Today may be Star Wars day (May 4th as in “May the Fourth be with you”), but it also kicks off a $50 sale at Walmart on pre-orders for the 11-inch Wi-Fi only Apple iPad Pro (2021). Originally unveiled on April 20th, the iPad Pro has two different screen-size options (12.9-inches and 11-inches) with the larger screen (the version NOT on sale) using a mini-LED panel for the first time on an Apple tablet. This will deliver a brighter display with better contrast.
The Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of the tablets support 5G (while obviously the Wi-Fi only units don’t) and each slate in the series is powered by Apple’s powerful M1 chip. The component, produced using TSMC’s 5nm process node, contains 16 billion transistors compared to 11.8 billion squeezed into the A14 Bionic chips used with the iPhone 12 series and the fourth-generation iPad Air.
As for the sale, pre-order an 11-inch Wi-Fi only iPad Pro with 128GB or 256GB of storage and you’ll pay $749 or $849 respectively, $50 off of the regular prices. According to Walmart’s web site, the tablet will ship starting on Monday, May 24th and features a Thunderbolt port, support for the second-gen Apple Pencil, and the new “Center Stage” feature that will keep you perfectly centered on FaceTime even if you’re jumping around like a banshee.