New iPad Pro gets M1 chp and 5G
(Pocket-lint) – Apple has announced the new iPad Pro models will come with the same M1 chipset as the most recent MacBook Pro and also newly announced iMac family.
They will also be available with increased internal storage capacity – up to 2TB – and Thunderbolt support for the USB-C port.
Another major new addition is 5G support on cellular models, while the front facing camera has been changed to include a 12-megapixel ultra wide lens. This also comes with what Apple is calling Center Stage, whereby the camera follows you around the room while you are moving around. It pans to keep you in shot during videocalls.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro comes with a few extra bells and whistles. It has a Mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display. This includes 10,000 miniature LED bulbs behind the LCD substrate to create much better HDR contrast and colour saturation. Indeed, Apple claims it produces images as good as its Pro Display XDR monitor.
The 11-inch iPad Pro will also be released at the same time, starting at $799 – the same price as the previous version.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be priced from $1099.
We’re still awaiting pre-order and shipping dates, plus UK and European pricing.
Writing by Rik Henderson.