iPad Pro features a new Ultra Wide camera with a 12MP sensor and a 122‑degree field of view, making it perfect for FaceTime and the new Center Stage feature. It’s also great for epic Portrait mode selfies. And it works with the TrueDepth camera to securely unlock iPad Pro with Face ID
The iPad Pro has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to hardware performance, and the new M1-based 11-inch iPad Pro pushes that even further, offering PC-like performance on a tablet.
That said, it feels like the iPad is at a stage where Apple really needs to up its software game to match the hardware, and even the upcoming iPadOS 15 doesn’t really take advantage of the power available to it.
That’s not to say the screen on the new 11-inch iPad Pro is bad – far from it.
It’s the same stellar IPS panel found on the previous generation of iPads, with Pro Motion 120Hz display, and combined with Apple’s M1 chipset that’s new to the iPad, it makes apps fly.
The iPad has never felt slow but the specs on this latest generation give it plenty of future-proofing headroom for years to come.
You can equip the new iPad Pro with 16GB of RAM and 2TB of storage –specs that match those of the highest-end M1 based MacBook Pro.
There’s also support for 5G connectivity, through a physical or eSIM, for accessing your data on the go, while the USB port has also been upgraded with Thunderbolt support.
Last, and certainly not least, is the new ultra-wide front-facing camera. It includes Apple’s new Center Stage feature, which tracks subjects or zooms into the scene based on what’s in the frame – the way it works is pure Apple magic.
The question that remains, however, is why has Apple endowed the iPad Pro range with what feels like a surfeit of power.
Apple will say that it’s in order to make to make the best iPad it can, but the restrictive iPadOS doesn’t really allow you to take full advantage of all the power that’s on tap – multi-tasking still isn’t very intuitive, external display support is weak, file management is still very basic, and options to expand the iPad’s functionality via accessories is still limited.