Apple launches new iPad Pro with M1 processor

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Right on schedule, Apple has launched the next generation of its iPad Pro. As with the recent MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, Apple’s improvements to the iPad Pro are largely on the inside.

The device has a new M1 processor, the same chip that powers the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini. Apple claims this will be “a giant leap in performance” over the previous generation. Graphics performance is more than 1,500 times faster, according to the company. Apple also says you can expect a full day of battery life from the device.

The iPad Pro now supports Thunderbolt, 5G connectivity and an improved camera.

Apple says the ISP and LIDAR scanner will capture “incredible detail” in low light. On the front of the device is a TrueDepth camera system, which allows users to unlock it with facial recognition. The system includes a new 12 MP ultra-wide angle camera. A new feature called Center Stage, which tracks moving subjects during video calls, will benefit from this camera.

The 12.9-inch iPad models also include a new Mini-LED display, the Liquid Retina XDR, which Apple says delivers “XDR-level brightness.” The display contains 10,000 mini LEDs. This part recently brought Apple to a number of supply chain issues – one manufacturer has reportedly paused production.

The iPad Pro supports the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard Folio, as well as the Magic Keyboard, which is available in a new white color. Apple says the device uses a housing made of 100 percent recycled aluminum.

The 11-inch model starts at $ 799 and the 12.9-inch model starts at $ 1099. Both will be available in the second half of May, with preorders going live on April 30.

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