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Days ahead of their expected launch and seemingly before official review embargoes lift, one lucky customer has already gotten their hands on the brand new 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro.

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Reddit User PeterDragon50

Posted on Reddit, u/PeterDragon50 has already received their 12.9-inch iPad Pro through retailer Nebraska Furniture Mart. The Reddit user says they placed their order when pre-orders initially went live and that the retail chain informed them that their iPad was ready for pick-up, despite not yet having been officially launched from Apple. Apple says the new iPad Pro and M1 iMac will be available starting in the second half of May, most likely May 21.

Official reviews of the M1-powered iPad Pro have yet to be published, leaving many to ask the customer for first impressions and thoughts. The customer says that the new mini-LED, Liquid Retina XDR display is impressive with deep blacks and colors that are "definitely up to Apple quality." Two videos (second one) were shared showing the 12.9-inch iPad Pro playing back HDR content.

Alongside images and videos of the new iPad Pro, Antutu benchmarking scores were also posted, showing that the new iPad Pro performs significantly faster than last year's model. Geekbench scores posted earlier this week also found the new iPad is 50% faster than the previous-generation.

Some customers who placed their pre-orders for the new iPad Pro on April 30 are beginning to notice their order status switch to "Shipping" rather than "Preparing to Ship." The new iPad Pro has proven to be an early success, with estimated shipping dates already slipping into mid-July. You can learn more about about the new iPad Pro using our guide.

Article Link: M1 iPad Pro Arrives Early for Lucky Customer
 

TheOldChevy

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I wonder how is the battery size vs the Macbook. Same processor and smaller battery may lead to lower processing speed to keep autonomy sufficient.
 

anshuvorty

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until Tuesday there are 2 more days..so is not that
There are instances where back-end engineers do system upgrades and other things on the weekend when they know that the production systems won't be as heavily impacted as it would be during the work week...

So, you never know...they could be preparing the servers for the AirPods going on sale, most likely, this Friday...or maybe, if we are lucky, on Tuesday itself!
 

JPack

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There are instances where back-end engineers do system upgrades and other things on the weekend when they know that the production systems won't be as heavily impacted as it would be during the work week...

So, you never know...they could be preparing the servers for the AirPods going on sale, most likely, this Friday...or maybe, if we are lucky, on Tuesday itself!

AirPods (engraved) shipping dates haven't slipped, so it's unlikely there will be a new model next week.
 

Isengardtom

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iPad Pro 2021 upgrade is more interesting than 2020 version
- much bigger performance jump with M1 than A12X to Z
- Mini LED and hdr
- better front camera and center stage
- thunderbolt / faster storage

granted on the 11” it’s pretty incremental. And I fully agree on the watch series 6. Same with the new Apple TV Btw. Thing is at some point you really can’t make huge leaps forward anymore. I feel the iPhone is in that situation too.

Current “revolutions“ are more on the internals with the silicon switch than with the look and feel of the devices.
and on the software side (I hope)
 
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