Apple’s New iPad Pros Feature OLED Displays and Slimmest Design Yet

Apple’s “Let Loose” virtual event on May 7, 2024, introduced the new iPad Pro models that are both the thinnest tablets Apple has ever made and the first to feature OLED displays. The sleek new 11-inch and 13-inch models mark a significant leap forward in performance and design, with advanced features aimed at professionals and enthusiasts alike.

The key feature of these iPad Pros is the OLED display, offering perfect blacks, richer color saturation, and enhanced contrast compared to previous LCD and Mini LED screens. This switch to OLED has been a much-anticipated upgrade, especially for fans of the smaller 11-inch size. The new OLED structure provides 1,000 nits of peak full-screen brightness and 1,600 nits for HDR content, ensuring vibrant and immersive visuals.

In terms of design, the 13-inch iPad Pro is only 5.1 millimeters thick, while the 11-inch version measures 5.3 millimeters. Apple claims these are the slimmest devices they’ve ever produced. Despite the reduced thickness, Apple has included its latest M4 chip, which offers a 50% performance boost over the M2 found in the previous iPad Pros. Additionally, the M4 promises the same power as the M2 while using half the energy, resulting in a more efficient tablet.

Both new iPad Pro models come with a minimum storage of 256GB, with pricing starting at $999 for the 11-inch and $1,299 for the 13-inch. Preorders are available now, with the tablets hitting stores on May 15th. Apple’s top-end 13-inch iPad Pro, fully equipped with 5G and nano-texture glass coating, is priced at $2,599, indicating Apple’s ambition to position these devices as laptop replacements.

The front-facing camera has been moved to the correct (landscape) position, enhancing video calls and FaceTime sessions. The rear 12-megapixel camera has an adaptive flash and image stitching for better document scanning.

Apple has also refreshed its accessories. The Magic Keyboard now has a function key row and an aluminum palm rest, providing a premium feel. The Apple Pencil Pro supports squeeze gestures, Find My location tracking, and a gyroscope for more versatile artistic use. These changes add to the versatility and creativity that Apple is promoting with the new iPad Pros.

For more information on Apple’s latest iPad Pros and their features, visit The Verge.