The iPad Pro Gets Even More Powerful – Now With M1 Chip & Mini-LED Display From RM3,499
April 21, 2021 Andrew Cheng

Aside from the brand new iMac, Apple also updated the iPad Pro with its M1 chip. That’s right, the tablet gets even more powerful now with Apple’s very own processor – the very same chip that powers the Cupertino company’s range of Mac products.

With the M1 chip, the new iPad Pro is said to offer 50% faster CPU performance than its predecessor, which already had very good processing power. On top of that, in the GPU department, the new iPad Pro promises 40% improvement, courtesy of the 8-core GPU of the M1 chip.

Beyond its performance upgrade, the new iPad Pro also gets an impressive 2732 x 2048 mini-LED screen dubbed “Liquid Retina XDR,” though this is only limited to the larger 12.9-inch model. The more affordable 11-inch variant, on the other hand, gets a regular 2388 x 1668 IPS screen. Anyway, according to Apple, the mini-LED panel of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro offers a peak brightness of 1,600 nits.

In the camera department, the updated iPad Pro gets a new 12MP ultra-wide angle sensor with TrueDepth support, allowing users to unlock the iPad with Face ID now. There’s also a rather cool new feature called “Centre Stage,” which uses the ultra-wide angle shooter to automatically “pan” the camera to keep a subject centred in the frame.

Just like the updated iMac, the new iPad Pro has no Malaysian release date yet, but local pricing has been revealed. The 11-inch model retails from RM3,499, while the better equipped 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at RM4,799. Both of these base models are WiFi-only with 128GB of storage.