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The best tablets of 2024: Expert tested and reviewed

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The design of the iPad Pro hasn’t changed all that much on the outside from previous generations, but on the inside, you’ll find Apple’s M2 processor which consists of 20 billion transistors — 25% more than the M1. It’s the same exact processor that Apple is using in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. Customers who have bought it praise this processor upgrade, saying it makes the iPad Pro “future-proof” and worth the cost in the long run.

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In our testing, we found it to be faster and more capable than any other iPad model we’ve tested to date, noting the hardware “continues to overpower the software.” You can expect downloads up to 2.4Gbps, twice as fast as the previous model, 15% faster performance, and up to 35% faster graphics performance.

The Pro also supports the 2nd-generation Apple Pencil, and there’s a new hover feature thanks to the M2 chip. “[The feature] monitors when the tip of the Pencil gets near the iPad Pro’s display — within 12 millimeters — to proc unique app interactions via the new hover feature,” Cipriani wrote in his review. “In the Notes app, for example, that means you’ll see a small preview of what the selected tool will look like when you put the tip of the pencil to the screen.”

And, although the differences between the 5th-generation and this 6th-generation model are more subtle, the M2 chip is really what shines here, making it a powerhouse tablet. The iPad Pro, combined with iPadOS and the M2 chip, is as close as you can get to a laptop without actually buying a laptop. 

Apple iPad Pro tech specs: Display: 11-inch Liquid Retina display or 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion and True Tone | Processor: Apple Silicon M2 | Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB | Biometrics: Face ID | Colors: Silver, space gray | Cameras: 12MP wide, 10MP ultrawide rear and 12MP TrueDepth FaceTime front | Weight: 11-inch: 1.03 pounds 12.9-inch: 1.5 pounds | Dimensions: 11-inch: 9.74 x 7.02 x 0.23 inches, 12.9-inches: 11.04 x 8.46 x 0.25-inches| Connections: USB-C Thunderbolt/USB-4 | Battery life: 10 hours

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