Review: iPad Pro 2019: price, specifications and rumors

We gather and analyze the most intriguing and admirable rumors and leaks related to the release date of the new iPad Pro 2019/2020. We talked about its design, price and specifications, and we presented our wish list of new features for the 4G generation iPad Pro

  • New iPad Pro before the end of 2019
  • A13X processors to improve energy efficiency
  • The 64 GB of storage will surely disappear
  • It will run with iPadOS
  • Apple is working on an iPad Pro 5G by 2021
  • The price of the new iPad Pro will start at $ 799

When will we see the next iPad Pro? It has been 12 months since we discovered the new iPad Pro model in October 2018. We were able to appreciate its new improved screen design, the inclusion of Face ID and USB-C, and then we asked ourselves: When will the new iPad Pro arrive?

In this article we envision the release date of the new iPad Pro, its specifications, and new tools such as an improved camera, a mini LED screen, and a more powerful processor. We also discuss the price of new models and try to find out if the iPad Pro will have 5G.

IPad Pro 2019 release date

We expect the next iPad Pro to arrive between spring and early summer 2020.

Apple has released at least one iPad Pro model per year since 2015. Here are past release dates:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 inches (1st generation): November 2015
  • iPad Pro 9.7 inch: March 2016
  • iPad Pro 12.9 inches (2nd generation): June 2017
  • iPad Pro 10.5 inches: June 2017
  • iPad Pro 12.9 inches (3rd generation): November 2018
  • iPad Pro 11 inches: November 2018

A report published on August 22, 2019 ensured that the new iPad Pro would be released before the end of 2019. The same Bloomberg report states that “new versions of the iPad Pro will come in 2019 and come with better cameras and faster chips”.

However, we are already at the end of October, and we still do not have news of an Apple autumn event. And we also don’t think that Apple has reasons to update their iPad Pro every 12 months, because Apple fans don’t have to update their iPad Pro as often as their iPhones.

Does this mean we can expect a new iPad Pro in early 2020?

In April 2019, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the new iPad Pro 2019 would arrive sometime between late 2019 and early 2020. However, now Kuo has delayed his prediction in the first half of 2020, which makes us. Think we still have to wait.

Price of iPad Pro 2019

How much will the next iPad Pro cost? There have been some significant price increases in recent years, but there are justifications for this, almost all of them related to the redesign of the (more expensive) model.

However, this time we expect prices to be closer to the previous generation and not a big leap that makes the iPad Pro a more expensive product.

We can expect similar prices for the next batch, although (as we shall see later) the storage level of 64 GB may be missing. If so, we expect the new input levels (possibly 128 GB) to match the price of around 64 GB.

Changes in the design of the iPad Pro 2019

After extensively redesigning our Pro line for 2018, we do not expect a drastic change for this 2019. Apple tends to be conservative in design, and after shrinking the bezels and removing the ‘home’ button, it’s practically likely to keep things in place. Same for at least two generations.

Although Apple may also try to make the Pro thinner by moving part of the screen technology from edge to back, we do not find this possible for two reasons.

The first reason is that it would probably mean that the bezels would have to be bigger and the second because the iPad Pro 2018 is already surprisingly slim.

Conversely, we cannot see Apple shrinking bezels beyond what they have already done (in an attempt to mimic the appearance of almost the entire screen found on the iPhone X and XS) as users engage more with iPad iPhone users. From a physical “hold”.

Apple can add palm rejection technology as much as it wants; People will continue to dislike leaving sweaty hands and finger marks on their screens.

Changes in iPad design 

After a fairly radical redesign of the 2018 Pro line, we do not expect such noticeable changes for 2019. Apple tends to be conservative in terms of design and, likely to reduce bezels and remove the ‘home’ button, is likely to be all. Same for at least two generations.

Yes, it is possible that Apple will try to push its iPad Pro forward so that part of the screen technology moves towards the bezels on its back, but we see this unlikely because the bezels will have to be enlarged. Also, the Pro is already quite fine.

Specifications and features iPad Pro 2019

Obviously, what we collect in this section is speculated information since being still several months from a possible launch it is impossible to predict exactly what the new iPad Pro will offer.

As a starting point, let’s look again at the specifications of the biggest iPad Pro 2018:

  • A12X bionic processor, neural motor, M12 co-processor
  • 64GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB storage
  • 12.9in (2732×2048 to 264ppi) LED Display Liquid Retina, True Tone, ProMotion
  • 12Mp rear camera, f / 1.8, flash, 4K video, slow motion at 240fps
  • 7Mp front camera, 1080p video, ‘Retina Flash’ function, Portrait Mode, Animoji
  • Four speaker audio
  • Face ID facial recognition
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
  • nano-Sim / eSIM
  • USB-C connector, without headphone port
  • 280.6mm x 214.9mm x 5.9mm; 631g / 633g


We can expect an A13X processor with a moderate increase in chip speed compared to the present.

The previous model received a double whammy from the A10X as two generations of iPhones have appeared since the previous update, but this should not apply in this case as we do not expect A14 chips until the autumn of 2020.


Apple may stop offering 64 GB of storage memory as standard, in which case, the standard memory will be 128 GB.

The latest update has not received many changes to the cameras, although it is also likely that they have a lower priority than the iPhone in this case.

We hope that Apple will return the OIS function that mysteriously lost the camera in 2018 and also increase the megapixel.

New iPad Pro cameras

IPad Pro cameras have not received much affection in previous iterations, although it is likely that they are always a lower priority here than iPhones (as they have a more suitable size for photography).

We hoped that Apple would give us back the OIS feature mysteriously lost from the rear-facing camera in 2018 and that we might eventually get a megapixel increase.

In the Bloomberg report we mentioned earlier that the new iPad Pro will feature all new camera technology on the new iPhones. So we can expect such features:

  • A new camera system with a third sensor for ultra-wide angle photos and videos
  • All three sensors will capture three images simultaneously and use artificial intelligence to create a combined photo.
  • The photos will rival traditional cameras
  • There will be improvements in low light photos
  • Improved video recording with users capable of retouching, applying effects, altering colors, re-framing and cropping video
  • Citing an unnamed Chinese provider, the Japanese Macotakara site predicted in early August 2019 that both sizes of iPad Pro will feature the same triple-lens rear camera that appeared on the iPhone 11.

However, the iPad Pro’s rear cameras can undergo even bigger changes. A report by The Alec (a South Korean title) cited an “industry source” claiming that the iPad Pro 2020 will arrive in March 2020 and that it will have 3D detection cameras on the back.

This technique is also known as the flight time technique that measures the time it takes for a laser to bounce on an object to create a 3D map. This technology may also appear on the iPhone 2020.


What will Apple do with the iPad Pro screen? For the last three generations, the largest model has remained of the same size (12.9 inches), while the lower has steadily declined (9.7 inches, 10.5 inches, 11 inches). Does this mean that the 11.8-inch iPad Pro is on its way?

We do not believe that this way this small model will get very close to the larger model. What about paying extra for a bigger screen if the size difference is too small?

If we add the notion that Apple will not offer any design changes this time around, we believe the 12.9-in-11 pair will be repeated the most.

What about OLED? It is difficult to know how much visualization technology will continue over the next 18 months, so we may have to eat our words, but that update (apparently without thinking twice) seems impractical. OLED panels remain very expensive, and one in 12.9 will cause bankruptcy.

Additionally, it is difficult to currently offer 120Hz on OLED displays. This is why the 120 Hz Razr Phone 2 has an LCD screen.

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