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In 2020 Apple announced the new iPad Pro without a major show. This was mainly due to the beginning pandemic, which prevented a keynote from being held. The company has now come to terms with this and holds events as digital events with pre-recorded material. As a highlight of the April event, Apple presented the new iPad Pro.

At a glance: This is new with the iPad Pro 2021

  • M1 chip
  • 12.9 inch model with mini LED display
  • Center stage
  • 5G
  • Thunderbolt 3
  • Can be ordered from April 30th

Design and display

After the major upgrade in 2018, Apple changed little in the previous design in the third iteration. With this, Apple continues to rely on edges, which have now also arrived on the iPad Air and the current iPhone models and which dominate the look.

Of course, the large display with the narrow bezels catches the eye again. Potential buyers can still choose between two display sizes: 11 inches and 12.9 inches. Besides the size, there is an important difference. The small 11 "model still has a Liquid Retina display, which has the large P3 color space and the True Tone feature, but the contrast does not come close to the new mini LED display of the 12.9" iPad Pro. Apple calls it Liquid Retina XDR and is setting new standards in image quality without having to use an expensive OLED display. However, the new display could quickly cause delivery problems.

Performance and storage options

Even with the A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12 models, Apple promised a significant difference in performance compared to the competition. Thanks to its high efficiency, it ensures longer battery life. However, Apple does not rely on the normal A14 Bionic for the 2021 iPad Pro. Instead, the M1 chip is used. This puts the iPad Pro on the level of an iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and Mac mini. Therefore, Apple is replacing the normal USB-C port with a Thunderbolt 3 port, which means that numerous accessories from the Mac now also work on the iPad Pro.

Speaking of performance: the new iPad Pro also optionally comes with 5G. This means that the workflow works in no time, even when you're on the move.

The new iPad Pro comes in both basic versions with at least 128 GB. In addition, customers can also opt for 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB, which further increases the price. Depending on the storage option, Apple also integrates different amounts of RAM. According to the company, it should have up to 16 GB of RAM.

Dual camera with LiDAR scanner gets reinforcement

Although the iPad Pro has the Pro in its name, it still works without a triple camera, unlike the Pro models of the iPhone. With its predecessor, Apple introduced a new ultra-wide-angle lens in addition to the standard wide-angle lens. The recording quality of the microphones should reach studio quality and be suitable for recording conversations such as podcasts.

As with the iPhone 12 Pro, the LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanner ensures better spatial recognition. The scanner determines distances by measuring how long it takes for light to reach an object and come back again. The whole thing should work up to 5 meters away and only last a few nanoseconds - indoors and outdoors. This is intended to improve digital portrait photography and at the same time convey more impressive AR experiences.

However, Apple put the focus particularly on the front camera. The TrueDepth camera gets a new ultra-wide-angle camera with 12 megapixels and an image angle of 120 degrees. Apple calls the new feature "Center Stage". During FaceTime calls, the camera tracks you and always keeps you in focus. If another person joins them, the camera tries to keep them in the picture too.

Accessories in a new look

The new display, the camera and the chip are of course not the only highlights. Apple announced that the Magic Keyboard will also get a small revision. Soon after its release in 2020, it will also be available in a white color option.

Price and availability

The small 11 "iPad Pro is available in stores with 128 GB of storage from 879 euros and can cost up to 2,579 euros if you opt for 2 TB of storage space. The" Wi-Fi + Cellular "version starts at 1,049 euros and costs in the largest storage option 2,259 euros.

The 12.9-inch model starts at 1,199 euros with 128 GB and Wi-Fi. With 2 TB you then have to pay 2.409 euros. If you opt for the variant with mobile data, you dig deeper into your pockets. With the option, the iPad Pro is only available over the counter from 1,369 euros, while the high-end version with 2 TB storage costs 2,579 euros.

The pre-order start is April 30th, while delivery will probably not take place until mid-May.

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