10.5-Inch iPad Pro 2 Enters Limited Production For April 4 Launch

As for the device's price, there's no word yet on how much Apple is planning to charge for this model of the iPad Pro.

A 128GB Wi-Fi version is said to offer a price tag of $429, while the cellular variants are reportedly set at $459 for 32GB version and $559 for the 128GB version.

This is why expectations are high for the release of the iPad Pro 2, and rightfully so. Knowing this, it would seem to make more sense that they would announce this new iPad after they reveal the new iPhone, as the iPhone obviously has a much bigger audience. Fortunately, all evidence points towards the tablet's debut at Apple Park this April.

Breaking with their regular product announcement protocol, Apple quietly dropped the news on its website and spoke to only a handful of media outlets.

MacWorld also notes that the hotly-rumored and highly-anticipated iPad mini 5 didn't show up in the Apple Store even after it went under maintenance and added new items.

Alexander believes an April launch "still looks somewhat tentative", but she said "the necessary elements are starting to come together", so it's possible Apple could do a limited spring launch in the United States and select other countries, followed by a wider rollout as production ramps up. But reports are saying that this model of the iPad Pro will still be released and it will have the same size as the "9.7-inch iPad Pro". The company did unveil a new, cheaper iPad model meant to replace the iPad Air 2 but there's no info on when (and If ) the new iPad Pro is coming. IHS analyst Rhoda Alexander hinted that Apple's manufacturing partners are about to begin limited production of a brand-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

We've already received a significant iPad release this year, as Apple released a new low-priced iPad last week that was the replacement for the Air 2. The iPad Pro 2 line is expected to feature a magnetic Apple Pencil, a more powerful A10X processor, True Tone display, slimmer bezels, smart connector, 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash, and other neat upgrades.

  • Carolyn Briggs