New features of the Apple iPad Pro 2021 have been explained: M1 chip, Mini-LED, Center Stage and more

The new Apple iPad Pro, alongside the new iMac, was one of the highlights of the Apple Spring Loaded event, and for good reason. Apple’s powerful new ‘Pro’ tablet enhances its predecessors by including the M1 chip that powers Apple and Mac Mini laptops, as well as other new specifications like a new Mini-LED screen, Thunderbolt support and more. Here’s all you need to know about the new iPad Pro 2021.

iPad Pro 2021: Features and Specifications

With the M1 chipset, Apple claims to have beat the performance on the new iPad Pro by up to 50 percent than the last iPad Pro and claimed the GPU 40 percent faster. The tablet can now also be coupled with up to 16GB RAM and up to 2TB internal storage, which is again expected to be twice as fast as before.

Apple has been improving the iPad Pro to bring it closer to laptops and on that line, the brand has now brought the Thunderbolt USB-C port to the new iPad Pro. So the tablet now has a transmission speed of 40Gbps and allows users to connect high-speed external storage monitors and display monitors up to 6K.

The new iPad Pros also get 5G connectivity and in the US, this includes support for mmWave 5G. This allows speeds of up to 4Gbps on the iPad Pro under ideal conditions. There is also eSIM support.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro gets a Mini-LED screen, both variants get a ProMotion display

The iPad Pro is still available in two sizes, an 11-inch variant and a larger 12.9-inch variant. While the smaller iPad clings to an LCD display, the larger 12.9-inch iPad now gets a Mini-LED display panel (that Apple calls the Liquid Retina XDR display). Check out more on Mini-LEDs below.

The new backlight on the panel now features 10,000 small LEDs grouped into 2,500 local dimming zones. This panel allows the iPad Pro to show better contrast ratios and reach 1,600 nits of brightness. The tablet also now supports all HQ imaging formats including HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG.

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The iPad Pro 11-inch variant and the 12.9-inch variant get Apple’s ProMotion 120Hz display technology that allows for adaptive refresh rate change on the screen. Check out more on how that works in our detailed copy below.

New TrueDepth camera and Apple ‘Center-Stage’ feature

Both iPad Pro variants get a new 12MP TrueDepth camera on the front with a 122 degree ultra-wide angle lens. The large field of view allows the new iPad Pro to use a new feature called Center Stage that could be very useful.

The iPad can now zoom into the users site during a video call and uses Machine Learning algorithms to track the user in real time. This lets the camera view ‘follow’ the user in case it shifts from the original position during the video call, as long as the user is in the view of the new ultra-wide camera lens.

Furthermore, the feature is also home to a second user should someone enter the frame during the call and will automatically paddle to a position where both subjects are in the frame.

On the back, there’s still a dual camera with a 12MP main sensor and a 10MP ultra-wide angle sensor. There is also a LiDAR scanner. The setup is now Smart HDR 3 capable and can focus better in low light thanks to the scanner. The LiDAR scanner also allows users to embed digital animations and imagery into their photos and videos to create mixed reality-like photos and videos.

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Pricing and availability

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 71,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 85,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Meanwhile the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 99,900 for the Wi-Fi model and Rs 1,13,900 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space gray finishes with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations. The tablets will be available to order from Friday, April 30, on Apple’s website, Apple Stores and on the Apple Store app. The iPad Pro will be available at Apple Store locations and Apple Authorized Resellers in the second half of May.

Under its educational pricing plan, Apple will lower the iPad Pro for newly admitted college students and home school parents, faculty, staff, and teachers of all grade levels. The discounted prices start at Rs 68,305 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and Rs 94,905 for the 12.9-inch variant.

Also, the second-generation Apple Pencil is available for Rs 9,810, and the Smart Keyboard Folio for the new iPad Pro is available for Rs 14,310 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and Rs 16,110 for the iPad 12.9-inch Pro for college students. The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro will be available to college students at Rs 26,226 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and Rs 29,986 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.