Apple today announced that it will start taking pre-orders for its 12.9-inch iPad Pro through its online stores from Wednesday, with stock arriving in stores later this week.
The iPad Pro is a beast in every sense and comes with a 12.9-inch Retina Display. It is powered by a A9X chipset and 4GB RAM. All that beefy hardware sure does cost money with the base variant of the iPad Pro with Wi-Fi being available for $799. The top-of-the-line iPad Pro with 128GB storage space and LTE will set you back by a whopping $1,079.
“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 Apple Pencil and the iPad Smart Keyboard will also go on sale at the same time. The former is a stylus that costs $99 and is aimed at designers and artists, while the latter is a bluetooth keyboard worth $169 that can be attached to the tablet to make it a powerful productive device. The Smart Keyboard would only be available in charcoal gray color initially. In addition, Smart Covers and Silicone cases for the tablet will also be available on launch day.
The iPad Pro will be available in Anguilla, Antigua, 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.
Apple is hoping to revive the dwindling sales of its iPad with the launch of the iPad Pro. The tablet has been targeted towards designers, artists, enterprise sector, and college going kids who are looking for a portable laptop replacement. In my opinion despite its powerful internals, the iPad Pro will be limited by the software it runs on. While iOS 9 does bring Slide Over and Split View, they are still not enough to offer a true multitasking experience on the tablet.
Will you be buying an iPad Pro when it launches later this week?[Via Apple]