Apple releases Support Documents detailing New iPad Pro's Liquid Retina XDR Display, 5G, Thunderbolt and More

Customers began receiving the new iPad Pro on Friday, and Apple has released a set of support documents detailing the device's features, including the Liquid Retina XDR monitor, 5G networking on cellular models, Thunderbolt and USB4 support, and the new Center Stage front camera functionality for video calls.

In addition to full-screen brightness of up to 1,000 nits, Apple claims the Liquid Retina XDR display will produce highlights in up to 40% of the screen area at 1,600 nits while the rest of the picture is black or at a brightness of up to 600 nits:

On the iPad Pro, achieving Extreme Dynamic Range necessitated a completely new display architecture. The all-new 2D mini-LED backlighting system with independently operated local dimming zones was the best option for delivering the extreme full-screen brightness and contrast ratio, as well as off-axis color accuracy, that creative professional's demand.

Full-screen brightness on the Liquid Retina XDR monitor will reach 1000 nits. When the rest of the picture is black or at a brightness of 600 nits, it can support up to 1600 nits for highlights in up to 40% of the screen area.

Custom algorithms run on the M1 chip's advanced display engine, operating at the pixel level to monitor the display's mini-LED and LCD layers independently, treating them as two separate displays.

To provide the best visual experience, these proprietary algorithms organize the mini-LED and LCD layers through transitions. Local dimming zone transitional characteristics, such as a minor blur or color shift when scrolling against black backgrounds, are common.

In terms of Thunderbolt 3 and USB4 support, Apple stated that certain accessories could request more power from the iPad Pro, so customers should unplug these accessories from the unit.

The iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) are both compatible with a wide range of high-performance Thunderbolt and USB4 accessories. Some accessories can ask for more power from your iPad, reducing battery life.

Remember to detach these accessories from your iPad Pro when you're not using them to save battery life. For more details, consult the accessory manufacturer's specifications.

When "Allow More Data on 5G" is allowed, Apple stated that iPadOS updates over cellular are supported on the latest iPad Pro, just as they are on iPhone 12 models:

The new iPad Pro comes with a new Ultra Wide front camera that enables Center Stage, a new feature that automatically frames users during FaceTime video calls. In a support document, Apple goes through the settings for the feature.

The following is a list of new or modified support documents:

  • Details of the Liquid Retina XDR display on iPad Pro
  • Use 5G with your iPad
  • Connect and Charge with the USB-C port on the iPad
  • Use Center Stage on your iPad Pro