Apple Announces The New iPad Pro 2021. Apple has announced the iPad Pro 2021 and while it’s a bit more expensive — it looks to amazing. Apple’s pushing its fastest tablet even further than before, by arming it with its latest technology: the Apple M1 chip and not only should this upgrade make sure the iPad Pro 2021 stays high on our best tablets list, the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro packs mini-LED technology for XDR quality, making the new iPad Pro more “pro” than ever.
The iPad Pro 2021 is coming in the second half of May 2021. It will be available to pre-order on April 30. The iPad Pro 2021 is a little more expensive than the iPad Pro 2020. The 11-inch iPad Pro 2021 starts at R11 401; R713 more than the 2020 model, while the 12.9-inch model is R15 685, making it R1 427 more than the previous model.
According to Toms Guide, the biggest reason to upgrade to the new iPad Pro 2021 is Apple’s adoption of the mini-LED display — though that’s only in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021. So while the 11-inch iPad Pro has a Liquid Retina display with 4 million pixels, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro has the new technology powering its 5.6 million pixels. Apple’s taken the smarts from its XDR display to make the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2021 more pro-level, giving creatives extreme dynamic range (XDR) wherever they can bring the 1.5-pound tablet. Inside that tablet, there are 10,000 mini-LEDs, which are 120 times smaller than the LEDs in the 2020 iPad Pro.
Apple has indeed dropped its speedy M1 chip into the iPad Pro. The M1 chip offers 50% faster CPU performance vs. the iPad Pro 2020’s A12Z Bionic processor, and 40% better graphics performance over that same tablet.
There’s also a 16-core Neural Engine, and Apple’s claiming you’ll see 2x fast storage access. Other performance highlights include the gains you’ll get from the upgraded USB-C port, which has Thunderbolt and USB-4 support. This provides 4x as much bandwidth and support for 6K external displays.