iPad Pro gets M1 chip, “Liquid Retina” mini-LED screen

Apple took the virtual stage at its “Spring Loaded” event today to announce an update to the iPad Pro. The big surprise is that the new iPad Pros have the M1 SoC, just like full-blown Mac computers.

Apple says the eight-core CPU will deliver 50 percent faster performance compared to the previous iPad Pro, and the eight-core GPU delivers up to 40% faster graphics performance. Storage is faster too, with a 2x performance improvement, and there’s a new 2TB configuration.

The USB-C port is being upgraded with Thunderbolt compatibility, allowing the iPad to power additional displays with up to 6K resolution and other accessories. There’s also optional mmWave 5G onboard. The new front camera is a 12MP wide-angle lens. A tracking feature called “Center Stage” will automatically crop a video chat image to keep you in the frame as you move around.

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