Apple iPad Pro M2 2022: Review

Apple iPad Pro M2 12.9 inch 2022

This is the new iPad Pro m2. You couldn't really tell from the outside because it is exactly the same as the one we got with the M1 chip a year and a half ago. It is the same excellent display. The sweet promotion mini l e d on the 12.9 inch version and l e d on the 11 inch.

It's the same USBC port with Thunderbolt the same battery. Same stereo speakers, same webcam placement, same second gen. Apple pencil support, literally from the outside. You cannot tell it is a new one unless you know that this little bit of text on here that says iPad Pro at the bottom, it used to just say iPad before, so that's new.

iPad Pro M2 vs iPad Pro M1

This one, it has the new M 2 chip inside instead of the M1. So like that can do more stuff, right? Well, no, it does the same stuff but faster. Again, it's the same iPad, but it has an M two chip inside. Now I. The old M1 from a year and a half ago, which to a logical person would imply that this one is capable of something that the old M1 version wasn't capable of. And technically, Yes.

iPad Pro M2: CPU and Graphic Performance

So the M1chip was already ludicrously over the top fast for an iPad. Very powerful. The M2 is another bump up to that. So in raw performance, you're looking at 10 to 15% faster CPU and 30 to 40% faster graphics, all with the same battery life. It's just silly at this point.

It's also still running iPad OS 16 that every previous iPad is also running. But this iPad has more raw horsepower than a lot of mid-range and higher end laptops, even more than Apple's own M1 iMac. So yeah, if there was some theoretical application that you were running on your iPad and the M one just wasn't up to the task, it just wasn't powerful enough to handle it, then this M two iPad may finally be able to handle that.

iPad Pro M2: Wifi 6E

Probably not a real scenario, but this will shorten the time of some exports of your absolute largest video or 3D projects you're doing on the iPad. Oh, you know what else this version has wifi 6 E. So, this one's it's gonna be a little more future proof, a little faster, which is kind of cool, I guess.

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iPad Pro M2: capable of shooting pro re video

iPad Pro M2 is capable of shooting pro re video that I think I heard about. That sounds pretty cool. You might have seen on Apple's site and in their marketing materials that Pro re video capture is one of the new features, but it's actually not in the stock camera app.

Like if you were just getting this iPad just to make it your mobile video studio, like in the commercials, you take it out the box, you fire it up, and you open up the camera settings and you won't find pro res in there because it's not supported by Apple's own iPad camera app.

So you'll require a third party app, like FiLMic Pro for that video studio.

iPad Pro M2: Biggest new feature, the Pencil Hover

Probably the biggest new feature is the pencil hover. iPad Pro M1 does not do that. So, that's exclusive to the M2 for some reason. But yeah, it's the new one. So basically when you get the Apple pencil close to the iPad screen within 12 millimeters, it'll show you a preview of what you're about to do.

So similar to some other professional Wacom tablets, you basically get a little preview of what's about to happen when you put the pen to the screen and then you actually do it. So if you're about to hit an icon or a widget on the home screen, it'll show that. And if you're about to paint or write, It can show that.

And then even if you're doing some watercolor brushes in the Notes app, not only does it show where the brush stroke will be, but it shows you a mix of what two colors would look like if you painted on top of each other. But then you can also adjust the size of the brush stroke with a pinch with one hand while you move the pan around with the other.

It's pretty sick actually. So this works across iPad OS, and all Apples. And then even some third party apps now are also starting to take advantage of this hover thing. So Pixel Later Pro. So it's great. Now, again, I don't know if this would've been impossible to do with the M1 chip, but they didn't.

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iPad Pro M2: The Best iPad ever?

So, that's the difference. But then that's it. It's their best iPad ever. By the small amount of the new Chip ProRes video, wifi 60. Which, you know, got me thinking all the existential questions again of like, what is this product even? Why is this iPad so ridiculously powerful? What, what is an iPad Pro like in 99% of use cases, regular people will never be able to tell the difference between an M1 iPad Pro and an M2 iPad Pro.

That doesn't mean they shouldn't have made it. It's still better if that's cool. But maybe, maybe in those last 1%, the real pros will be able to notice. And feel the difference. And they should definitely get this one over the refurbished M1 iPad Pro. But who, what is that 1% who? What is a pro iPad user?

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What does pro mean in Apple's lineups?

What does pro mean in Apple's lineups, because they use that word a lot. I went through every single product that Apple sells right now that has the word. In the name, and it turns out there's really two definitions, two buckets of what pro is.

One is what you would think pro is, which is professional, which is people who actually make money from using a certain product. And then that money helps them pay for it. It's just a professional relationship. You're a pro user of that product. And the other is an enthusiastic user who likes the high end version.

So this is how I divide it up in their current lineup. Now also, these aren't super rigid lines. I think you could make some arguments. You could argue that some people take enough phone calls on their AirPods Pro, that they are pro AirPods. And there's plenty of MacBook Pro users also who just had money to burn and wanted the one with the nicer screen.

They just got the more expensive one. And there's definitely a professional colorist already down in the comments type in a way that the pro display XDR isn't a real editing display. So, you know, we can bend these lines for sure, but the iPad to me still feels like the, the blurries mix of them all. Maybe it's just cuz I know a lot of these people, but there's clearly a lot of enthusiastic users.

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What is a pro iPad user? Will artists like this iPad?

There are also lot Professionals making the iPad Pro work for their workflow. Maybe they're bending it around the iPad a little bit, but there's lots of people using Pixel Mader and procreate, and the DaVinci Resolve app is coming to the iPad soon.

So that's real hardcore, excellent apps that people are making money with. And using for their work. But then at the same time, like our graphic designer, would probably laugh at the idea of using an iPad instead of the Wacom tablet. And also, I'm a video editor and as powerful as this iPad is, I can't.

Final cut Pro. On the iPad Pro still. So I guess all this is to say it doesn't really mean anything. Don't put yourself into a bucket. The word pro really is, is clearly just used to sell you on something and to make you feel like you're getting the best thing and professionals like nice things. So I would like the pro thing too.

And of course some other companies still use different words. Uh, Samsung and and Shami Love Ultra, for example. Some others still use the word plus, but my bottom line on this new iPad Pro with M two is if you're someone going iPad shopping, yes, this is now the best iPad you can get, and it's phenomenal.

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iPad Pro M2: is actually worth?

It's really good. But also if you think about how exactly you're gonna be using this iPad and Pro as video never crosses your mind drawing what the pencil isn't on your list. You can basically have this exact same experience for $300 off already at this point by getting an M1. I'd like to think that we're in for possibly a bigger iPad Pro update soon in the future.

Things like adding the webcam to the long side instead of the short side where it's stayed for so many. Or, you know, more meaningful things like a display improvement, battery improvements, speaker improvements, camera updates to the latest sensors, things like that. They could all happen. But until then, I'm gonna keep using my nearly three year old A 12 Z iPad Pro that does all the same stuff that I want out of an iPad Pro, but without the newest chip.

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Don't let this distract you from the fact that the iPad is still an incredible tablet By far, one of my favorite tablets ever made. But if the iPad Pros potential could please present itself, that'd be great. Until then, the paradox of iPad Pro prevails.

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