores, a 10-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine for AI and machine learning. It’s said to have a memory bandwidth of 100MB/s. We’re looking at roughly 35% better graphics, 40% better machine learning, and 50% more memory bandwidth than the Apple M1 chip.
Apart from that, it comes with an updated touchscreen and iPadOS 16, which enables it to support the hover feature with the 2nd gen Apple Pencil. Now, it can detect the Pencil up to 12mm above the display, which gives you more options on actions in supported apps.
For connectivity, it will feature Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, 5G, and USB-C. While the camera itself did not see a change, the new Apple M2 chip lets you use the ProRes encoder so you can record using the codec and transcode it up to 3 times faster. We’re also seeing an upgrade here from Smart HDR 3 to Smart HDR 4.
Retail prices of the new Apple iPad Pro appears to be the same as its predecessors at launch, with the 11-inch variant priced at USD $799 and USD $999 for the Wi-Fi and LTE models respectively. The 12.9-inch variant will be priced at USD $1,099 and USD $1,299 for the Wi-Fi and LTE models respectively. It will be available starting 26th October 2022.
Pokdepinion: The temptation to replace my laptop with this has grown immensely given its portability. Maybe in due time.