M1 iPad Pro Arrives Early for Lucky Customer

Days ahead of their expected launch and seemingly before official review embargoes lift, one lucky customer has already gotten their hands on the brand new 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro.

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Reddit User PeterDragon50

Posted on Reddit, u/PeterDragon50 has already received their 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ through retailer Nebraska Furniture Mart. The Reddit user says they placed their order when pre-orders initially went live and that the retail chain informed them that their iPad was ready for pick-up, despite not yet having been officially launched from Apple. Apple says the new ‌iPad Pro‌ and ‌M1‌ iMac will be available starting in the second half of May, most likely May 21.

Official reviews of the M1-powered ‌iPad Pro‌ have yet to be published, leaving many to ask the customer for first impressions and thoughts. The customer says that the new mini-LED, Liquid Retina XDR display is impressive with deep blacks and colors that are "definitely up to Apple quality." Two videos (second one) were shared showing the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ playing back HDR content.

Alongside images and videos of the new ‌iPad Pro‌, Antutu benchmarking scores were also posted, showing that the new ‌iPad Pro‌ performs significantly faster than last year's model. Geekbench scores posted earlier this week also found the new ‌iPad‌ is 50% faster than the previous-generation.

Some customers who placed their pre-orders for the new ‌iPad Pro‌ on April 30 are beginning to notice their order status switch to "Shipping" rather than "Preparing to Ship." The new ‌iPad Pro‌ has proven to be an early success, with estimated shipping dates already slipping into mid-July. You can learn more about about the new ‌iPad Pro‌ using our guide.

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Top Rated Comments

Aiii83 Avatar
6 weeks ago

It won’t be as good as an OLED screen in regards to blooming but it will be really good.
Blooming is a thing on 65-inch Samsung TVs because they have 792 dimming zones or less on them.

The iPad Pro has 2596 dimming zones in a 12.9-inch display.
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anshuvorty Avatar
6 weeks ago
Even though I am jealous, I am holding out for the 14-inch MacBook Pro/16-inch MacBook that are supposedly rumored to have the same display tech launching later this year...

macOS is just so much more useful and versatile than iPadOS at this stage...
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Vol Braakzakje Avatar
6 weeks ago

I get Covid and all that. But it seems Apple’s latest updates have been a bit of a waste of money (Apple Watch 6, iPad Pro 2021 models)
Bro, you jealous or what?

Its not how the modern system works.
These iPads are not made to live for one year. They are made to be used for many years. That’s why they “look” the same as last years model.
But the tech used is getting better and better. Insane desktop chip M1. Completely cutting edge technology screen. New front facing cam with totally new software for center stage. Blazing fast 5G.
You don’t upgrade every year. You update once every few years.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Your Royal Highness Avatar
6 weeks ago

I get Covid and all that. But it seems Apple’s latest updates have been a bit of a waste of money (Apple Watch 6, iPad Pro 2021 models)
What? The new iPad especially the 12.9” is a huge leap. What other company is shipping a tablet with a processor that out performs the current 16 inch MacBook Pro? Also;
1. Mini LED screen
2. 5G
3. Wi-Fi 6
3.Thunderbolt 3 (up to 40Gb/s)
4. New and better front facing cameras than ALL current macs’s and previous generation iPads
5. M1 first 5nm processor that is 50% faster than the previous generation, sips power.
6. More RAM
7. Faster and larger storage options.

What exactly should they have done to impress you?
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
schappim Avatar
6 weeks ago
Prediction, Nebraska Furniture Mart will not be an Apple distributor for much longer!
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cardfan Avatar
6 weeks ago
So basically hdr content looks good. Otherwise same iPad. There’s your review.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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