Apple reveals new iPad Pro with ARM-based M1 chip

Thunderbolt, 5G and AR camera upgrades are also coming to Apple's high-end tablet

iPad Pro (2021)

During the tech giant’s spring hardware keynote, Apple revealed a refreshed iPad Pro with its ARM-based M1 chip — this same chip featured in its M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini and recently revealed colourful iMac.

Apple says that bringing the M1 chip to the iPad Pro line will result in “a big jump in performance” compared to the previous generation version of the tablet.

Along with the new M1 chip, Apple confirmed that the tablet’s port now features USB-C 4 and Thunderbolt technology, making it compatible with more high-end accessories.

iPad Pro (2021) with Mini LED display

The iPad Pro (2021) is also available in a new 5G variant, features improved AR camera capabilities and a 12-megapixel wide-angle shooter with a 122-degree field-of-view. This new camera powers the tablet’s ‘Centre Stage’ feature that utilizes machine learning to keep users centred in the frame as it automatically pans.

The 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro (2021) features the company’s new Liquid Retina XDR display that includes 10,000 Mini LEDs. The 11-inch variant of the tablet doesn’t feature this upgraded display.

The tech giant is also offering the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro in a new 2TB configuration for the first time.

The iPad Pro is available in a new ‘White’ variant along with ‘Silver’ and ‘Space Grey.’ The Magic Keyboard will also be sold in the new ‘White’ colour. Though white tech products are usually pretty cool, it’s likely the keyboard will get dirty rather quickly.

The 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are set to be available to order on Friday, April 30th, with shipping starting in the second half of May.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 for the Wi-Fi model and $1,199 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,399 for the Wi-Fi model and $1,599 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version.

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