Apple has just introduced the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch M2 iPad Pro, which will receive two surprising upgrades alongside the Apple M2: Wi-Fi 6E and a hover functionality for the second-generation Apple Pencil, which makes working with the stylus much easier to make it more comfortable.
The brand new iPad Pro 2022 looks confusingly similar to its predecessor, and in fact, nothing has changed in the design of the professional tablet. Apple is also holding back when it comes to equipment because the innovations can be counted on one hand. The most obvious upgrade is the Apple M2 ARM chip, which promises up to 15 percent faster CPU and up to 35 percent better GPU performance with its 8 processor cores and 10 GPU processing units.
The 16-core Neural Engine can accelerate AI workflows by up to 40 percent compared to the Apple M1. The 2022 iPad Pro has up to 16 GB of RAM, which achieves a maximum bandwidth of 100 GB/s, 50 percent more than the previous model. Interestingly, the new iPad Pro 2022 M2 supports Wi-Fi 6E, which was not the case with the MacBook Air based on the Apple M2 (approx. $1,099 on Amazon). Aside from better performance, Apple Pencil’s hover feature is the biggest upgrade of the new iPad Pro M2.
Because if the second generation Apple Pencil is held at a maximum distance of 12 millimeters above the display, the new iPad M2 recognizes where this stylus is located, which enables hover features that are also known from the mouse pointer on PC and Mac. All other features have been carried over from the previous model, including the single USB-C port that supports Thunderbolt (40 Gbit/s), the quad speakers, and the 120 Hz fast ProMotion displays, mini-LEDs are still only available on the larger 12.9-inch model.
2022 iPad Pro release date and price
The new iPad Pro M2 can now be pre-ordered via Amazon.com and Bestbuy.com websites, with deliveries starting on October 26th. The 11-inch M2 iPad Pro costs at least $799, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro M2 is offered with prices starting at $1,199, each with 128 GB of memory. A 5G modem costs $200 extra, and memory upgrades up to 2 TB are available for a maximum surcharge of $2,099, so the top model costs $2,399.