Apple Unveils New iPad Pro and iPad Air Tablets

Apple iPad Pro and Apple iPad Air Tablets

Apple, the tech giant, announced new versions of its iPad Air and iPad Pro tablets on Tuesday, marking the first update to the iPad product line since October 2022. This is the longest time that Apple has gone without updating the iPad product line since its launch in 2011.

The new iPad Pro, Apple’s most advanced tablet, comes in two sizes: an 11-inch model and a 13-inch model. The company touts the product as its thinnest ever, measuring just 5.1 millimeters thick. The smaller iPad Pro starts at $999, while the larger 13-inch model starts at $1,299 for 256GB of storage, marking a slight price increase from its predecessor.

The iPad Pro will snap into a new case that Apple calls the Magic Keyboard. Made out of aluminum, the case pairs the tablet with a keyboard and trackpad, offering a laptop-like experience. The Magic Keyboard will cost $249 or $299, depending on size. Apple also announced an updated stylus, the Apple Pencil Pro, priced at $129.

The new iPad models are powered by a new Apple chip called the M4, an upgrade from the M3 chips that currently power Apple’s laptops. Apple touts the M4 chip as an “outrageously powerful chip for AI,” capable of powering software that isolates subjects from their backgrounds in videos.

Apple’s iPad Pro tablets will use a new kind of display called the OLED, the same technology Apple uses on its iPhones. The new tablets will be brighter and have more vibrant colors than older models. The company also developed a technology called “tandem OLED” to create the screens, which are branded as Ultra Retina XDR.

The iPad Pro could be a useful tool for professional video producers, and Apple announced a new app called Final Cut Camera that can control multiple iPhone cameras. The iPad Pro comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera that can record 4K video. Apple also announced an update to the camera’s flash, which should make scanning documents easier.

Apple’s iPad Air starts at $599 and has been updated with a faster M2 chip. The iPad Air will come in two sizes: an 11-inch size that matches older models and a larger 13-inch model. The smaller iPad costs $599 for 128GB of storage, and the larger iPad starts at $799.

Apple has also moved the front-facing camera to the longer side of the device — landscape mode — to be better for videoconferencing, matching Apple’s more-expensive iPad Pro models. The iPad Air will be available in stores next week and comes in a variety of colors, including blue, purple, and gold.

In addition to these updates, Apple also dropped the price of its entry-level iPad to $349, down from its previous $429 price.

The new tablets and accessories are up for preorder now and will go on sale next week.

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