Is the Apple iPad Pro 2021 Worth the Wait? Let’s Find Out.

Image of a woman holding a tablet, indicating it is the Apple iPad pro

A Pro Tablet Fit For 2021

With the iPad Pro 2020 landing in March of last year, there’s a ton of speculation surrounding the release of a new and improved 2021 model. While this news is extremely exciting for many, it also poses the question: how will Apple entice shoppers to spend over $1,000 on a new iPad? From what we’ve been able to gather, the most significant changes are taking place on the inside, as we expect Apple to introduce a mini-LED display that provides a considerable boost to color quality on tablet screens.

These changes also may include new screen technologies that will enable an overall better image quality. Plus, there’s a chance that this latest model could adopt the Apple M1 chip and faster cellular connectivity.

Release Date and Price

The next iPad Pro could launch very well within the following month or two. Various sources have stated that we should expect it to launch in April, although there’s still no firm date. Apple has yet to announce any events for the following weeks. Although once they have been announced, any new iPads could go on sale just a few days later, if not immediately.

This would make it the fifth generation of iPad Pro. The current model launched in March of 2020, making it almost exactly a year ago. This was a bit odd given that the iPad pros typically haven’t launched in the spring. The third generation launched in October 2018, the second generation in June 2017, and the first model in November 2015. Fingers crossed that the spring becomes their new normal.

There’s no confirmed price as of right now for the iPad Pro 2021. Knowing that the previous model started at $799 for an 11-inch model and $999 for the 12.9-inch, it’s safe to assume that the iPad Pro 2021 will come in at a somewhat similar price.

Display

If there’s one rumor we’ve heard most regarding the launching of this new model, it will supposedly have a Mini LED screen. This is a type of LCD screen, but one that offers better contrast ratio and color reproduction over standard LCD displays. It’s also way less likely to suffer screen burn-in than OLED, which is the current display type on high-end phones.

With that said, it’s also been rumored that while there will be a launching of both 11-inch and 12.9-inch models. Although, only the larger of them might use the Mini LED.

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Design

While there seems to be quite significant changes to the iPad Pro 2021 display, it sounds like the design might not be undergoing as much construction. Based on leaks from “trusted sources,” the design shows thinner bezels than the 2020 model, along with squared-off edges, a power button located on the top edge, and a square-like camera module on the back. We’ve also heard that the slate has quad speakers along with a magnetic port to charge the Apple Pencil, similar to its predecessor.

The current models are slim and light, as the 11-inch model sizes up to 24.7 x 17.8 x 0.6cm, and the 12.9-inch comes in at 28 x 21.5 x 0.6cm. The smaller model weighs 473g, and the larger 643g – lighter than a squeeze bottle of ketchup.

So, with that said, it sounds like the design is being tweaked but nothing more. Other sources have suggested similar, stating that the lens glass will now be flush with the camera protrusion. Along with that, the number of speaker holes has been reduced by about two-thirds.

Camera, Specs, and Other Features

Concerning the iPad Pro 2021’s specs, we really don’t know all too much as of right now. Although we know that the renders above the camera show a dual-lens one with a LiDAR scanner, it seems to be in line with the current model. There’s also been speculation that the newest model might have an A14 Bionic chipset, which would be a first for Apple’s tablet range. More recent leaks have suggested that the iPad Pro 2021 may even have a more powerful chipset – one that’s similar to the M1 chip in the latest Apple Macs.

Looking even further beyond the iPad Pro 2021 itself, Apple may even launch a new Magic Keyboard alongside it. This theory comes from several patents for tweaked versions of the device, one in particular that shows touch-sensitive strips in place of a trackpad, along with a microphone and vibration sensors.

These sensors would be able to detect gestures that are made on surfaces that the iPad is placed on. They then would sense the force used to press keyboard buttons, allowing for different inputs based on the amount of pressure applied. With that being said, it’s important to take this with a grain of salt as nothing usually comes of patents.

Unfortunately, tablets’ typically have below-average camera quality, but not on the Pro. This device was created for professionals, and imaging technology is likely to be higher on their priority list. It’s been noted that the newest model has two rear cameras with 2x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. It also allows for 4K video recording at 24fps, 30fps, or 60fps. The 1080p HD video recording offers 30fps, 60fps, while the 720p HD videos offer recording at 30fps.

This is an image of an iPad pro with a magic keyboard
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Industries That the iPad is Perfect For

Apple iPads have made many positive changes in the workplace. There are several key advantages that allow this device, in particular, to boost productivity, along with making businesses smarter, faster, and cleaner. Working smarter means working while on the go, and thankfully iPads allow you to do just that. Not only can you bring this device to various work sites, but you also become more productive throughout the entirety of your day.

With that said, some industries would benefit most by utilizing the iPad. Let’s take a look at them here: 

  • Medical – With applications offering everything from reference to patient monitoring, doctors and nurses should definitely take an interest in utilizing an iPad. 
  • Real Estate – Considering real estate agents and commercial property firms are constantly on the go, bringing a tool such as the iPad could help with efficiency.  
  • Law Enforcement – Tablets are a much better use of the limited space that patrol cars already have to offer; they’re also much easier and lightweight to carry around and won’t get in the way.
  • AEC – Walking around construction sites day in and day out means that workers need access to lightweight devices that can be brought on the go. 
  • HVAC – In a very similar sense, anyone in the HVAC industry knows how crucial it is to access to data and technology on the go. Being that they’re constantly moving from one job to the next, iPads could make their processes much smoother. 

How We Feel about the iPad Pro 2021

Considering many of our team members own Apple products themselves, our team is excited about the launching of this new model. Being that we’re passionate about technology and how it can help lead to business success, we feel that this model is extremely exciting, not only for our team but for businesses in general. 

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