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New iPad Pro (2022): release date, price, features and specs

TechRadar logo TechRadar 10/18/2022 Ruben Circelli
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There was much speculation that Apple was to host another event after its yearly September iPhone event to announce new iPads, but Apple has gone ahead and published a number of press releases announcing new iPads instead, including the all-new iPad Pro (2022).

If you don't know, iPad Pro is Apple's flagship tablet the tech giant aims at more professional users interested in having a powerful, capable tablet that can be used to do video editing, image editing, illustrations, and more on the go with just an iPad. Accordingly, iPad Pros come with premium features and premium pricetags compared to other iPads.

We loved the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021), giving it five-stars in our review, so we at What Hi-Fi? are eagerly anticipating getting our hands on the latest flagship Apple tablet. Of course, you'll have to hold tight for our full review and in-depth comparison between iPad Pro (2021) and iPad Pro (2022), but as it stands, Apple has revealed a load of details about what's coming with the new iPad Pro.

As we get more information, we’ll update this page, so stay tuned, but read on to learn more about Apple's latest Pro tablet...

iPad Pro (2022) release date 

Apple's iPad Pro (2022) is available for pre-order now, 18th October, and it will launch next week on 26th October.

This comes a bit over a year after the launch of the iPad Pro (2021), but it's more or less in line with Apple's release cadence, and pre-orders going live about a week before a full launch is par for the course for Apple.

iPad Pro (2022) price 

iPad Pro (2022) starts at £899 / $799 / AU$1399 for the 11-inch model, while the 12.9-inch model starts at £1249 / $999 / AU$1899.

Compare that with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) that started at £969 / $999 / AU$1649 and you'll see that the U.K. and Australia are seeing pretty significant increases in price, while folks in the USA aren't paying any more for the new Pro.

In general, U.S. pricing tends to be a bit more aggressive than it is in other regions for iPad Pro, but seeing no price increase in the U.S. at all while other regions are seeing hundreds added on is a bit surprising.

Though, it's important to remember that you do get a mini-LED display on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that you don't get on the 11-inch, which helps to explain the gap in price between the two Pro models.

iPad Pro (2022) design 

We weren't expecting much in the way of design changes to a new iPad Pro, and the world has not been disappointed. iPad Pro (2022) is coming with no major changes to its design over iPad Pro (2021). We haven't gotten our hands on the new Pro just yet, so there may well be small changes, but in general, you can expect the new Pro to look and feel the same as last year's Pro.

Rumored changes to iPad Pro (2022)'s design included a glass back, wireless charging support, and the inclusion of a new four-pin connector, but none of these updates appear to be coming with the new Pro, based off what Apple has revealed so far about its latest Pro tablet.

iPad Pro (2022) screen 

iPad Pro (2022) is slated to come with much the same display as iPad Pro (2021). The 11-inch Pro has a Liquid Retina LED-backlit IPS display, while the 12.9-inch Pro has a Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED backlit IPS display.

However, using a similar display isn't necessarily a bad thing. We said the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) had “stunning picture quality” and noted the viewing experience was punchy, crisp, and dynamic. Apple has made a name for itself by offering up gorgeous displays on its devices for years, so while we can't say yet for sure, we wouldn't expect the display in iPad Pro (2022) to be any different.

iPad Pro (2022) features 

New features on iPad Pro (2022) are relatively limited, but there are some meaningful upgrades on offer with Apple's new Pro tablet.

Perhaps the biggest change comes down to the inclusion of the M2 chip. Apple claims the M2's CPU is 15% faster than the M1, while Apple also notes that the M2's CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine together can process 15.8 trillion operations per second which is a 40% increase over the M1.

The M2 chip, according to Apple, also enables ProRes video capture on iPad Pro (2022). Now, Pro users will be able to shoot, transcode, and edit ProRes footage all directly on iPad. Increased efficiency courtesy of a new chip can improve battery life, but Apple is claiming up to 10 hours on a single charge with the new Pro, which is exactly what we found with the iPad Pro (2021) in our testing.

For fans of Apple Pencil, the iPad Pro (2022) is coming with a new 'hover' feature where Apple Pencil can be detected up to 12mm above the display. Now, you'll be able to see previews of your marks before you actually make them, while Apple also promises greater precision with Apple Pencil in general.

Then, Apple is also introducing Wi-Fi 6E support on iPad Pro with iPad Pro (2022). According to Apple, the new Pro is capable of download speeds of up to 2.4Gb/s, making it twice as fast as iPad Pro (2021). Of course, we'll have to test this to verify these claims, but in the world of internet speeds, your mileage will vary depending on where you live and what your connection is like.

Lastly, iPad Pro (2022) is launching with iPadOS 16, which is to include a number of changes and improvements. Some highlights of iPadOS 16 on the new Pro include Stage Manager, a new way to multitask; desktop-class apps; and 'Reference Mode' that enables the 12.9-inch Pro to match color requirements of workflows in a professional color grading environment.

iPad Pro (2022) camera 

The camera setup of iPad Pro (2022) isn’t radically different than that of previous Pros. iPad Pro (2021) sports a 12MP wide camera and a 10MP ultrawide camera in terms of its rear cameras, and iPad Pro (2022) has the same setup.

While 'the same' might not sound especially exciting, in our review of the iPad Pro (2021) we said that iPad Pro "takes perfectly good photos and videos" and that the rear camera array was "of a high enough quality to enable lots of interesting and useful app-based features, such as document scanning and augmented reality experiences." 

iPad Pro (2022) initial thoughts 

To reiterate, we haven't gotten our hands on iPad Pro (2022) just yet, so we can't tell you exactly how it stacks up against other tablets. That being said, the speculation was that iPad Pro (2022) was going to be a modest upgrade over the last model, and this seems very much to be the case.

Without rumored features like a glass back and wireless charging, the new iPad Pro, on paper, looks to be the same as the iPad Pro (2021) with upgraded internal components and a couple new features courtesy of iPadOS 16.

If you're in the market for an iPad Pro and you live in a region where the price hasn't increased substantially, like the U.S., the new iPad Pro seems like the Pro to buy. But if you've already got an iPad Pro or you happen to live in the U.K., where there's been a fairly meaty price increase, you may want to hold back.

We'll be keeping this page updated as we get our hands on the new iPad Pro and do our full review, so stay tuned.

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