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 into 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.
TrendForce believes Apple will launch a new iPad Pro in 2021 with a releasing coming sometime in the first quarter of this year.
Digitimes claims Apple will launch a new iPad Pro with a mini-LED display in the second quarter of this year.
Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, a reputable source, says the new iPad Pro models could launch as early as April. He didn’t attach a specific date to the launch.
We’ve also seen a purported accessory for a new 11-inch iPad model appear at a Target store. While most iPad Pro rumors have centered around a new 12.9-inch model, Apple could also update the smaller iPad Pro as well.
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.
Wait Because the iPad Pro 2021 Release Date Is Close
The 2021 iPad Pro release date is heavily rumored for April so if you can wait a few more days, we recommend doing so.
As of right now it looks like the new high-end iPad Pro will arrive on shelves sometime this year. Again, rumors currently point to a release in Q1 or Q2 of 2021.
We don't have an official date yet, but Apple typically launches its first hardware products of the year in the spring.
That's the first potential iPad Pro launch window and again, multiple reports have put its launch date in the month of April.
According to Nikkei Asia, iPad and MacBook production has been delayed due to the global chip shortage. The report states that iPad assembly is complicated by a "shortage of displays and display components." This could be why the devices are reportedly slated for April instead of Apple's typical March window.
If you're interested in a top-of-the-line iPad Pro, think about holding out for a little while longer.
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