Apple’s New OLED M4 iPad Pro Is Here, And It’s Thin And Fast

The rumors were true and Apple has now announced the all-new iPad Pro, a tablet that not only sports an OLED display for the first time but also sees Apple debut the M4 chip.

The iPad Pro was announced as part of the Let Loose event that also saw Apple announce the new iPad Air 6 as well as the Apple Pencil Pro and a new Magic Keyboard, but it’s the new high-end tablet that will capture the attention for a lot of people.

Available in space black and silver, the new iPad comes in 11-inch and 13-inch sizes and uses new state-of-the-art tandem OLED technology.

Apple calls it a Super Retina XDR display, and it offers some impressive figures — 1,000 nits full-screen SDR and HDR brightness and 1,600 nits peak HDR brightness. “. No other device of its kind delivers this level of extreme dynamic range,” Apple’s press release boasts.

The move to M4 silicon is a key part of the new MacBook Pro with the 3nm chip offering improved performance and an all-new display engine to power that OLED offering.

The new CPU offers up to four performance cores and now six efficiency cores, with next-generation machine learning (ML) accelerators, to deliver up to 1.5x faster CPU performance over M2 in the previous-generation iPad Pro. M4 builds on the GPU architecture of M3 — the 10-core GPU includes powerful features like Dynamic Caching, and hardware-accelerated mesh shading and ray tracing, which come to iPad for the first time. Coupled with higher unified memory bandwidth, pro rendering apps like Octane will see up to 4x faster performance than M2.

The new iPad Pro isn’t cheap, though. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts from $999 while the 13-inch model starts from $1,299. That’ll get you 256GB of storage while 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB options are also available.

Apple also offers a new nano-texture glass option for the first time, reducing glare without impacting image quality. The nano-texture finish does add an extra cost, however — buyers will pay an extra $100 and it’s only available on the 1TB and 2TB tablets.

The new iPad Pro is available for preorder starting today with tablets shipping next week.

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