Apple introduces new iPad Pro with M1 chip and 5G support


Apple just unveiled the new iPad Pro 2021 models during its Spring Loaded keynote. The manufacturer is not cheap (haha) with new functions and integrates several highlights into the new tablets – the highlights include the Apple Silicon M1 chip, a Super Retina XDR mini-LED display and 5G. Here you will find all information on prices, release dates and functions.

Every time an iPad Pro is launched, YouTubers and tech journalists have the same experiments! “1 week / 1 month with the iPad Pro: can it replace my laptop?” But the fact is that Apple calls the iPad Pro itself a real laptop. That’s because the company is pushing its tablets more towards the MacBook lineup with the integration of its own Silicon M1 chip, which has already been introduced on some Macs.

As always, I’m not going to dwell on Apple’s claims that the iPad Pro 2021 is 50 times more powerful than the iPad Pro 2020 with its octa-core CPU, or that the GPU built into the SoC has 1,500 times the graphics processing power of the first iPad.

However, it cannot be denied that the transition from a mobile chip to this M1 SoC will result in a noticeable increase in performance. Add in the inclusion of a Thunderbolt / USB 4 port and up to 2TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, plus 5G compatibility … and the spec sheet gets even more interesting.

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The M1 chip can really change the tablet market. / © Apple; Screenshot: NextPit

Liquid Retina XDR display: exclusively for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Apple has also implemented its Liquid Retina XDR display technology, which achieves 1000 nits of brightness across the entire display and a peak brightness of up to 1600 nits.

This technology is based on a system of 10,000 mini LEDs, which have already been introduced in the Pro Display XDR. As you may have seen in the headline above, the sleek display is exclusive to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021.

The new Liquid Retina XDR display includes other advanced technologies that are also included in the 11-inch iPad Pro, including ProMotion, True Tone and support for the large P3 color space for optimal display of HDR and Dolby Vision content.

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The Liquid Retina XDR display is available exclusively for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro / © Apple. Screenshot: NextPit

A new selfie camera that tracks you on video calls

The 2021 iPad Pro has a dual camera with a 12 MP wide-angle and a 10 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor on the back. However, there are some new features on the front: the new 12-megapixel selfie camera TrueDepth. The ultra wide angle sensor can record video in 1080p and has a brand new video calling feature called “Follow Mode”.

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The new TrueDepth selfie camera of the iPad Pro / © Apple; Screenshot: NextPit

“Follow Mode” uses the much larger field of view of the new front camera and the machine learning functions of the M1 to recognize the iPad user and keep them in the picture. As the user moves, the tracking mode automatically pans to keep them in check. When other people join the conversation, the camera detects them and zooms out smoothly to make sure everyone is in the picture and can join the conversation.

The image processor and the neural engine of the M1 chip open up even more possibilities for the professional camera system and bring Smart HDR 3 support to the iPad Pro for the first time. In poor lighting conditions, the ISP and LiDAR scanners focus images and videos quickly and precisely to capture even the finest details in light close to zero. At least that’s what Apple says.

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Follow mode for video calls: As soon as a second person enters the frame / © Apple; Screenshot: NextPit

The iPad Pro 2021 starts at $ 799

The new iPad Pro will be available to order starting Friday April 30th at and in the Apple Store app. The iPad Pro will be available in the Apple Store in the second half of May. The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are available in silver and space gray.

The iPad Pro is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $ 799 for the Wi-Fi model and $ 999 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $ 1,099 for the Wi-Fi Model and $ 1299 for the Wi-Fi + cellular model.

What do you think of the new iPad Pro 2021 range? In your opinion, can it finally work as a real laptop? Does the price seem justified? Let’s talk about it in the comments.

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