By Max Buondonno
WHILE APPLE WILL NOT BEGIN ACCEPTING ONLINE ORDERS UNTIL WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, OTHER RETAILERS HAVE ALREADY BEGUN ALLOWING CUSTOMERS TO PLACE ORDERS FOR THE IPAD PRO. SAM’S CLUB WAS THE FIRST TO ACCEPT PRE-ORDERS BUT QUICKLY SOLD OUT, WHILE MACMALL AND STAPLES ARE STILL ACCEPTING ORDERS. ORDERING FROM ONE OF THESE SITES WILL NOT GUARANTEE DELIVERY LATER THIS WEEK – MACMALL DOESN’T EXPECT ORDERS TO SHIP UNTIL NOVEMBER 16, WHILE STAPLES LISTS A LAUNCH DATE OF NOVEMBER 25
Apple’s Phil Schiller has shared a statement about the iPad Pro on behalf of the company:
“THE EARLY RESPONSE TO IPAD PRO FROM APP DEVELOPERS AND OUR CUSTOMERS HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE, AND WE’RE EXCITED TO GET IPAD PRO INTO THE HANDS OF CUSTOMERS AROUND THE WORLD THIS WEEK,” SAID PHILIP SCHILLER, APPLE’S SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF WORLDWIDE MARKETING. “IPAD PRO IS THE MOST POWERFUL IPAD WE’VE EVER MADE, GIVING USERS THE ABILITY TO BE EVEN MORE CREATIVE AND MORE PRODUCTIVE WITH THE EPIC 12.9-INCH RETINA DISPLAY, POWERFUL 64-BIT A9X CHIP AND GROUNDBREAKING APPLE PENCIL AND NEW SMART KEYBOARD. WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THEY DO WITH IPAD PRO.
The iPad Pro will be available in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UAE, U.S., U.K., Uruguay and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Apple will also be allowing customers to order the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, the two accessories that are designed to be used with the iPad Pro. The Apple Pencil, a pressure-sensitive stylus, will be available for $99 while the Smart Keyboard is priced at $169, again overly priced. If you buy the 128GB iPad Pro with LTE bands, the Smart Keyboard, and the Apple Pencil, you’re gonna be sorry: all that added up (without tax or data plan charges) is $1347, more expensive than the baseline model MacBook with the word “Pro” at the end. At the end of the day, taking a look at these prices, it looks like the iPad Pro is more a magnet to draw in Microsoft Surface Pro users. Well, at least the Surface Pro is cheaper…