Apple Discontinues 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Following Launch of Lower-Priced 10.5-Inch iPad Air

Apple has stopped selling the second-generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro, originally released in June 2017, after launching a new 10.5-inch iPad Air today.


The 10.5-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ had remained available from $649 following the release of 11-inch and 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ models in October 2018, but it has been replaced by the 10.5-inch iPad Air with a cheaper starting price of $499.

The new ‌iPad‌ Air features a 10.5-inch Retina display, A12 Bionic chip, and Apple Pencil support and is available to order on Apple.com starting today.

Apple also released a new iPad mini with an A12 Bionic chip and ‌Apple Pencil‌ support today. The 9.7-inch ‌iPad‌ was not updated.

Related Roundups: iPad Pro, iPad Air

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9 months ago

This is actually a surprisingly generous upgrade, considering the fact that it used to cost $649


Keep in mind that this update drops ProMotion as well as the quad speakers in favor of stereo speakers.

So you gain a better processor but lose 2 features from the previous 10.5" model.
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9 months ago
What a messy lineup.

('https://www.macrumors.com/2019/03/18/apple-discontinues-10-5-inch-ipad-pro-following-launch-of-lower-priced-10-5-inch-ipad-air/')


Apple has stopped selling the second-generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro, originally released in June 2017, after launching a new 10.5-inch iPad Air ('https://www.macrumors.com/2019/03/18/ipad-air-2019/') today.



The 10.5-inch iPad Pro had remained available from $649 following the release of 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models in October 2018, but it has been replaced by the 10.5-inch iPad Air with a cheaper starting price of $499.

The new iPad Air features a 10.5-inch Retina display, A12 Bionic chip, and Apple Pencil support and is available to order on Apple.com ('https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-ipad/ipad-air') starting today.

Apple also released a new iPad mini ('https://www.macrumors.com/2019/03/18/apple-announces-new-fifth-generation-ipad-mini-with-apple-pencil-support-revamped-retina-display-and-a12-chip/') with an A12 Bionic chip and Apple Pencil support today. The 9.7-inch iPad was not updated.

Article Link: Apple Discontinues 10.5-Inch iPad Pro Following Launch of Lower-Priced 10.5-Inch iPad Air ('https://www.macrumors.com/2019/03/18/apple-discontinues-10-5-inch-ipad-pro-following-launch-of-lower-priced-10-5-inch-ipad-air/')

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9 months ago
This is actually a surprisingly generous upgrade, considering the fact that it used to cost $649
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9 months ago

What a messy lineup.


Agreed. Comparing the differences between iPads has become a headache. Doesn’t make sense. Should be easier than this. Love Apple but they lost direction here.
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9 months ago

Keep in mind that this update drops ProMotion as well as the quad speakers in favor of stereo speakers.

So you gain a better processor but lose 2 features from the previous 10.5" model.


You also loose better camera and camera flash. Keep in mind that the 10.5 Pro had the A10X, and the new Air has an A12 (non x) - also the 10.5 Pro had 4GB of ram and I'm doubting this one does, though I could be wrong.
Rating: 6 Votes
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9 months ago
Lost: Quad speakers, ProMotion, 4K video shooting

Gained: A12 (previously A10X), 13 grams lighter

Price drop: $150

I think this is a really good deal. Processor bump is huge and a meaningful one that keeps it running and supported for years to come. $499 was the standard price point for a 9.7” iPad Air for a long time. Same price for a 10.5” Air with Pencil support and latest processors is sweetspot!
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9 months ago
Everybody with a bright spot on their 10.5 Pro just got screwed even more.
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9 months ago

Keep in mind that this update drops ProMotion as well as the quad speakers in favor of stereo speakers.

So you gain a better processor but lose 2 features from the previous 10.5" model.

Slight correction; it lost 3 features: ProMotion (120GHz refresh rate), flash for the back camera, and the quad speakers.

Potentially downgraded the RAM too, but we'll have to wait for a teardown or a Geekbench test to be sure.
Rating: 5 Votes
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9 months ago

Keep in mind that this update drops ProMotion as well as the quad speakers in favor of stereo speakers.

So you gain a better processor but lose 2 features from the previous 10.5" model.


People actually thought Apple were being generous. :D:eek:
Rating: 4 Votes
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9 months ago
From the average consumer’s point of view, the iPad is probably the most difficult Apple product to buy. People know I’m an Apple guy and I get the most questions about it. They really needed to simplify the lineup, and instead we got more complication. At least it has a good price to performance ratio.

So glad those 10.2” rumors were wrong and they didn’t fragment things even more.

I’m hoping this means they’re saving AirPods and AirPower for the event, but I won’t hold my breath. Also doubt we’ll see the iMac updates now before WWDC.
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