Apple Unveils New ARM-Based iMac and iPad Pro Models with M1 Chip

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During today’s Spring Loaded event, Apple announced the latest additions to its growing ARM-based M1 chip family: the iMac and iPad Pro. Apple’s new iMac is said to boast 85 percent faster CPU performance and 2x faster GPU performance over the older 21.5-inch model, while the new iPad Pro reportedly delivers 50 percent more CPU performance and 40 percent faster GPU performance over its A12Z Bionic-powered predecessor. Apple’s new iMac with 7-core GPU ($1,299), 11-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi ($799), 11-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi + Cellular ($999), 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi ($1,099), and 12.9-inch iPad Pro with WiFi + Cellular ($1,299) will be available to order on beginning Friday, April 30.

The new iMac offers powerful performance in a design that’s just 11.5 millimeters thin, with a striking side profile that practically disappears. Available in an array of vibrant colors to match a user’s personal style and brighten any space, iMac features a 24-inch 4.5K Retina display with 11.3 million pixels, 500 nits of brightness, and over a billion colors, delivering a brilliant and vivid viewing experience. The new iMac also includes a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, studio-quality mics, and a six-speaker sound system — the best camera and audio ever in a Mac. Also, Touch ID comes to iMac for the first time, making it easier than ever to securely log in, make purchases with Apple Pay, or switch user profiles with the touch of a finger.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro features a new Liquid Retina XDR display that brings extreme dynamic range to iPad Pro, offering a stunning visual experience with more true-to-life details to the most demanding HDR workflows. Cellular models with 5G deliver even faster wireless connectivity when on the go, and to provide users with pro-level throughput for high-speed accessories, iPad Pro now includes support for Thunderbolt. Additionally, an all-new Ultra Wide front camera enables Center Stage, a new feature that automatically keeps users perfectly framed for even more engaging video calls.

Sources: Apple (1, 2)

Tsing Mui
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