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Apple iPad Pro (2021) release date
Apple hasn’t been as consistent with its iPad Pro release dates as it is with iPhones, but for reference, the the 2021 iPad Pro’s predecessor was released on March 19.
Apple iPad Pro (2021) price
As of right now, there’s no information to suggest that the 2021 iPad Pro line-up will sell for prices different from the 2020 iPad Pro series. The 2021 iPad Pro models are expected to cost as follows:
- 11-inch iPad Pro (2021) starting at $799
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) starting at $999
WiFi + Cellular models:
- 11-inch iPad Pro (2021) starting at $949
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) starting at $1,149
The storage options are again expected to start at 128GB, followed by 256GB, 512GB and a maximum storage option of 1TB. As usual, there will be no expandable storage via microSD.
Apple iPad Pro (2021) design and display
The 2021 iPad Pro is expected to be virtually unchanged from its predecessor in terms of design, although some rumors have claimed that it could be slightly thicker due to its switch to mini-LED technology. In any case, we will be getting the same modern build, with minimal symmetrical black bezels surrounding the display. It will once again feature quad speakers, two on each side, a USB Type-C port for charging, keyboard and Apple Pencil connectors, the same camera module with slightly improved dual cameras, and the same LiDAR sensor.
These alleged 2021 iPad Pro (and iPad Mini 6) model dummies show us no significant design changes
Apple iPad Pro (2021) specifications
Here are the main specs we expect to see on the 2021 iPad Pro models:
- 11-inch / 12.9-inch 120Hz Mini-LED display
- A14X Bionic chip (name may differ slightly, e.g. “A14Z Bionic”)
- 6GB of RAM
- Two main cameras (wide and ultrawide) + LiDAR sensor
- Face ID (the return of Touch ID is unlikely)
- USB Type-C port
- Stereo speakers (two on each side, four in total)
- 5G connectivity
Apple iPad Pro (2021) software
The 2021 iPad Pro models will be coming with iPadOS 14 out the box, to be updated to iPadOS 15 likely in November of 2021. iPadOS 14 introduced better homescreen widgets (Today View) to all iPads that support it, and a notable new feature called Scribble. If the user owns an Apple Pencil (2nd-gen, in the case of the iPad Pro), Scribble lets them handwrite into any text field with the Pencil itself, instead of having to rely on the on-screen keyboard. Thus, iPad users can now use their Apple Pencil for almost anything they may wish to do on the iPad.
With iPadOS 14 also came new security features, with the most notable ones surrounding the Safari internet browser for iPad. Safari can now inform the user of weak passwords, while the App Store now shows privacy information to the user, such as what permissions an app requires, before downloading it. Small interface changes were also made to built-in apps such as Files, better adopting the use of sidebar menus for better navigation on the large screen, thus making the iPad feel more like a computer, instead of just a larger iPhone.