Apple revealed the fourth generation of the iPad Pro 11 just last week to great anticipation of its fans. This year, the tech company released a new iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9. Does the latest version have improved features, or is it just a cosmetic upgrade?
During the launch, Greg Joswiak, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said the fourth generation of the iPad Pro 11 pushed the boundaries of what had been possible. “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, superfast wireless connectivity, and powerful iPadOS 16 features. There’s nothing else like it.”
The M2 chip is one of Apple's secret weapons. The company unveiled it earlier this year, and the M2 chip is the second generation of bespoke silicon. It is the successor of Apple’s wildly successful and powerful M1 chip. The M-series chips replace the Intel chips used in Macs up to 2020. Now, the M2 chip is built using next-generation 5-nanometer technology, which offers a better performance per watt. The chip has 20 billion transistors, amounting to 25 percent more than the M1, increasing the memory bandwidth to 100GB/s.
The M2 chip is 1.4x faster than the M1. Its CPU is 18 percent faster, the GPU 35 percent more powerful, and the Neural Engine 40 percent faster. It is also Apple's battery-efficient chip so far.
The Apple M2 Chip has the following:
The performance of M2 turbocharges even the most demanding workflows, from photographers editing massive photo libraries and designers manipulating complex 3D objects to healthcare professionals taking advanced imaging and analysis to gamers enjoying graphics-intensive games. The power of M2 also extends to the new media engine and the image signal processor, which, combined with the advanced cameras, enable users to capture ProRes video for the first time and transcode ProRes footage up to 3x faster. This means content creators can capture, edit, and publish cinema-grade video from a single device out in the field.
The new iPad Pro upgraded how you use one of the world's most popular stylus pens – the Apple Pencil. The iPad Pro 11, fourth generation, and the latest iPad OS 16 give you a preview of the mark you will make with the Apple Pencil. The iPad Pro detects the Apple Pencil when held up to 12 mm above the screen through the hover feature. This function adds to the Apple Pencil's high level of precision, giving anyone greater control over their work. Whether you are a professional artist or love to doodle, use the Hover to make the whole process effortless. Just a note – only the second generation of the Apple Pencil is compatible with the iPad Pro 11.
The new iPad Pro supports the fastest Wi-Fi connections with support for Wi-Fi 6E, so users who need fast connections can take their demanding workflows with them everywhere. According to Apple, downloads are up to 2.4Gb/s, 2x faster than the previous generation. Wi-Fi + Cellular models with 5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave4) now support more 5G networks worldwide so that users can access their files, communicate with colleagues, and back up their data in a snap while on the go.
Apple’s pricing system for the fourth generation of the iPad Pro 11 has remained unchanged. The 128GB Wi-Fi version costs $799, while the Wi-Fi and Cellular model is $999. You can choose between 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB. The iPad Pro 11 2TB version is $1899 for Wi-Fi only and $2099 for Wi-Fi and Cellular.
Apple did not make any changes to the iPad’s looks. It’s still available in two colors: space grey and silver. Even the size is still the same. You can continue using your favorite Zugu iPad Pro 11 inch case with the fourth generation. It will fit like a glove while giving you maximum protection.
Even the main difference between the iPad Pro 11 and the 12.9 remained. The same. The 11-inch model has a Liquid Retina display, just like the 2021 model. It also features wide color support, an anti-reflective coating, True Tone for adjusting to ambient light, and ProMotion 120Hz refresh capabilities. Wide color support creates rich, vivid colors that are accurate and true to life. True Tone adjusts the display to match the white balance of the lighting in the room to make the screen easier on the eyes. The 11-inch iPad Pro has a resolution of 2388 x 1668 at 264 pixels per inch. The display can deliver up to 600 nits brightness with just 1.8 percent reflectivity. It has an antireflective and fingerprint-resistant coating and standard iPad display features.