Apple introduces thinnest iPad Pro, first device based on M4 chip (video)

May 7, 2024  19:39

The new iPad Pro, shown at Apple's event on May 7 2024, is the thinnest iPad in the company's history. The new tablets were also the first to receive the Apple M4 single-chip system.

The Apple M4 single-chip system, created using second-generation 3nm technology, is equipped with a new display engine. The chip also supports Mesh Shading and hardware-accelerated ray tracing. The processor performance is 50% faster than the Apple M2 that powered the previous iPad Pro, and rendering performance is quadrupled.

iPad Pro 2024 received OLED Ultra Retina XDR displays with a diagonal of 11 and 13 inches. The display's tandem design uses two panels to deliver even greater full-screen brightness: up to 1,000 nits in normal mode and up to 1,600 nits of peak brightness in HDR mode. The display, the company says, delivers deeper blacks, shows more detail in shadows and low light, has improved brightness, and handles moving content better and more accurately.

The tablet body is really thin: the thickness of the 11-inch model is 5.3 mm, and the 13-inch model is 5.1 mm.

As with the new iPad Air, the 12-megapixel front-facing camera has been moved to the side to make it easier to use. The company claims that the quality of images captured by this camera is improved. This should be noticeable during video calls as well. The tablet also features TrueTone adaptive flash for better document scanning. As for the main camera, it now supports ProRes video recording and Smart HDR 4.

The iPad Pro body is made from recycled aluminum. There are only two color options - Silver and Space Black.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 for the Wi-Fi model and $1,199 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model. And the 13-inch tablet starts at $1,299 for the Wi-Fi model and $1,499 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

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