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4 Reasons to Wait for the 2021 iPad Pro & 4 Reasons Not To

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Apple is reportedly working on a new version of the iPad Pro. And while it initially looked like a souped up model would launch in late 2020, it now looks like the release might will take place in 2021.

If you’re in the market for a new iPad you’ve got a lot of options.

Apple’s iPad mini 5, iPad Air 3, and 10.2-inch iPad are worth a look if you want solid performance, but don’t want to break the bank.

You’ll also want to investigate the 2018 iPad Pros which can still hold their own in 2020. They’re also much cheaper than they once were thanks to the 2020 iPad Pro launch.

Earlier this year, Apple released new iPad Pro models with an assortment of upgrades including new processors, a LiDAR Scanner for enhanced AR (Augmented Reality), and better microphones.

Despite the upgrades, the new iPad Pros are more of a refresh than an overhaul and some of you might want to hang around and wait for Apple to make additional changes to the iPad Pro line.

Apple is reportedly working on several new iPads including an iPad mini 6, a new iPad Air, and a new budget iPad. The company is also reportedly working on a new high-end version of the iPad Pro.

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2021 iPad Pro Rumors

Earlier this year it looked like Apple would launch a new flagship 12.9-inch iPad Pro model in the fall. Rumors repeatedly hinted at an arrival in 2020. However, rumors have started telling a different story.

In April, multiple reports stated that the new iPad Pro’s release had been pushed to 2021 due to the strain the coronavirus outbreak’s put on Apple’s supply chain.

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has now thrown his weight behind the rumored delay. Kuo, who initially said that we might see multiple iPads launch in the fall, now says that these products have probably been pushed into next year. Kuo is a reliable source who has accurately predicted many Apple launches ahead of time.

According to Jeff Pu, an analyst at Chinese research firm GF Securities, Apple will launch a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED tech in the first quarter of next year. This lines up with Kuo’s timing.

Another a batch of rumors that come from Twitter accounts L0vetodream and choco_dream suggest that Apple is working on multiple iPad Pro models for 2021.

The devices are reportedly codenamed J517 (small model) and J522 (big model) and are set for release sometime in Q1 or Q2 of next year.

According to Korean publication The Elec, the new iPad Pro has entered trial production ahead of a release in Q4 2020 or 2021 with 2021 more likely.

TrendForce also believes Apple will launch a new iPad Pro in 2021 and that the release will come sometime in the first quarter of the year.

We don’t know everything about Apple’s rumored 2021 iPad Pro, but rumors have outed several potential features including faster data speeds, new display technology, and a better processor.

This information puts those of you in the hunt for a new iPad in a tough position: Upgrade now or wait. While there are some great reasons to buy a new tablet right now, there are also some great reasons to hang around and wait for Apple’s announcements.

In this guide we’ll take you through the best reasons to consider waiting for the rumored 2021 iPad Pro and the best reasons to go with something else.

Wait for 5G

Wait for 5G

Here's one of the best reasons to skip the 2020 iPad Pros and wait for the new flagship.

Later this year, Apple will release its first 5G-powered devices. The iPhone 12 will likely be the first device with the feature on board, but you can expect Apple to extend 5G connectivity to the iPad down the road. 

In fact, the new high-end iPad Pro is rumored to have 5G on board. Multiple rumors have hinted at 5G connectivity and there's a good chance the new iPad Pro is one of the first 5G-capable iPads.

So if you tend to take your iPad out of the house for work or fun, and you can't or don't want to rely on Wi-Fi connectivity, you might want to hang back and wait for the 5G iPad Pro.

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For more on 5G speeds, take a look at our video from the Indianapolis Colts 5G-enabled stadium above. 

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