Apple’s Redesigned iPad Pro Includes an M4 Chip and OLED

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  • Apple unveils a redesigned iPad Pro with an OLED display and M4 chip.
  • The new iPad Pro is thinner and lighter, includes updated camera technology with adaptive True Tone flash, and introduces AI capabilities.
  • The device starts at $999 for the 11-inch model.

Apple has introduced a redesigned iPad Pro at its “Let Loose” event with an M4 chip and an OLED.

The new iPad is Apple’s first tablet to feature an OLED display. As on iPhones, it delivers effectively infinite contrast with vivid colors. This is also a dual-stack screen (Tandem OLED, according to Apple) that manages 1,000 nits of sustained brightness, and 1,600 nits of peak HDR brightness. A nano-textured glass option can eliminate reflections like on Apple’s Pro Display XDR.

The technology also allows for a thinner design — down to 5.1mm on the 13-inch model. They’re lighter, too, at under 1lb and 1.3lbs for the 11- and 13-inch versions. As on the base iPad and the iPad Air M2, the front-facing 12MP camera has been moved to the side to provide a better view in landscape mode.

This iPad Pro is also Apple’s first device with an M4 chip. The new part has four performance cores and a newly expanded six cores, all with updated architecture. You can also expect hardware-accelerated mesh shading, ray tracing and other graphics features inherited from the M3. Apple claimed a 50% CPU boost over the M2 in the outgoing Pro tablets.

AI unsurprisingly plays an important role in the iPad Pro M4.  An enhanced Neural Engine manages 38 trillion operations per second. That’s faster than what you get in any AI PC, Apple claimed.

iPad Pro M4 back

The 12MP rear camera system is familiar, but there’s now improved low-light performance as well as an adaptive True Tone flash that uses AI to adjust to different circumstances, such as scanning a document.

The optional Apple Pencil Pro serves as a complement with support for new squeeze gestures and a “barrel roll” function. A reworked Magic Keyboard includes a larger trackpad, a function key row, and aluminum palm rests.

The iPad Pro now starts at 256GB of storage (twice as much as before), with capacities up to 2TB. It costs $999 for an 11-inch model, with a 13-inch model starting at $1,299. Orders start today, with availability starting May 15th.