Apple released new iPad Pro models just last year, with the 2020 model of the high-end tablet. This year, Apple is refreshing both the 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pros.
The update adds the same M1 processor Apple uses in its Mac lineup to the iPad Pro. It's the first time that an iPad has shared the same processor with a Mac. The M1 processor in the new iPad Pro is 50% faster than the 2020 iPad Pro. That's a huge year-over-year leap in performance. Graphics performance sees its own 40% boost over last year's iPad Pro.
A new 2TB configuration will launch, allowing you to keep up to 60,000 RAW photos on your iPad Pro -- you know, if you're into that thing.
The USB-C port gains Thunderbolt 4 support, giving it 4X more bandwidth. External storage and better support for external monitors will take advantage of the new Thunderbolt port.
The iPad Pro will also now have a 5G cellular connection for those who want to future-proof their investment. That includes mmWave support for the faster 5G networks here in the US.
The Pro Cameras on the iPad Pro also received an update with improvements to the LiDar scanner for AR apps, and battery image processing thanks to the M1 processor.
The front-facing camera hasn't been moved, but it does feature a new ultra-wide camera that Apple calls "Center Stage." When you're on a video call, the camera will zoom in and out on the subject and follow you around the room.
Apple also updated the iPad Pro's display with a Mini LED display, calling it a Liquid Retina XDR display. The new screen has 1000 nits of brightness, with 1600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1,000,000:1 color contrast ratio.
The 11-inch iPad Pro will start at $799. The 12.9-inch model will feature the new Mini LED display and starts at $1,099. Preorders open on April 30, with shipments starting in the second half of May.