Apple today launched the all new iPad Pro with the M2 chip. The new iPad Pro features a next-level Apple Pencil hover experience and superfast wireless connectivity, along with the world’s most advanced mobile display, pro cameras, Face ID, Thunderbolt, and a four-speaker audio system. New features in iPadOS 16 — including Stage Manager, full external display support,1 desktop-class apps, and Reference Mode — take pro workflows on iPad even further. Enabled by its advanced hardware and iPadOS 16, iPad Pro has an incredible ecosystem of powerful pro apps unlike any other device of its kind.
What We Got ?
This year we got two different sizes to pick from — 11 inches and 12.9 inches. Just like the previous models, the larger iPad actually has a more advanced screen. So you can go for the 2388-by-1668p Liquid Retina display or 2732-by-2048p Liquid Retina XDR display.
What’s the difference between the two?
The latter has a higher XDR peak brightness that can reach 1,600 nits when viewing HDR content. Additionally, it has a 2D backlighting system with 2596 full‑array local dimming zones. Interestingly, though, both new iPad Pro models support an all-new Apple Pencil hover feature. The displays can detect when the smart stylus approaches the screen and determine its angle and position.
With the M2 chip, the new iPad Pro has up to 15% faster CPU performance and up to 35% faster GPU performance compared to the previous iPad Pro with the M1 chip, according to Apple. The chip has a new media engine and image signal processor that enables ProRes video recording for the first time and up to 3x faster ProRes video transcoding.
On the new iPad Pro, the second-generation Apple Pencil is now detected while it hovers up to 12mm above the display, allowing users to see a preview of their drawing before they make it. And with Scribble, text fields automatically expand when the pencil gets near the screen.
The new iPad Pro is available to order starting today on Apple.com and in the Apple Store app in the U.S. and 27 other countries, with pricing starting at $799 for the 11-inch model and at $1,099 for the 12.9-inch model. Color options include Space Gray and Silver, with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB storage configurations.
Deliveries to customers and in-store availability will begin Wednesday, October 26. The new iPad Pro models have the same size and weight, display brightness and resolution, and battery life as the previous models, according to Apple’s tech specs. There remains a Thunderbolt port, four speakers, Face ID, and a rear Smart Connector on both models.
Does the new iPad Pro come with SIM card tray ?
There is also still a physical nano-SIM card tray on cellular models.
In terms of design, this year’s iPads look identical to the previous-gen models. They feature the same clean chassis with flat edges. Thanks to the TrueDepth camera — which remains a Pro exclusive on the iPad — users get to utilize Face ID for authentication and security.
The displays remain the exact same ones from before. The only difference is the new Apple Pencil hover feature. Otherwise, you’re getting the same resolution, brightness, and overall display specs. Similarly, you get the same storage options, rear camera system (with minor output support differences), TrueDepth camera, Thunderbolt 4 port, battery life, and more. So this upgrade mostly revolves around the processor boost — from M1 to M2.