Apple iPad Pro Lineup Upgraded With Apple M1 Chip, 5G Support and Pro XDR Display: India Prices, Availability

The 2021 variant of the Apple iPad Pro will run on the company's new M1 chip, which also powers all of its Macbooks and iMacs now.

Here’s something that has been expected since last year. Apple’s iPad Pro is becoming more like the company’s Macbooks. At its Spring Loaded event today, Apple announced the new iPad Pro 2021, which will now host the M1 chip that was announced last year. This makes the iPad Pro almost exactly as powerful as Apple’s latest Macbook Air and Macbook Pro, meaning that the basic difference will remain in the operating systems. The iPad Pro will use iPadOS out of the box, while Macbooks will run on MacOS Big Sur and later. 

Apple iPad Pro 2021 specs and features

Apple claims that the M1 chip will also bring a “more powerful” image signal processor, which enhances the camera performance of the iPad Pro. It also includes a new LIDAR scanner for augmented reality, which will capture “incredible details” in low light conditions. There’s also a new “Center Stage” feature, which will have the camera follow subjects when they are on video calls.

Further, the company is also adding a Liquid Retina XDR display on the 12.9 inch version of the iPad Pro, which will deliver 1000 nits of brightness and a 1000000:1 contrast ratio. The company says it had to “rethink” how the display creates light. Apple says it has designed smaller LEDs to fit behind the display panel, in order to bring the XDR experience to the display.

The iPad Pro will also support HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision video formats, and supports 2596 local dimming zones, which will enhance the iPad’s overall contrast ratio. Of course, 1000000:1 cannot really be the native refresh rate for the display, but Apple hasn’t clarified that yet.

But while adding the new M1 chip makes the iPad extremely powerful, it might pose trouble for Apple. The company said the new iPad Pro is 15 times faster in terms of graphics performance and will deliver “all-day” battery life. The device will also support Thunderbolt connectivity through the USB Type C port, and will carry 5G support in markets where such networks are available.

That said, the device will remain cheaper than many of the company’s Macbooks and with the Magic Keyboards, will function almost exactly like them. So, say a photographer was sticking to Macbooks solely because Adobe Photoshop wasn’t on iPads, they can shift fully as soon as Adobe joins the M1 bandwagon. And as we already know, the company has been working to port its entire Creative Cloud suite of apps on the iPads as well.

The new iPad Pro will be available for orders from April 30, while shipping starts from May onwards. The devices will be priced at Rs. 71,900 for the 11-inch version, while the 12.9 inch iPad Pro will start at Rs. 99,900.

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