A month or so ago, a small refresh of the iPad Pro in 2019 seemed like a given. So did an October event covering several rumored Apple products. However, as we prepare to close out the month next week, the time for invitations to such an event has come and gone with no news.
Also, while we have continued to get rumors and reports on new AirPods and a 16″ MacBook Pro, the silence on the iPad Pro front is deafening. The last notable batch of news highlighted that such a device would likely have the same three-camera setup as the new iPad 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. However, that report is almost a month old now. If a new iPad Pro were definitely being released soon, then it would be in production ahead of shipment. If it really was in production right now, the supply chain leaks would be flowing.
This doesn’t mean that an iPad Pro definitely isn’t coming between now and the end of the year. However, it does mean that if one does, it likely isn’t coming until early to mid November. If we slip later than that, then Apple has pretty much missed the Holiday window and will likely wait until next year to update the Pro.
Now, Apple could skip holding a Fall event and just announce their rumored new hardware via press releases. The new Pro would be a good candidate for this, as it would be a very small upgrade at this point. However, the new MacBook Pro design is something they would usually reveal at an event. The AirPods are also popular enough that Apple would want to show a new premium model off to the media. We are quickly running out of runway for such an event.
On that note, I wrote last week about a report from Ming-Chi Quo detailing an iPad Pro refresh coming in the 1st Quarter of next year. At the time, I still expected another Apple event this year. However, I’m starting to doubt it more and more as the days roll by. Kuo is a solid source and it is highly unlikely that Apple would release a new iPad Pro now and then update it just a few months later, as he predicts.
The bottom line is this- if we don’t start seeing legitimate production leaks of a new iPad Pro very soon, then you can bank on seeing a new hardware refresh early next year, instead of 2019.