October 18, 2022
Apple introduces the next-generation iPad Pro, supercharged with the M2 chip
The new iPad Pro features a next-level Apple Pencil hover experience, ProRes video capture, super-fast Wi-Fi 6E and powerful features in iPadOS 16.
Cupertino, California Apple today announced a new iPad Pro With the M2 chip, it offers the ultimate combination of portability, versatility and incredible performance. The new iPad Pro features the world’s most advanced mobile display, Pro cameras, Face ID, Thunderbolt and a four-speaker audio system, along with the next-level Apple Pencil hover experience and superfast wireless connectivity. New features in iPadOS 16 — status manager, full external display support,1 Desktop-Class Apps and Reference Mode – Take workflows even further on iPad Pro. Powered by its advanced hardware and iPadOS 16, iPad Pro has an incredible ecosystem of powerful pro apps unlike any other device of its kind. The new iPad Pro is available to order starting today, and will be available in stores starting Wednesday, October 26.
“The next-generation iPad Pro pushes the boundaries of what’s possible on iPad, bringing versatility, power and portability to the ultimate iPad experience,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. “Powered by the M2 chip, the new iPad Pro boasts incredible performance and the most advanced technologies, including the next-level Apple Pencil hover experience, ProRes video capture, superfast wireless connectivity and powerful iPadOS 16 features. There’s nothing like it.”
Breakthrough performance from the M2 chip
M2, the launch of Apple’s next-generation M-series chips, brings even more performance and capabilities to iPad Pro, with industry-leading power efficiency, integrated memory architecture and custom technologies.
The M2 features an 8-core CPU – up to 15 percent faster than the M1 – with improvements in both performance and performance cores, and a 10-core GPU that delivers 35 percent faster graphics performance for the most demanding users. Combined with the CPU and GPU, the 16-core Neural Engine can process 15.8 trillion operations per second – 40 percent more than the M1 – making iPad Pro even more powerful when handling machine learning tasks. The M2 chip also has 100GB/s integrated memory bandwidth – 50 percent more than the M1 – and supports up to 16GB of faster integrated memory, creating even more fluidity with multitasking and larger assets.2
The M2 turbocharges even the most demanding workflows, from photographers editing huge photo libraries and designers handling complex 3D objects, to healthcare professionals taking advanced imaging and analysis, to gamers enjoying graphics-intensive games. The M2’s power extends to a new media engine and image signal processor that, combined with advanced cameras, enable users to capture ProRes video for the first time and transcode ProRes footage 3x faster. This means content creators can capture, edit and publish cinema-quality video from one device in the field.
The next level is the Apple Pencil Hover experience
Powered by the new iPad Pro and iPadOS 16, hovering with the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) offers a whole new dimension to how users interact with their screen. The Apple Pencil is now located 12mm above the display, allowing users to preview their mark before making it. It allows users to draw and illustrate with even greater precision, and makes everything users do with the Apple Pencil even more effortless. With Scribble, for example, text fields automatically expand as the pencil approaches the screen, and handwriting turns into text even faster. Third-party applications can also take advantage of this new feature to enable completely new coding and drawing experiences.
High speed wireless connection
The new iPad Pro supports faster Wi-Fi connections with support for Wi-Fi 6E,3 So users who need fast connections can take their demanding workflows everywhere. Downloads are up to 2.4Gb/s, 2x faster than the previous generation. Cellular models with Wi-Fi + 5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave4) now supports more 5G networks around the world, so users can access their files, communicate with colleagues, and back up their data on the go in an instant.5
Unmatched Pro features enabled with iPadOS 16
With major updates to Messages, new tools in Mail and Safari, a new Weather app, and more ways to interact with photos and video with Live Text and Visual Look Up, iPadOS 16 also introduces powerful productivity features that elevate the iPad Pro experience. :
- Stage manager It’s a completely new multitasking experience that automatically organizes apps and windows, making switching between tasks quick and easy. Later this year, Stage Manager will unlock full external display support With resolutions up to 6K, so users can organize a better workspace and work with up to four apps on the iPad and up to four apps on the external display.
- Desktop class applications Enable new capabilities enhanced for display on iPad Pro – making apps more efficient with new elements and interactions, including standard undo and redo, a redesigned inline discovery and editing experience, a new document menu, customizable toolbars and capabilities. Change file extensions, view folder size in files and more.
- reference method Powering the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a Liquid Retina XTR display means pro users, including photographers and videographers, can edit HDR images and videos with every true detail at their fingertips, and on-set cinematographers can preview content in a color profile that represents the final shot.
The iPod and the Environment
The new iPad models are designed to minimize their impact on the environment and use 100 percent recycled gold – a first for iPad – as the plating of many printed circuit boards, as well as recycled aluminum, tin and rare earth elements. All iPad models meet Apple’s high standards for energy efficiency and are mercury-, BFR-, PVC- and beryllium-free. The redesigned packaging on the new iPad Pro eliminates the outer plastic wrap, and 99 percent of the packaging is fiber-based, bringing Apple closer to its goal of eliminating plastic from all packaging by 2025.
Today, Apple is carbon neutral for its global corporate operations, and by 2030, it plans to be 100 percent carbon neutral across its entire manufacturing supply chain and all product lifecycles. This means that every Apple device sold has a net zero climate impact through component manufacturing, assembly, transportation, customer use, charging, recycling and material recovery.
Price and availability
- The new iPad Pro is available to order starting today, October 18 apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app in 28 countries and territories, incl to usAvailable in stores from Wednesday 26th October.
- The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB configurations in silver and space gray finishes.
- The 11-inch iPad Pro launches $799 (US) for Wi-Fi model and $999 (US) for Wi-Fi + Cellular model; The 12.9-inch iPad Pro launches $1,099 (US) for the Wi-Fi model, and $1,299 For Wi-Fi + Cellular model (US).
- The Apple Pencil (2nd generation), available for separate purchase, is compatible with the new iPad Pro $129 (for us).
- The Magic Keyboard is available in black and white $299 (US) New 11-inch iPad Pro and $349 (for us) For the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, layouts are available in more than 30 languages.
- A Smart Keyboard Folio for the new iPad Pro is available $179 (US) New 11-inch iPad Pro and $199 (US) New 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
- The Smart Folio is available in Black, White and Navy Blue $79 (for us) The new 11-inch iPad Pro and $99 (US) New 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
- Tuition pricing is available to current and newly admitted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff and homeschoolers at all grade levels. New 11-inch iPad Pro launches $749 (US), and starting with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro $999 (for us). The second generation Apple Pencil is available $119 (US), and the Smart Keyboard Folio is available $159 (US) 11-inch iPad Pro and $179 (US) for 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Magic Keyboard is available $279 (US) 11-inch iPad Pro and $329 (US) for 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Visit for more information apple.com/us-hed/shop.
- iPadOS 16, the powerful operating system designed for iPad, will be available starting Monday, October 24, and will ship free with the new iPad Pro. iPadOS 16 is available as a free software update for iPad (5th generation and later), iPad mini (5th generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), and all iPad Pro models.
- Customers can trade in their current iPad and get credit toward a new one. Once their device is received and verified, Apple will credit the value to their payment system.
- Emboss iPad with a meaningful combination of emoji, names, initials and numbers, all for free, only available here apple.com/store or in the Apple Store app.
- Apple offers many services to customers both in-store and online. From personalized support and advice from Apple experts to convenient delivery and pick-up options, Apple ensures the best way to buy Apple products from Apple Store locations. apple.com/store.
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- Full external display support for Stage Manager on M1 and M2 iPad models will be available in a software update later this year.
- Performance is comparable to the previous generation iPad Pro.
- China and Japan do not have Wi-Fi 6E.
- mmWave is only available in the US and Puerto Rico.
- 5G wireless plan and coverage required. Speed varies. Check with carriers for details.
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