iPad key dates: presentation and market launch — 2022

If you want to review the history of iPad launches, this is your post. We review the dates on which Apple has presented and launched each and every one of its tablets and it is that they already have a few behind their backs. And in addition to its presentation, we also tell you the format that is usually used for it, since it is not always the same.

How Apple tablets are usually presented

Far from what you may think, Apple does not follow the same line to present its iPad. In fact, we can find different ways to present them depending also on whether you have other products in the chamber ready to be presented.

events

Apple holds several events a year. The most fixed is that of its WWDC (Worldwide Conference for Developers) and in which they only present software as a general rule, but they also usually hold others to present iPhone, Mac, Apple Watch and, of course, iPad. This format is not always used, but it is common to see how some tablet models are shown for the first time in one of these appointments.



These events are usually held in person, either at Apple headquarters or in a special theater or conference room. Both press and developers or other guests by the company attend there. However, as of 2020 they began to be held electronically for health reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

IPAD PRO 2021 M1 PRESENTATION EVENT

The iPad presented at an event have been these:

    From the iPad range:
    • iPad (original)
    • iPad 2
    • iPad (3rd generation)
    • iPad (4th generation)
    • iPad (7th generation)
    • iPad (8th generation)
    From the iPad Air range:
    • iPad Air (1st generation)
    • iPad Air 2
    • iPad Air (4th generation)
    From the iPad mini range:
    • iPad mini (1st generation)
    • iPad mini 2
    • iPad mini 3
    From the iPad Pro range:
    • iPad Pro 9,7″
    • iPad Pro 10,5″
    • iPad Pro 11″ (1st generation)
    • iPad Pro 11″ (3rd generation)
    • iPad Pro 12.9″ (1st generation)
    • iPad Pro 12.9″ (2nd generation)
    • iPad Pro 12.9″ (3rd generation)
    • iPad Pro 12.9″ (5th generation)

Press release

This is usually a very common format for the launch of iPad and that serves the company as an alternative to events. These are published on the company's press website and in addition to publishing all the information regarding features, prices and launch date, photos and even videos of the product are also added.

And although we may tend to think that this format is less glamorous and can be given more when the iPad in question does not bring very outstanding news, the truth is that we have come to see really interesting iPad presented in a press release. In the same way that some less leading iPads have had space at a company event.

PRESS RELEASE IPAD PRO 2020 PRESENTATION

These are the iPad that Apple has presented via press release:

    From the iPad range:
    • iPad (5th generation)
    • iPad (6th generation)
    From the iPad Air range:
    • iPad Air (3rd generation)
    From the iPad mini range:
    • iPad mini 4
    • iPad mini (5th generation)
    From the iPad Pro range:
    • iPad Pro 11″ (2nd generation)
    • iPad Pro 12.9″ (4th generation)

Are they presented and launched at the same time?

You don't have to. In fact, the most common thing that happens is that Apple presents an iPad and it is not available on the market until after a few days and even weeks. There have been cases in which it has even been necessary to wait a month to see them in the windows of the company's stores.

What they usually do prior to launch is to open a reservation period in which users can pre-purchase the tablets. In any case, we insist on emphasizing that there is no common standard and presentations and direct launches have also been seen on the same day, so in the end Apple plays a lot of confusion in this regard for not setting a standard.

Dates normal iPads came out

The iPad to dry, normally accompanied by the year of its launch or the number of its generation, is the most basic range of Apple tablets. At the time they were the only ones and therefore they were the most powerful, but the arrival of the 'Air' and 'Pro' conditioned their position relegating them to being the entry range. It is a range that was normally presented at the beginning of the year, although in the latest versions it has been launched at the end.

iPad (original)

    Date of presentation:January 27, 2010 Release date:April 3, 2010 Base operating system:iOS 3.2 Latest software version:iOS 5.1.1 Does Apple still sell it?Do not

Steve Jobs and the iPad

iPad 2

    Date of presentation:March 2, 2011 Release date:March 11, 2011. Base operating system:iOS 4.3 Latest software version:iOS 9.3.6 Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad (3rd generation)

    Date of presentation:March 7, 2012 Release date:March 16, 2012 Base operating system:iOS 5.1 Latest software version:iOS 9.3.6 Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad (4th generation)

    Date of presentation:October 23, 2012 Release date:November 2, 2012 Base operating system:iOS 6 Latest software version:iOS 10.3.4 Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad (5th generation)

    Date of presentation:March 21, 2017 Release date:March 24, 2017 Base operating system:iOS 10.2.1 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad (6th generation)

    Date of presentation:March 27, 2018 Release date:March 27, 2018 Base operating system:iOS 11.3 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad (7th generation)

    Date of presentation:September 10, 2019 Release date:September 10, 2019 Base operating system:iPadOS 13.1 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad (8th generation)

    Date of presentation:September 15, 2020 Release date:September 18, 2020 Base operating system:iPadOS 14 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad (9th generation)

    Date of presentation:September 14, 2021 Release date:September 24, 2021 Base operating system:iPadOS 15 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Yes

ipad 2021 specs

iPad Air release date

This is considered the intermediate range in Apple tablets. In recent times it is one of the most popular iPads for taking some of the great functions of the 'Pro' models, but at a lower cost than these. There is no clear date for them, since it has been presented at the beginning or end of the year indifferently.

iPad Air (1st generation)

    Date of presentation:October 22, 2013 Release date:November 1st of 2013 Base operating system:iOS 7.0.3 Latest software version:iOS 12.5.4 Does Apple still sell it?Do not

ipad air 1

iPad Air 2

    Date of presentation:October 16, 2014 Release date:October 22, 2014 Base operating system:iOS 8.1 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad Air (3rd generation)

    Date of presentation:March 18, 2019 Release date:March 18, 2019 Base operating system:iOS 12.1.4 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad Air (4th generation)

    Date of presentation:September 15, 2020 Release date:October 23, 2020 Base operating system:iPadOS 14.1 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Yes

iPad Air 4

Presentation and launch of the iPad mini

The smallest Apple tablets are the ones that are in a different range from the rest because they are on horseback in performance between the iPad Air and iPad. It is one of the ranges that has been most in danger in its existence due to the arrival of the large-screen iPhone, although Apple has continued to launch new versions and in fact it is expected to continue to do so. Normally its launch takes place at the end of the year, although in its last generation it changed when it was presented in the first quarter.

iPad mini (1st generation)

    Date of presentation:October 23, 2012 Release date:November 2, 2012 Base operating system:iOS 6 Latest software version:iOS 9.3.6 Does Apple still sell it?Do not

ipad mini 1

iPad mini 2

    Date of presentation:October 22, 2013 Release date:November 12, 2013 Base operating system:iOS 7 Latest software version:iOS 12.5.4 Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad mini 3

    Date of presentation:October 16, 2014 Release date:October 22, 2014 Base operating system:iOS 8.1 Latest software version:iOS 12.5.4 Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad mini 4

    Date of presentation:September 9, 2015 Release date:September 9, 2015 Base operating system:iOS 9 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad mini (5th generation)

    Date of presentation:March 18, 2019 Release date:March 18, 2019 Base operating system:iOS 12.1.4 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad mini (6th generation)

    Date of presentation:September 14, 2021 Release date:September 24, 2021 Base operating system:iPadOS 15 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Yes

specifications ipad mini 6 2021

When did the iPad Pro come out?

The iPad Pro, unlike the previous ones, offer several screen sizes within the same generation. In this way we have seen how in this powerful range of tablets there have been launches at different times of the year. In recent times, Apple's habit has been to launch them at the beginning of the year. Below you will find them ordered by date and not by size.

iPad Pro 12.9″ (1st generation)

    Date of presentation:September 9, 2015 Release date:November 11, 2015 Base operating system:iOS 9.1 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

ipad pro 1

iPad Pro 9,7″

    Date of presentation:March 21, 2016 Release date:March 31, 2016 Base operating system:iOS 9.3 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad Pro 10,5

    Date of presentation:June 5, 2017 Release date:June 13, 2017 Base operating system:iOS 10.3.2 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad Pro 12.9″ (2nd generation)

    Date of presentation:June 5, 2017 Release date:June 13, 2017 Base operating system:iOS 10.3.2 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad Pro 11″ (1st generation)

    Date of presentation:October 30, 2018 Release date:November 7, 2018 Base operating system:iOS 12.1 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad Pro 12.9″ (3rd generation)

    Date of presentation:October 30, 2018 Release date:November 7, 2018 Base operating system:iOS 12.1 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad Pro 11″ (2nd generation)

    Date of presentation:March 18, 2020 Release date:March 25, 2020 Base operating system:iPadOS 13.4 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad Pro 12.9″ (4th generation)

    Date of presentation:March 18, 2020 Release date:March 25, 2020 Base operating system:iPadOS 13.4 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Do not

iPad Pro 11″ (3rd generation)

    Date of presentation:April 20, 2021 Release date:May 24, 2021 Base operating system:iPadOS 14.4 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Yes

iPad Pro 12.9″ (5th generation)

    Date of presentation:April 20, 2021 Release date:May 24, 2021 Base operating system:iPadOS 14.4 Latest software version:it keeps updating Does Apple still sell it?Yes

ipad pro 2021 m1

Chronological order of all models

Previously we have seen the iPad ordered by range, but if what you want to see is a history of all the models in the strictest chronological order, this has been:

  • iPad (original)
  • iPad 2
  • iPad (3rd generation)
  • iPad (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (1st generation)
  • iPad mini (1st generation)
  • iPad mini (2nd generation)
  • iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Pro 12.9″ (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 9,7″
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5″ and iPad Pro 12.9″ (2nd generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11″ (1st generation) and iPad Pro 12.9″ (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation) and iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11″ (2nd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9″ (4th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation) and iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11″ (3rd generation) and iPad Pro 12.9″ (5th generation)
  • iPad (9th gen) and iPad mini (6th gen)