Rumors that Apple could make the jump to mini LED displays for the iPad Pro have been circulating for a while, and it looks like the rumor was true. At Apple’s Spring Loaded event, the company took the wraps off its latest refreshed iPad Pro where it not only sports a mini LED display, but also the use of the M1 chipset.
Both of these features are huge deals for Apple. For starters, the use of the M1 chipset will make the iPad Pro feel even more like a computer. This is the same chipset that Apple used for some of its Mac computers last year where it certainly proved to be more than capable compared to your more traditional desktop CPUs, so using it in the iPad Pro could give it huge gains in performance and capabilities.
The mini LED display, which Apple is calling Liquid Retina XDR, will also bring what Apple claims is “extreme dynamic range” and “true to life” details. Apple boasts that the new display features up to 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness, 1,600 peak brightness, and 1 million to 1 contrast ratio. There will also be support for ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color support.
As expected of a device in 2021, the new iPad Pro will also come with support for 5G if you opt for the cellular model. Apple has also upgraded the port on the iPad Pro where it has been changed to Thunderbolt, meaning that it supports higher bandwidths, 10Gbps Ethernet, and more.
Apple has also upgraded the front-facing camera of the iPad Pro, where it will now sport a 12MP ultra wide lens. It will also feature the use of Center Stage that basically tracks the user to keep them centered in the frame.
The new iPad Pros will be available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch options, where the 11-inch WiFi only models are priced starting at $799, while the 12.9-inch model will retail for $1,099. Apple will start taking orders for the new iPad Pros come 30th of April, 2021.