Lots of news for perhaps the most anticipated announcement of the evening on Cupertino’s side: the presentation of the new Apple iPad Pro. The least we can say is that this back-to-school conference from Apple did not disappoint. The Apple brand continued to showcase their products by introducing AirTags, then a brand new version of their desktop computer, the iMac. The latter contains an M1 chip for the first time, which Apple had already introduced on the MacBook Pro, Air and Mini at the end of last year. This new chip was personally developed by Apple and is designed to enable unprecedented performance on a computer or tablet.
Because when the latest rumors heralded the imminent arrival of the M1 chip on iMacs, there were few who really believed in this last-minute rumor, and yet. Indeed, Apple has decided to introduce the “Apple Silicon” chip on its high-end tablet. The latter actually becomes a real power monster, the CPU performance of which has been increased by 50% compared to the previous version. Apple also had fun doing the performance comparison between the first generation iPad Pro and the latest generation. The latest model is 75 times more powerful than its predecessor.
IPad Pro is not a Mac, but it comes close
However, Apple didn’t just change the chip at the heart of its iPad Pro to bring out this new model. In fact, the Apple brand has made two other major changes to their tablet. The first is the arrival of 5G. It accompanies the very first Thunderbolt connection that is integrated into an iPad and brings the iPad Pro a step closer to a “touchscreen MacBook”.
The will of the iPad Pro is supposed to be portable, and the introduction of 5G is a natural continuation of things after the technology took its first steps on the iPhone 12 last October.
Another big change to the 2021 iPad Pro’s side, its screen. The latter has been completely redesigned by Apple and is largely based on the Apple Monitor Pro Display XDR. This new screen, called Liquid Retina XDR, is only available on the 12.9-inch version of the iPad Pro (there is also an 11-inch version).
As the last little novelty in this version of the iPad Pro, it will now be possible to have a Magic keyboard in white. Apple is therefore offering an initial color selection for its keyboard specially developed for the iPad, which until then was only available in black.
In terms of price, the iPad Pro can be pre-ordered on Friday, April 30, 2021. Delivery is scheduled for mid-May. The 11-inch version of the iPad Pro will be available in its 128 GB configuration for 899 euros. The largest possible 2 TB configuration (still a novelty from Apple) costs 2109 euros.
The 12.9-inch model presented by Apple tonight costs 1,219 euros in its 128 GB version and 2,429 euros in its 2 TB version. Each model requires an additional € 170 to allow the integration of Cellular in addition to Wi-Fi.