Ipad Pro M1 is indeed best of the best, handy + Beast Mode on. And here we go again, this is the brand new M one iPad Pro, it looks almost exactly the same as the last one. And that’s because of the screens not on it almost is the same as the last one. But there are a couple things that are new about this that make it even more of the ultimate iPad, which again, naturally raises the question of like, well, what is an iPad anyway? And what is a computer? I’ll get to that later. So the last iPad Pro wasn’t that long ago. But in short, it had an A 12 Z chip. And that was a spec bump from the previous iPad Pro, which had an A 12x. Now, of course, there were other small bits and things that made last year’s iPad new. But now again, in 2021, we have an even more powerful chip. So this iPad Pro has apples M one inside now the A 12x and a 12 Z were already Apple designed silicone for the iPad. So while we know m one is a different breed, since it’s also Apple design silicone, it’d be tempting to think maybe that’s not that big of a jump like those chips were made for the iPad, How good could M one be? That’d be wrong.
This is a massive performance leap forward M one in this new iPad Pro means that now internally, this tablet is basically the same as the um, one MacBook Air a full blown computer!
That means an eight core CPU, eight core GPU 16 core neural engine. And for the first time, Apple is just openly telling us how much RAM is in the iPad. So that’s eight gigs in the lower storage versions, and 16 gigs of ram in the one terabyte or the new two terabyte iPad configurations, 16 gigs of RAM in an iPad. So it turns out, yeah, this thing flies again, through iPad iOS, I’m sure it’s shocking to you that an even more powerful, even faster chip continues to crush iPad OS in its latest version. But there’s a couple of other like specific unique ways I’ve noticed this.
First of all, even the heaviest, most graphically demanding apps that I use are snappy and blazing fast. That’s probably also as you’d expect, but also with all this RAM. And this is a one terabyte iPad, so it has 16 gigs of RAM, it really seems like nothing ever needs to drop from memory. It’s kind of wild, like we’re already used to a bunch of the most recent apps staying in RAM on the iPad, and that’s great. But here, even the oldest heaviest apps in my multitasking tray, just pick right up where they left off, like Lightroom from hours ago, games, streaming apps, it really feels like this iPads superpower here, stuff just happily sits in RAM all day, and is always ready to go. But even that doesn’t really fully explain the speed. So let me just so so numbers, people we like benchmarks, right, they’re the easy way to contextualize the differences in performance. So remember, when the A 12 Z iPad Pro last year was already pretty far ahead of most other tablets on Geekbench, for example, that was hitting somewhere around 4500 to 4700 on multi core. And so was the a 12x. This one iPad, hit 6900 points, sometimes breaking 7000, that’s just in a completely new stratosphere that’s actually higher than the 16 inch MacBook Pro on the longer more detailed and to to benchmark the A 12 Z was a small bump up over the a 12x. So it went from 717,000 to 723,000. Then M one iPad Pro just casually drops a score of 1,084,000 points. So it’s literally 30 to 45% faster than the last iPad Pro, which was already faster than pretty much every other tablet.
It’s like you just don’t see these types of performance increases year to year that often. So we knew Apple silicon was special. But I mean, it’s just kind of ridiculous. It’s actually kind of a struggle to find the places where a regular user might find this extra performance here. Like I guess that’s the point a regular user is never going to use all of this performance. They’ll get an iPad Air, but hey, this is called the iPad Pro for a reason. And so there are actually a few pro workflows that might be taxing the current iPads are might benefit from the extra headroom in the new one. I did a one hour iMovie export test. The last iPad Pro crushed it in 17 minutes. The M one iPad did it in 12 minutes flat, here’s another 30% improvement for you, after doing a bunch of batch Lightroom imports and exports, for example, or just a bunch of heavier things like that in succession, then of course, this new iPad is going to be great. And then all that RAM makes the heavier edits in Luma fusion, or bigger projects with a lot more layers in Photoshop, that type of stuff.
More snappy, that’s, that’s the real high end benefit here. But there are a few other new things with his iPad Pro two, aside from just performance, it is a little bit thicker and heavier, actually, it’s it’s it’s barely you might not even notice, but it’s we’re talking half a millimeter thicker and 50 grams, but it was enough for me to notice. So I’m mentioning it to you. And it’s actually to accommodate the new M one stuff the new display, which I’ll get to, but also a little bit of a bigger battery, physically speaking in this bigger one. So look at that Apple making a product slightly thicker, for a slightly bigger battery. Nice. The cellular option, which I’m holding is also now 5g, which is pretty sweet. So now in addition to the antenna bands, the cellular iPad now has this little plastic cutout at the bottom next to the speakers just like the 5g iPhones have on the sides, and that USBC port at the bottom.
Now that there’s an M one chip inside is now a Thunderbolt port with USB four speeds up to 40 gigabits per second throughput, which is massive. So if you want to plug in an Ethernet dongle here, you can get 10 Gigabit Ethernet, which, hey, if your setup involves plugging your iPad and Ethernet more power to you.
But also, that’s a huge win for faster file transfers. Again, if you’re importing like a ton of photos straight from the camera through a cable, or even videos, it’s enough bandwidth to now really make a difference. You can also plug straight into the pro display XDR and drive it at full resolution 6k. Again, not sure who set up that is but more power to you. But maybe the most interesting, unexpected change to this new iPad is now actually the front facing camera. So no, they didn’t move it to the middle at the top where it should be. But they did add an ultra wide camera. Now listen, I’m never going to advocate for taking photos on the iPad, it’s just just not going to happen. But something I do on the iPad pretty often is video calls, video chats face times. And this new camera setup with 122 degree field of view is great for that. So basically when you open the camera app first selfie, you’ll see the normal view. But when you zoom out, you’ll see a whole lot more of the scene with that ultra wide.
Now it’s heavily distorted near the edges, even with distortion correction turned on in Settings. Not sure that is actually correcting anything. But hey, an ultra wide camera is really useful despite not solving the problem of being in the wrong place. Now when you’re in a supported app, there’s a new feature called center stage that kicks in and does a pretty good job of basically following a face around that ultra wide frame. So it zooms in a bit and focuses on the face and keeps it kind of near the middle. And if more than one face gets into the frame, it also tries to stay wide enough to keep them both and follow both of them. Overall, it’s pretty simple, just a sort of a neat touch, but it works pretty smoothly most of the time. And I found it a nice addition, that just makes a lot of sense on the iPad. Also, if you ever want to turn this off, you can jump into the settings app, pick the app that you want to turn it off in. And then within the settings you’ll see a center stage checkbox. So there’s no other settings or adjusting it you can just turn it on or off. So if you want to keep it on in FaceTime, but turn it off in zoom, then you can make that happen. If you’re thinking this might also finally let face Id work for more angles. It doesn’t it’s it’s literally just the camera. So the dot projector and infrared stuff is all working the same way it normally does just the cameras wider.
Okay, there’s one last feature that is new on this iPad Pro and really does make a pretty big difference. And that is the screen, this new screen here. So on the bigger one, just the bigger one the bigger 12.9 inch iPad Pro, you’ve got a new liquid retina SDR display. It’s pretty sweet. But the smaller 11 inch iPad Pro basically has the same screen as last year. But this new screen is awesome. Mainly it just it gets way brighter, which is immediately noticeable way more visible if you’re near a window or in bright environment. And it’s a mini LED display with 2500 local dimming zones made up of 10,000 Mini LEDs, all to say you’re going to get a couple things brighter highlights up to 1600 nits for peak brightness fully HDR support and better contrast. So you’re at a million to one contrast ratio. Now. To me honestly, it looks just about as good as OLED. I mean the thing about so much of the content you watch on the iPad is you almost always have those black bars because of the aspect ratio and those look way closer to black now with the black bezels plus There’s all this local contrast and specular highlights just look awesome. So now any shows or videos you want to watch in HDR look that much more impressive. And a full HDR creation workflow is sort of unlocked now from beginning to end. So if you want to shoot and edit and export and upload HDR videos or photos, you can do all of that from this iPad. So now remember when I was saying the you know, the iPhone 12 started shooting Dolby Vision HDR video, but it turns out there wasn’t that many places to actually view it. Well, here’s one more great place to view it on the larger new M one iPad Pro. Now the question that I’m sure is on plenty of minds like it was on mine, when I saw the announcement, why no Mini LED on the smaller and one iPad Pro. And I’m thinking it’s a cost thing. This is just me speculating. You know, it’s it is more expensive.
OLED is also more expensive, but not quite as bright. So this is a great tech to see in the iPad. But it’s kind of a shame, because I really liked the smaller iPad Pro. That’s the one I personally use from back in 2018. Actually, so because this new one doesn’t have this mini LED display, it’s yet another performance bump that I don’t need. So I feel like I’m not going to upgrade. I’m going to keep using my two generation old 11 inch iPad Pro. But yeah, this one is nice. Everything else though about this m one iPad Pro is pretty much exactly the same as last year’s, which is to say, really, really, really good. So the quad speakers are still super loud and sound great, the microphones are still awesome, the body is still all metal, same design. And the dual cameras plus LIDAR are still here on the back. And still great for a tablet plus, actually, the M one chip now allows for smart HDR three from the rear cameras for all you iPad photographers out there. Please don’t. But then again, iPad iOS, is still iPad iOS, which to me really gets me thinking that the iPad iOS 15 update that’s coming up has got to be a pretty significant change to what we have now in iPad, iOS 14.5. Like it’s got to be right. But there’s been some rumors floating around now about some pretty big homescreen changes, widgets being able to drop anywhere on any home screen.
And maybe some more significant multitasking improvements on the iPad. I might keep my eye out at WWDC for something like that. But yeah, I mean, other than that, it’s again, it’s it’s another iPad Pro, doing the same stuff even faster. So if you had some some bottleneck issues, if you had those heavy pro workflows, then you’ll really notice the difference between m one iPad Pro and the already fast, a 12 Z iPad Pro. But yeah, it’s getting kind of ridiculous at this point. All right, a couple other miscellaneous things that didn’t quite fit into the four of you, there is a new magic keyboard for the iPad Pro people were wondering about slightly different. But it’s functionally exactly the same really, it’s just adjusted slightly for the half a millimeter of extra thickness for the iPad. So you can still totally use the old magic keyboard I tried, works perfect, it just might feel a little bit snug when it’s closed. That’s all No biggie and the battery life even though a bunch of variables have changed, still feels about the same, maybe a little bit worse, if anything, because you got to factor in. So now, if your battery life is here, you add a more powerful and one chip, you had 16 gigs of RAM that tons of apps are staying in, you add a mini LED display that’s much brighter, but also a larger battery capacity. So we’ve ended up about the same rating. So at the end of the day, it’s rated for the same 10 hours as the last one. I feel like the magic of the M one is really giving me great standby time. But I was able to run through the battery a little faster at full brightness with high intensity stuff going on, especially when connected to the magic keyboard. Not a huge surprise.
This m one iPad Pro is the ultimate spec bump. Because again, fundamentally, it’s just crushing the same things that any previous iPad Pro could do. Just even faster, with a better screen. And that’s going to be great for a lot of people but I’m just I feel like I’m just impatient for like a better use of all this power. Does that make sense? Like it feels like I’m like, like upgrading to a Ferrari but sitting in city traffic all day. You know what I mean? are like strapping rockets to your car when what you really wanted was a pickup truck. I don’t know if I’m making any sense right now. My point is if it’s a computer, you’re after the M one MacBook Air is the same computer, but it’s cheaper, thinner, it’s lighter. It’s better balanced overall as a computer with the keyboard and the screen is it’s not an iPad, you know, it’s not a touchscreen. It doesn’t have 5g, no center stage, but if it’s a tablet you’re after with the touchscreen with 5g With all the apps with the Apple Pencil with the ZR display all this stuff is Is the goat is the goat of tablets saying it. It can also sort of convert partially into a computer, if you want it to. But as I explored in this video right up here, it isn’t really ready to be like a full time computer for a lot of people just quite yet. But as a tablet, it’s the goat. Matter of fact, here’s a theory to think about, is this new iPad, too good. Meaning like, it feels like the only thing holding this iPad back is Apple protecting the Mac’s a little bit because honestly think about if this iPad got the iOS 15 makeover that I want, if it got Final Cut, it got like a serious keyboard dock that you just plug into and it’s weighted properly and it doesn’t suck on your lap. I wouldn’t have a MacBook. Honestly, I would just use this like would anyone need a laptop? If the software really made the difference? Something to think about all entertain that in the comment section below. Anyway, that’s basically it. Thanks for reading. Peace out