Apple is reportedly working on a new version of the iPad Pro. And while it initially looked like the new iPad Pro model would launch in late 2020, it now looks like the release will take place in early 2021.
If you’re in the market for a new iPad you’ve got a lot of options.
Last 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 these 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. Especially now that we’re pushing toward Apple’s first product launch window.
- Stunning 13.3-inch Retina display with True Tone technology
- Backlit Magic Keyboard and Touch ID
- Tenth-generation Intel Core i3 processor
- Intel Iris Plus Graphics
- Fast SSD storage
2021 iPad Pro Rumors
Initially it looked like Apple would launch a new flagship iPad Pro model in the fall of 2020. Rumors repeatedly hinted at an arrival in 2020. That didn’t happen and rumors are now telling a much different story.
Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has thrown his weight behind the rumored delay. Kuo, who initially said that we might see multiple iPads launch in the fall, now says these products have probably been pushed into 2021. 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 this year. This lines up with Kuo’s timing.
The devices are reportedly codenamed J517 (small model) and J522 (big model) and are set for release sometime in Q1 or Q2 of 2021.
According to Korean publication The Elec, the new iPad Pro has entered trial production. The same publication reiterates this claim in a new report which points to a release of a mini-LED powered iPad Pro in the first half of 2021.
Oddly enough, The Elec also believes Apple will release new iPad Pro models with OLED displays in late 2021 though there has been push back on that from other sources.
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 new year.
Hit-or-miss source Digitimes says Apple’s new 5-nanometer-based A14X processor, which is reportedly on board the new iPad Pro, went into mass production in the fourth quarter of 2020. That points to a launch in 2021.
Digitimes has released another report based on information from industry sources. This report states that Taiwanese company Ennostar will start the production of mini-LED backlight units for a 12.9-inch iPad Pro in Q1 or Q2 of 2021.
The report doesn’t mention an 11-inch iPad Pro so it’s possible that the smaller 2021 iPad Pro doesn’t have the new technology on board.
Korean outlet ETNews reports that LG is set to supply Apple with the mini-LED displays for the new iPads. The publication says new iPads will launch in Q1 2021.
And finally Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman has dismissed rumors hinting at a March 16th launch date. There’s still a chance Apple holds an event in March, but it just won’t happen on that date it seems.
We don’t know everything about Apple’s rumored 2021 iPad Pro, but rumors have outed a number of potential features including faster data speeds, new display technology, and an improved processor.
These iPad Pro 2021 rumors put 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 buy something else.
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