Apple launches thinner, more powerful iPads

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Apple has launched new iPads and accessories. | Photo: Supplied by Apple

Apple has launched a range of new and re-designed products, including a new iPad Pro.

The new iPad Pro comes in two sizes, 13-inch and 11-inch, and both feature what Apple says is a new, breakthrough Ultra Retina XDR display with state-of-the-art tandem OLED technology.

They are powered by the new M4 chip, the next generation of Apple silicon, which promises improved performance and capabilities.

Apple says M4 features a new display engine to enable the precision, colour, and brightness of the Ultra Retina XDR display.

Alongside the iPad Pros, Apple launched new accessories, the Apple Pencil Pro and a thinner, lighter Magic Keyboard.

The iPad Pro is the thinnest Apple product ever, with the 11-inch model 5.3 mm thin and the 13-inch model thinner at 5.1 mm.

There is an updated camera system on the new iPad Pro, with rich audio from four studio-quality mics and a 12MP back camera.

The iPad Pro includes a high-performance USB-C connector with support for Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4, delivering wired connectivity of up to 40Gb/s.

Apple has also announced a redesigned 11-inch and all-new 13-inch iPad Air, which will sell for about half the price of the iPad Pro.

The iPad Air features a faster CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine via a M2 chip, with front-facing Ultra-Wide 12MP camera with Center Stage now located along the landscape edge of iPad Air, enhancing its suitability for video calls.