A new iPad Pro 2021 model is expected to be unveiled soon. But how will Apple entice shoppers to spend more than $1,000 on a new iPad? The big changes, we hear, are on the inside, with Apple expected to introduce an iPad Pro with a mini-LED display that will give a huge boost to the color quality of tablet screens.
These changes may also include new screen technologies that allow for much better image quality. In addition, there is a chance that the iPad Pro will get the Apple M1 chip and faster cellular connectivity. The new iPad Pro is expected to be unveiled in April 2021, according to a new report from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg.
Earlier leaks, including a story on Japanese news site Macotakara, suggested a March 23 date – but that now seems unlikely. Noted leaker Jon Prosser also tweeted that the event was always going to be in April.
An April date is somewhat surprising, given that March is one of Apple’s primary iPad release windows and that the company has launched new iPads in that month since 2016. The most recent example was the previous iPad Pro, which added the LiDAR camera and A12Z Bionic processor.
However, the Bloomberg report was pretty definitive about the April announcement and we are now more than halfway through March without any word from Apple, so it does seem likely that it will be delayed this year.
Mini LED Screen
Since last summer, there have been rumors that the iPad Pro would go into production with mini-LED panels. With this change, Apple would move away from LCD screens and deliver better contrast ratios, purer blacks, and improved brightness. This would be made possible thanks to smaller LEDs, as the mini-LED name suggests. In addition to Bloomberg’s report stating that the 2021 iPad Pro will have Mini-LED, we previously had confirmation in a supply chain report stating that a supplier is about to start producing these displays for Apple.
We’ve seen several rumors about the processor in the new iPad Pro, and the latest one suggests that it will run on a chip that is a variant of the A14 Bionic chip we’ve seen in the iPhone 12. That would mean that the processor will likely not be given an M-series name like the current Macs, but instead a name like A14X. Here’s where it gets confusing, though: the A14X is also based on the Apple M1 chip. That’s how intertwined Apple silicon chips are-they’re all based on each other.
Expect Apple’s pricing for the 11-inch iPad Pro ($750) and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro ($999) to remain in place. The previous two generations of iPad Pro tablets held onto this pricing, and everything we see suggests that it will remain that way. The introduction of the mid-range iPad Air gives Apple no reason to lower the price of the iPad Pro. Nor does Apple seem to be adding much to the iPad Pro this year that would give Apple an excuse to charge more.
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