Report: Apple to announce an 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro in March

iPad Pro (2018)
iPad Pro (2018) (Image credit: Rene Ritchie / iMore)

What you need to know

  • A new report says that Apple will announce an 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro in March.
  • There will be small design changes, mostly to the speaker setup.

As reported by the Japanese Apple site Macotakara, Apple is expected to announce an 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro in March of this year. The outlet says that the general design of the new iPads will remain mostly unchanged.

It does report, however, that Apple is potentially making changes to the internal speaker system and may reduce the number of speaker holes and change their position on the new devices.

The iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation), rumored to be announced in March 2021, will have their iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)、iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation) and housing design unchanged, but the sound has been reviewed and the number of speaker holes on the sides has been reduced by two-thirds. Sources say the speaker's hole position is also new.

The report also states that the anticipated shift to mini-LED may only be available as an option on the 12.9-inch iPad at first.

As for the rear camera, the overall outs of the camera unit remains the same, but the lens cover portion is no longer stretched. As for the rumored mini LED display, sources say it may be an option for the 12.9-inch model as only the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) will increase in thickness by 0.5mm.

Today's report brings to light more details about the new iPads, as the outlet originally reported about both devices seeing a first half of 2021 release yesterday. That report also stated that the 9th generation iPad would take the form of the 3rd generation iPad Air.

Joe Wituschek
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.

1 Comment
  • How about a 9" iPad Mini? (Pro?). 9" would fit in the current physical size if you got rid of the bezels. Face ID would be fine, or touch ID in the power button, to save cost. There's precedence now.