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Apple Stuffs the iPad Pro With a New Display and Its Mac M1 Chip

Added 04-20-21 04:06:03pm EST - “The new high-end tablet uses Mini-LED display technology, supports Thunderbolt, and has the powerful new Mac processor.” - Wired.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Wired.com: “Apple Stuffs the iPad Pro With a New Display and Its M1 Chip”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Apple showed off a new iPad Pro alongside a flurry of other hardware and software announcements at its virtual event on Tuesday. The successor to the 2020 iPad Pro adds Apple's M1 chip—the same as the one inside the most recent MacBook Air—along with Mini-LED display technology. 

The tablet comes in 11- or 12.9-inch sizes and was announced alongside a new iMac, AirTags, Apple TV 4K, and more, which you can read about here. 

Apple's biggest news of 2020 was its shift away from using Intel processors inside its Macs in favor of the company's own silicon, based on ARM architecture. Now, the same processor that debuted inside last year's MacBook Air, Pro, and Mac Mini—the M1—is powering the iPad Pro. 

What does it mean for you? Apple says to expect up to 50 percent faster CPU performance and up to 40 percent faster graphics than the previous iPad Pro. 

The other big update is to the display, specifically for the 12.9-inch model. It's now using what Apple calls Liquid Retina XDR, the same name as the display technology in its $5,000 Pro Display XDR. Except the underlying technology isn't the same. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro's LCD display uses Mini-LED backlighting technology, which has been cropping up in a few TVs of late.


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