Overview of the new iPad Pro M4: all in finesse

Overview of the new iPad Pro M4: all in finesse
Overview of the new iPad Pro M4: all in finesse

New chip, new design, new accessories. If Apple has been resting on its laurels for some time with its iPad Pro range, this year it is more difficult to be choosy. The tablets have had the right to major developments, which has not happened since 2018. Even more impressive, their size is getting smaller: only 5.3 mm for the 11″ model, and 5.1 mm for the version 13″. It’s thinner than an iPod nano, but also much thinner than the big Apple Pencil Pro which clips onto its edge.

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The box is thinner, Apple no longer delivers a charging pad (model 2024 on the right and 2022 on the left). Image: iGeneration.

We could say that after all, what’s the point of being thinner? I have had a 12.9″ iPad Pro for almost 5 years, the panel and finesse of which continue to amaze guests who see it lying around on the living room table. If the benefit of this slimming treatment was not necessarily obvious during the keynote, it’s not the same thing once the product is in your hands.

The 13″ iPad Pro is thinner than an iPod nano. Image: iGeneration.

Even the most jaded tech journalist will be sure to have a look of astonishment upon lifting the tablet for the first time before turning it from every angle. You immediately feel the difference with previous models, which makes the tablet much more pleasant to handle. More than ever, technology is being forgotten and brings the iPad 13″ closer to a sort of super A4 sheet that would not stand out in a science fiction film. The small model loses around twenty grams, making it even easier to forget at the bottom of a bag.

The new iPad Pro 13″ on the left and a 2020 model on the right (with a protective screen). Image: iGeneration.

In terms of changes, we note that the photo block has changed slightly following the disappearance of the ultra-wide-angle. We will not be able to make spatial videos for the Vision Pro with this device, but we are however being told an improved flash for scanning documents. The SIM drawer has also bowed out, with tablets only supporting eSIM.

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The iPad turns on, revealing the second big change in this iPad Pro: the OLED tandem screen, which merges two panels to make one. We are promised blacker blacks, contrasts “ incredible » and colors « sublime “. We’ll wait to see what the details are, but first impressions are good. The difference is noticeable just in the menus, with the wallpaper seeming much more sparkling.

Unsurprisingly, it’s an iPad Pro. Image: iGeneration.

One of the original features of this year comes from the appearance of a model with nanotextured glass, reserved for the 1 and 2 TB versions. This option results in a gray veil reducing reflections and designed for the most demanding users from a point of view. from a colorimetric point of view. The effect is surprising, giving the impression that the tablet is a fake reproduction found in shop windows or on the shelves of certain stores. Generous, Apple even slipped a cloth into the box of this model (but skipped the stickers).

The nanotextured screen is slightly grainier. Image: iGeneration.

Under the hood, the brand new M4 chip inaugurated on this high-end tablet. This is a first and we feel that Apple couldn’t wait to present it to us: the M3 generation made its debut barely 6 months ago, in October 2023. Power had never really been lacking on an iPad and will be here undoubtedly at the rendezvous. Apple has above all refined the Neural Engine, a brain dedicated to automatic learning on which it intends to rely to win in the AI ​​race.

Despite this very sexy first taste, several concerns remain. Is not it too much thin, and potentially too fragile? Is this excess of power of any interest on an iPadOS whose limits are quickly felt? Is the OLED screen really a game changer? So many questions that we will try to answer in our test, coming soon on iGeneration.

The big and small iPad Pro. Image: iGeneration.

The new iPad Pro M4 are available today from €1,219 for the 11″ model and €1,569 for the 13-inch version. You can buy them directly from the Apple Store, but also from various resellers such as Amazon or Fnac The basic storage is set at 256 GB and you can then upgrade to 512 GB, 1 TB or 2 TB.

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