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If you’ve been about on the fence Apple’s latest 11-inch iPad Pro, now is a good time to consider taking the plunge. Amazon currently has the entry-level 128GB with Wi-Fi model for $729. While that’s still a steep price, this model was only released a few weeks ago. Also note that the deal only applies to the Silver model.
This new iPad Pro is a minor update to its 2021 predecessor. It’s powered by Apple’s updated M2 chip – the same silicon found in the latest MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The new chip makes the tablet a bit faster than the previous model, helping it through heavy multitasking, media editing and the most demanding games.
The 2022 iPad Pro also adds a new hover that lets you hover the second-generation Apple Pencil above the screen to preview inputs and effects. While that alone isn’t reason enough to upgrade, it’s a nice detail that can become an integral part as software developers tailor their apps to 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. 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 too much 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 in the Magic Keyboard. Plus, the M2 chip works smoothly with Stage Manager, Apple’s response to persistent criticism that the iPadOS software doesn’t keep pace with the very latest 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 is also your introduction to Center Stage. The feature uses machine learning to track your (and others’) faces during a video call in apps like FaceTime and Zoom. The frame follows you when you move to the side or go from sitting to standing. And if someone else comes into the picture, it also revolves around bringing that person into the picture.
If you prefer a larger screen, Amazon also has the 12.9-inch model for $1,069, that’s $30 off what you’d pay at Apple. While that’s less of a price cut, that model’s screen is larger and more vibrant with mini-LED technology.