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Apple announces an M2-powered iPad Pro with WiFi 6E | Engadget

Apple has unveiled its latest iPad Pro, which is powered by the company’s M2 silicon chipset. The tablet will offer faster connectivity thanks to WiFi 6E support and it has a new “hover” experience for Apple Pencil. The latest iPad Pro will offer ProRes video capture as well.

The M2 will offer up to 15 percent faster performance than M1 on iPad Pro, according to Apple, thanks to the chipset’s eight cores. The company also claims that the 10-core GPU will deliver up to 35 percent faster graphics performance as well. The M2 can carry out 40 percent more operations per second than the M1 and it has 50 percent more unified memory bandwidth than the previous chipset.

Apple notes that there’s a new media engine as well as an image signal processor. The company says that, combined with the new iPad Pro’s cameras, these features allow it to support ProRes video capture on an iPad for the first time. It added that the tablet will be able to transcode ProRes footage up to three times faster than in the past too, so you’ll be able to “capture, edit, and publish cinema-grade video from a single device out in the field.” 

The latest iPad Pro is the first Apple device with WiFi 6E (though models on sale in mainland China and Japan will not have WiFi 6E support). Apple says you’ll be able to reach download speeds of up to 2.4Gb/s, which is twice as fast as the previous generation. Moreover, models with cellular connectivity will support more 5G networks around the globe. Support for mmWave frequency bands will only be available in the US and Puerto Rico, however.

The tablet has a nifty trick up its sleeve when it comes to the second-gen Apple Pencil. The iPad Pro will detect the peripheral when it’s up to 12mm away from the display. Apple says this will allow you to see a preview of any mark you want to make before you actually apply it. The company claims this will offer greater precision and add some extra functionality. When you place Apple Pencil near the Scribble app, text fields will expand automatically. Apple says the iPad Pro will convert handwriting to text more quickly too.

The new iPad Pro will have all the features of the delayed iPadOS 16, which Apple will release on October 24th. In the past, the company has released major iPadOS versions at the same time as iOS updates, but it pushed back the release of this year’s iPad firmware. Reports suggest the company needed more time to refine the Stage Manager multitasking feature. The company is actually skipping a public release of iPadOS 16 in favor of iPadOS 16.1.

As was rumored, the new iPad Pro comes in 11-inch and 12.9-inch versions. It’s available in silver and space gray with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB of storage. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 for WiFi only and $999 for Wi-Fi and Cellular. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099 for the WiFi variant and $1,299 if you want cellular connectivity. Orders are open now and the new iPad Pro will be available in stores on October 26th.

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