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If you’ve been on the fence about Apple’s latest 11-inch iPad Pro, now is a good time to consider taking the plunge. Amazon currently offers the entry-level 128GB model with WiFi for $729. Although it is still a high price, this model was only released a few weeks ago. Also, keep in mind that the offer only applies to the Silver model.
This new iPadPro is a minor update over its 2021 predecessor. The power supply is Apple’s updated M2 chip – the same silicon inside the latest Macbook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The new chip makes the tablet a bit faster than the last model, powering heavy multitasking, media editing and the most demanding games.
The 2022 iPad Pro also adds a new hover feature that lets you hold the second-generation Apple Pencil to the screen to preview inputs and effects. While that alone isn’t reason enough to upgrade, it’s a fun detail that could become integral when software developers adapt their apps for it. The high-end tablet also supports WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 networks.
If you own the 2021 iPad Pro, it’s probably not the generation to upgrade to. The M2 chip and hover feature are welcome additions, but everything else is unchanged from last year’s model. That includes the screen, chassis, cameras and battery – it’s a minor update to a tablet that was already overkill for most people’s iPad workflows.
Still, this model is the company’s best 11-inch model and an impressive hybrid device when you add the magic keyboard. In addition, the M2 chip works smoothly with Manager, Apple’s response to persistent criticism of iPadOS software not keeping up with cutting-edge iPad hardware. Stage Manager lets you keep up to four apps open in a single group with resizable overlapping windows. While the multitasking feature still feels like a work in progress, we expect Apple to continue tweaking and refining it in future software updates.
If you’re considering upgrading to this model from an older iPad Pro, this will also be your introduction to Center Stage. The feature uses machine learning to track your faces (and those of others) during a video call in apps like FaceTime and Zoom. The frame follows you if you move sideways or go from sitting to standing. And if someone else enters the frame, they also move to bring them into the shot.
If you prefer a larger screen, Amazon also offers 12.9 inch model for $1,069, which is $30 off what you’d pay at Apple. Although it’s less of a price cut, this model’s screen is bigger and more vibrant with mini-LED technology.