4 Reasons to Wait for the 2021 iPad Pro & 4 Reasons Not To
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4 Reasons to Wait for the 2021 iPad Pro & 4 Reasons Not To

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Apple is reportedly working on a new version of the iPad Pro. And while it initially looked like a souped up model would launch in late 2020, it now looks like the release will probably take place in 2021.

If you’re in the market for a new iPad you’ve got a lot of options.

Apple’s iPad mini 5, iPad Air 3, and 10.2-inch iPad are worth a look if you want solid performance, but don’t want to break the bank. Same goes for the new iPad Air 4 and eighth-gen iPad.

You’ll also want to investigate the 2018 iPad Pros which can still hold their own in 2020. They’re also much cheaper than they once were thanks to the 2020 iPad Pro launch.

Earlier this 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.

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2021 iPad Pro Rumors

Earlier this year it looked like Apple would launch a new flagship iPad Pro model in the fall of 2020. Rumors repeatedly hinted at an arrival this year. However, rumors are now telling a different story.

In April, multiple reports stated that the new iPad Pro’s release had been pushed to 2021 due to the strain the coronavirus outbreak’s put on Apple’s supply chain.

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 next year. 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 next year. This lines up with Kuo’s timing.

Another a batch of rumors that come from Twitter accounts L0vetodream and choco_dream suggest that Apple is working on multiple iPad Pro models for 2021.

The devices are reportedly codenamed J517 (small model) and J522 (big model) and are set for release sometime in Q1 or Q2 of next year.

According to Korean publication The Elec, the new iPad Pro has entered trial production ahead of a release in Q4 2020 or 2021 with 2021 more likely.

TrendForce also believes Apple will launch a new iPad Pro in 2021 and that the release will come sometime in the first quarter of the year.

Hit-or-miss source Digitimes says Apple’s new 5-nanometer-based A14X processor, which is reportedly on board the new iPad Pro, will enter mass production in the fourth quarter of this year. That points to a launch next year.

In a more recent report, Digitimes claims the 12.9-inch mini LED-backlit ‌iPad Pro‌ will launch in early 2021.

We haven’t seen any credible rumors point to a surprise launch in October or November so odds are good we won’t see a new iPad Pro model until next year.

We don’t know everything about Apple’s rumored 2021 iPad Pro, but rumors have outed several potential features including faster data speeds, new display technology, and a better processor.

This information puts 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 go with something else.

Wait for Even Better Performance

Wait for Even Better Performance

While the 2020 iPad Pros should provide enough firepower for most people, those looking to do intense work on their tablet might want to hang back and wait for the new iPad Pro. 

The 2020 iPad Pro models feature Apple's A12Z Bionic chip. That said, the chip is apparently the same A12X processor in the 2018 iPad Pros with an extra GPU core enabled

Nothing is confirmed, but it looks like the 2021 iPad Pro will come with a newer processor dubbed A14X. If true, it could mean that the iPad Pro line's performance takes a bigger step forward next year. A Digitimes report backs up these claims. 

A brand new processor should help the iPad Pro perform better in key areas like battery life, overall speed/multitasking, and gaming. 

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