Apple today announced the new iPad Pro powered by the M2 chipset, which debuted in the completely redesigned MacBook Air and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro this year.
“The next-generation iPad Pro pushes the boundaries of what’s possible on iPad, bringing even more versatility, power, and portability to the ultimate iPad experience,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.
“Powered by the M2 chip, the new iPad Pro features incredible performance and the most advanced technologies, including a next-level Apple Pencil hover experience, ProRes video capture, superfast wireless connectivity, and powerful iPadOS 16 features. There’s nothing else like it.”
Starting today, you can pre-order the new 2022 iPad Pro at apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app in 28 countries and regions, including the U.S., with availability in stores beginning from October 26, 2022.
Specifications And Features Of The New 2022 iPad Pro
Just like its predecessor, the next-generation iPad Pro will be available in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch models.
Powered by an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU, the new chip brings up to 15 percent improvement in CPU performance compared to the Apple M1 chip, up to 35 percent faster graphics performance, and 40 percent faster AI performance.
It also has a memory controller that delivers 100GB/s of unified memory bandwidth bringing 50 percent more memory bandwidth compared to the M1 and supports up to 16GB of fast unified memory.
Further, the new chip has a new media engine and image signal processor, which combined with the advanced cameras, enable ProRes video recording for the first time and up to 3x faster ProRes video transcoding.
This means content creators can capture, edit, and publish cinema-grade video from a single device out in the field.
The new iPad Pro also introduces a new hovering Apple Pencil feature, which can detect the pen up to 12 mm above the display allowing users to see a preview of their mark before they make it.
With Scribble, text fields automatically expand when the pencil gets near the screen, and handwriting converts to text even faster.
Moreover, the new iPad Pro supports Wi-Fi 6E where downloads are up to 2.4Gb/s, which is two times faster than the previous generation.
Also, there is now support for more 5G networks around the world, if you choose Wi-Fi + Cellular models with 5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave).
The new iPad Pro will come pre-installed with the upcoming iPadOS 16 operating system, which will be available from October 24.
The iPadOS 16 introduces powerful productivity features such as Stage Manager, Desktop-class apps, and Reference Mode that elevate the iPad Pro experience.
The 11-inch iPad Pro comes with a 2388 x 1668 pixel mini LED display at 264 pixels per inch with up to 600 nits brightness. It weighs 1.03 pounds and is powered by a 28.65 Wh battery.
On the other hand, Apple’s 12.9 inch iPad Pro features a 2732 x 2048 pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch offering sharper Liquid Retina XDR Display with mini-LED backlighting, up to 600 nits SDR max brightness, and up to 1000 nits max XDR brightness.
This model is powered by a 40.88 Wh battery and weighs 1.5 pounds.
Other common features in both tablets include USB4 / Thunderbolt 3 ports, four speakers, five microphones, a TruDepth Camera with Face ID and upgraded 12MP camera, a 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide rear cameras with LiDAR scanner, a True Tone Flash, Face ID for secure logins, and a rear Smart Connector.
The devices are also capable of recording 4K videos at 24 frames per second (fps), 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps (Wide), and 1080p HD video recording at 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps.
The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space gray finishes with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations.
Further, the 11-inch iPad Pro will cost $799 (U.S.) for the Wi-Fi model and $999 (U.S.) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. On the other hand, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is priced at $1,099 (U.S.) for the Wi-Fi model and $1,299 (U.S.) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.