The 2021 iPad Pro features the faster Apple M1 processor, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) with optional 5G connectivity, Thunderbolt support, and up to 2 TB of storage. The 12.9-inch version features a Liquid Retina XDR display that adopts mini-LED technology in a downsized version of the Pro Display XDR.
According to Apple engineers, the mini-LED display incorporated a "whole new level of engineering" that required the thickness of the 12.9-inch model to become 0.5 mm thicker than the previous generation. Mini-LED has not yet been incorporated in the 11-inch model as those users were described as being more concerned about size and weight of the device.
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