Apple is fond of declaring that the iPad Pro isn’t a computer. But at its “Spring Loaded” event on Tuesday, it unveiled new 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros that are so well equipped they could do a darn good impression of one.
The new models are built around exactly the same M1 chip that’s in Apple’s newest Macs. They’re available with up to 16 GB of RAM and 2 TB of storage, trouncing any previous iPad and matching a nicely appointed Mac. They’re the first iPads with Thunderbolt, a useful connectivity standard—long available on Macs—for industrial-strength tasks such as hooking up to a big display. Apple even says that the 12.9-inch model’s mini-LED screen rivals the one on the company’s $5,000 Pro Display XDR.
When Apple introduced the capable new iPad Air last fall, the difference between the iPad Pro and the rest of the iPad line shrank. Now, with these potent new Pro models, that gap just opened up again.
Apple clearly envisions the iPad…