10.5-inch iPad Pro killed off by new iPad Air

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Farewell, old friend.
Photo: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro has been removed from the Apple Online Store following the introduction of the new iPad Air.

Apple’s newest slate combines the same 10.5-inch screen with its fastest A12 Bionic processor, making the old iPad Pro redundant. You will still be able to buy the device from third-parties for now, however — and at a discounted rate.

The new iPad Air is essentially a 10.5-inch iPad Pro with improved internals. It features the same Retina display with True Tone technology, the same Smart Connector, and the same design. It just has a new name.

It’s hardly surprising, then, that the original 10.5-inch iPad Pro, released in 2017, is no longer available to purchase from Apple.

Apple cuts 10.5-inch iPad Pro

You won’t find the older tablet in the Apple Online Store, or in Apple retail stores. It will remain available to purchase from third-party retailers until all stock is sold, which could take some time.

What’s more, most retailers now sell the 10.5-inch iPad Pro at a discounted rate. B&H Photo currently has up to $230 off select models. You’ll find other big savings in Cult of Mac’s daily Deals & Steals blog.

iPad Air makes sense

It makes sense for the 10.5-inch iPad to be renamed the iPad Air.

It was the only “Pro” model in Apple’s lineup without an edge-to-edge screen, Face ID, and USB-C connectivity. The name change makes it somewhat easier for consumers to differentiate between the different options.

There are a couple of things the Pro offered that the Air misses out on, however. The latter does not have stereo speakers, and it has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, rather than a 12-megapixel one.

Will you be picking up a new iPad Air, or will you wait for even bigger discounts on the disappearing Pro?