Whether or not the addition of features such as 5G and mini-LED correlates with an increase in price remains to be seen. Technologies such as 5G are notoriously expensive and battery intensive, so it’s certainly possible that Apple uses this as a reason to increase pricing. Currently, the iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 11-inch and $999 for the 12.9-inch.
As for a release date, reports had originally suggested that the next iPad Pro revision would be released later this year, marking a rare occurrence of Apple releasing two product refreshes in the same year. More recent reports have said that supply chain disruptions caused by COVID-19 have forced Apple to delay the release until 2021.
With that in mind, additional delays and changes are not of the question. Apple’s hardware development and supply chain testing are in flux right now because of COVID-19, and it’s possible that the next iPad Pro revision is delayed even far. Ultimately, this means that the 2020 iPad Pro introduced in March will be the only update this year, but that a new model with more drastic changes is likely the way for 2021.
Should you wait or buy now?
The answer to this question likely varies depending on what iPad Pro you currently have, or if you’re a first-time buyer. My personal advice is this: if you have a 2018, hold onto it until we see what Apple has in store for 2020. Plus, the Magic Keyboard is backward compatible with the 2018 iPad Pro.
If you’re a first-time iPad Pro buyer, the 2020 iPad Pro is an excellent purchase and you won’t be disappointed in the slightest.