Retail leak again points to May 21 for new iPad Pro, iMac launch

“Available 21 May 2021”

What you need to know

  • The date of the iMac and iPad Pro launch appears to have been leaked by a UK retailer.
  • John Lewis says both devices will be available on May 21.
  • That matches a date of May 21 given by leaker Jon Prosser, and Apple’s timeframe of the second half of May.

Official UK Apple reseller John Lewis has revealed that Apple’s new 2021 iPad Pro and the new 2021 iMac will both be launched on May 21, echoing a previous date given by leaker Jon Prosser.

As noted by MacRumors, website listings for Apple’s newest premium tablet and the redesigned iMac on Johnlewis.com indicate that both devices will be released on May 21.

Apple has previously confirmed that both the new iPad Pro and the new iMac will be available to pre-order on April 30, but had only given “the second half of May” as a timeframe for both shipping and in-store availability. John Lewis’ website seems to indicate that date will be May 21. It echoes a previous report from Jon Prosser noting the same date:

Apple will make its new 11-inch iPad Pro available for sale on May 22, according to leaker Jon Prosser. But oddly, the same tweet also says that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available a day earlier – starting May 21.

There is currently no explanation as to why the two different devices would go on sale on different days.

As suspected, the May 22 date seems to have been off, as John Lewis says both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available on the same date.

Apple announced its huge redesign to iMac complete with the M1 Apple silicon chip, as well as the updated iPad Pro which also features M1 at its April Spring-loaded event.

iMac (2021)

$1299 at Apple

The new iMac features a stunning redesign and the M1 processor in seven new colors.

iPad Pro (2021)

$799 at Apple

The new iPad Pro is the first iPad to feature Apple’s M1 processor, the same chip that powers the Mac.

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