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2021 Apple iPad Pro release date revealed (and there's not long to wait)

While we know that we can preorder the incredible new M1 iPad Pro from tomorrow, Apple has been characteristically coy about when we'll actually be able to get our hands on the device. Apple's website currently states it will be available "in the second half of May" – but the exact release date may have just leaked.

According to reputed Apple leaker Jon Prosser (below), the 11-inch model will be released on 22 May, but the larger 12.9-inch version will emerge a day earlier on 21 May. Why Apple would want to stagger the release by 24 hours is anyone's guess – but it sounds like it'll be less than a month until our best drawing tablets roundup welcomes a new arrival or two.

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While Apple has been known to release similar products at different times (the iPhone 12 and 12 mini were released a month apart thanks to pandemic-related supply chain issues), the decision to release the two 2021 iPad Pro models a day apart is... odd? Prosser himself even refers to the dates as "kinda weird". 

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The new iPad pro sounds pretty incredible (Image credit: Apple)

Stranger still is that 22 May is a Saturday – a day that Apple doesn't usually release new products. With Friday being a much more common day for the company to put out new tech (Apple's AirTags arrive this Friday, for example), we'd say 21 May is the much likelier of the two dates.

UPDATE: Yep, it seems we were right. Prosser has today claimed (below) that both models will indeed launch on 21 May. It is, he says, a 5G model linked to a specific carrier that won't be available until the next day.

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The addition of the Mac range's M1 chip was one of our biggest surprises from the Apple event last week. And with the first ever LED display on an iPad, the 12.9-inch model could be a game changer for digital artists looking to get the most out of the best iPad apps.

That said, last year's iPad Pro is still a mighty piece of kit – and with a new model on the way next month, there are already some great offers to be found on the 2020 version. Check out today's best iPad Pro deals below.

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Daniel Piper

Daniel Piper is senior news editor at Creative Bloq, and an authority on all things art, design, branding and tech. He has a particular penchant for Apple products – some corners of the internet might call him an 'iSheep', but he's fine with this. It doesn't bother him at all. Why would it? They're just really nicely designed products, okay? Daniel is also a comedian and national poetry slam champion, and his favourite Bond is, obviously, Sean Connery.