What to Expect from Apple’s April Event: New iPads and the Pro Pencil

Apple is set to hold its annual spring event on Tuesday, where it’s expected to unveil new iPad models and updates. Here’s what we’re expecting.

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Apple’s upcoming event

Apple is set to hold an event on April 20, and the expectation is that new iPad models will be revealed. The event will be held virtually and is titled ‘ Spring Loaded.’ In addition to new iPad models, it’s also rumored that Apple will debut the long-awaited AirTags and the Pro Pencil.

New iPads

Apple is reportedly planning to unveil a new iPad Pro with an edge-to-edge display and no Home button at its event on April 15th. The new tablet is said to feature slim bezels, Face ID, and a USB-C port. A previous rumor suggested the device would launch in June, so it’s unclear if Apple has pushed up its timeline or if this info was inaccurate.

We’re also expecting to see a apple pencil that will attach magnetically to the iPad Pro and charge wirelessly. Some of Apple’s other biggest product categories are due for updates as well, including MacBooks, iMacs, AirPods, apple tv Here’s everything we expect to see from Apple’s event on April 15th.

The Pro Pencil

One of the most highly anticipated products at Apple’s upcoming event is the Pro Pencil, a new version of the Apple Pencil designed for use with the iPad Pro. The Pro Pencil is said to offer increased accuracy and pressure sensitivity, making it ideal for drawing and sketching. It is also rumored to include support for palm rejection, meaning your hand will not register as an input when you rest it on the screen while using the Pro Pencil.

What to expect from the event

Apple is set to hold an event on April 20, and the focus is expected to be on new iPad models. The event, which will be held virtually, is also likely to see the debut of the long-awaited Apple Pencil Pro. Here’s what we know so far about what to expect from the event.

New features

It’s official. Apple has sent out invitations to an event on Tuesday, April 15, at 10 a.m. PT at its Cupertino, California, headquarters. The theme of the event is “Spring forward,” a clear reference to the daylight saving time change that occurred this past weekend in the United States. Here’s what we expect Apple to announce at the event.

New iPads
We expect Apple to debut new iPad Pro models at the event. The company is said to be working on two new iPad Pro models, one with a screen size of 11 inches and another with a screen size of 12.9 inches. Both models are said to feature slimmer bezels and no Home button, as well as Face ID for unlocking the device and apple pay purchases. The current 10.5-inch iPad Pro was introduced in June 2017, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro was last updated in November 2017 with the addition of Face ID.

We also believe Apple will announce an updated version of its entry-level 9.7-inch iPad at the event. This tablet is likely to feature a faster A10 processor and support for the Apple Pencil stylus. It would make sense for Apple to rename this tablet the “iPad” now that the Home button has been eliminated from all of its other iPad models.

New Apple Pencil
Apple is working on a new version of its Apple Pencil stylus that will magnetically attach to the side of an iPad Pro and charge wirelessly while attached. This new Pencil will reportedly be compatible with all existing iPads that support the current-generation Pencil, which includes the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2018).

New iMacs
Apple is also planning to unveil updated iMacs at its April event. We don’t know much about these new machines, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says they will feature updated processors from Intel’s 8th-generation Coffee Lake lineup and newer Radeon Pro graphics chips from AMD

Pricing

While Apple is expected to announce a new iPad and an update to the iPad Pro line, pricing for either device is still unknown. Apple’s decision to keep pricing under wraps may be due to the wide range of prices for current iPad models: the entry-level iPad mini 4 starts at $399, while the top-of-the-line 12.9-inch iPad Pro costs $1,099.

Depending on how much Apple chooses to price the new iPad, it could be a tough sell for customers who are already on the fence about spending $500 or more on an iPad. If Apple can convince customers that the new iPad is worth the price tag, it could be a hit with students and professionals who have been waiting for a more affordable alternative to the MacBook.

Availability

Apple is expected to release a new iPad and Apple Pencil at its April event. The new iPad is said to be a refresh of the current iPad, with a faster processor and a better camera. The new Apple Pencil is rumored to be a pressure-sensitive stylus that will work with the new iPad. It is unclear if the new Pencil will be available for purchase at the event, or if it will be available later in the year.

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