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Apple Announces M1-Powered iPad Pros
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, April 21, 2021 @ 08:00 AM (EST)

The latest iMac wasn’t the only new M1-powered hardware that Apple announced during its “Spring Loaded” event: The new flagship iPad Pro now also has the 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU Apple-made silicon. There will be two sizes—11" and 12.9"—each with a full complement of the latest technologies, including 5G capabilities (in the case of the cellular options).

Photographers and videographers will be excited to see the super-fast Thunderbolt (USB 4) port arrive on the iPad Pro—a big step up from the USB-C port on the previous models. In the case of the 12.9" model, shooters will also appreciate the new “Liquid Retina XDR display,” which brings the extreme dynamic range performance of Apple’s Pro Display XDR monitor to iPad for the first time. The 2732 x 2048 panel is made up of more than 10,000 mini-LEDs that deliver a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 1,000 nits full-screen brightness and 1,600 nits of peak brightness. Like the new iMac’s display, it covers the wide P3 color gamut. Apple also says the new iPad Pro can output full 6K resolution to their Pro Display XDR monitor.

Other features of both models include 12MP, f/1.8 wide (29mm equiv.) and 10MP, f/2.4 ultra-wide (11mm equiv.) rear cameras, and 12MP, f/2.4 ultra-wide (12mm equiv.) front-facing camera; five microphones; and four speakers (with support for Dolby Atmos).

Available to order starting April 30 and shipping in the second half of May, the new iPad Pros start at $800 and $1,100, respectively, for the 11" and 12.9" models with 128GB of storage. Both models are also available in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and—a first for iPad—2TB flavours. If you want the fully pimped-out 12.9" Wi-Fi + cellular model with 2TB of storage, it will set you back a cool $2,400.

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