Today, Apple unveiled its new 9.7" iPad Pro, the second tablet in its Pro line. This new machine, which ships on March 31, will be available for preorder from Apple on March 24 at a starting price of $599 for the 32GB model. But as a savvy DealNews reader, you have no intention of paying full price.
We looked at the price history of the older iPad Pro, but that didn't help much, since it (like most iPads) came out just before Black Friday. Still, we found some patterns, and have determined where and when you're likely to see the first 10" iPad Pro discounts.
Prices Will Drop in Two to Four Months
While we saw retailers selling the 13" iPad Pro below Apple's list price just a couple weeks after it first became available on November 11, those deals were for Black Friday and probably aren't indicative of the timeline we can expect for discounts on the 10" machine.
Disregarding the Black Friday sales, deals on the 13" iPad Pro first emerged two months later, with prices on the 32GB model dipping by 6% to 12%. As such, we anticipate the 10" model to drop to as low as $527 for the 32GB model by the end of May. But if you wait an additional two months, even better deals will surface in July, when you can expect to see discounts of up to 21%, bringing the price down to $467.
In addition to the 32GB model, this 9.7" Pro will also be available in 128GB ($749 list price) or 256GB ($899 list price) options. It will come in a new Rose Gold finish, as well as the regular iPad palette of Silver, Gold, and Space Gray. Its 2048x1536 Retina display is purported to be the brightest screen of any tablet, while also boasting the lowest reflectivity.
Additionally, two four-channel sensors detect ambient light and adjust the screen accordingly. Other features include a 12-megapixel iSight camera capable of capturing 4K video and an A9X 64-bit chip.
Look to find deals on the new iPad Pro at such stores as Staples, Micro Center, and MacMall, as well as from various eBay sellers. As always, we do not recommend buying directly from Apple, which rarely discounts its products. And as we previously detailed, with the introduction of this new iPad, we also expect better deals on the tablets Apple is phasing out.
Readers, will you be purchasing this latest iPad Pro? If so, when do you plan to buy? Let us know in the comments below.