The best way to buy the iPad Pro (2020)

2020 iPad Pro
2020 iPad Pro (Image credit: Apple)

Apple has just unveiled the next-generation iPad Pro. The 2020 model comes with 11-inch and 12.9-inch edge-to-edge LCD screen display, a new dual rear camera system, and a LiDAR sensor. If you're thinking about buying the latest and greatest, iMore is here to walk you through the best way to buy your iPad with the smoothest experience.

First: Decide which iPad Pro (2020) you want to purchase

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The 2020 iPad Pro comes in two sizes: 11-inch and 12.9-inch. It's also available with up to 1TB of storage and comes in silver and space gray and with Wi-Fi-only or Wi-Fi + cellular connectivity options.

Here's how the pricing breaks down for each:

11-inch iPad Pro:

  • $799 for 128GB Wi-Fi
  • $949 for 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • $899 for 256GB Wi-Fi
  • $1,049 for 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • $1,099 for 512GB Wi-Fi
  • $1,249 for 512GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • $1,299 for 1TB Wi-Fi
  • $1,449 for 1TB Wi-Fi + Cellular

12.9-inch iPad Pro:

  • $999 for 128GB Wi-Fi
  • $1,149 for 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • $1,099 for 256GB Wi-Fi
  • $1,249 for 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • $1,299 for 512GB Wi-Fi
  • $1,449 for 512GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • $1,499 for 1TB Wi-Fi
  • $1,649 for 1TB Wi-Fi + Cellular

Second: Should I have my iPad mailed to me or pick it up in-store?

This largely depends on how quickly you want your iPad, and whether you want to drive to your local store on launch day.

If you choose to have your iPad order mailed to you, you're at the whim of your local UPS or FedEx drivers. If your driver regularly comes at 8 a.m., you may get your iPad earlier in the day; if your house or apartment doesn't usually get deliveries until 8 p.m., you may feel a little FOMO.

If you're considering trading in your old iPad for some extra cash, you can do that online or (once they're open again) at your local store (opens in new tab) — up to you.

Third: How should I buy my new iPad?

There are a few different ways to purchase your new iPad Pro, how you choose mostly depends on what's more convenient for you.

The best way to order online: The Apple Store app

If you want to avoid slow web pages, you can use your iPhone or current iPad to order via the Apple Store app. This is my preferred method, in large part because the app is quick, easy, requires very little effort on your part, and best of all — you can use Apple Pay. You can even designate your new iPad for in-store pickup within the app.

It might be a little mean to make your current iPad buy your new one, but hey — all's fair in love and pre-ordering.

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If you don't have a reason to do otherwise, Apple.com remains the easiest way to order your new iPad online.

Questions?

Are you picking up a new iPad Pro or other iPad model? Have other questions about the ordering process? Let us know below.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

1 Comment
  • I am guessing this is just a recycled story from 2018, but it is really confusing to see it now. Please check the stories to see if they make sense the way they are written... the time of the post and is written as if a new iPad was just announced.