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Apple launches new iPad Pro models with M2 chips with little fanfare

There's not much different this time around, but the new M2 chip is a nice perk.
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October 18, 2022
TL;DR
  • The 2022 iPad Pro lineup is here, launched with a press release rather than a traditional event.
  • The new tablets feature the M2 processor, making them a bit more powerful than the previous models.
  • Both tablets are available to order today with retail stores getting them on October 26. The entry-level model is $799.

It seems like only yesterday that Apple was launching the iPhone 14 series. Today, however, the company quietly launched some new iPads in the form of 2022 iPad Pro models. The Cupertino company declined to do a traditional launch event and just pushed out a press release instead.

This was likely a smart move considering there’s not much going on with these new tablets. The 2022 iPad Pro models look the same as the previous generation and even come in the same sizes and with the same general specs. The only major upgrade is the inclusion of the M2 processor, a more powerful version when compared to the M1 of the 2021 iPads in the same price bracket.

Thankfully, Apple left pricing alone this time around. The 11-inch Pro-level iPad starts at $799 for the Wi-Fi-only model with 128GB of internal storage. The similarly spec’d model with LTE onboard starts at $999. Meanwhile, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099 if you only need Wi-FI and 128GB of storage. If you want to throw LTE into the mix, you’ll need to pony up $1,299. Pricing, obviously, goes up from there if you want to add more storage.

You can order your new iPad today but they won’t land in stores until October 26.

Notably, these new iPads will be the first to come with iPadOS 16. This update brings Stage Manager, full external display support, and Reference Mode. If you don’t want a new iPad, though, don’t worry, as iPadOS 16 is coming on October 24 to iPad (5th generation and later), iPad Mini (5th generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), and all past iPad Pro models.

Apple iPad Pro (2022)
Apple iPad Pro (2022)
M2 Processor • iPadOS 16 • Top specs
The 2022 version of the iPad Pro is a powerhouse.
The 2022 iPad Pro (in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch versions) has all the power of the 2021 models but with even more. The inclusion of the M2 silicon promises faster and more efficient processing. Apple also left pricing alone this time around, so you'll pay the same amount this year as you did in the last.