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Apple updates the iPad Pro and entry-level iPad


As had been rumored, Apple today updated the iPad Pro, which now uses an M2 chip, and improved its entry-level iPad, which gains a landscape camera and faster processor.

What’s new in iPad Pro?

The new M2-powered iPad Pro (in space gray and silver with storage ranging from 128GB to 2TB) also boasts fast Wi-Fi 6E support, ProRes video capture, and a new Apple Pencil feature the company calls “hover.” Both models use a Liquid Retina XDR display (we had expected the 12.9-in. model to offer Mini LED).

The use of the latest Mac chip in the pro tablet translates into significant performance gains. Apple says the processor is up to 15% faster than the M1 iPad Pro while the 10-core GPU delivers 35% faster graphic performance. In short, the iPad Pro is a portable workhorse. Its Neural Engine can process 15.8 trillion operations per second, 40% more than the M1 and its 100GBps unified memory bandwidth offers 50% better performance than its M1 predecessor.

While these gains are significant — there isn’t a faster tablet device available anywhere — it should be noted that the improvements aren’t of the same magnitude as when Apple shifted from the A12Z Bionic to the M1. That shift meant up to 50% better CPU performance and 40% better GPU performance. But the improvement is still impressive, and shows the built-in advantages Apple has unleashed with its development of Apple Silicon.

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The late 2022 iPad gets a new look, and the iPad Pro gets an M2 chip.

iPad Pros for workplace professionals

This boost in computational performance means the tablets should be able to take on many more tasks than they could before. Apple certainly thinks so.

Announcing the new iPad pro, the company talked about demanding workflows, including 3D object design, healthcare imaging and analysis, photographic imaging, and intense gaming experiences. The addition of ProRes support makes it possible to capture and transcode cinema-grade video and edit ProRes assets in the field, making the iPad Pro a portable high-end editing device.

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