Head over to Apple's website to take in the specs of the new M1-powered iPad Pro and you might notice something interesting. Buried in the tech specs is a line about the M1 chip that made me do a double-take.
The 1TB and 2TB iPad Pro models come with a whopping 16GB of RAM.
The existing iPad Pro has 6GB of RAM, while the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro/Pro max have 4GB and 6GB, respectively.
Now, it might be there to make the higher-capacity models seem more "Pro," but somehow, I doubt it. I mean, the $1,899 for the 11-inch model with 2TB, and a whopping $2,199 for the 12.9-inch model does that nicely.
What reason could a higher-capacity iPad Pro have to need twice the RAM of its lower-capacity siblings?
The thing that pops into my mind is macOS. I'd initially dismissed this idea, but seeing this huge jump in RAM capacity, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if macOS, in some form, was coming to the iPad Pro at some point in this device's lifespan.