There were rumors of an M2 iPad Pro, but that was just the beginning of Apple’s announcements yesterday. The company has released a ton of new hardware, but let’s start with its most powerful new tablet. The iPad Pro ($799), powered by its M2 chip, offers up to 15 percent faster performance than the M1, according to Apple. It also gets WiFi 6E support and a new “hover” experience for Apple Pencil. With a second-generation Apple Pencil, the iPad Pro recognizes the peripheral device when it is up to 12mm from the display. If you hover your cursor over the display, you can preview any markers you want to create before actually applying them. When you place the Apple Pencil near the Scribble app, text boxes will automatically expand. The updated Pro will be released on October 26th.
The new entry-level iPad has been given a major makeover, including USB-C charging and a landscape camera. The new model borrows the thin bezel of higher-end models and embeds the fingerprint reader that’s built into the sleep/wake button. There is no longer a home button here. It’s more expensive, though: the redesigned iPad starts at $449 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model. It also starts on October 26th. Alongside these new models, after a slight delay, Apple has also announced that iPadOS 16 will land on October 24th.
Rounding out the spate of Apple announcements is a new $129 Apple TV 4K model. It has an A15 chip, 64GB of storage and HDR10+ support, with a 128GB Apple TV 4K option adding Gigabit Ethernet. Both new Apple TVs also support WiFi 6. All pre-order details can be found here.
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