Apple Spring Loaded 2021: iPad Pro 2021 models launched featuring 5G, Liquid Retina XDR display and M1 chipset
At the company’s first launch event for the year, Apple on Tuesday launched its latest iPad Pro featuring a Mini-LED display with the faster M1 chip bringing even faster performance and network connectivity. While the company usually launches devices in March, this is the first time since 2016 that the company has held a launch event in April.
The 2021 iPad Pro models feature important upgrades to their internals — a much faster M1 chipset, that should offer a 50 percent CPU performance boost and a 40 percent GPU boost over last year’s model with the A12Z chip under the hood, with performance comparable to Apple’s M1 chipset. The new iPad Pro now offers improved battery life thanks to the M1 chip, and up to two times faster storage access up to 2 TB .
This makes Apple’s 2021 iPad Pro models the most advanced versions released so far, with the biggest improvement so far being the display, which sports the latest Mini-LED technology which features over 10,000 LEDs, bringing a huge improvement in wide colour gamut performance, HDR, and local dimming to improve contrast. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro features a new Liquid Retina XDR display with up to 1000 nits of full-screen brightness, 1600 nits of peak brightness, and a 1 million-to-1 contrast ratio.
On the connectivity front, Apple’s 2021 iPad Pro models come with 5G support (with mmWave 5G support in the US) and eSIM support. The iPad Pro will ships with a USB-C port as well as a Thunderbolt 4 port. Apple says the device can now transfer up to 40 Gbps and support for external displays like the Pro Display XDR at full 6K resolution.
When it comes to cameras, Apple says that the new 12 MP Ultra Wide TrueDepth camera on the front of the device lets the device use a feature called Center Stage, which can automatically pan and zoom as users move around or enter the frame. iOS 14.5 which will arrive next week with a host of features will also allow users the option of gaming with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X controllers.
Last year’s iPad Pro models launched with Apple’s faster A12Z Bionic chipset in 11 inch and 12.9-inch variants. The devices featured a complete edge to edge display and did away with the home button, sporting a 12 MP primary sensor, a 10 MP ultra-wide camera and a LiDAR depth scanner. The device also featured a TrueDepth camera for FaceID authentication and came with built-in support for the Apple Pencil 1, Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio.