Externally the same, internally radically different. Marques Brownlee reviews the brand new iPad Pro with Apple’s M1 chip.

This week has been a busy one for Apple, as they announced Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio are coming to Apple Music on Monday, the iMac review embargo was lifted yesterday, and now iPad Pro review have started coming out too. Both the new M1 iMac and M1 iPad Pro start shipping and appearing in stores this Friday.

Apple debuted the new iPad Pro during their Spring Loaded event last month. iPad Pro’s big feature for both models is of course Apple’s M1 chip. A significant jump from the already industry leading A12Z found on the previous generation tablet. iPad Pro is the fifth device to receive the M1, after Mac mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac 24-inch.

Marques Brownlee talks over the highlights of using the M1 iPad Pro. This includes how the increased RAM means apps stay active in the background… seemingly forever, how even the most power hungry users will likely never hit a wall in terms of performance, the super bright mini-LED XDR display on the 12.9-inch, the limitations placed on the tablet due to iPadOS, and hopes for improvements with iPadOS 15, which we should see at WWDC next month.

The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 for 128GB of storage and WiFi connectivity. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1099 for 128GB of storage and WiFi connectivity. Both come in Space Gray or Silver. You can pay extra for more storage (which comes with more RAM), 5G cellular and an Apple Pencil or keyboard

iPad Pro 11-inch
iPad Pro 12.9-inch