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iPad Pro with M2 chip announced – capture ProRes video and use Davinci Resolve

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Apple announced the new iPad Pro with the M2 chip, which they claim offers the ultimate combination of portability, versatility and performance. What probably interests our readers the most is the ability to use DaVinci Resolve.

Capture ProRes video and use Davinci Resolve

With the new media engine and image signal processor, combined with the cameras, users can capture ProRes video for the first time and transcode ProRes footage up to 3x faster. This means content creators can capture, edit and publish video from a single device in the field.

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You can also run several pro apps available for the iPad, including DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Publisher 2 iPad, Octane X, uMake, and more.

Now, DaVinci Resolve is not yet available for the iPad Pro. Apple has given no indication of its release or cost. It will be interesting to see if the iPad version will be able to run the full DaVinci Resolve suite or if it will be a stripped down version.

It’s also interesting to see Apple leaving a third-party program that can be used as a very capable NLE on its mobile platform when FCP isn’t available.

iPad Pro in Space Grey.

M2 chip

iPad Pro in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes.

The M2 features an 8-core CPU which is claimed to be up to 15% faster than the M1, with advancements in performance and efficiency, and a 10-core GPU, delivering graphics performance up to 35% faster. Combined with the CPU and GPU, the 16-core Neural Engine can process 15.8 trillion operations per second, which is 40% more than the M1.

The M2 chip also features 100 GB/s of unified memory bandwidth, 50% more than the M1, and supports up to 16 GB of unified memory.

Apple Pencil hover experience

Apple Pencil is now detected up to 12mm above the screen, allowing users to preview their mark before making it. It also allows users to draw and illustrate with greater precision. For example, with Scribble, text fields automatically expand as the pen approaches the screen, and handwriting converts to text even faster. Third-party apps can also take advantage of this new feature to enable entirely new marking and drawing experiences.

Faster wireless connectivity

A woman using an iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio.

The new iPad Pro supports the fastest Wi-Fi connections with support for Wi-Fi 6E. Downloads are claimed at up to 2.4 Gb/s, 2x faster than the previous generation. Wi-Fi + Cellular models with 5G (sub-6GHz and mmWave) now support more 5G networks worldwide.

iPadOS 16

iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard connected to Studio Display using Stage Manager on iPadOS 16.

Along with major updates to Messages, new tools in Mail and Safari, the new Weather app, and more ways to interact with photos and videos with Live Text and Visual Look Up, iPadOS 16 also introduces powerful productivity features that enhance the iPad Pro experience. :

  • Manager is an all-new multitasking experience that automatically organizes apps and windows, making it quick and easy to switch between tasks. Later this year, Stage Manager will unlock full external display support with resolutions up to 6K, so users can organize the perfect workspace and work with up to four apps on iPad and up to four apps on the external display.
  • Desktop apps enable new features optimized for display on iPad Pro – making apps perform better with new elements and interactions, including consistent undo and redo, redesigned online find and replace experience, new document menu , customizable toolbars, and the ability to change file extensions, view folder size in Files, and more.
  • Reference mode enables the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Liquid Retina XDR display to meet color demands in workflows such as review and approval, color grading, and composition, where accurate color and consistent image quality are essential. This means professional users, including photographers and videographers, can edit HDR images and video with all the realistic detail in their hands, and on-set cinematographers can preview content in a color profile. which represents the final capture.
iPad Pro customizing pages on iPadOS 16.
iPad Pro using Reference Mode in Frame.io on iPadOS 16.

Price and availability

iPad Pro in silver with a white Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil, and space gray with a black Magic Keyboard.

The new iPad Pro is available to order starting today, October 18, at apple.com/store and in the Apple Store app in 28 countries and regions, including the WEavailable in stores from Wednesday 26 October.

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in Silver and Space Gray finishes with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB configurations.

The 11-inch iPad Pro is starting to $799 USD for Wi-Fi model and $999 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model; the 12.9-inch iPad Pro begins to $1,099 USD for the Wi-Fi model, and $1,299 USD for the Wi-Fi + Cellular model.

Apple Pencil (2nd generation), available for purchase separately, is compatible with the new iPad Pro for $129.

Magic Keyboard is available in black and white for $299 for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and $349 USD for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with layouts in over 30 languages.

The Smart Keyboard Folio for the new iPad Pro is available for $179 USD for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and $199 USD for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The Smart Folio is available in black, white and navy blue for $79 for the new 11-inch iPad Pro and $99 USD for the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

iPadOS 16, the powerful operating system designed specifically for iPad, will be available from Monday, October 24 and will ship free with the new iPad Pro. iPadOS 16 will be available as a free software update for iPad (5th generation and later), iPad mini (5th generation and later), iPad Air (3rd generation and later), and all iPad Pro models.

Customers can trade in their current iPad and get credit to buy a new one. When their device has been received and verified, Apple will credit the value to their payment method.