The sixth generation of Apple iPad Pro aka iPad Pro 2022 is here, fitted with the latest and greatest Apple M2 chipsets that will help deliver “the ultimate combination of portability, versatility, and unbelievable performance.” The Cupertino giant recently debuted the Macbook series featuring the Apple M2 Silicon and is now giving the same treatment to its premium tablet lineup. However, the iPhone manufacturer has carried over several features from last year’s M1-fitted iPad Pro to the new M2 line, which isn’t entirely a bad thing. After all, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it!
These new iPad Pro M2 models boast a near-identical design as last year and come with the same aluminium chassis, thin screen bezels, and flat-edge contour that still looks classy and bold. There are two display options to choose from, namely, the 11-inch or 12.9-inch models and both are available in the typical Space Gray and Silver colour alternatives. Nothing has changed in the display department either and you even get the same Liquid Retina LED and Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED displays on the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2022 models, respectively, as last year. Sorry, folks, no OLED this year!
Both the models come with Apple’s ProMotion feature for refresh rates up to 120Hz. However, the biggest highlight of the iPad Pro 2022 is the M2 chipset and this is what Apple is depending on when it comes to getting these out the door. And it should work too. The processing power of the Apple M2 chipset makes the iPad Pro 2022 the most powerful tablet money can buy right now and with the right accessories, the tablet can double as your workstation laptop for all your everyday office needs.
Apple says that the eight-core CPU with four performance cores and four efficiency cores on the new M2 gives it a 15 per cent performance boost when compared to the M1 chip. Additionally, the ten-core GPU will output 35 per cent faster graphics than M1. All of this combined makes the iPad Pro 2022 a powerhouse of a tablet in a league of its own.
“The next-generation iPad Pro pushes the boundaries of what’s possible on iPad, bringing even more versatility, power, and portability to the ultimate iPad experience,” Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing said, “Powered by the M2 chip, the new iPad Pro features incredible performance and the most advanced technologies, including a next-level Apple Pencil hover experience, ProRes video capture, super-fast wireless connectivity, and powerful iPadOS 16 features. There’s nothing else like it.”
One new feature exclusive to the iPad Pro 2022 models is the new Hover experience with the second-gen Apple Pencil. Apple says that this new feature “provides a completely new dimension for users to interact with their screen.” Basically, with the help of this new Hover feature, the Apple Pencil will be able to detect up to 12 mm above the display, letting users “see a preview of their mark before they make it.”
In its announcement, Apple says, “This also allows users to sketch and illustrate with even greater precision, and makes everything users do with Apple Pencil even more effortless. For example, with Scribble, text fields automatically expand when the pencil gets near the screen, and handwriting converts to text even faster.”
As with any new device coming out this year, the iPad Pro 2022 also gets Wi-Fi 6E, updated Bluetooth 5.3 support and 5G connectivity on the cellular models. There are two RAM options to choose from – 8GB or 16GB and storage options start from 128 GB and go up to 2TB. Apple has already started taking orders for these via its official site, with the shipping to start on October 26. The base 11-inch Wi-Fi model starts at AUD$1,399, while the cellular is priced at AUD$1,649. On the other hand, the bigger 12.9-inch variant starts at AUD$1,899 and the cellular models start at AUD$2,149.