Apple Announced M1 Powered New iPad Pro With Liquid Retina XDR Display and Thunderbolt Support

Apr 21, 2021, 10:18 PM UTC
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Apple Announced M1 Powered New iPad Pro With Liquid Retina XDR Display and Thunderbolt Support
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At the “Spring Loaded” online event, Apple announced a new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro powered by a powerful Apple M1 chip for massive performance. The new iPad Pro features a new Liquid Retina XDR display for high dynamic range and support for Thunderbolt/USB 4 technology. With the new Ultra-Wide front camera, Apple also introduces a new feature for iPad Pro called “Center Stage” which can automatically keep users perfectly framed.

The M1 chip-powered new iPad Pro features an 8-core CPU design which is up to 50 percent faster than the A12Z Bionic chip, and 8-core GPU delivering up to 40 percent graphics performance on the new iPad Pro. With next-generation 16-core Apple Neural Engine, an advanced image signal processor (ISP), a unified, high-bandwidth memory architecture with up to 16GB of memory, 2x faster storage, and up to 2TB capacity, make the iPad Pro more productive.

The new iPad Pro features a Liquid Retina XDR display with a new mini-LED backlit with over 10,000 LEDs across the iPad Pro display. Also, the Liquid Retina XDR display features up to 1000 nits of full-screen brightness, and 1600 nits of peak brightness. The new Liquid Retina XDR display includes other advanced technologies that can also be found in the 11-inch iPad Pro, including ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color support, delivering an unmatched mobile cinematic viewing experience for HDR and Dolby Vision content.

Apple Announced M1 Powered New iPad Pro With Liquid Retina XDR Display and Thunderbolt Support
New iPad Pro with mini-LED backlit Source: Apple

The new iPad Pro also supports for 5G network for faster downloading up to 4Gbps, and the iPad Pro also supports millimeter-wave in the US, a higher version of the 5G network, and the iPad Pro also support eSIM functionality.

After the rumors talking about Thunderbolt, it now supports the iPad Pro, and Apple actually did it. The new iPad Pro now supports Thunderbolt / USB4 technology which is 4x more bandwidth for wired connection and up to 40Gbps transfer rate and 10Gbps Ethernet speed. The Thunderbolt / USB4 port on the new iPad Pro supports charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3 compatibility, and USB 3.1 Gen 2 up to 10Gbps.

Along with that, the Thunderbolt on the new iPad Pro supports external storage, and a high-resolution external display including Apple’s Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution by using high-performance cable and docks.

The new iPad Pro comes with a TrueDepth camera system featuring a new 12MP Ultra Wide front camera which has a new feature called “Center Stage” a new feature for video calling. Center Stage uses the much larger field of view on the new front camera and the machine learning capabilities of M1 to recognize and keep users centered in the frame. As users move around, Center Stage automatically pans to keep them in the shot. When others join in, the camera detects them too, and smoothly zooms out to fit everyone into the view and make sure they are part of the conversation.

The power of the M1 chip on the new iPad Pro unlocks the capability of the pro camera system support for Smart HDR 3 for the very first time on iPad Pro. Apple will be seeding iPadOS 14.5 next week which will bring additional language support for Apple Pencil features like Scribble and Smart Selection, new emoji, and support for the latest gaming controllers, and also the ability to share lyrics and see top songs in cities around the world with Apple Music.

The new 11-inch iPad Pro will available to order from April 30 and the price for the base will starts at $799 (Rs. 71,900) for the Wi-Fi model and $999 (Rs. 85,900) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro base model starts at $1,099 (Rs. 99,900) for the Wi-Fi model and $1,299 (Rs. 1,13,900) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space gray finishes. iPad Pro is available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations.

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