When Apple introduced the brand new iPad Professional, 24-inch iMac, and Apple TV 4K fashions throughout its April 20 livestreamed occasion, the corporate stated these merchandise would launch “within the second half of Might” however did not get extra particular past that. Now, a number of obvious leaks—together with one on Apple’s web site—have pointed to a extra particular date: Might 21.
Prolific Apple information leaker Jon Prosser named May 21 because the launch date for among the merchandise, and UK retailer John Lewis’ product web page for the brand new iPad Professional carried copy saying, “Obtainable 21 Might 2021,” as found by MacRumors and different Apple rumor websites.
Including additional gasoline to the fireplace, Apple right this moment revealed a brief publish to its Newsroom site—basically the public-facing firm weblog—reminding clients that they will pre-order these merchandise beginning tomorrow, April 30. That brief publish did not say Might 21—however among the metadata on the publish did. Apple has since eliminated the metadata referencing that date.
(That stated, the Apple publish’s metadata additionally erroneously stated the purple iPhone 12 and AirTags are approaching that date, however they ship earlier.)
On their very own, we’d take every of those leaks with a grain of salt, however the quantity and uniformity of the leaks make it probably that Might 21 is the day.
Might 21 is a reasonably very long time from the preliminary announcement, however that has turn out to be regular from Apple not too long ago. Plus, Apple has for the previous couple of years hosted its iPad-centric occasion in March; this yr it occurred in late April, pushing the timeline again.
If the Might 21 date holds, Apple shall be delivery the brand new iMac, Apple TV, and iPad Professional simply a few weeks earlier than the start of its annual developer convention, which kicks off on June 7. Apple might announce much more merchandise, reminiscent of higher-end Apple Silicon Macs, at that occasion.
Whatever the closing ship date, the brand new iPad Professional, iMac, and Apple TV 4K will all go up on the market within the Apple Retailer and from different retailers tomorrow. Pre-orders are prone to start round 5 am PDT.