Apple unveils next-generation iPad Pro with M2 chip
Apple has announced its long-rumored new iPad Pro, featuring the M2 chip, ProRes video capture, support for Wi-Fi 6E, and more.
Available to order starting today, and in stores beginning Wednesday, October 26, the new iPad Pro features an 8-core CPU — up to 15 percent faster than M1 chip in the previous iPad Pro — with advancements in both performance and efficiency cores, and a 10-core GPU, delivering up to 35 percent faster graphics performance.
The overall design of the new iPad Pro is unchanged, with the device lacking the rumored MagSafe wireless charging features that were previously expected to be included within the refresh announced today.
Powered by the new iPad Pro and iPadOS 16, Apple is introducing hover with Apple Pencil (2nd generation) which provinces a new dimension for users to interact with their screen. Apple Pencil is now detected up to 12 mm above the display, allowing users to see a preview of their mark before they make it. This also allows users to sketch and illustrate with even greater precision. For example, with Scribble, text fields automatically expand when the pencil gets near the screen, and handwriting converts to text even faster.
The new iPad Pro supports the fastest Wi-Fi connections with support for Wi-Fi 6E. Downloads are up to 2.4Gb/s, 2x faster than the previous generation. With the new 2022 devices, Wi-Fi + Cellular models with 5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave) now support more 5G networks around the world.
“The next-generation iPad Pro pushes the boundaries of what’s possible on iPad, bringing even more versatility, power, and portability to the ultimate iPad experience,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing on Tuesday. “Powered by the M2 chip, the new iPad Pro features incredible performance and the most advanced technologies, including a next-level Apple Pencil hover experience, ProRes video capture, superfast wireless connectivity, and powerful iPadOS 16 features. There’s nothing else like it.”
The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space gray finishes with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 (US) for the Wi-Fi model and $999 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model; the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099 (US) for the Wi-Fi model, and $1,299 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
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