We’ve been hearing rumors about the iPad Pro 2 launch for a long time, and we even heard recently that Apple is planning a launch event for late this month or early next month. However, the company might not even hold an event at all, and the iPad Pro 2 and two other tablets could debut as early as next week, according to a fresh rumor.
New Apple products to be released next week?
Some unnamed supply chain analysts reportedly told MacRumors that Apple is preparing to announce some new products before the end of this month, probably between March 20 and 24. They also told the website that their own sources revealed this to them, and they didn’t get it from other reports.
They didn’t state which products Apple will show off, but it’s long been rumored that the iPad Pro 2 will make an appearance this spring. The company has been said to be working on a brand new 10.5-inch iPad Pro 2 featuring thinner bezels and refreshes for the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.
The list of those expecting refreshed iPads very soon include analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, analyst Blayne Curtis of Barclays and the team at Mac otakara, a Japanese-language blog. This list is much longer than that of course, and Mac o takara is even predicting an iPad mini 4 replacement that’s 7.9 inches in size, although we’ve not heard that anywhere else and the blog has a mixed past when it comes to reporting Apple rumors.
No iPad Pro 2 event announced yet
If Apple is really planning on revealing the iPad Pro 2 and any other products next week, the company may be planning to do so without an event. It hasn’t yet sent out media invitations for an event. Mac Rumors notes that on average, the iPhone maker sends invitations to its March events about 11 to 12 days before them, so this would be exceptionally short notice if it is planning to hold an event next week.
It’s always possible that Apple is just going to give the media very short notice of the event, or it is planning to hold an event this spring, but not this month. We heard a suggestion recently that the event could be set for early April, but that seemed an unreliable suggestion because it was based on the date of availability for the iPad, which tends to float based on inventory levels and other factors.
The company might also be planning to just use a press release for its spring announcements, as it did in 2014 when it announced that it had reduced the price of the fourth-generation iPad. If this last option is the case, it would seem unlikely that Apple is planning to release the iPad Pro 2 or the updated Apple Pencil we heard about. The company usually likes to make new devices available for members of the press to ogle in person and try out at its events. So if there is some kind of spring announcement, it seems more likely that it’s just something simple like a price cut.