A new iPad Pro 2021 model is expected to be unveiled soon. But how is Apple going to entice customers into spending more than $ 1,000 on a new iPad? We hear that the big changes are within. Apple is expected to introduce an iPad Pro with a mini LED display that will greatly improve the color quality of tablet screens.
These changes can also include new screen technologies that allow for much better picture quality. In addition, there is the option of the iPad Pro getting the Apple M1 chip and a faster cellular connection. According to a new report from Mark Gurman in Bloomberg, the new iPad Pro is expected to be unveiled in April 2021.
Previous leaks including a story about Japanese news site Macotakara suggested a date for March 23rd – but that now seems unlikely. Well-known leaker Jon Prosser also tweeted that the event would always take place in April.
An April date is a bit of a surprise given that March is one of Apple’s top iPad release windows, and the company has launched new iPads this month since 2016. The most recent example was the previous iPad Pro, which added the LiDAR camera and A12Z Bionic processor.
The Bloomberg report was pretty clear on the April announcement, however, and we’re now without a word from Apple for more than mid-March, so it’s 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 provide better contrast ratios, purer blacks, and improved brightness. This would be made possible by smaller LEDs, as the name of the mini LED suggests. In addition to Bloomberg’s report that the 2021 iPad Pro will have mini-LEDs, we had previously received confirmation in a supply chain report that a supplier would start producing these displays for Apple.
We’ve seen several rumors about the processor in the new iPad Pro, and the latest suggests it will run on a chip that is a variant of the A14 Bionic chip we saw on the iPhone 12. That would mean that the processor will likely not be named M-series like the current Macs, but rather a name like A14X. This is where things get confusing: The A14X is also based on the Apple M1 chip. This is how interwoven Apple silicon chips are – they are all based on one another.
Expect Apple’s pricing for the 11-inch iPad Pro ($ 750) and 12.9-inch iPad Pro ($ 999) to stay the same. The previous two generations of iPad Pro tablets stuck with this pricing, and everything we’re seeing indicates that it will stay that way. The introduction of the mid-range iPad Air doesn’t give Apple a reason to cut the price of the iPad Pro. Apple doesn’t seem to be adding much to the iPad Pro this year either, which would give Apple an excuse to ask for more.