The new 2021 M1 iPad Pro has added a powerful 40Gb/s Thunderbolt port, making it the most advanced port on any tablet.
This means 4X the performance of the previous iPad Pro’s 10Gb/s USB-C port, allowing us to finally use our existing Thunderbolt devices with an iPad Pro.
In fact Apple have even used the CalDigit Element Hub on the iPad Pro video and webpage.
What CalDigit Thunderbolt Devices work with the iPad Pro 2021?
The answer is all of them!
TS3 Plus, USB-C Pro Dock, USB-C HDMI Dock, Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock, and Element Hub users can connect their devices directly to the iPad Pro 2021.
Will CalDigit’s Docks/Hubs charge the iPad Pro 2021?
Yes, all of CalDigit’s Thunderbolt devices provide tablet and laptop charging. The iPad Pro includes a 20W charger. All of CalDigit’s Thunderbolt docks/hubs provide between 60-87W of power depending on the specific device. However, they will only ever provide the specific power required by the iPad Pro (2021), which in this case is 20W.
What is the Maximum Resolution & Displays I can Connect to the iPad Pro 2021?
The M1 based iPad Pro (2021), and the M1 based MacBook Pro laptops, are limited to one external display through their Thunderbolt ports. Even though CalDigit’s Thunderbolt docks/hubs are capable of dual extended displays on Intel based Thunderbolt host devices, M1 based devices only support one display.
The maximum resolution possible is dependent on the CalDigit dock/hub you are using.
|TS3 Plus||USB-C HDMI Dock||USB-C Pro Dock||Element Hub||Mini Dock|
|Max. Resolution||5K 60Hz||4K 60Hz||4K 60Hz||6K||4K 60Hz|
What Accessories can I connect to the iPad Pro 2021?
You can connect any Thunderbolt accessories you would traditionally connect to a Thunderbolt laptop including Thunderbolt docks, Thunderbolt SSDs, Thunderbolt 10GbE Adapters, and more.
By using a dock or hub you can expand your connectivity whilst charging the iPad Pro 2021 at the same time.