Yesterday, a handful of blogs ran with a rumor speculating that Apple could host an event on April 4 given that was the date Apple’s online store listed for in-store availability of 12.9-inch iPad Pro models in the United States at the time. The rumor is likely false, however, and here’s why.
The problem is that Apple’s in-store Personal Pickup tool is generally not a reliable indicator of a specific launch date or Apple event. The in-store pickup date for 12.9-inch iPad Pro models is a rolling target, as evidenced by the April 5 date now shown just one day later. Tomorrow, it will likely show April 6.
The date shown is most likely just a rough approximation of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s current 2-3 week shipping estimate, plus a few extra days to reach the store. On February 9, for example, we reported that most 12.9-inch iPad Pro models were available for in-store pickup on March 3 at the time.
Apple could still hold an event on April 4, especially considering many of its past events have been on a Tuesday, but it would be purely coincidental.