New iPad Pro models are arriving in April, a replacement report claims. Here’s what to expect.
Apple will announce its new iPad Pro “as early as April,” Bloomberg reports. Consistent with the publication, the update will boast a superior processor on par with the Apple Silicon M1 chip, improved cameras, excellent display, and possible Thunderbolt support.
The look of the next-gen tablets won’t differ from the previous version of the iPad Pro. It’ll ship within the same 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes. the most crucial visible change is probably going to be a mini-LED display for “at least” the larger model. This may offer improved brightness and contrast ratios over the LCD panel displays of previous iPads.
Possible Thunderbolt Support As Well
The Bloomberg article notes that:
The new iPad Pros have used a Thunderbolt connector in testing, an equivalent port on the latest Macs with custom Apple processors. The port doesn’t require new chargers, but it might enable connectivity with additional external monitors, hard drives, and other peripherals. It is also faster at syncing data than the USB-C technology utilized in the present models. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. the corporate has yet to announce its first product launch event of the year, so its plans could change.
While the report doesn’t explicitly call this out, it does seem to copy words that Apple’s rumored March event will, instead, happen in April. Regular Apple tipster Jon Prosser suggested this on Twitter, although he gave no exact date for the reported April event. There’s an opportunity that there’s no event, of course, in which Apple will launch the iPad Pro with a handout. Either way, however, the message seems pretty clear: No updated iPad in March.
Provided this report is accurate, this can be the fastest update Apple has administered for the iPad Pro. The first 12.9-inch iPad Pro was announced on September 9, 2015, and debuted that November, with a 9.7-inch version arriving in March 2016. The second-gen version was launched in June 2017. The third landed in November 2018. The fourth-gen model came out in March 2020. Last year’s update was widely viewed as being a minor upgrade.
Other iPads Are Coming
The Bloomberg report also says that Apple is getting to update its cheapest iPad later this year with a replacement thinner and lighter design. It’ll additionally introduce an iPad mini with a bigger screen. No release month has been announced for either.
The iPad is currently enjoying a lift in its popularity thanks to more people working and studying reception during the coronavirus pandemic. Within the holiday quarter of 2020, the iPad generated $8.4 billion in revenue for Apple. This was the most critical quarter since 2014.