Apple's 2021 iPad Pro sees first price cut ahead of release

Ipad Pro
Ipad Pro (Image credit: Apple)

At the recent April Apple event, the company officially unveiled its all-new iPad Pro 2021. Like previous Apple launches, this sparked a bunch of great iPad deals on the soon-to-be previous-gen models. What we didn't expect to see so soon, however, was a price drop on the new iPad Pro itself.

Right now, Walmart has the new 11-inch iPad Pro up for pre-order with prices starting at just $749. That's $50 off its retail price and the best iPad Pro 2021 deal we've seen so far. The discount applies to various colors and capacities making this the best place to pre-order the new device.

Apple iPad Pro (2021)

Apple iPad Pro (2021)

Apple only just took the wraps off its all-new iPad Pro lineup but you can already save $50 on one via Walmart. Various colors and capacities are discounted at this pre-order stage with the base model down to $749.

Apple gave the iPad Pro a huge power boost by throwing in the M1 chip found in its most recent Mac models. Given how well the recent MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models perform, this iPad Pro is going to be an absolute powerhouse.

Apple also states the RAM in the iPad Pro 2021, which is something it hasn't specified before. The 2020 devices reportedly had 6GB RAM, but the 2021 model has been upped to 8GB on the low end and 16GB on the high end so everybody gets a RAM bump. Plus, you can now get the iPad Pro with as much as 2TB of internal storage.

Another boon for power users is the 2021 iPad Pro's support for USB 4 and Thunderbolt 3. Now you'll be able to utilize its USB-C port to its fullest potential, with blazing-fast data transfer speeds.

The back camera array remains unchanged from the 2020 model but the TrueDepth camera on the front of the iPad Pro has gotten a big upgrade in 2021. It's been bumped to 12MP, from 7MP, for better picture quality and it's now a wide-angle lens so it can get more in shot than before. Plus, a new feature called Center Stage keeps you in the frame on FaceTime calls even if you're moving around.

Since it's only the 11-inch W-Fi iPad Pro model on sale at Walmart at present, you don't get the benefit of 5G in the cellular models or the Liquid Retina XDR display of the 12.9-inch version, but the features described above show how much of an upgrade this device still is.

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

Change how you use your iPad with the Apple Pencil. This stylus lets you use your iPad as a notepad, a canvas, or a drawing board for all of your ideas. Verizon is offering over $25 off its regular price for a limited time.

Adam Oram

Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.