In the recent Apple event, Apple announced its new iPad pro. Now the iPad shares the same processor as its bigger brother MacBook. The M1 iPad pro also brings a few changes other than the M1 chip from its last generation, such as the Liquid Retina XDR display with mini LEDs, Thunderbolt port, and 5G. However, the mini LED display is only available on the 12.9″ variant.
Apple claims improved CPU performance by 50% and GPU performance by 40% with the M1 chip in the new iPad. The iPad was already impressive in its performance, and now with the powerful and efficient M1 chip, it is even faster and more efficient than ever. Talking about the speed, the iPad now comes with a thunderbolt port instead of a USB Type-C for faster data transfer. It also comes with a 2TB of maximum storage option, which is massive.
On the 12.9″ iPad, the display is upgraded from the last generation, which Apple calls “Liquid Retina XDR Display.” Despite its fancy name, what’s new here is that over 10,000 mini LEDs power this display to achieve extremely high brightness, which peaks at 1600 nits. The display has 2500 local dimming zones over 10,000 mini LEDs, adjusted to achieve a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The display also supports P3 wide color gamut.
Now the iPad comes with 5G capabilities so, downloads and streaming are faster than ever. iPad Pro features a new ultra-wide camera with a center stage which is basically a feature that makes your face always at the center in video calls. The center stage uses the ultra-wide camera and software to move around and keep you in the center of the frame in video calls. This works with FaceTime and other video conferencing apps. This feature also helps while taking portrait mode selfies.
Pricing and final verdict
The new iPad is only a performance upgrade with an M1 chip with few other key changes. As the A12z bionic from the previous generation iPad was pretty capable, I don’t think the difference is noticeable.
The M1 iPad Pro starts at $799, which goes all the way up to $2,399 without a single accessory for the maxed out 12.99″ 2TB storage option. This new iPad is not for people with regular pockets.