Apple Inc. quietly announced upgrades to two of its iPad models Tuesday, through announcements lacking the fanfare of the company’s recent iPhone 14 debut. Instead of hosting an event to reveal the iPad updates as it did for the iPhone, Apple
simply announced the refreshed devices in a series of press releases. The company is enhancing its iPad Pro with the inclusion of its faster M2 chip and also delivering speed upgrades in its new base-level iPad.
The M2 chip seems to be the biggest change in the new iPad Pro. Apple says the chip has a central processing unit (CPU) that’s up to 15% faster than what was on the prior-generation M1 chip, while the graphics processing unit (GPU) can bring up to 35% faster graphics performance. Apple suggests the chip will prove helpful to power users, such as “photographers editing massive photo libraries and designers manipulating complex 3D objects.” The iPad Pro also supports a “hover” feature for the Apple Pencil, which detects the pencil up to 12 millimeters above the display so that users can see a preview of their mark before they touch the screen to draw or write. The 11-inch iPad Pro will begin at $799 for the Wi-Fi version and $999 for the cellular version, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1,099 with just Wi-Fi and $1,299 with the cellular option. Apple also updated its base iPad model, this time moving the front-facing camera to the landscape …