After delays and chip shortages, the new iPad Pro is finally getting close. If you aren’t aware, preorders begin later this morning at 5 AM Pacific (6 AM Mountain, 7 AM Central, 8 AM Eastern). Thanks to that chip shortage, supplies will likely be short so be ready to roll right when the fun begins or you will likely have have a long wait ahead.
Speaking of that wait, it looks like we now know the ship date for the new Pros. Jon Prosser first leaked May 21st as the date for the 12.9″ iPad Pro, with the 22nd oddly given as a separate date for the 11″ model. However, Prosser has since backed away from the 22nd and says that both models will arrive on the same day.
Update on this:
iPad Pro launch is May 21st.
The “22nd” date I mentioned is linked to the 5G model for a certain carrier and should be disregarded for the most part.
Apple will also launch the new Apple TV on May 21st. https://t.co/A31ZulKGWa
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) April 29, 2021
That’s the thing about leaks. Sometimes they are right , but the leaker doesn’t know the context or what to make of them.
Since Prosser’s report, further confirmation of the 5/21 date has come from retail outlets, including John Lewis in the UK. Even more definitive confirmation came from 9to5Mac yesterday:
Today’s Apple Newsroom press release reminding customers about tomorrow’s preorders also seems to have accidentally referenced the May 21 date in its source code. In the website HTML for the press release in the UK, it reads:
That’s about as much confirmation as we can get before Apple spells it out for those who place the earliest orders later this morning.
I’ll be picking up a 128 GB Cellular model tomorrow. The only thing I’m debating at this point is whether to get Space Gray or Silver. I wish gold was still an option, but color isn’t all that important.
What about all of you out there? Is anyone else preordering this morning? If so, what are you getting? Let me know in the Comments section below or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog.