Alongside the iMac (2021), Apple also unveiled the iPad Pro (2021) during its Spring Loaded Apple Event. The new iPad Pro comes in two sizes: 11-inch and 12.9-inch. While everyone was expecting Apple to introduce a Mini-LED display with the new iPad Pro, the biggest surprise came with the M1 processor. Yes, the iPad Pro (2021) comes equipped with the ultra-powerful Apple M1 processor that is also used in the MacBook Air (2020), Mac Mini (2020), and the iMac (2021). The new iPad Pro also features a 12MP wide-angle front-facing camera, 5G, and a Thunderbolt 4 port. Let us have a look at its pricing and specifications.
Apple iPad Pro (2021) Price in India, Pre-Order Date, Availability
The Apple iPad Pro (2021) price in India is ₹71,900 for the 11-inch version and ₹99,900 for the 12.9-inch version. It features 128GB storage by default, but you can configure up to 2TB of internal storage. The iPad Pro (2021) also comes in Wi-Fi-only and 5G variants. The fully-decked-out version of the 11-inch iPad Pro (2021) with 5G and 2TB storage costs ₹1,84,900, while the 12.9-inch version with 5G and 2TB storage goes as high as ₹2,12,900.
The new iPad Pro can be pre-ordered in India from April 30, and it will start shipping from the second half of May 2021.
Apple iPad Pro (2021) Specifications, Features
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The Apple iPad Pro features the same M1 processor that is used in the MacBook Air (2020), Mac Mini (2020), and the iMac (2021). The M1 features an 8-core CPU and an 8-core GPU. Thanks to its 5nm build and a powerful GPU, the M1 chipset inside the iPad Pro (2021) can drive 6K HDR displays such as the Apple Pro Display XDR. It also features a 16-core Apple Neural Engine and an advanced ISP (Image Signal Processor). Apple claims that M1 has a 50% faster CPU and 40% faster GPU than the iPad Pro (2020)’s A12Z processor.
The new iPad Pro has up to 16GB RAM (8GB RAM by default) and up to 2TB storage that’s twice as fast as the previous-generation iPad Pro. The entry-level variant of the iPad Pro has 128GB storage, but it can be configured with 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of storage. The new tablet from Apple also features a Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C port, which can be used for charging, data transfer, accessories, and 6K HDR display output. It has a 40Gbps data transfer rate, similar to all modern MacBooks, iMacs, iMac Pros, Mac Pros, and Mac Minis.
Similar to last year’s iPad Pro, the iPad Pro (2021) comes in two screen sizes: 11-inch and 12.9-inch. While the 11-inch version uses the same IPS LCD screen as that of the iPad Pro (2020), the 12.9-inch version uses the brand-new Liquid Retina XDR Display with Mini-LED backlighting. Apple claims that the new display has a whopping 10,000 Mini-LEDs and 2,500 local dimming zones. It has a peak brightness of 1,600 nits (1,000 nits sustained) and improved contrast ratio (10,00,000:1) as well as deeper black levels. The new screen also supports a 120Hz variable refresh rate, WCG (Wide Colour Gamut), True Tone, and HDR (HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision).
The new iPad Pro features the same quad-speaker setup as that of last year’s model and a five studio-quality microphone setup. It brings a completely new 12MP front-facing camera, and Apple calls it Center Stage. Thanks to its wide field-of-view, the 12MP Center Stage camera on the iPad Pro (2021) can pan to track multiple users and zoom in on them during video calls. At the rear, the new iPad Pro features the same 12MP+10MP+LiDAR triple-camera setup as that of last year’s iPad Pro. It can record 4K 60fps videos using front and rear-facing cameras. There is a True Depth camera, too, for Face ID user authentication.
The iPad Pro (2021) features GPS, eSIM, 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.0. The 11-inch iPad Pro is powered by a 28.65WHr battery, while the 12.9-inch version is powered by a 40.88WHr battery. Both versions can last up to 10 hours of video playback on a single charge. The iPad Pro (2021) is compatible with Apple Pencil (2nd Gen), Magic Keyboard, and the Smart Keyboard Folio.