iPad Pro (6th generation)
The front of an iPad Pro 11"
Also known asM2 iPad Pro, iPad Pro 6, iPad Pro (11-inch) (4th generation), iPad Pro (12.9 inch) (6th generation), iPad Pro (2022)
DeveloperApple Inc.
ManufacturerFoxconn (on contract)
Product familyiPad Pro
TypeTablet computer
Generation6th
Release dateOctober 26, 2022 (2022-10-26)
Introductory price
  • 11": $799
  • 12.9": $1099
Operating system
System on a chipApple M2
Memory8 GB, 16 GB RAM
Storage128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB
Display
  • 11-inch (28 cm) (2,388 × 1,668) px (264 ppi), 600-nits Max Brightness, Wide-Color Display (P3), True Tone Display, and Fully Laminated Display
  • 12.9-inch (33 cm) (2,732 × 2,048) px (264 ppi), 600-nits Max Brightness, Wide-Color Display (P3), True Tone Display, and Fully Laminated Display, and XDR brightness: 1000 nits max full screen, 1600 nits peak
Sound4 speaker audio[2]
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E with 2x2 MIMO and Simultaneous dual band, Bluetooth 5.3
Wi-Fi + Cellular models 5G (sub‑6 GHz) with 4x4 MIMO, Gigabit LTE with 4x4 MIMO and LAA
Dimensions
  • 12.9-inch:
  • 280.6 mm (11.05 in) (h)
  • 214.9 mm (8.46 in) (w)
  • 6.4 mm (0.25 in) (d)
  • 11-inch:
  • 247.6 mm (9.75 in) (h)
  • 178.5 mm (7.03 in) (w)
  • 5.9 mm (0.23 in) (d)[2]
Mass
  • 11" Wi-Fi: 1.03 pounds (466 grams)
  • 11" Wi-Fi + Cellular: 1.04 pounds (470 grams)
  • 12.9" Wi-Fi: 1.5 pounds (682 grams)
  • 12.9" Wi-Fi + Cellular: 1.51 pounds (685 grams)
PredecessoriPad Pro (5th generation)
Websitewww.apple.com/ipad-pro/

The sixth-generation iPad Pro, colloquially known as the M2 iPad Pro, is a line of iPad tablet computers developed and marketed by Apple Inc. It was announced on October 18, 2022, and was released on October 26, 2022. It is available with the same screen size options as its predecessor: 11-inch (28 cm) and 12.9-inch (33 cm).[3][4][5][6]

Upgrades over the previous generation include the Apple M2 processor, the Apple Pencil hover which shows where the Apple Pencil will touch down on the display, support for Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, and Smart HDR 4.[4][7] The 11 inch model is the fourth generation of that size, and describes itself as such.

Features

Hardware

The sixth-generation iPad Pro uses an Apple M2 SoC. It features an eight-core CPU with four performance cores and four efficiency cores, a 10-core GPU, and a 16-core Neural Engine. Internal storage options include 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB.[2] The 128, 256, and 512 GB versions include 8 GB of RAM, while the 1 and 2 TB versions include 16 GB of RAM.[8]

The 11-inch model has a Liquid Retina display with a peak brightness at 600 nits, which is the same as the 11-inch model of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generations. The 12.9-inch model, in contrast, boasts mini LED HDR display called the Liquid Retina XDR display built in with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, full screen brightness of 1000 nits and a peak brightness of 1600 nits (HDR), which is the same as the 12.9-inch model of the 5th generation. Both models support True Tone, ProMotion, 120 Hz variable refresh rate, and P3 wide color gamut.[4][9]

The iPad Pro uses 100% recycled aluminum and sources at least 99% recycled rare earth element supplies. It is free of any harmful substances, as defined by Apple's proprietary "Apple Regulated Substances Specification".[10]

Accessories

The sixth-generation iPad Pro supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, the Magic Keyboard, the Magic Trackpad, the Magic Mouse, Smart Keyboard Folio, and USB-C accessories.[11]

The position and angle of Pencil can now be detected up to 12 millimetres (0.47 in) above the screen ("Pencil hover"), which can be used by apps for features such as previewing brush and pen strokes, and with existing hover interactions intended for mouse/touchpad input.[12][13][14]

Reception

The sixth-generation iPad Pro received mixed responses from critics. Some reviewers said that the front-facing camera is not in a landscape position, compared to the 10th-generation iPad,[9][15] while others criticized the outdated Magic Keyboard, lacking the function keys used on the 10th-generation iPad.[16] Some reviewers praised the Apple Pencil hover, fast performance, battery life, and the display.[9][15]

References

  1. ^ "About iPadOS 17 Updates". Apple Support. iPadOS 17.4.
  2. ^ a b c "iPad Pro - Technical Specifications". Apple. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  3. ^ Alan, Martin (October 18, 2022). "iPad Pro 2022 release date, price, M2 chip, specs, and latest news". Tom’s guide.
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  6. ^ Todd, Haselton (October 18, 2022). "Apple announces new iPad Pros, redesigned regular iPad, and updated Apple TV 4K". CNBC.
  7. ^ "iPad Pro 2021 vs. iPad Pro 2022 Buyer's Guide: Should You Upgrade?". MacRumors. November 10, 2022. Retrieved January 28, 2023.
  8. ^ "M2 iPad Pro Tidbits: ProRes Video Support, RAM Configurations, and More". MacRumors. October 18, 2022. Retrieved October 21, 2022.
  9. ^ a b c Seifert, Dan (October 28, 2022). "Apple iPad Pro (2022) review: bump the chip". The Verge. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  10. ^ "Environmental Report iPad Pro (12.9-inch)" (PDF). Apple. September 18, 2022.
  11. ^ "iPad Pro: Just Updated with M2 Chip & Apple Pencil Hover". MacRumors. Retrieved January 28, 2023.
  12. ^ Seifert, Dan (October 28, 2022). "Apple iPad Pro (2022) review: bump the chip". The Verge. Retrieved March 14, 2023.
  13. ^ Loyola, Roman. "New M2 iPad Pro introduces Apple Pencil Hover Experience". Macworld. Retrieved March 14, 2023.
  14. ^ Heater, Brian (March 27, 2023). "Apple discusses iPadOS 16.4's new Pencil hover features". TechCrunch. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  15. ^ a b "Apple iPad Pro review (2022): An impressive stopgap". Engadget. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  16. ^ Schroeder, Stan (October 24, 2022). "12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro (2022) review: Powerful, but still just a tablet". Mashable. Retrieved January 26, 2023.