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M2 + iPad Pro

The Next Generation Apple Tablet

TL;DR: The new iPad Pro features a next-level Apple Pencil hover experience, ProRes video capture, superfast Wi-Fi 6E, and powerful features in iPadOS 16.

Apple announced the new iPad Pro with the M2 chip, delivering the ultimate combination of portability, versatility, and unbelievable performance. The new iPad Pro features a next-level Apple Pencil hover experience and superfast wireless connectivity, along with the world’s most advanced mobile display, pro cameras, Face ID, Thunderbolt, and a four-speaker audio system. New features in iPadOS 16 — including Stage Manager, full external display support, desktop-class apps, and Reference Mode — take pro workflows on iPad even further. Enabled by its advanced hardware and iPadOS 16, iPad Pro has an incredible ecosystem of powerful pro apps unlike any other device of its kind. The new iPad Pro is available to order starting today, and available in stores beginning Wednesday, 26 October.

“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”.
– Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing

Breakthrough Performance from the M2 Chip

M2, the start of Apple’s next generation of M-series chips, brings even more breakthrough performance and capabilities to iPad Pro, with industry-leading power efficiency, a unified memory architecture, and custom technologies.

M2 features an 8-core CPU — up to 15 percent faster than M1 — with advancements in both performance and efficiency cores, and a 10-core GPU, delivering up to 35 percent faster graphics performance for the most demanding users. Combined with the CPU and GPU, the 16-core Neural Engine can process 15.8 trillion operations per second — 40 percent more than M1 — making iPad Pro even more powerful when handling machine learning tasks. The M2 chip also features 100GB/s of unified memory bandwidth — 50 percent more than M1 — and supports up to 16GB of fast unified memory, making multitasking and working with large assets even more fluid.

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.

 

A Next-Level Apple Pencil Hover Experience

Powered by the new iPad Pro and iPadOS 16, hover with Apple Pencil (2nd generation) provides a completely new dimension for users to interact with their screen. Apple Pencil is now detected up to 12 mm above the display, allowing users to see a preview of their mark before they make it. 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. Third-party apps can also take advantage of this new feature to enable entirely new marking and drawing experiences.

 

Superfast Wireless Connectivity

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. Downloads are up to 2.4Gb/s, 2x faster than the previous generation. Wi-Fi + Cellular models with 5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave3) now support more 5G networks around the world, so users can access their files, communicate with colleagues, and back up their data in a snap while on the go.

 

Unmatched Pro Features Enabled by iPadOS 16

In addition to big updates to Messages, new tools in Mail and Safari, the new Weather app, and more ways to interact with photos and video with Live Text and Visual Look Up, iPadOS 16 also introduces powerful productivity features that elevate the iPad Pro experience:

Stage Manager is an entirely new multitasking experience that automatically organises apps and windows, making it quick and easy to switch between tasks. Later this year, Stage Manager will unlock full external display support with resolutions of up to 6K, so users will be able to arrange the ideal workspace, and work with up to four apps on iPad and up to four apps on the external display.

Desktop-class apps enable new capabilities optimised for the display on iPad Pro — making apps more capable with new elements and interactions, including a consistent undo and redo, a redesigned inline find-and-replace experience, a new document menu, customisable toolbars, and the ability to change file extensions, view folder size in Files, and more.

Reference Mode enables the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Liquid Retina XDR display to match the colour requirements in workflows like review and approve, colour grading, and compositing, where accurate colours and consistent image quality are critical. That means pro users, including photographers and videographers, can edit HDR images and videos with every true-to-life detail right in their hands, and cinematographers on set can preview content in a colour profile that represents the final capture.

 

Pricing and Availability

  • The new iPad Pro is available to order beginning today, 19 October, at apple.com/au/store and in the Apple Store app in 28 countries and regions, including Australia, with availability in stores beginning Wednesday, 26 October.
  • The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space grey finishes with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations.
  • The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at RRP A$1,399 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi model and RRP A$1,649 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model; the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at RRP A$1,899 for the Wi-Fi model, and RRP A$2,149 inc. GST for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
  • Apple Pencil (2nd generation), available for purchase separately, is compatible with the new iPad Pro for RRP A$219 incl. GST.
  • Magic Keyboard is available in black and white for RRP A$489 inc. GST for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and RRP A$579 inc. GST for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with layouts for over 30 languages.
  • The Smart Keyboard Folio for the new iPad Pro is available for RRP A$299 inc. GST for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and RRP A$329 inc. GST for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
  • The Smart Folio is available in black, white, and marine blue for RRP A$129 inc. GST for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and RRP A$159 inc. GST for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
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