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Rumour | Apple delays next iPad Pro 2020 series until Q3 2020

This latest rumour does away with Apple's fifteen-month release cycle. (Image source: @iGeeksBlog & @OnLeaks)
This latest rumour does away with Apple's fifteen-month release cycle. (Image source: @iGeeksBlog & @OnLeaks)
At the turn of the year, rumours and renders appeared online of Apple's iPad Pro 2020 series. Slated for a March release, Apple appeared to have made only minor changes from the iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 that it released in 2020. While the information originated from reputable sources, it has now come to light that the next iPad Pro series may have been delayed until Q3 2020, instead.

We would treat this one with caution for the time being. According to MacRumors, citing DigiTimes, Apple will release its next iPad Pros in Q3 2020. Specifically, the series will be showcased alongside the company's next flagship iPhones in September. MacRumors notes that this would be unusual though, as Apple typically announces new iPads in October.

The website then reasons that a September launch could be possible, as Apple did so for the original iPad Pro in 2015, along with last year's 10.2-inch iPad. However, using this reasoning ignores a broader release cycle that Apple has been following for a few years now.

As we noted last month, Apple has refreshed its iPad Pro lineup roughly every fifteen months. We say fifteen months, as there was just over fourteen months between the release of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the second generation units, followed by a sixteen-month wait until the release of the current generation. Regardless, there is no evidence to suggest that Apple has switched to a two-year release cycle.

Equally unlikely is the assertion that Apple could be planning two iPad Pro releases this year, with one in March and another in September. While there was about six months between the release of the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, these were of the same generation. By contrast, MacRumors speculates that Apple would release the rumoured iPad Pro 2020 series in March, before releasing 5G SKUs equipped with a different SoC in September. Perhaps we will be proven wrong, but this seems utterly nonsensical.


DigiTimes (1) (2) via MacRumors

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Alex Alderson, 2020-02-13 (Update: 2020-02-13)