Apple refreshes iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 with Apple M2, Apple Pencil and Wi-Fi 6E improvements
Apple has released a new generation of iPad Pro tablets, although they are both the spitting image of their predecessors. In fact, Apple has not touched the design of the iPad Pro 11 or the iPad Pro 12.9. Instead, all upgrades are internal and centre around a new chipset. Unsurprisingly, Apple has upgraded both tablets to the Apple M2 chipset, rather than the more powerful M1 Pro, M1 Max or M1 Ultra.
Theoretically, the Apple M2 should provide the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 with 15% superior CPU performance, a 35% faster GPU and 40% improved AI workflow speeds compared to Apple M1. For reference, the Apple M2 has a 16-core Neural Engine, as well as 8 processor cores and 10 GPU processing units. Additionally, Apple integrates up to 16 GB of unified memory with a 100 GB/s maximum bandwidth, 50% more than the Apple M1 manages.
Surprisingly, Apple has included a Wi-Fi 6E-compatible modem, which the MacBook Air M2 lacks. Moreover, the new iPad Pro series supports a new Apple Pencil hover feature. Compatible with second-generation Apple Pencil units, the feature lets people know where the stylus is located when it is up to 12 mm away from the screen. The new iPad Pro series starts at US$799 and US$1,099 for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models, respectively. As always, Apple offers numerous storage configurations and LTE options. Pre-orders should start shipping on October 26 in multiple markets.