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Apple announces 5th generation iPad Pro with M1 chip, 5G

Gelo Gonzales
Apple announces 5th generation iPad Pro with M1 chip, 5G

IPAD PRO. The new model will have an improved display


Like the new iMac, the iPad Pro gets the M1 treatment

Apple on Wednesday, April 21, announced the 5th generation iPad Pro featuring the company’s in-house M1 chip, and 5G connectivity, the first iPad to have the feature.

With the M1 chip, the new iPad Pro claims 50% better computing performance, and 40% faster graphics than the previous model. Storage is said to be twice as fast, and will be available in a 2TB variant, which is twice the 1TB max storage of previous models.

Compared to the first generation iPad Pro launched in 2015, the newest in the series is said to be 1,500 times faster.

Of equal importance with the M1 chip is the iPad Pro’s new Liquid Retina XDR display, which will feature brightness and contrast ratio improvements. It will have 1000 nits of full-screen brightness, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, and 1 million-to-1 contrast ratio.

Apple announces M1-powered iMac

Apple announces M1-powered iMac

The new iPad Pro is also the first in the series to have Thunderbolt and USB 4 support, which at 40Gbps, allows for 4x more data bandwidth than the previous iPad Pro, and opens up the device for high performance accessories such as external storage and higher resolution external displays.

A new 12MP ultrawide front camera is found on the device, which enables a feature called Center Stage that keeps moving subjects in the center of the frame. “As users move around, Center Stage automatically pans to keep them in the shot. When others join in, the camera detects them too, and smoothly zooms out to fit everyone into the view and make sure they are part of the conversation,” Apple explains.

Orders begin on Friday, April 30, in 31 countries and regions, with units arriving in the second half of May. An 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro model will be available in silver and space gray finishes, available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 for the Wi-Fi model and $999 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099 for the Wi-Fi model and $1,299 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model from

Other hardware announcements from Apple include a new purple iPhone, the tracking device Apple AirTag, and the 6th generation Apple TV 4K with A12 Bionic chip and high frame rate HDR capabilities. –

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Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.