Apple has announced the new iPad Pro models with the new Apple M2 processor. The new models support the hover feature on the Apple Pencil, improved connectivity and updated camera features.
The biggest change here is the switch to the new M2 SoC. Found in the 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, this new chip has an 8-core CPU (4x performance cores + 4x efficiency cores) and a 10-core GPU with a 16-core neural engine for machining. Learning and AI workloads. Apple memory bandwidth 100MB/s.
Apple claims the M2 processor has 35% faster graphics performance, 40% better machine learning performance and 50% more memory bandwidth than the previous generation iPad Pro M1.
With an updated touchscreen and iPadOS 16, the new iPad Pro models support hovering with the 2nd generation Apple Pencil. The stylus now extends up to 12mm above the display, which can enable more functionality in apps. This functionality is available in both first-party and third-party apps.
The new iPad Pro models feature improved wireless connectivity in the form of Wi-Fi 6E, which provides downloads of up to 2.4Gbps, 2x faster than previous models. There is updated Bluetooth 5.3 support and 5G connectivity on LTE models.
Finally, the new M2 enables improved camera features on the iPad Pro, although the camera hardware itself hasn’t changed. The new ProRes encoder for iPad Pro models now allows you to record videos in high definition with Apple’s ProRes encoder and convert them up to 3x faster. Still camera functionality also sees an upgrade from Smart HDR 3 to Smart HDR 4.
Other than that, the two iPad Pro models are identical to their previous-generation counterparts. Pricing is the same as the previous generation, with the 11-inch model starting at $799 for the Wi-Fi model and $999 for the LTE model. The 12.9-inch starts at $1099 and the LTE models start at $1299. The Apple Pencil costs $129.