The iPad Pro models set to feature new M2 processor and Apple Pencil hover

The iPad Pro models set to feature new M2 processor and Apple Pencil hover

The new Apple M2 CPU will be used in upgraded versions of the iPad Pro 12.9″ and iPad Pro 11″ tablets, according to Apple. The revised versions also enable the Apple Pencil’s hover functionality, better connection, and improved camera functions.

The use of the new M2 SoC is the major change in this. This new processor, which is also present in the 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, has a 16-core Neural Engine for machine learning and AI tasks in addition to an 8-core CPU (4x performance cores + 4x efficiency cores) and a 10-core GPU. Apple claims to have a 100MB/s memory bandwidth.

According to Apple, the M2 CPU outperforms the M1 in the first-generation iPad Pro in terms of graphics performance by 35%, machine learning capability by 40%, and memory bandwidth by 50%.

The latest iPad Pro models, which have an upgraded display and iPadOS 16, also enable hovering while using the second-generation Apple Pencil. Now that the Pencil can be recognised up to 12mm above the display, more app functionality may be possible. Both first party and third party apps will support this capability.

With Wi-Fi 6E, the new iPad Pro models have faster wireless connectivity than older versions, enabling download speeds of up to 2.4Gbps. The LTE variants now support Bluetooth 5.3 and have 5G connection.

Last but not least, even though the camera hardware hasn’t changed, the new M2 has made it possible for the iPad Pro to have better camera functions. The iPad Pro models may now instantly record videos in Apple’s high-quality ProRes codec and convert them up to three times quicker thanks to the new ProRes encoder. Additionally, Smart HDR 3 and Smart HDR 4 are upgrades for the still camera features.

The two iPad Pro models are similar to those from the previous generation. The 11-inch device starts at $799 for the Wi-Fi variant and $999 for the LTE model, maintaining the same cost as the previous version. The LTE variants begin at $1299 and the 12.9-inch at $1099. They’ll go on sale on October 26th.