See our iPad Pro 2 and Apple Pencil 2 visualizations at the bottom of this page.
Apple’s iPad Pro hasn’t been refreshed in quite some time, leaving eager buyers wondering “When can I get my hands on Apple’s next generation iPad?” Most recent reports suggest that refreshed Apple iPads won’t be released until the second-half of 2017, and at that time, we might see three iPad Pro varieties.
iPad Pro Rumors
Ming-Chi Kuo, renown Apple analyst and credible source of insider information, indicated in a research note to investors that he expects Apple to introduce a total of three iPad models in 2017, including an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro with a nearly edge-to-edge display. While we might see a brand new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, Kuo indicates the other two iPad Pro models will feature relatively modest upgrades —maintaining both the physical and structural design of the company’s current generation iPad Pro devices. It’s also expected that Apple’s next-gen iPad Pro models will more than likely boast the company’s next-generation A10X chipset and 4GB of RAM across the lineup.
A second scenario could be that the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be a replacement for the iconic 9.7-inch iPad Pro. There have even been reports speculating an all-new ‘iPad Pro mini‘ will be replacing the iPad mini 4, which hasn’t been updated since 2015. Meaning, the three new iPad Pro variants could include a 7.9-inch iPad Pro mini, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 in total.
iPad Pro 2 Release Date
Many sources with intimate knowledge of Apple’s supply chain have stated Apple’s new iPads are slated to be released in the second half of 2017. Based on this information we can safely estimate that the iPad Pro 2 will be announced at WWDC 2017 in June, and will be available to order online or purchase in-store in the weeks that follow.
iPad Pro 2 Price
Apple is expected to maintain its original iPad Pro pricing for the iPad Pro 2, and is estimated to retail for $799. If the 10.5-inch iPad Pro does become reality, we can expect it to be priced $100 lower, at $699.
Apple Pencil 2 Rumors
Apple will reportedly release an upgraded, second-generation version of the Apple Pencil alongside new iPad Pro models this year, according to rumors emanating from the company’s Chinese supply chain. The so-called “Apple Pencil 2” is expected to feature a magnetic system that will allow it to attach to the side of an iPad or iPad Pro — temporarily fixing the issue of where to keep the Pencil when it’s not in use, Letem Svetem Applem reported.
This report does line up with a patent Apple acquired in September. That patent covers a permanent magnetic system that could allow an Apple Pencil to attach to the side of an iPad, or for two iPads to be attached together. It has been rumored that the Apple Pencil 2 could be charged by the iPad it’s connected to magnetically, negating the awkward charging position posed by the first generation Apple Pencil.
Apple Pencil 2 Release Date
The Apple Pencil 2’s release date isn’t set in stone yet, however there has been much speculation that Apple could announce the Apple Pencil 2 alongside new iPad Pro models at WWDC 2017 in June.
Apple Pencil 2 Price
Apple traditionally keeps the price of its products consistent through refreshes, even though we’ve recently seen some dramatic price increases from the Apple TV, as well as the 2016 MacBook Pro, and we are even expecting a price increase for the iPhone 8. But we’ve also seen a reduction in price for products like the Apple Watch, who some claimed was priced too high at launch. The current generation Apple Pencil isn’t exactly cheap at $99, but we can expect Apple to maintain the price of the Apple Pencil 2, at $99, while reducing the first generation Apple Pencil to $59-$69.
Summary: Apple Pencil 2 and iPad Pro 2 Visualizations
- Apple Pencil 2 is now charged wirelessly via the iPad Pro 2 when it is attached magnetically.
- Apple Pencil 2 now features a soft rubber-like material designed for better grip and precision.
- iPad Pro 2 has a much wider, and slightly taller, nearly edge-to-edge display.
- iPad Pro 2 has thinner bezels around the display for a more aesthetically pleasing design.