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Apple iPad Pro 2024 with dual-layer OLED displays and M4 chips is here

The thinnest Apple iPad Pro models yet are here and can be combined with a new Magic Keyboard, Apple Pencil Pro and more.
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The new Apple iPad Pro 2024 models are here and represent perhaps the biggest upgrades since the series’ launch. Almost everything is new and better than what was available before. Let’s start with the Apple M4, which interestingly makes its debut on an iPad. Previous chips were introduced with MacBooks, showing that Apple has great confidence in the new tablets.

The M4 chipset is based on a second generation 3Nm node and is 1.5 times faster than the M2. Graphics tasks run up to 4x faster. Efficiency is doubled as the M4 can deliver the same performance as the M2 in the 2022 iPad Pros at half the power. Apple also introduced several new AI-powered features for Final Cut Pro and other apps, and these are supported on the M4. The overall performance is up to 38 TOPS compared to 45 TOPS on the Snapdragon X Elite.

In any case, these are the thinnest Apple products ever. Thinner even than the 7th generation iPod Nano, which was just 5.4mm thick. The 11-inch Apple iPad Pro 2024 is 5.3 mm thin and the 13-inch model is 5.1 mm thin. The tablets’ aluminum casings (available in silver and space black) are made from 100% recycled materials. Back to the displays: Mini.LED no longer exists, nor does IPS-LCD, both of which Apple is replacing with OLED. Apple calls these “tandem OLED displays.” This means it’s actually two OLED panels layered on top of each other to increase brightness. They promise up to 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness for SDR content and up to 1,600 nits for HDR.

The ProMotion displays can adjust their frame rate between 10 and 120 Hz. Both have a pixel density of 264 ppi, which means a resolution of 2,420 x 1,668 pixels for the 11-inch model and 2,752 x 2,064 pixels for the 13-inch model. Optionally, the protective glass can be etched with a nano-texture to reduce glare and scatter less ambient light. However, this is an extra that costs $100 and is only available on the 1TB and 2TB models.

Apple Pencil Pro

Apple also introduced the new Pro version of its stylus – the Apple Pencil Pro. It features a new sensor that detects how hard you press the pen. It can also trigger actions, e.g. E.g. quickly changing tool settings while drawing. Squeeze gestures are confirmed by a custom haptic engine. Plus, the Pencil Pro connects to the Find My network so you can track it down if you lose it.

There are even more new accessories – the all-new Magic Keyboard is thinner and lighter, matching the slimmer design of the new Pro tablets. The keyboard now has a function row and a larger trackpad. Apple says that “the entire experience feels like using a MacBook.” If you don’t need a full keyboard, there’s also a new Smart Folio for the Apple iPad Pro 2024. It also magnetically attaches to the tablet and offers multiple viewing angles.

The Apple iPad Pro 2024 models are available for pre-order in 29 countries starting today and will be available in Apple Stores starting May 15. The 256GB and 512GB models have 9 core CPUs (3 performance, 6 efficiency), while the 1TB and 2TB models have 10 core CPUs (4 performance, 6 efficiency). The 10-core GPU and 16-core Neural Engine are identical, but the versions with more memory get twice as much RAM – 16GB instead of 8GB. Anyone who needs 5G will pay an extra $200.

A few more prices worth mentioning: The new Magic Keyboard costs $300 for the 11-inch tablet and $350 for the 13-inch tablet, the Smart Folio costs $80 or $100. The Apple Pencil Pro is priced at $130. In addition, Apple today also introduced new Apple iPad Airs, available in 11-inch and 13-inch sizes.

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