The new Apple iPad Pro (2022) is here with the same Apple M2 chip found in Macbook laptops. There aren’t many other obvious updates – the cameras are the same as last year and the overall design is as well. Still, that M2 chip should provide plenty of power for the multi-screen and multitasking capabilities that come with the new iPad OS 16.1.
In addition to the new M2 chip, the iPad Pro (2022) can do new things with the Apple Pencil 2. The tablet can detect when the pencil is within 12mm of the screen and behave accordingly. This means advanced features in art and drawing applications, but also new ideas for the interface and text input.
The new iPad Pro (2022) models will connect to networks better than ever before. Wi-Fi is updated to include WI-Fi 6E, a new flavor of Wi-Fi 6 that differentiates a new radio band for compatible devices only. There are also new bands available for the iPad Pro connected to the 5G network (2022), making it more compatible with 5G networks around the world.
The iPad Pro (2021) was one of our favorites from last year, as Apple’s Pro tablets offer plenty of power and great-looking displays. We haven’t had a chance to review the new iPad Pro yet, but if the company continues its winning streak, the 2022 version could be one of the best tablets of 2022.
Most of these new updates and features are aimed at making the iPad Pro (2022) an even better laptop replacement. Apple will need to step up its game here, not least because it has strong competition from Samsung, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.
We are planning to give this tablet a full review and until then we have listed all the information provided by Apple. Keep checking back to learn more as we get to know the new iPad Pro even better.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Apple’s sixth-generation tablet designed for professionals
- When do you leave? October 26, with immediate pre-order available
- How much does it cost? $799/£899/AU$1,399 and up and up and up
iPad Pro (2022) Pricing and Availability
Apple didn’t throw a big party for its new iPad Pro (2022), just a tweet from CEO Tim Cook and an announcement a few hours later. This fits the new models, which are more of a silent internal upgrade than a major upgrade from previous years.
The new 11-inch iPad Pro is $799 / £899 / AU$1,399, which is especially fair to you UK friends who get a £100 price cut rather than a price increase this year , like you did with the iPhone 14 Pro. If you want an iPad Pro with 5G cellular, it starts at $999/£1,079/AU$1,399.
The 12.9-inch iPad, which comes with a higher-quality screen than the 11-inch, costs $1,099/£1,249/AU$1,399. For a 5G connected model, you’ll pay $1,299/£1,429/AU$2,149.
These prices increase as you add storage, and there’s a lot of storage to add. Apple sells the iPad Pro in increments of 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB / 2TB of storage. The 2TB iPad Pro (2022) is twice as expensive as the already expensive 128GB model.
iPad Pro 2022 Specifications and Features
The most significant upgrade for the iPad Pro (2022) is in the Apple M2 chip inside, the same chip Apple uses in its Macbook and Macbook Pro laptops. In other words, this isn’t a smartphone, it’s a complete computer inside. Apple says the new chip will be 15% faster in processing cores, but that only tells part of the story.
The iPad Pro’s new M2 chip will have an improved media engine. This means that it will be able to play more complicated, high-resolution audio and video formats, including Apple ProRes video recordings.
It also has improved image processing and will be the first iPad with cameras capable of recording video in the Apple ProRes format. Apple points out that this is the only device capable of recording a ProRes video, editing it and publishing it.
Cameras do not receive an update. There is a 12MP main camera and a 10MP ultra-wide camera on the back, the same as last year. There is a 12MP TrueDepth selfie camera on the front.
In fact, there doesn’t seem to be any other real hardware upgrades unless you count the new ways the iPad Pro can interact with the Apple Pencil 2. The iPad Pro’s screen can detect when the Pencil 2 is nearby, within 12 mm, then it will allow developers to create interactions when the pen is hovering.
This is most obvious in art and design apps, but Apple has also shown how focus features will be used across the OS. When you hover over a text box, it expands, allowing you to write with your pencil. The new iPad Pro (2022) has improved handwriting recognition performance.
iPad Pro 2022 design and display
Apple hasn’t changed the look of the iPad Pro (2022) for this year, and that’s fine, though maybe a few more color choices besides silver and space gray would have been nice.
Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch feature the magnetic connector on the side for peripherals, as well as a USB-C port with Thunderbolt 4 capabilities. There are two speakers at the top and two speakers at the bottom of the device. iPad Pro (2022).
Cell phone models retain the SIM card tray, although Apple has started to remove the SIM tray from US iPhone 14 family devices.
If you buy the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, you will get a better display than the smaller 11-inch model. Both screens have a pixel density of 264ppi. The smaller screen is 2388 x 1668 pixels and the larger screen is 2732 x 2048 pixels, but that’s not the biggest difference.
The larger 12.9-inch screen uses Apple XDR mini-LED backlight technology, with full local matrix dimming. This means the IPS display will look and work more like an OLED display, with very high contrast and excellent colors. In fact, Apple has special features in iPad OS 16 to use the 12.9-inch iPad Pro as a color reference screen for publishing jobs.
iPad Pro 2022 Cameras and Battery
While the iPad Pro’s (2022) cameras don’t get a real update this year, the tablet’s videography abilities have definitely improved, thanks to the new Apple M2 chip.
The main camera is still 12MP, with a 10MP ultra wide-angle camera on the side. On the front is a 12MP TrueDepth selfie camera that can handle face unlock.
On the M2 chip, Apple has added hardware-accelerated encoding and decoding for a variety of video formats, including ProRes video. The new iPad Pro is the first iPad that can record video in ProRes compression at up to 4K resolution at 30 fps.
In fact, if you buy the lowest storage option, Apple won’t let you record in 4K, you can only go for 1080p full HD. This is unfortunate, but at around 7GB per minute of 4K recording, you would run out of space very quickly. The iPhone 14 Pro has the same limitation.
So while the camera hasn’t received an update, the iPad Pro is now a much more capable video editing device, even if you have to use it to record footage.
For battery life, Apple claims the iPad Pro (2022) will get up to ten hours while browsing the web or watching videos over Wi-Fi and nine hours on mobile. The 11-inch model uses a 28.65-watt-hour battery, while the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro gets a 40.88-watt-hour cell.