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Apple saved the best for last at today’s Spring Forward event, taking the wraps off their newest iPad with an insane intro video featuring Tim Cook doing his best Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible impression. However, what came after that video was an even better show.
After a long wait, we are finally on the doorstep of Apple’s first event of 2021, which will include the announcement of (and hopefully pre-order for) their latest update to the iPad Pro. There are a couple of changes to this year’s model beyond the MiniLED screen and spec bumps that you may want to be aware of before said pre-orders open up.
I wrote about some of the rumors that Apple’s coming iPad and MacBook Pros could be delayed and/or severely constrained a couple of days ago. Based on what little we knew at the time, I guessed that Apple would still release their new iPad Pros soon, even if the models have to be staggered and are only available in limited quantities.
Today we got some trustworthy reporting that’s making me feel pretty good about that educated guess.
So far, Apple has weathered the global chip shortage better than just about any other major electronics manufacturer. They have continued to ship Macs, iPads and iPhones on time and keep them in stock, or at least more so than their biggest competitors.
This is likely due to the company’s size and incredible buying power. For over a decade, Apple has committed a large amount of money and resources to make sure they are the top priority for their suppliers. That has served them well with supplies now in a bind.
After a month and a half with the iPad Air, I’m ready to go back
I’ve always preferred the 12.9″ iPad Pros since I first bought one in the Summer of 2015. I know it isn’t the most popular size of Apple tablet, but it’s been the perfect one for me. That size screen has only become more useful as Apple has added features to iPadOS and enhanced things like multitasking over the past few years.