Apple announced in 2021 an update to its iPad Pro series, which now includes the same powerful and efficient M1 processor found in its MacBook Air, Pro and Mac mini computers. Both the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch models will include the chip, as well as a Thunderbolt port and optional 5G support. The display on the larger tablet has received a particularly big boost, jumping to a Liquid Retina XDR Mini LED screen. My colleague Monica Chin has gone into more of this year’s big improvements, but I’m just here to tell you when you can buy them and how much they could cost.
Before the pandemic, it was common for preorders to start shortly after a product was announced. Unfortunately, things have changed. If you have an eye on the new iPad Pro, you must come back on Friday, April 30 to place your order. (The links below are currently leading to the correct pages on the Apple site, but no ‘buy’ buttons are available.) The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $ 799 for 128 GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity. The model with LTE and 5G support costs $ 200 more. If you want the big 12.9-inch iPad Pro, that model starts at $ 1,099 and comes with 128 GB of storage.
Your purchase will not ship until the second half of May. That doesn’t mean you can’t look to Apple’s site right now to see all the specs and configure the iPad Pro of your dreams. We will update this post once the buy links are live.