Apple launches redesigned iPad and new iPad Pro
Apple Inc. today announced a new lineup of iPads, including a redesigned 10th generation model with the A14 Bionic chip and new versions of the iPad Pro powered by the M2 chip, along with a new Apple TV 4K with increased storage.
The new iPad and iPad Pro support iPadOS 16 under the hood which should bring portable processing capabilities, multitasking to tablets and greater productivity and collaboration functions. Both also got more features to support the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro getting “hover”, a specialized mode that can detect the pencil hovering slightly above the screen.
New iPad Pro powered by M2
Apple unveiled the new generation of iPad Pro with two models, an 11-inch and a 12.9-inch, available with 128 gigabytes, 256 gigabytes, 1 terabyte and 2 terabytes of storage. It also has 16 gigabytes of RAM.
The M2 chip inside the iPad Pro was unveiled by Apple at WWDC 2022 in June and features an eight-core central processing unit, which Apple says is 15% faster than the M1 chip. It also has a 10-core graphics processing unit that can deliver 35% faster graphics performance than the previous chip, making it great for gaming and visual rendering. Together with ProRes technology, it can also be used for professional photography and recording editing.
The new iPad Pro also features the Wi-Fi 6E standard which can download at up to 2.4 gigabytes per second, up to twice as fast as the previous generation. There are also mobile models with 5G that now support several 5G networks worldwide.
Features available with iPadOS 16 include the new Stage Manager, a new multitasking experience that automatically organizes apps and windows to make switching between tasks easy and fast. Using the new operating system, it will also be possible to unlock desktop apps that are optimized for viewing on the iPad Pro.
Users of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will also have access to a specialized color reference mode using the Liquid Retina XDR display that allows them to match color requirements for compositing, color grading and maintaining consistent image quality.
The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 for the WiFi model, and the 12.9-inch model starts at $1,099. Both are available to order today and will hit stores on October 26th.
Redesigned 10th generation iPad
Apple redesigned the iPad with a new screen design for its 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display that extends to the thick bezel, designed to give users more screen to work with for apps and games. The new device also features the A14 Bionic chip, which is designed to provide better battery life and performance.
The new Liquid Retina display offers 2360 x 1640 pixel resolution with nearly 4 million pixels and 500 nits of brightness, which is bright enough for most conditions, and Apple’s True Tone technology to keep colors consistent.
The camera on the new iPad has also been changed, for the first time for an iPad the front camera is now located along the landscape edge. The goal of this change is that when users record for social media or video calls, they will look directly into the camera.
The Ultra Wide front camera has a 12-megapixel sensor and a 122-degree field of view that supports the Center Stage feature, which automatically keeps users in the center of the scene as they move around. The rear camera has been upgraded to a 12-megapixel sensor also for high-resolution 4K video and supports 240 frames per second slow-motion recording.
The tablet also has dual microphones designed to work in unison with the cameras, they will pick up sound from the camera in use to reduce unwanted background noise. Stereo speakers have been embedded in the landscape along the tablet, in combination with the larger screen, to provide a better sound experience.
Alongside the tablet, Apple also announced the Magic Keyboard Folio accessory designed for the new iPad. It’s a keyboard accessory that attaches to the iPad, with full-sized keys, one millimeter of travel, a responsive feel, and a large trackpad with click-anywhere and multi-touch gesture control. The keyboard has a 14-key function row for easy access to shortcuts, including brightness adjustment and volume controls.
The keyboard attaches magnetically to the Smart Connector on the edge of the iPad, making it easy to click on and off. The docking point provides both power and data, meaning it never needs to be charged or paired. The back cover of the keyboard itself has an adjustable stand so that it can tent the iPad to angle it as desired.
With iPadOS, users gain access to a large number of productivity and collaboration features, including the ability to edit and unsend recently sent messages. Users can access a new productivity app called Freeform with a flexible canvas with Apple Pencil support that allows users to collaborate from anywhere. The Safari browser now also has shared tab groups for collaborative browsing.
The new iPad is available for $449 and the Magic Keyboard Folio accessory will cost $249. The iPad is available to order today and will hit stores on October 26.
Apple TV 4K with the A15 Bionic chip
Apple unveiled the next generation of Apple TV 4K and revealed that it will be powered by the A15 Bionic chip which provides support for the latest high dynamic range display and Dolby Vision.
“Apple TV 4K is the ultimate way for Apple users to enjoy their favorite entertainment on the biggest screen in the home, and now it’s more powerful than ever,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of worldwide product marketing.
The new Apple TV 4K comes in a WiFi version, which offers 64 gigabytes of storage space and a WiFi plus Ethernet version with twice as much storage space.
The A15 Bionic chip allows the new Apple TV 4K to deliver experiences faster and smoother than ever, Apple claims. CPU performance is now up to 50% faster than the previous generation, providing faster navigation and faster user interface animations. Its graphics processing performance is up to 30% faster, meaning it can deliver even smoother gameplay.
With the chip, the new Apple TV supports HDR10+ along with Dolby Vision, providing a powerful entertainment experience. Users can also build their best entertainment center and home theater with technologies such as Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital 7.1 or Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
Using the Siri remote, which comes with Apple TV, users get a touch-enabled trackpad for easier navigation. The new remote also has a USB-C port for charging, which does away with the previous Lightning port.
In the fall, tvOS 16 will receive updates to Siri that will make it easier for customers to control the TV with their voice. Siri for Apple TV will receive a total redesign that will be able to recognize distinct voices so that all users can access their own personal profile of movies and apps, and pick up where they left off. By using the Siri remote and asking, “What should I watch?” users can get a personalized list based only on their own vote.
The same feature extends to people wearing AirPods, who can say “Hey Siri” and gain control of Apple TV as well.
The new Apple TV with Siri Remote will be available starting at $129 starting today and will appear in stores starting November 4th.