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New iPad Pro Models Gain M2 Processor, Faster Wi-Fi, and Apple Pencil Hover

Apple has updated the iPad Pro for 2022, outfitting the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models with the company’s M2 processor. The iPad Pro now features faster Wi-Fi and a surprise new feature: Apple Pencil hover, which provides better feedback by offering a preview of Apple Pencil actions before you make them.

M2 iPad Pro

Overall, the new iPad Pro is a minor update over last year’s models and likely won’t cause many M1 iPad Pro users to upgrade, though the changes make it more attractive for those upgrading from a non-M1 iPad. Let’s explore the major differences. (Sadly, these new iPad Pro models retain the front-facing camera on the short side, unlike the new tenth-generation iPad, which moves that camera to the long side to make it more natural for videoconferencing, which almost always takes place in landscape orientation.)

M2 Processor and ProRes Video Capture

The headline improvement is the M2 processor, which Apple claims is up to 15% faster than the M1. In practice, users should see an improvement over M1 models, but it won’t be as large of a jump as the A12Z Bionic to the M1. However, of interest to film professionals: the M2 iPad Pro is the first iPad able to capture ProRes footage directly, and it can transcode ProRes footage up to three times faster than on the M1 iPad Pro. Apple explains, “This means content creators can capture, edit, and publish cinema-grade video from a single device out in the field.”

Apple Pencil Hover

The most interesting new feature of the iPad Pro is Apple Pencil hover, which detects the tip of the second-generation Apple Pencil when it’s up to 12mm above the display.

In normal usage, iPadOS displays a circle where the tip of the Apple Pencil is hovering, so you can more precisely put the tip where you want. It has other uses too, like expanding text fields when you bring the Apple Pencil in close. Third-party developers will be able to tap into Apple Pencil hover to create their own unique experiences.

Apple Pencil hover

Wi-Fi 6E and More 5G Support

The new iPad Pro supports the new Wi-Fi 6E protocol, which Apple claims is up to twice as fast as the Wi-Fi 6 connectivity of last year’s iPad Pro, with download speeds up to 2.4 Gbps. However, you’ll also need a Wi-Fi 6E router to take advantage of that speed boost. Apple also says that the cellular models support more 5G networks.

DaVinci Resolve for iPad

Apple slyly slipped in an announcement of DaVinci Resolve for iPad, a professional-grade video-editing app used to assemble Hollywood movies like the recent Dune adaptation and The Green Knight.

Blackmagic Design has now officially announced DaVinci Resolve for iPad. Like its bigger sibling, it will be free with an in-app purchase to upgrade to DaVinci Resolve Studio. An M1 or M2 is not required, but those processors open up additional features, like HDR processing.

Pricing and Availability

You can order the new iPad Pro today, and it will be available on 26 October 2022.

The 128 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB models come with 8 GB of RAM, while the 1 TB and 2 TB models include 16 GB of RAM. Just as last year, the price ranges from $799 for the 11-inch iPad Pro with 128 GB of storage up to $2199 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 2 TB of storage. Cellular models again add an extra $200 to the price.

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Comments About New iPad Pro Models Gain M2 Processor, Faster Wi-Fi, and Apple Pencil Hover

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  1. No announcement of an M2 Mac mini?

  2. I was a little surprised (and disappointed) by this also. We cancelled an order for three Mac Minis last week when it was rumoured new ones might be announced.

    We’ll wait and see if anything gets announced on October 24 when Ventura drops. I think M2 MMs are close and I’d prefer to get the newer chip.

  3. I don’t have a crystal ball or even a Mark Gurman prediction, but I would expect the Mac mini, 14-inch MacBook Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro to be updated to M2 by the end of the year.

  4. Any rumors on Apple updating the iMac? It was one of the first to go M1 but I haven’t seen anything about an M2 iMac. My 7 year old iMac is working fine using an external SSD as the boot drive, but I’m hoping to move on to the M2.

  5. No, but I would also expect an update to the M2 before EOY.

  6. The M2 Macbook Air has 2 USB-C-ports, without being fat. Why can’t the iPad pro have 2 ports? It is no pro feature to mess around with dongles.

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