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20 April 2021

Apple unveils 2021 iPad Pro: unexpected performance and Liquid Retina XDR display

Apple again jumped over its head and added the M1 processor to the new iPad Pro, as well as many other interesting features

Olha Muntean

Finally, a miracle has come true for lovers of Apple technology. The April online presentation in Cupertino gave consumers a glimpse of new products. The new Apple iPad Pro 2021 with its unexpected control of the Silicon processor line, namely the M1, caused a sensation. From now on, the new iPad Pro model will not be inferior in its functionality and capabilities to such giants as the iMac and MacBook.

presentation of iPad pro

It also became known about several versions of the Apple iPad Pro 2021: the oldest has a mini-LED screen, which is exactly like the Pro Display XDR. Now users can safely enjoy HDR content, because the display has a contrast ratio of 1 ml to 1, and brightness reaching up to a thousand nits. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro features a Liquid Retina XDR display as the centerpiece.

Also, viewers could watch a funny video clip, which showed the invasion of Apple Park with the aim of kidnapping the Apple M1. After the robber removes the mask, the audience realizes that the smiling face of Tim Cook appeared in front of them.

In any case, Apple again, once again jumped over its head and added the M1 processor to the new iPad Pro. The developers decided to go for a walk, equipping the tablet with a chipset for computers, thereby increasing performance and functionality. Geniuses work in Cupertino, since they have decided on such a move that will bring the quality of performance to a new level. And even though many assumed that the new processor would consist of M1, the company was counting on the fact that the company would decide to name it differently, paying tribute to the "stone style" of past generations of devices. Analysts expected to hear about the A14X Bionic, but not the M1. With such an implementation, Apple seems to be telling users that a new round of evolution and development of branded tablets has begun.

What is Apple M1

Apple M1 is a technology that is designed to get rid of Apple gadgets from Intel processors in Mac. It was the Mac mini 2020, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro that pioneered the M1 processor, which in turn increased performance and battery life. And this made these computers the market leaders in terms of speed.

presentation of iPad pro 2

The reason for the addition of the M1 processor is most likely due to Apple's desire to tell consumers that there will no longer be a difference between tablets and computers. And if earlier in Cupertino there were clear boundaries between these gadgets, then from today it will be the same hardware device, with a difference in appearance. Of course, the iMac, MacBook Pro and iPad Pro are based on different types of M1, but the fact that the corporation did not want to call them differently can tell a lot.

According to the developers, Apple M1 for the new iPad Pro is an increase in performance as well as energy efficiency. So, all the same developers reported that the CPU performance increased by exactly half when compared with the previous generation. It turns out that the iPad Pro 2021 wins about 75 times in CPU speed over the original iPad. The graphics processor in the new product is equipped with a performance increase of 40% more powerful and 1500 times faster than the original iPad.

Features of the new iPad Pro 2021

The new iPad Pro is equipped with four speakers, as well as support for new game consoles. During the presentation, the company also noted that this model can be considered the fastest device in its category.

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The consumer will receive 16 GB of RAM, 2 TB of independent memory, which is twice as fast as compared to previous models. The increased memory gives the user the ability to store about 22 hours of 4K HDR content.

RAM in iPad Pro:

128 GB - 8 GB RAM

256 GB - 8 GB RAM

512 GB - 8 GB RAM

1 TB - 16 GB RAM

2 TB - 16 GB RAM

presentation of iPad pro 3

USB-C can now be considered a full Thunderbolt port as well as USB4. The port supports four times faster data transmission. It is now possible to use a monitor with a resolution of 6k - Pro Display XDR.

The new iPad Pro 2021 comes with 5G and 3.5Gbps download speeds.

As stated earlier, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro features a Liquid Retina XDR display as the main element. That, in turn, is equipped with mini-LEDs in the amount of 10 thousand pieces. It also boasts over 2,500 local dimming zones. The maximum display brightness is 1600 CD / m2, with a contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1.

The iPad Pro weighs less than 700g and is 6.4 mm thin. The developers have made sure that the tablet supports their own Magic Keyboard, both in black and white.

And again in Cupertino they did a great job on the most popular feature of Apple devices - the camera. So, the consumer will receive a 12-megapixel camera with an ultra-wide angle. There is a functional update in the face of the "Central Scheme". As conceived, it should automatically pan and zoom in such a way that people are in the frame. But that's not all: the same Center Stage will be extremely useful during video calls, as it monitors objects in motion. We cannot fail to mention the built-in studio quality microphones, as well as the LiDAR scanner with new features. The LiDAR turned out to be really very good, judging by the declared functionality. The user is promised the ability to shoot in the dark, while taking photos in portrait mode, as well as increasing the speed and accuracy of autofocus.

Benefits of the new iPad Pro 2021

iPad Pro can be safely called a new computer with a serious bias towards professionalism. It is for this reason that the tablet has been equipped with large amounts of internal memory. This is very similar to the level of MacBook Air and Pro computers. Thus, the new iPad Pro 2021 will very soon be on a par with them.

Differences between iPad Pro 2021 and iPad Pro 2020

Unlike its predecessor, the 2021 iPad Pro has a better display. And even if it's still the same Liquid Retina with an XDR matrix, but IPS is no longer here. The new model has a matrix with mini LED production technology. Now the color rendition will become even better, although, it would seem, much better. Apple decided to condense the pixels and increase the maximum brightness.

presentation of iPad pro 4

Plus, iPad Pro 2021 now supports 5G, which means it will be able to work on 5th generation networks. For America, the developers have provided a unique version that supports the 5G millimeter standard. So, a special antenna will be attached to the side of the tablet. And while 5G towers are not located in all countries, the 2021 iPad Pro with high-speed internet will be sold everywhere.

IPad Pro 2021 price

  • iPad Pro 11-inch will cost users $799 (about UAH 22,500);
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch will cost $1099 (about 31 thousand UAH)

presentation of iPad pro 5

The new iPad Pro 2021 will be available for pre-order starting April 30. The sale will start in the second half of May.

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