Will we see iPad Pro updates this year?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TallManNY, Sep 12, 2016.


What iPad updates will be see by the end of November?

  1. iPad Pro 12 - Gets A10 upgrade and screen upgrade

  2. iPad Pro 12 and 9 - Gets A10 upgrade and 12 gets screen upgrade

  3. No updates by end of November

  4. No updates until sometime in March or later to match release date of iPad Pro 9.

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  1. TallManNY macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    I hope we can see the iPad Pro get the A10 chip soon as it is a great mobile CPU. But with the big iPad Pro probably being a relatively small seller and the iPad Pro 9 being relatively recently released and already having the true town display and pencil support, is it possible that Apple will focus on other things and lets these sit for a bit?

    I'm assuming if stuff isn't out by November, then it isn't coming out this year as Apple doesn't want to confuse the holiday shopping period experience.
  2. Loge macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2004
    The iPads were just updated (pricing and storage options). That and the buzz from Gurman, Kuo etc. suggest no further updates until 2017.
  3. barkomatic, Sep 12, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2016

    barkomatic macrumors 601

    Aug 8, 2008
    I think there is a chance that the iPad Pro 12.9 could get an update this November but probably not the 9.7. Then again, they may wait until March to release both models at once. It seems lately that outside of the iPhone, Apple is more likely to release products late than early.
  4. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    Both will be updated at the October event.

    I feel sorry for anyone who just recently purchased either iPad Pro. They are phenomenal devices, and I love them both, but the massive improvements with A10, more RAM in the smaller Pro, more graphics power, hugely faster Touch ID, is going to be unbearable to miss out on these. I will be upgrading both my iPad Pros on day one.
  5. TallManNY thread starter macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    Wow, that is quite a quick upgrade process. And over $1,500 to drop at once.

    I hope you are right since I think I can really use an iPad Pro and Pencil as part of my workflow. I'm not sure which size to buy though. But I definitely know that I'm not buying either until it gets the A10 chip in it. The min/max core structure has always been a very good idea for mobile devices. Android manufacturers have used it for a while as a work around to their less efficient chips. I suspect Apple will be able to optimize this and get even more performance out of the iPads so that the scream in performance and they sip battery when idle.
  6. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    Source? Or you're just guessing?
  7. masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    Considering that target had a 15% off sale in the same month it was launched last year (Cyber Monday) upgrading it on Day 1 is not a good idea.
  8. Codeseven macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2008
    I'm guessing, too soon for the 9.7, but 'maybe' for the 12.9. The much anticipated iOS 10/A10 holy convergence may be a catalyst.
  9. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    I feel sorry you believe they will get updated this year. Really sorry.
  10. Beerstalker macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2011
    Peoria, IL
    I've been saying for a while that I think we may see iPads move back to a Spring release timeframe. I'm thinking we might see a new iPad Pro release with 3 sizes (7.9, 9.7, 12.9), price drops on the current Pro (9.7 & 12.9) and Mini 4, and see the Mini 2 and Air 2 discontinued.
  11. Still100 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2011
    I think Apple should continue with the 12.9 for the holiday season, 9.7 for April until they have better iPads to offer during the holiday season - the busiest sales period.

    iPads have been top selling xmas gifts. Unless apples data shows the new MacBook pros will be given instead of iPads and not surface pros.
  12. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Why feel sorry...I'm sure those updated iPad pros will not do anything much in comparison to what Ipads do already...if anything I would tell people to purchase the first generation iPad pros and wait for the 3rd generation iPad pros since the software has not reached its true potential. You will be saying the same thing when the A11X fusion and 6 gb ram iPad pros are released for the third generation.
  13. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    I'd like to see them return to their old release schedule:
    • iPad in March with optimized iOS updates.
    • WWDC June - new software and maybe some Mac hardware
    • Fall (maybe 2 events) - iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac hardware
    --- Post Merged, Sep 13, 2016 ---
    The new Pros will undoubtedly be better, but not "unbearably." The A10 is more about efficiency than speed. Granted Apple could pull a stunt like the A8X and release "40% faster CPU and 2x faster graphics", but I'm skeptical. Still, I've never thought the A9X was slow and it won't show it's age with just 1 iOS update. Maybe iOS 11/12 will start to wear on it, but not yet. Get 1 Touch ID with A9 is very fast, not lightening, but I doubt that 1 second difference justifies the price.

    Unbearable to me means a combination of:
    1. More RAM
    2. Twice the performance
    3. New Screen tech (resolution or OLED)
    4. Apple Pencil 2

    The next Pros will be nice, but I don't expect a major change. Maybe after the "magical" iPhone 8 next year.
  14. cptn.nemo macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2016
    Why does everyone keep speculating on when things will be released? Does anyone REALLY know? I'm buying myself an iPad Pro for school and I'm not waiting around 3 months for an update. Really, how much faster can it be and would you actually see difference in performance. Besides, if you HAVE to have the latest and greatest, you can sell and upgrade for a minimal loss. I upgrade iPhones at a loss of about $80 a year. Someone's always willing to buy a mint condition iPhone You guys are stressing over something that nobody really knows. That said I'm waiting for the new iMac update :p just in case lol
  15. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    Apple is moving away from coordinated annual updates for iPads. By that I mean, updating all iPads at the same time. Individual models/form-factors are spreading out to a 18-24 month update cycle.

    I would be surprised to see an update to the 12.9 iPP in Oct/Nov. It debuted in Nov 2015 and had a storage bump in March 2016. I would not be surprised to see an update to the 12.9 in March 2017, nor would I be surprised to see Apple wait until Nov 2017 to update it.

    Apple is doing things with the iPhone that could take advantage of the more advanced processor. Not so much with the iPP. There isn't the same need to upgrade as regularly. I expect to see iPad Pro-specific enhancements to iOS before an upgrade to the iPP hardware.
  16. Still100 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2011
    I agree with you except there's one month left to find out if there are new iPads, just like the new macs. It's worth waiting the month and then deciding. The speculating otherwise is hope and maybe a little excitement/wishful thinking of getting a new toy that's the latest and greatest. I've personally never bought a Apple product that wasn't just released or a really good discount. iPads currently offer neither.
  17. Cirrius macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2007
    Best Buy was selling refurb 12.9 32gb for $380 last week and 128gb for $500 last night, makes me curious why they are clearing out stock. Of course it is just the return units, so maybe nothing at all.

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