Apple's iPad Pro available to order Wednesday, delivers later this week

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in iPad edited November 2015
Apple on Monday announced that its new 12.9-inch iPad Pro will officially go on sale on Wednesday, allowing early adopters to get their hands on the jumbo-sized tablet later this week.




Orders for the device will begin Nov. 11 from Apple's website, while the company's retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers will begin selling the device later this week. Resellers began telling customers last week that the iPad Pro will be available on Friday, Nov. 13.

Orders will also begin Wednesday for the Apple Pencil and the company's Smart Keyboard accessory.

"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."

iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32-gigabyte model, while a 128-gigabyte Wi-Fi-only model runs $949. Apple is also charging $1,079 for a top-tier LTE-capable model with 128 gigabytes of storage.

All three models are available in silver, gold, and space gray. They will be available at Apple's website, its retail stores, and select carriers and authorized resellers.

The new, larger iPad Pro features a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels, along with the new A9X processor, which Apple says rivals most portable PCs. It includes a 10-hour battery life.

The Apple Pencil boasts flexible drawing capabilities for illustration and 3D design, and also includes a built-in Lightning connector for easy pairing and charging.

The Smart Keyboard features a thin, durable design that attaches to the device's Smart Connector port, eliminating the need for a separate battery, on/off switch, or Bluetooth pairing.




Apple on Monday said that developers have already begun creating advanced applications for the iPad Pro, focused on design, illustration, engineering, medical, education, gaming, and entertainment.

"iPad Pro enables new forms of mobile creativity that will help transform how creatives work," said Scott Belsky, vice president of Products at Adobe. "With the larger iPad Pro screen and lightning-fast performance, creatives will be able to take full advantage of Adobe's family of Creative Cloud mobile apps. For example, the ability to manipulate a 50-megapixel image right on iPad Pro in Photoshop Fix and then send that image to Photoshop CC on a desktop, for further refinement, is the kind of industry-advancing collaboration that millions of Adobe and Apple customers will benefit from."

The Apple Pencil will sell for $99, while the Apple Smart Keyboard is available in charcoal gray for $169.

"Creative thinkers worldwide use Paper as part of their workflow, designing everything from flow charts, to storyboards, to wireframes, to architectural sketches. iPad Pro is the ultimate platform for Paper, with a powerful 12.9-inch Retina display and A9X chip that deliver performance rivaling most portable PCs," said Georg Petschnigg, CEO and co-founder of FiftyThree. "iPad Pro gives Paper users an even bigger and more dynamic canvas on which to rapidly capture ideas however they strike -- as notes, photos, sketches or diagrams."




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, US, UK, Uruguay and US Virgin Islands.

"Procreate 3 is designed for iPad Pro to give artists a more immersive experience than ever before," said James Cuda of Savage Interactive. "iPad Pro's gorgeous 12.9-inch Retina display lets you create massive artworks: up to an incredible 16K in resolution. This new level of definition allows for large format printing and exceptionally detailed artworks. Procreate 3 is also built for Apple Pencil. Its remarkable accuracy, pressure sensitivity, tilt detection and palm rejection make Apple Pencil the tool we've been waiting for."

Apple's new polyurethane iPad Pro Smart Covers will also be available for $59 in charcoal gray and white. There are also new iPad Pro Silicone Cases available for $79 in charcoal gray and white.

"iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are the new pad and pen," said Evi Meyer, CEO of 3D sketching app UMake. "With its simple use and powerful computing capacity, designers can leverage these tools to reimagine their sketching experience and finally elevate their flat work to 3D. UMake, iPad Pro and Apple Pencil finally empower professional designers to embrace innovation, along with their creativity."

Apple is also offering Personal Setup at its retail stores for customers buying the iPad Pro. There are also free workshops offered at its retail locations.
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  • Reply 1 of 82
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    Yea for a press release (which the ?TV should have had). So I'm assuming reviews on Wednesday and in stores on Friday then?
  • Reply 2 of 82
    Excited. Ordered 128GB WiFi, Keyboard, Pencil. (from MacMall)

    I wonder if a smaller Pencil-enabled iPad will become available in the future for kids? I could see kids using this in the back seat of a long car drive.
  • Reply 3 of 82
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 12,860member
    rogifan wrote: »
    Yea for a press release (which the ?TV should have had). So I'm assuming reviews on Wednesday and in stores on Friday then?

    Probably. What I'm really waiting for is a breakdown of the A9X, that is a detailed write up on its structure, performance and power characteristics. Apple is making bold claims about the A9X and it would be nice to see how much of that is BS. The claim of being faster than "most" laptops is extremely aggressive. It is possible that A9X has come that far but it needs to be hashed out via good testing.

    The thing is I probably won't buy this machine as immoral the opinion that it is too big for what I want and need. I could be convinced otherwise ????????????. The thing is A9X technologies will eventually make it into the iPad Air. This is the sized device that I'm interested in (iPad Air) and I want state of the art performance in the next one I buy. IPad Pro is simply too big for the portability I want.
  • Reply 4 of 82
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 12,860member
    slprescott wrote: »
    Excited. Ordered 128GB WiFi, Keyboard, Pencil. (from MacMall)
    Nice!
    I wonder if a smaller Pencil-enabled iPad will become available in the future for kids? I could see kids using this in the back seat of a long car drive.

    Have you ever tried using a pencil (of any sort) in a moving car? At least on Northern roads it isn't a good experience.

    That being said I was expecting an iPad Air upgrade this year and thus I'm very disappointed that Apple has focused too much on the pro. Now the thing here is I can see the pencil being useful on all of Apples tablets. As such I have to believe that the tech will migrate to the lesser tablets as soon as Apple has the production capacity.
  • Reply 5 of 82
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    rogifan wrote: »
    Yea for a press release (which the ?TV should have had).

    we get it -- you think the ATV should have had a press release. probably the tenth time you've expressed this opinion. but guess what? we don't work at Apple PR. and we don't really care, I suspect.
  • Reply 6 of 82
    wizard69 wrote: »
    Probably. What I'm really waiting for is a breakdown of the A9X, that is a detailed write up on its structure, performance and power characteristics. Apple is making bold claims about the A9X and it would be nice to see how much of that is BS. The claim of being faster than "most" laptops is extremely aggressive. It is possible that A9X has come that far but it needs to be hashed out via good testing.

    The thing is I probably won't buy this machine as immoral the opinion that it is too big for what I want and need. I could be convinced otherwise ????????????. The thing is A9X technologies will eventually make it into the iPad Air. This is the sized device that I'm interested in (iPad Air) and I want state of the art performance in the next one I buy. IPad Pro is simply too big for the portability I want.

    If the iPhone is anything to go by, Anandtech won't have gotten a pre-release unit because someone at Apple is stupid, so it'll be a bit before a real review comes out. :rolleyes:
  • Reply 7 of 82
    Still no UK prices???
  • Reply 8 of 82
    tmaytmay Posts: 3,850member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post





    Probably. What I'm really waiting for is a breakdown of the A9X, that is a detailed write up on its structure, performance and power characteristics. Apple is making bold claims about the A9X and it would be nice to see how much of that is BS. The claim of being faster than "most" laptops is extremely aggressive. It is possible that A9X has come that far but it needs to be hashed out via good testing.



    The thing is I probably won't buy this machine as immoral the opinion that it is too big for what I want and need. I could be convinced otherwise ????????????. The thing is A9X technologies will eventually make it into the iPad Air. This is the sized device that I'm interested in (iPad Air) and I want state of the art performance in the next one I buy. IPad Pro is simply too big for the portability I want.

    I don't think that Apple has a history of grossly overstating performance with the A Series; the A9X likely does exceed the performance of "80% of the notebooks sold on the market".

     

    As an ARM processor, it will likely maintain its status as best in class for tablets. How close will it come to the Surface x86 models?

     

    Edit.

     

    I'm hoping that they are in stock at the local Apple store Friday; I will be a buyer if so.

  • Reply 9 of 82

    There are a lot of people waiting for this iPad Pro.

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  • Reply 10 of 82
    darendino wrote: »
    Still no UK prices???

    Just change the dollar sign to a pound sign. That's usually how it seem to work.
  • Reply 11 of 82
    If the iPhone is anything to go by, Anandtech won't have gotten a pre-release unit because someone at Apple is stupid, so it'll be a bit before a real review comes out. :rolleyes:

    Highly trusted and ethical reviewers like Andy Ihnatko will have had an iPad Pro review unit for some time, so expect his comment on the day of release.
  • Reply 12 of 82
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member
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    Originally Posted by amoradala View Post



    Just change the dollar sign to a pound sign. That's usually how it seem to work.

     

    I'm expecting £899 for the 128GB/4G model. Going to be over £1000 with the keyboard cover and pencil.

  • Reply 13 of 82
    jax44jax44 Posts: 78member
    Is the SIM card the Apple sim universal card?.
  • Reply 14 of 82
    richl wrote: »
    I'm expecting £899 for the 128GB/4G model. Going to be over £1000 with the keyboard cover and pencil.

    If I get a keyboard cover, it won't be Apple's. No pen loop, plus the score in the cover material just behind the keyboard looks to be problematic. In the product demo, it looks like the keyboard cover won't actually lay flat. I'll get a Zagg or some other brand instead. I understand Logitech will have a nice one available.
  • Reply 15 of 82

    I'm hoping for the usual $50 increase for Canadian pricing. $849 for the 32GB isn't too too bad,. Sounds weird hoping for a price increase :P

  • Reply 16 of 82
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    Highly trusted and ethical reviewers like Andy Ihnatko will have had an iPad Pro review unit for some time, so expect his comment on the day of release.

    Over at Windows Central the forums are full of posts about Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book issues. Some people on their second or third machines now. I hope iPad Pro is rock solid out of the gate. Just to squash down this nonsense that Microsoft can waltz in and beat Apple at hardware.
  • Reply 17 of 82
    I'm hoping for the usual $50 increase for Canadian pricing. $849 for the 32GB isn't too too bad,. Sounds weird hoping for a price increase :P

    Couldn't you take a day trip to the US and buy one?
  • Reply 18 of 82
    appexappex Posts: 687member

    Bring a Mac tablet.

  • Reply 19 of 82
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    Couldn't you take a day trip to the US and buy one?



    Probably, but the trip alone would cost me more than the $50 I'd save. If it were the iPhone 6s, now that'd be a different story. Much bigger price difference.

  • Reply 20 of 82
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    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post





    Couldn't you take a day trip to the US and buy one?

    It's actually going to be more than 50$ The 128 GB Wifi Pro will cost 1249. Apple adjusted their prices to match a set exchange rate a while ago and with the state of our Canadian dollar the most you'd be able to save by going down to the states is maybe 50 bucks. Taking in the cost of fuel and staying 48 hours its not worth it at all to make the trip.

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