Apple Launches New iPad Pro Lineup with M2 Processor
October 22, 2022 at 2:08 p.m.
Apple recently launched two new iPad Pro models powered by its M2 processor. The move makes the iPad Pro much more capable than previous models, with rumors suggesting Apple is testing a macOS release for its iconic tablet.
The iPad first launched in 2010 and was essentially a larger iPhone for many years. Still, today, one can’t develop software or use many professional-grade apps on an iPad, even on Pro models.
2015 saw the release of Apple’s first iPad Pro. Although it featured a larger screen with better specs, enhanced speakers, and other capabilities, it was still best suited as a content-consumption device. Apple even marketed it as one, touting its superiority for watching movies, gaming and reading.
Now that the M2 processor powers the iPad and Mac, compatibility isn’t much of an issue. Most iPad models support keyboards, trackpads, and even the Apple pencil. Rumors suggest that Apple is testing macOS for its new M2-powered iPad Pros. Given that both devices use the same silicon, it’s likely that the new iPad Pro models will run macOS soon.
In addition to the M2 chip, the 2022 iPad Pro features ProMotion technology capable of rendering 120 Hz refresh rates. This makes movies, games, and even scrolling through text appear smoother and more realistic. Camera capabilities are on par with the best iPhone Pro models, making it an ideal choice for creators on a budget. One can shoot and edit a video with almost-professional quality on an iPad Pro. It’s a massive upgrade for entry-level creators.
The iPad Pro is Apple’s answer to touch-screen Windows PCs. The Mac lacks touch-screen capabilities, which are helpful with audio-visual software applications. An iPad Pro running macOS is a definite game changer. It may even persuade me to purchase an iPad Pro instead of a MacBook.
The new iPad Pro comes in two sizes: 11-inch and 12.9-inch. Apple is already taking pre-orders, with units starting to ship on October 26, 2022.