As expected, Apple quietly updated some of the tablets that will soon go on sale without a separate event. Among the models that received an update are the fourth generation iPad Pro 11, and already the sixth generation iPad Pro 12.9.
The new Pro models practically did not change their appearance. During its existence, the smaller model before that only increased the camera block, and the larger one received a redesign already in the third generation and from that moment also only updated the “pedestal” of cameras. Compared to the previous model, there are practically no external changes.
Both iPad Pro models came in the same Silver and Space Gray colors.
The displays remained 11 and 12.9 inches diagonal, without changing the resolution, maximum brightness, image refresh rate, etc. In the same way, the mini-LED backlight was left in favor of the larger model.
What was added to the screens of the new iPad Pro is the Hover function when working with the Apple Pencil. It allows you to “hover” to the right place with a “pencil” even before it touches the display. This works up to 12mm high, allows you to adjust the “nib” and more. In general, such a function is not new for competing tablets from Samsung, but Apple introduced it only now.
The more significant changes have occurred in performance and connecitivity. Both new iPad Pros changed processors to M2 (8 CPU cores, 10-core graphics, 16-core Neural Engine, “hardware” acceleration of ProRes and ProRes RAW processing), added Wi-Fi 6E support (which doubled the theoretical maximum speed – up to 2.4 Gbps), Bluetooth 5.3, and also slightly improved 5G support. And new models no longer support GSM/EDGE standards.
Memory options remain unchanged, with both models offering 128GB to 2TB of storage and 8 to 16GB of RAM (16GB of RAM is only available in models with terabyte storage). An improvement here was also an increase in memory bandwidth up to 100 GB/s.
Among the changes in the cameras, there is only the ability to record video in ProRes at 4K resolution (1080p in basic models with 128 GB of storage), and support for Smart HDR 4. At the same time, the resolution of the cameras did not change: 12 MP (ƒ/1.8) in the main one, 10 MP (ƒ/2.4) in the ultra-wide angle and 12 MP (ƒ/2.4) in the front one.
Pre-orders for the new models started today, and they should appear in stores on October 26. Prices for the iPad Pro 11 start at $799 (Wi-Fi, 128 GB) and go up to $2,099 (Wi-Fi + 5G, 2 TB), while similar configurations of the iPad Pro 12.9 cost from $1,099 to $2,399.