M1 iPad Pro 2021: Speeds Double in Annual Update

May 20, 2021 •

Friday, May 21, Apple will begin selling the brand new M1 iPad Pro 2021. Excitement for the new tablet is at a fevered pitch with the 12.9″ model, boasting a brand new Liquid Retina XDR Display, is backed ordered until July for some variations. The new mini-LED screen technology rivals the extremely performant OLED technology found in high-end televisions. Driving that performance, the still-new M1 Apple silicon chipset, which is now found in the new M1 iMac 2021, also launching this Friday. Although desktop class chips in a small tablet may leave some wondering what else the device could achieve after a forthcoming software update this fall. 

M1 iPad Pro 2021 Update

Below, SuperSaf, begins by creatively highlighting the new Center Stage feature, which takes advantage of a new ultra wide angle lens on the front facing camera. Center Stage uses facial detection software to focus a tighter view on the speaker’s face and follows him around the room. If multiple faces are detected, the integrated software will pan back out. This capability is natively provided for all video call apps.

SuperSaf comparing to the previous generation iPad A12z processor, the new M1 iPad Pro is 50% faster CPU performance and 40% faster GPU performance.

Dieter Bohn, The Verge, is very impressed with the all new Liquid Retina XDR Display, which is only hosted on the 12.9″ iPad Pro model. It is similar technology to Apple’s professional grade external monitor which is more than $5,000. The screen uses mini-LED technology which has more than 10,000 mini-LEDs in 2,500 dimming zones. This is mostly taken advantage of when viewing HDR content. Bohn continues, that watching HDR content is truly what causes the screen to separate itself from the 11″ model. However, when using the iPad for anything else, it was hard to tell a difference.

Bohn notes that ultimately, it’s an iPad. What he essentially means is: it’s the same as previous generations, albeit much faster, but still limited by iPadOS. Looking forward to the Worldwide Developer Conference next month, there is anticipation that a new iPadOS 15 version could set the iPad apart from previous generations. The M1 chipset is the same on the earlier M1 iMac, M1 MacBook Air, M1 MacBook Pro, and M1 Mac mini. Given the power of this new chip, is it over powered?

Rene Ritchie takes a deeper look at some of the powerful M1 iPad Pro tech specs. Perhaps in contrast to the commentary from Bohn, Ritchie seems to be extremely excited by the new possibilities. He notes that the ability to scale the M1 chip from the new iPad Pro to the new iMac is “ridiculous, absolutely ingenious.” He goes so far to say the iPad is an overpowered “monster,” arguably in agreement with Bohn’s assessments.

The M1 iPad Pro will be available for purchase and delivery to pre-order-doors on Friday, May 21. If you are hoping to pick one up, the online orders via Apple.com are already pushing into late June and July for some models, specifically the 12.9″ version. M1 iPad Pro 11″ starts at $799 and the M1 iPad Pro 12.9″ model jumps to a staggering $1,099. Both models begin with 128GB SSD, boast the Thunderbolt USB C type 4 port, and are compatible with Apple Pencil 2 and the Magic Keyboard.