11 November 2019
It seems like Apple has no plans of releasing a new iPad Pro this year. The possibility is based on what Apple CFO Luca Maestri said during the Q4 2019 quarter earnings call. He mentioned that Apple has a different release strategy on a year-on-year basis for iPad categories.
The current generation iPad Pro was released in October 2018 which led to speculations that Apple will release a successor sometime in October 2019. As the month started to reach its end, it was expected that the release may happen by the end of the year. But after hearing the official statement, the new iPad Pro release will not happen until the beginning of 2020.
Here is what Maestri said:
"One thing to keep in mind as we look at this guidance range is the fact that we also contemplated the comparison to the launch of the iPad Pro, a year ago for iPad as well as the new MacBook Air that was launched during the December quarter last year. So for the iPad and Mac categories, you need to keep in mind that our launch timing is different on a year-over-year basis."
The 2019 iPad Pro was rumored to come with triple rear cameras. It would have been the first iPad to feature multiple cameras as Apple has restricted the iPad lineup to a single camera sensor. If the claim turns out to be true, the new iPad Pro model will undoubtedly make use of the same triple camera setup that we saw on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
Apple is known to hold an event sometime in April of a new year which will be a good place to launch iPad Pro successor. It also falls in line with what Kuo said in his research notes. But since nothing is official yet, we will suggest you not to get your hopes high just yet.