M2 chip. Next-generation performance.
The M2 chip is the next generation of Apple silicon, with an 8â€‘core CPU that delivers up to 15 percent faster performance and a 10â€‘core GPU that provides up to 35 percent faster graphics performance.1 With a 40 percent faster Neural Engine to accelerate machine learning tasks and 50 percent more memory bandwidth, M2 brings astonishing performance and new capabilities to iPad Pro. So you can create photorealistic 3D designs, build intricate AR models, and play games with consoleâ€‘quality graphics at high frame rates faster than ever. All while enjoying allâ€‘day battery life.2
FASTER WI-FI AND APPLE PENCIL HOVERING —
Aside from the M2 chip, the new iPad Pros also have Wi-Fi 6E. Apple claims up to 2.5Gbs/s downloads — about “2x faster than the previous generation.” Of course, you will need a router with Wi-Fi 6E to pull down data faster. Your rusty old Linksys WRT54G isn’t going to cut it.
Lastly, Apple says it’s made the Apple Pencil more precise — it can be “detected up to 12mm above the display, allowing users to see a preview of their mark before they make it.”
The big update on the M2 iPad Pros is the M2 chip’s faster performance enabled by its 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. Apple is touting 15 percent faster CPU and up to 35 percent faster GPU performance compared to the M1 chip.
Other beefy specs include 50 percent more memory bandwidth: 100GB/s. Whether you’ll need all this performance will come down to what you use your iPad for. If it’s just watching videos and banging out emails, the M2 chip won’t necessarily make those tasks faster.
For content creation like video editing, graphic design, and photo editing, the performance might be worth the money.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT APPLE’S NEW M2 IPAD PROS
Apple announced new iPads today just in time to make it onto holiday shopping lists. At the top of the drop are the new 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros with M2 chip — this is the same second-generation custom silicon inside of the redesigned 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
Coming with the new M2 iPad Pros is the redesigned 10th-generation iPad, available in four colors, and — for the first time on an iPad — a webcam in landscape orientation.
So what’s new about the M2 iPad Pros? And should you upgrade if you own an M1 iPad Pro or older model?
First, some tech specs so you can compare the differences between the two M2 iPad Pros. As you can see, they’re identical in every way except display size and panel type (the 12.9-inch is still the only model with mini-LED), and battery capacity. Otherwise, the chip, storage, RAM, and connectivity (Wi-Fi6E is new!) are all the same.
The M2 iPad Pros are also compatible with previous M1 iPad Pro accessories including the Magic Keyboard and second-generation Apple Pencil.
To achieve extremely high brightness, we used an array of LEDs across the entire back of the display. To fit them in the incredibly thin iPad Pro, we used customâ€‘designed miniâ€‘LEDs that are 120 times smaller than in previous generations. Customâ€‘size optical films and diffusers mix the light more efficiently and fit in a design that’s just 6.4 mm thin.
Local dimming zones.
Over 10,000 miniâ€‘LEDs are grouped into more than 2500 local dimming zones. Depending on the content, the brightness in each zone can be precisely adjusted to achieve an astonishing 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. Even the most detailed HDR content with the finest specular highlights — like galaxies and action movie explosions — are more true to life than ever.
iPadOS. Expand what’s possible. Enhanced ways to work.
iPadOS 16 gives you powerful new ways to do more than ever. New desktop-class apps make your workday more productive. Resize and overlap apps to multitask like a pro with Stage Manager.5 And hook up an external display, with resolutions up to 6K, for even more room for all your apps.6
Cameras Capture and connect On a deeper level Front-facing camera.
iPad Pro features an Ultra Wide camera with a 12MP sensor and a 122â€‘degree field of view, perfect for capturing photos and video for social posts, FaceTime calls with Center Stage, or epic Portrait mode selfies. And it works with the TrueDepth camera to securely unlock iPad Pro with Face ID.
Using the Ultra Wide camera and machine learning, Center Stage changes the way you participate in video calls. As you move around, it automatically adjusts to keep you centered in the frame. When others join in or leave the call, the view expands or zooms in. Center Stage works with FaceTime and other video conferencing apps for an even more engaging experience.
Advanced Wide and Ultra Wide cameras help you capture the perfect photo or video. And now with support for ProRes video capture, iPad Pro is a complete mobile video studio. The more powerful ISP in the M2 chip also supports Smart HDR 4, so photos shot on iPad look even more true to life.
The LiDAR Scanner measures how long it takes light to reflect back from objects, so it can create a depth map of any space you’re in and unlock immersive AR experiences. And it works with the powerful ISP to more accurately focus images and videos in lowâ€‘light conditions and reduce capture time.
Wiâ€‘Fi 6E and Fast friends.
Blazingâ€‘fast connections. iPad has always been uniquely portable with superfast Wiâ€‘Fi options. With Wiâ€‘Fi 6E, you’ve got the fastest wireless connection available.7 So you’ll get faster transfers of photos, documents, and large video files.
Magic Keyboard Apple Pencil Endless possibilities Pro accessories.
Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, and the Smart Keyboard Folio open up even more ways to use iPad Pro. Draw a masterpiece, take notes, or knock out a business plan. These versatile accessories are designed to take your work and creativity to the next level.9
Apple Pencil. With the power of Apple Pencil (2nd generation), iPad Pro transforms into an immersive drawing canvas and the world’s best noteâ€‘taking device. It sets the standard for how drawing, marking up documents, and even filling in text fields should feel — intuitive, precise, and magical.
A new dimension of Apple Pencil. Apple Pencil hover shows you exactly where your Apple Pencil will touch down on your display. So you can write, sketch, and illustrate with even greater precision. Watch apps and widgets expand on the Home Screen as you move over them. Preview your mark before you make it. See how your watercolors mix before you paint. Apple Pencil hover makes everything you do with Apple Pencil even more effortless.5
Magic Keyboard. Magic Keyboard features a responsive typing experience and a builtâ€‘in trackpad that gives you many more ways to work with iPadOS. So you can write your novel, crank out a term paper, or rip through your inbox. And with backlit keys, you can get things done in any light.
Amazing apps for every workflow.
Built-in and App Store apps. Do amazing things with incredible apps designed specifically for iPad. iPad Pro comes with essential Apple-designed apps like Safari, Messages, and Keynote. And over a million more apps are available on the App Store.