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A new iPad Pro refresh will reportedly arrive 'around March' 2020

2020 iPad Pro renders
2020 iPad Pro renders (Image credit: OnLeaks / iGeeksBlog)

What you need to know

  • Apple is expected to refresh its iPad Pro lineup this year.
  • A new report has new tablets arriving as soon as next month.
  • But it also notes that manufacturing has been slow to ramp up.

A new report by the reliably unreliable DigiTimes has Apple getting ready to announce new iPad Pro products as soon as next month. We've been hearing for months that new iPad Pro models will be announced at some point in 2020, but this is the first time a March time window has seemed likely.

Despite feeling a March release is in the cards, DigiTimes does also note that mass production of the new models has so far been slow to get going, a situation likely not helped by the ongoing coronavirus situation in China.

Apple is scheduled to launch its new ‌iPad Pro‌ series around March, with related suppliers already kicking off production for the model ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. However, their output has started growing slowly after the extended Lunar New Year break in China with shipments unlikely to peak until after April, according to industry sources.

If Apple is set to announce something in the coming weeks, March does fit with its modus operandi. Spring events do tend to happen in March, with Apple also heavily rumored to have a new iPhone 9 just waiting to be announced.

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

3 Comments
  • Is a refresh even necessary? It’s as if features are being taken away, prices are higher, slimmer faster yada yada yada. Adding a better camera to the iPad Pro which already had a decent camera is not really a refresh. What I would love to see is a revamp of the stock apps, maybe add a default html text editor, the reminders app still needs a boost, and do more to make the iPad a real laptop replacement. More focus on apps and less on emoji’s
  • You want revamped stock apps, etc. in an iPad Pro refresh? You would probably be wanting an iPadOS update.
  • That would be Awesome!