Apple announced major upgrades to its iPad Pro tablets at its 20 April Spring Loaded event, including the addition of the new M1 chip which launched last November in the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini computers.
So what can you expect from the new iPad Pro with M1?
The design hasn’t really changed. Both the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9in have the same bezels and colour – with only the 12.9in option only getting 0.5mm thicker and 41g heavier.
What you do get is up to 50% faster performance, thanks to the M1’s 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, along with 40% faster graphics compared to the 2020 iPad Pro. There’s also the 5G connectivity if you tack £150 more to the non-cellular prices.
Another major update is the addition of the ‘Liquid Retina XDR display’, borrowed from the Apple Pro Display XDR monitor – though on the 12.9in iPad Pro only.
The XDR display uses mini-LED technology, allowing a full screen brightness of 1000 nits, a peak brightness of 1600nits, and a 1million-to-1 contrast ratio. Apple promises a “stunning visual experience” that should be true to the most nuanced differences in detail, even in the darkest images.
Other upgrades include the addition of Thunderbolt connectivity and USB 4, while a new adaptive video-call feature called Centre Stage allows users to stay centred in the frame at all times.
We’ve separately covered all the latest features arriving in the new iPad Pro tablets if you want to know more. You can catch up on Apple’s Spring Loaded event here if you missed it or want to see it again.
Here, we’re covering everything you need to know about getting your hands on the new iPad Pro 12.9 and Pro 11, including pricing, availability, and release dates.
When does the new iPad Pro (3rd gen) release?
The iPad Pro 12.9in and iPad Pro 11in will be available to pre-order on Friday 30 April ahead of sales in the second half of May. Apple hasn’t confirmed a specific date in May but we’ll update you as soon as we know.
The new iPad Pro devices will be available in silver and space gray with up to 2TB of storage.
Where to buy the iPad Pro 11in and iPad Pro 12.9in with M1
The iPad Pro devices will be available to order directly from Apple on 30 April.
We also expect the following retailers will stock the new iPad Pro tablets, as they currently offer the 2nd-gen iPad Pro:
While neither networks have confirmed pricing, Vodafone has confirmed that it will offer the iPad Pro devices on Unlimited and Unlimited Max plans.
Other network and contract retailers to watch include:
How much does the new iPad Pro 12.9 with M1 cost?
The good news is Apple has slashed £20 off the starting price on the 11in model in the UK, but the US starting price remains at $799.
iPad Pro 11 M1 with Wi-Fi prices
- Pad Pro 11in (2021, 128GB): £749/$799
- iPad Pro 11in (2021, 256GB): £849/$899
- iPad Pro 11in (2021, 512GB): £1,049/$1,099
- iPad Pro 11in (2021, 1TB): £1,399/$1,499
- iPad Pro 11in (2021, 2TB): £1,749/$1,899
iPad Pro 11 M1 with Wi-Fi and Cellular (5G) prices
- iPad Pro 11in (2021, 128GB, cellular): £899/$999
- iPad Pro 11in (2021, 256GB, cellular: £999/$1,099
- iPad Pro 11in (2021, 512GB, cellular): £1,199/$1,299
- iPad Pro 11in (2021, 1TB, cellular): £1,549/$1,699
- iPad Pro 11in (2021, 2TB, cellular): £1,899/$2,099
How much does the new iPad Pro 12.9in with M1 cost?
iPad Pro 12.9 M1 with Wi-Fi prices
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2021, 128GB): £999/$1,099
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2021, 256GB): £1,099/$1,199
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2021, 512GB): £1,299/$1,399
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2021, 1TB): £1,649/$1,799
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2021, 2TB): £1,999/$2,199
iPad Pro 12.9 M1 with Wi-Fi and Cellular (5G) prices
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2021, 128GB, cellular): £1,149/$1,299
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2021, 256GB, cellular): £1,249/$1,399
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2021, 512GB, cellular): £1,449/$1,599
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2021, 1TB, cellular): £1,799/$1,999
- iPad Pro 12.9in (2021, 2TB, cellular): £2,149/$2,399