Apple today has officially begun taking orders of the new 12.9 inch iPad Pro, both through their online store and the Apple Store app. The first iPad Pro online orders will arrive on Friday, November 13 when customers select one-day shipping, and Apple’s site is also listing the tablet as available for purchase in many retail stores beginning today, something that wasn’t supposed to happen until later in the week according to Apple themselves.
The Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard will not be arriving until late next week and are not available for in-store pickup at the current time.
The iPad Pro is Apple’s new flagship tablet, measuring in at 12.9 inches diagonally. It includes a Retina display, a four speaker audio system, 4GB RAM, and a set of dedicated accessories, the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard.
Pricing for the iPad Pro starts at $799 for the entry level 32GB WiFi-only model, which I don’t recommend buying considering the main reason you’re probably buying this iPad is for what you can do and store on it. The next step up will get you 128GB of storage, but still no LTE. However, you are getting quadruple the space. This model is available for $949, which is pretty steep, but it’s worth it for the storage you get included with a giant touch screen. The final configuration available is a 128GB model with LTE band support, so you’re getting pretty much the most productive iPad yet. But, of course, like all great Apple products, there’s one giant catch: you’ve gotta fork over $1079 for this thing. I know what you’re thinking, “O my god! I could buy a MacBook for less than that!”, and you’d be right. As a matter of fact, if you gather up another $200, you can buy the 2015 MacBook. Yep, the ultra thin and light one. So, if you think about it, and you really don’t have to, it’s kinda hard to tell what configuration you should get. The choice might be clearer if Apple just included 64GB of storage as the baseline model, but we know how that goes (I’m looking at you, iPhone 6S with 4K camera). But all that aside, those are your options.
The iPad Pro is available in a long list of countries at launch, including 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.