Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Order online November 11th; arrives in stores later this week

Apple today announced iPad Pro is available to order online on Wednesday, November 11, from and will arrive at Apple’s retail stores, select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers starting later this week. Apple Pencil and Apple’s new Smart Keyboard, also available to order on Wednesday, bring breakthrough levels of precision and utility to iPad Pro.

“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, in a statement. “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 new, larger iPad Pro features a stunning 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels, the most ever in an iOS device, and groundbreaking performance with the new 64-bit A9X chip, rivaling most portable PCs. It is thin, light and delivers all-day 10-hour battery life* that users have come to expect from iPad. Apple Pencil for iPad Pro makes drawing and sketching feel remarkably fluid and natural, and delivers incredible accuracy for activities like fine art illustration and detailed 3D design. A built-in Lightning connector on Apple Pencil makes for quick and easy pairing and charging. Apple’s new Smart Keyboard further extends the utility of iPad Pro, offering a full-sized keyboard in a thin, durable design so you can take it anywhere. The Smart Keyboard attaches to iPad Pro’s innovative Smart Connector port, eliminating the need for a separate battery, on/off switch or Bluetooth pairing.

Apple's all-new iPad Pro with Apple Smart Keyboard
Apple's all-new iPad Pro with Apple Smart Keyboard

iPad Pro has already inspired developers of the next generation of advanced apps for everything from productivity, design, illustration, engineering and medical, to 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, in a statement. “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.”

“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, in a statement. “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.”

The Apple Pencil for iPad Pro
The new Apple Pencil for iPad Pro

“Procreate 3 is designed for iPad Pro to give artists a more immersive experience than ever before,” said James Cuda of Savage Interactive, in a statement. “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.”

“iPad Pro and Apple Pencil are the new pad and pen,” said Evi Meyer, CEO of 3D sketching app UMake, in a statement. “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's all-new iPad Pro
Apple’s all-new iPad Pro

Pricing & Availability

• iPad Pro starts at $799 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1079 (US) for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model and comes in three gorgeous metallic finishes including silver, gold and space gray and can be purchased at, Apple’s Retail stores, select carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

• Apple Pencil will be available for $99 (US) and Smart Keyboard will be available in charcoal gray for $169 (US).**
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.

• New, Apple-designed polyurethane iPad Pro Smart Covers will be available for $59 (US) in charcoal gray and white. New iPad Pro Silicone Cases will be available for $79 (US) in charcoal gray and white.

• Every customer who buys iPad Pro at an Apple Retail Store will be offered free Personal Setup to help them customize their iPad Pro by setting up email, showing them new apps from the App Store® and more, so they’ll be up and running with their new iPad Pro before they leave the store.

• Anyone who wants to learn more about the new iPad Pro or iOS 9 can register for the free workshops offered at every Apple Store.

* Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results may vary.
** Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro is available in a US English keyboard layout.

Source: Apple Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: So, Apple, if we order the King of all iPads online, do we get it four days after those who randomly showed up at Apple Retail Stores, as happened to those who ordered Apple TVs on day one?


  1. Bring it on… let’s see all the naysayers come crawling out of the woodwork, or should I say ‘Surfacing’ from Microsoft to say that this is DOA. Apple Inc. are going to plant many of these under the Christmas tree in 2015!

    1. Show me how you can connect this giant, overpriced iPad to external storage for professional file storage, when your paltry 128GB is full.

      That’s what I thought.

      Another Tim Cook innovation, replete with ZERO external ports, no enterprise application running abilities, no file management, and the list goes on!

      This is a waste of time and resources, and I’ll stick with my Air 2 for content consumption.

      1. Hey lame Arse – this iPad Pro is for creatives…

        “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 one way.

  2. I haven’t been this excited about a new Apple product in years! I am a pro user in the field of design and I feel like the iPad Pro and Pencil is custom designed just for me. When I think about it, there are many others who must feel the same.

    I can’t wait!!!

  3. MDN: IF so, it means its only a matter of convenience…

    You can bet your ass that Apple has enough stock in the pipeline to outlast the holiday season on this one.

    (It will probably ship overnight…)

  4. I know the iPad Pro is not out yet, but my wife wants one. She wants to get rid of her iPad Air and MacBook Air and just use the iPad Pro as her primary device.

    One possible issue I see with this. . . .how would she be able to sync her iPhone and add/remove iTunes related content?

    Is it feasible to think we can replace both devices (most importantly the MacBook Air) with the iPad Pro?

    Curious to hear what others have heard and or seen if they are have been able to test it somehow

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