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iPad Pro gets M2 and a price hike
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Apple has revealed new iPad Pro models powered by its M2 processor found in devices like the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. The new silicon is however accompanied by a price bump, with both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch entry-level models at least $200 more expensive than their predecessors.
This means you'll pay at least $1,399 for a 11-inch 128GB WiFi-only model, or $1,849 for a 12.9-inch 128GB WiFi-only model. 5G-ready models are also subject to the price bump, starting at $1,649 and $2,149 respectively.
Both the 2nd generation Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard have seen small price increases too. The Apple Pencil is now $219, up $20, while the Magic Keyboard got a $40 bump to $489 for an 11-inch model. The 12.9-inch keyboard sells for $579 now.
These price increases are likely due to the weak Australian dollar.
Apple says the M2 processor found in the new iPad Pro family is up to 15% faster than M1, can deliver up to 35% better graphic performance, and 40% more AI operations per second. The new chip also allows the iPad Pro to film ProRes video for the first time, at resolutions up to 4K at 60 frames per second.
The other key new feature is "hover" support for Apple Pencil. When using the 2nd generation Apple Pencil with a new iPad Pro, the tablet will be able to detect it up to 12mm above the display, allowing you to see a preview of your mark before you make it.
Lastly, the new iPad Pros also support Wi-Fi 6E connectivity.
Other specifications are largely unchanged. Both models still have a 12MP primary camera and a 10MP ultra-wide, paired with LiDAR. There's still a 12MP selfie camera on the front. You still get USB-C with support for Thunderbolt 4, and can get configurations up to 2TB.
The pair of new iPad Pros are available to pre-order from today ahead of an October 26 release date. You can pick from space grey or silver.