Apple Inc. launched the new 2021 iPad Pro models during its Spring Loaded special event which began at 10:30pm IST on 20th April 2021. Until the launch, the build up to the event was full of rumours about Apple’s new products/innovations of which was one rumour in particular which said the new iPad Pro will be powered by an Apple processor similar to the M1 chip used in the MacBook range of Apple products. Apple has pulled a blinder of a move by launching the new iPad Pro models powered by the M1 chip itself.
The new M1 processor is said to be up to 50% faster in CPU performance & up to 40% faster GPU performance compared to the outgoing A12Z Bionic chip in the older version of the iPad Pro. With the new M1 chip, the iPad Pro can arguably be the best performance tablet in the market right now and it can even beat most budget laptops in terms of raw computing power. The iPad Pro comes in 2 models – one with a 11 inch screen with Liquid Retina XDR LCD display with a variable refresh rate and the other with a 12.9 inch mini-LED screen also with Liquid Retina XDR display. The panel on the 12.9 inch iPad Pro can max out at 1600 nits of brightness, TrueTone display & P3-DCi colour gamut. The iPad Pro is available with up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of storage.
The new iPad Pro has only WiFi models and also cellular models which are now 5G ready. With the iPad Pro supporting 5G networks, it can reach peak network speeds 4Gbps. The 5G support exists in the form of Apple’s e-SIM concept first seen in Apple’s iPhone models as an additional SIM option without needing to have a physical SIM. The iPad Pro has upgraded USB Type-C capabilities as it now supports Thunderbolt capable connections with four times the bandwidth of the wired connections of speeds up to 40Gbps. The Thunderbolt port also supports 10Gbps Ethernet if you have a 10Gbps internet connection to take advantage of this feature. More support for connectivity with Thunderbolt comes with Apple aiming at making the iPad Pro fits seamlessly into creative workflows. The iPad Pro can now support faster external storage devices and also higher resolution external displays including Apple’s Pro Display XDR at 6K resolution thanks to Thunderbolt enabled Type-C connectivity and other high bandwidth high speed cables.
Apple finally provides the iPad Pro with a better 12MP ultra-wide TrueDepth camera which is going to be useful for all the Zoom call and FaceTime meetings. The 12MP camera also has a new Center Stage feature which makes sure the person in front of the camera is always in the center of the video frame. The front camera zooms and adjusts the frame according to the movements of the person sitting in front, if there are more than one individuals in the frame, the camera zooms out to ensure the video frame covers all the people in the frame.
The Apple iPad Pro also comes the latest iPadOS 14.5 with a host of new features especially for the new iPad Pro to take advantage of the new boost in hardware.
The iPad Pro retails at a beginning price of USD 799 for the 11 inch WiFi model and at USD 1099 for the 12.9 inch WiFi only model. The new iPad Pro is expected to cost approximately Rs. 72, 000 for the 11 inch 128GB storage WiFi only model, the highest spec of the iPad Pro i.e. the 12.9 inch 2TB storage model could cost up to Rs. 1.9 lakh with 5G connectivity when it arrives in India.