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New iPad Pro unveiled with an M1 chip, mini LED screen, up to 2TB of storage, and more

The new iPad Pro variants are finally here
The new iPad Pro variants are finally here (image via Apple)
Apple's new 12.9-inch and 11-inch models are finally here. They are the first Apple tablets to run an M1 chip and offer 5G functionality. The 12.9-inch model also packs a Liquid Retina XDR display. Prices start at US$799 for the 11-inch model and US$1,099 for the 12.9-inch version.
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Apple's new iPad Pros are finally here. Previous leaks gave us a rough idea about what they could have in store for us, such as a mini LED screen. However, most of the good stuff appears to have been left out of the said leaks, which isn't necessarily bad. The new iPads come in two screen sizes- 12.9 inches and 11 inches. Usually, the difference between specifications across iPads is insignificant. It doesn't seem to be the case this time around, as the 12.9-inch variant outclasses its sibling.

Unlike their predecessors, which used a modified iPhone SoC, the new iPad Pro variants use Apple's shiny new M1 chip. It is 5G enabled and supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave networks. Furthermore, it also offers up to 2TB of storage on both models. Apple even did the unthinkable and talked about the available RAM on one of their products, which happens to be 16GB on what we can assume to be the maxed-out iPad Pro variant. The iPad Air 4 heralded in a new era of iPads with USB Type-C ports. The new iPad Pro models carry forward that legacy and upgrade that to a Thunderbolt port, allowing for significantly higher data transfer rates.

While the inclusion of Thunderbolt, 5G and an M1 chip might seem like a pleasant surprise, the best part is yet to come. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is Apple's first-ever tablet to use a mini-LED screen. It has a brightness of 1,000 nits and can go as high as 1,600. We essentially get a Pro Display XDR on an iPad, which is quite impressive. Other specifications include a 120Hz refresh rate, DCI-P3 gamut coverage, HDR and Dolby vision certification.

The new iPad Pro models get a few camera improvements, too, even though a tablet is seldom used for photography. It gets a shiny new 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera lens. The remaining setup is identical to that of its predecessor. However, the best part is yet to come- the prices. The 11-inch Apple iPad Pro will retail at US$799 for the Wi-Fi only flavour and US$999 for the LTE version, while the 12.9-inch variant starts at US$ 1,099 and US$ 1,299. It should hit shelves in the U.S sometime towards the end of May 2021. Availability in other regions should follow suit shortly after.

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Anil Ganti, 2021-04-20 (Update: 2021-04-20)