It looks like Apple will launch new iPad Pro models in 2020. While some of you might want to wait for the new models, others are better off buying another iPad, or another tablet, ahead of their rumored launch.
If you’re in the hunt for a new tablet, Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro models should be near the top of your shopping list. They’re still outstanding.
They also pack a ton of horsepower, run the latest version of iOS 13, and they’re cheaper than they were back in the fall of 2018.
If you’re hunting for a powerful tablet, you would be wise to consider the 2018 iPad Pro models. That said, you should also take note of the iPad Pro rumors that have popped up.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable source, claims Apple’s working on successors for the 2018 models. We don’t have an official release date yet, but it sounds like the new models will arrive in 2020.
2020 iPad Pro Rumors
According to Kuo, the new iPad Pro models will enter mass production in early 2020 ahead of a release sometime in the first half of the year.
Hit-or-miss publication Digitimes claims production has begun and that Apple is aiming to launch new iPad Pro models around March.
Apple’s filed an unreleased iPad model (A2229) at the Eurasian Economic Commission though it’s unclear what type of iPad it is. Filings at the EEC have foreshadowed upcoming launches in the past and with Apple’s March launch window wide open, we could see an announcement in the near future.
In addition, four brand new iPad Pro models were temporarily listed inside a Chinese user manual for iPadOS 13. The listing, spotted by iPhone in Canada, showcased two 11-inch models and two 12.9-inch models with model numbers A2228, A2229, A2231, and A2233. Apple has since removed the information.
Accessory makers look like they’re confident in a launch because we’re already seeing cases for the new iPad Pro models appear at retailers like Amazon. (For the record, we don’t recommend buying them.)
2020 iPad Pro rumors point to several key upgrades including a 3D camera system that could mirror the setup Apple installs on the 2020 iPhones. The new models reportedly feature the same screen sizes as the current models.
Digitimes also claims Apple might be planning to launch a new Smart Keyboard with a scissor switch design alongside the new iPad Pro models.
A separate report from The Information, a more reliable source, states that Apple’s planning to release an iPad keyboard with a built-in trackpad. The device is expected to launch alongside the new iPad Pro models.
There’s also chatter about another iPad Pro launch later in the year. Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple will release a souped up 12.9-inch iPad Pro in the third quarter of 2020. Kuo says the device will be supported by mini-LED backlighting.
With rumors swirling, we want to take you through the best reasons to wait for these rumored iPad Pro models and the best reasons to skip them and buy something else.
Wait Until Late March
We don't have an official launch date for the new iPad Pro models, but again all signs point to a launch in early 2020.
A report from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and Debby Wu stated that the new models would come sometime in 2019, but Gurman now reports that these models will land in 1H 2020. Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the same thing.
One site recently claimed the rumored iPhone SE 2 might hit shelves on Friday, April 3rd so there's a chance the iPad Pros arrive on that date as well.
Other sources claim the event has been cancelled, probably due to concern about the coronavirus outbreak. That said, it looks like most of the announcements (the iPhone SE 2 might get delayed until the summer or fall) are still on track for the end of the month.
This could be due to constraints caused by the coronavirus outbreak, but Gurman also speculates it could be due to the incoming 2020 iPad Pro models.
Bloomberg also claims there could be delays due to the coronavirus outbreak so it's possible the iPad Pro launch gets pushed later into the year.
At this point, it still looks like a launch will go down later this month which makes a ton of sense because March represents the company's next product launch window.
If that doesn't happen, the next potential launch date would be the company's WWDC 2020 conference in June.
Again, additional iPad Pro models are rumored for Q3 2020 so we could see those arrive in September alongside the 2020 flagship iPhones.
If you're in the market for a new, powerful iPad, think about hanging around until late March. At least.
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