The iPad Pro 2022 inches closer to replacing your MacBook

Apple has announced an update to its iPad Pro that will bring the powerful Apple M2 chip from the MacBook Air (M2, 2022) to the tablet. The new Pro tablet won’t get the fancy colors of the new iPad 10th Gen models, but it does get some fancy new capabilities for the Apple Pencil 2, as well as enhancements to media recording and playback, thanks to the M2. The iPad Pro is now available for pre-order, and will be in stores on October 26.

The iPad Pro is powered by the Apple M2 chip, which will include new image processing and media engines that enable enhanced video capture and editing. The iPad Pro will be able to capture ProRes video, but the cameras themselves have not received an upgrade from the Pro Camera array of the last model. You still get the same 12MP main camera and 10MP ultra-wide lens, with a 12MP selfie camera up front.

Apple iPad Pro 2022 with apps in use

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The Apple Pencil 2 gets some new tricks with the updated iPad Pro. When the pencil is 12mm above the screen and closer, the iPad Pro can detect its presence and enable new Hover features. These seem mostly geared towards art and drawing types, but Apple says the iPad Pro will grow a text box when it detects the pencil, giving you a larger space to write.

The new iPad Pro will convert writing to text more quickly, thanks to the performance of the new Apple M2 chip. The processing cores will only be 15% faster, which is an unnoticeable upgrade, but there will also be more dramatically improved Neural Engine performance. The Neural Engine is the part of the chipset that handles machine learning tasks, which includes tasks such as speech recognition and handwriting detection.

Apple iPad Pro 2022 with apps in use

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Apple has made significant upgrades to the networking capabilities of the iPad. The new tablets will support Wi-Fi 6E, a ‘fast lane’ flavor of Wi-Fi 6 that uses its own radio band. Even the iPhone 14 Pro lacks this Wi-Fi capability, though other new phones like the Google Pixel 7 Pro support it. The iPad Pro also gets more radio bands for 5G compatibility.

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