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Apple has just announced the new and updated iPad Pro refresh with the company’s M2 chipset and more. The new iPad Pro M2 also starts at $799 and will be available starting October 26 next week.
Apple also revealed the new 2022 iPad, which now comes with updated internals and new colour options. Here’s all you need to know about the new tablets.
The new Apple iPad comes with the M2 chip following the 13-inch MacBook Pro which adopted the M1 successor earlier this year. Just like the last iPad Pro, the new tablet also comes in two sizes, a 11-inch variant and a larger 12.9-inch variant.
The design of the tablets hasn’t really changed, and in fact it would be hard to tell the iPad Pro 2022 apart from its 2021 predecessor. The home button has been removed, but you still have the same bezels.
Like its predecessor, the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro comes with a mini-LED display panel that allows local dimming and thus better contrast ratios. The 11-inch iPad still has a normal LCD panel, but both models have a 120Hz ProMotion refresh rate.
The new iPads also offer better integration with the Apple Pencil and implement a new hover feature that allows the tablet to perform actions when the pencil is just hovering over the screen. Apple suggests the feature will help artists draw with greater precision, but it’s also something third-party apps will be able to use for new use cases. The new iPad Pro models also come with 5G and WiFi 6E support. Apple also said it will bring the iPadOS 16 update to new tablets later this month.
The new iPad can be ordered starting today, October 18, at apple.com/store and the Apple Store app in 28 countries and regions, including India. The tablets will be available from October 26.
The 11-inch iPad Pro is priced at Rs 81,900 (Cellular model costs Rs 96,900), while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is priced at Rs 1,12,900 (Cellular model costs Rs 1,27,900). Both versions are available in two finishes – Space Gray and Silver and can be purchased with up to 2TB of storage, though the base variant still comes with 128GB.
The Magic Keyboard is available in black and white at Rs 29,900 for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and Rs 33,900 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Meanwhile, the Smart Keyboard Folio for the new iPad Pro is available for Rs 17,900 for the 11-inch model and Rs 19,900 for the 12.9-inch model. The Smart Folio is available in black, white and navy blue for Rs 8,500 for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and Rs 10,900 for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Apple iPad 2022 starts at Rs 44,900
Apple also announced the 10th generation Apple iPad. Its price starts at Rs 44,900 for the WiFi and Rs 59,900 for the mobile model. New color options include blue, pink, yellow and silver. The Magic Keyboard Folio is priced at Rs 24,900. Apple also said it will continue to sell the 2021 9th generation iPad starting at Rs 33,900 for the WiFi and Rs 46,900 for the cellular models. To order from today, the tablet will be in stock from October 26.
The 10th generation iPad comes with an Apple A14 Bionic chip and a 10.9-inch Retina display. It retains the thick bezels and has no home button. However, the device still uses TouchID, with the fingerprint sensor now on the top unlock button.
There is a single 12MP camera on the back with 4K recording support. On the front, the 12MP ultra-wide camera has now been moved from a shorter bezel to a longer bezel, making it an officially landscape-primarily oriented device, a first for the vanilla iPad range.
The tablet will get WiFi 6 and 5G support for mobile models. Apple also says the tablet has all-day battery life, and yes, it charges via a USB Type-C port.
The tablet also supports the new Magic Keyboard Folio. The Magic Keyboard Folio comes with full-sized keys, 1mm travel, and a trackpad with gesture support. There is also a range of 14-button functions for quick actions. The Magic Keyboard Folio attaches magnetically to the iPad and requires no charging. The tablet now also supports Apple Pencil.