iPad Pro 2021 release date set to be revealed at ‘Spring Loaded’ event

Gadget experts suggest Apple will unveil a new iPad Pro tonight (Apple)

Apple hosts its first event of 2021 this evening, where the tech giant is expected to unveil several new devices.

One excitable gadget expert believes the event could be ‘action-packed’.

Reports have suggested Apple could use its virtual showcase to announce a new iPad and Mac computer range, as well as its AirTags accessories, Bluetooth-enabled tracking devices to be attached to items like keys and wallets to help prevent users from losing them.

Tech expert and industry analyst Paolo Pescatore from PP Foresight said he also expected Apple to make announcements to its growing services business alongside new hardware.

‘As with any Apple event, excitement builds and always expect a few surprises,” he said.

‘Expect Tuesday’s event to be action-packed with Apple showcasing other products underlining the company’s broad portfolio.

‘The title for the spring event suggests a host of new hardware which could include new iPads, redesigned iMac, AirTags as well as new accessories.’

‘A new Apple TV is well long overdue given the company’ growing aspirations in TV. All rivals have releasing new devices and features every year. This would tie up nicely with its focus on the home.’

‘For sure, there are areas in services and in the home that are still work in progress.

‘Apple has the assets and is slowly putting all of the pieces together.’

‘Apple recognises the growing importance of services to its future growth. All of the building blocks are in place. Now it is all about strengthening its line of programming across the board.

‘This will pave the way for more novel subscription-based service models.’

Apple is hosting its spring 2021 event this evening, April 20 (Apple)

The company has had success in recent years with a growing list of new subscription services, including Apple Music, Apple TV+ and Fitness+ to supplement its range of hardware.

The firm’s event will be the latest to take place virtually as part of its ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Apple’s next major event, the annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) has already been confirmed as going ahead in an online-only format for the second year running.

When is the Apple spring event?

Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi speaking during the keynote address at the 2020 Apple Worldwide Developers Conferencee (WWDC) (Credits: EPA)

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It is taking place on Tuesday, April 20, and will be online-only.

The event will start at 10am Pacific Time which translates to 6pm here in the UK.

Apple will be streaming the entire event so that anybody can watch the announcements as they happen.

How can I watch the Apple spring event?

Apple will be streaming the event live (Credits: EPA)

Apple has a dedicated page on its website for streaming events live.

You can find it here.

There’s no sign-up or account needed, and the event will be posted to the website in full once it has finished.

What will be announced?

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The event is tipped to revolve around an update to the iPad Pro line-up.

The company’s most expensive tablet is rumoured to be getting an update to Apple’s own M1 computer processor. The in-house chip was recently debuted on a fresh set of MacBook laptops.

In addition, the new iPad Pros would come with Thunderbolt ports as well as improved cameras and screens. Like the current iPad Pro options, the new models will arrive with a choice of either an 11-inch or 12.9-inch screen.

We could also get a look at a refreshed iPad mini and, possibly, the rumoured AirTag Bluetooth trackers.

Apple tends to end its product showcases with all the pricing and release date information – so we’ll know how much the new iPad Pro 2021 is likely to cost and when it’ll be available to buy.

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