The iPad Pro is almost here, with Apple announcing this morning that the “epic” tablet will be available to order in 40 countries starting on Wednesday. The November 11th date, Veterans Day here in the United States, lines up with previous reports concerning the tablet’s launch date.
“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 Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller. “iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad we’ve ever made; we can’t wait to see what they do with iPad Pro.”
Whereas the iPad mini uses a 7.9-inch display and the iPad Air’s display is sized at 9.7-inches, the iPad Pro packs in a large 12.9-inch display with a screen resolution of 2732x2048. The all-new A9X processor comes with a healthy 4GB of RAM (the most ever for an iOS device) and you’ll find 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 onboard. If you absolutely must use this huge, honkin’ tablet to take pictures, you’ll find 8MP rear-facing and 1.2MP front-facing cameras.
The iPad Pro starts at $799, which will get you a device with 32GB of internal storage. Ponying up an additional $150 will boost the storage to 128GB. The most expensive SKU, coming in at $1,049, includes 128GB of storage and LTE connectivity.
Apple is also making a few accessories available for the iPad Pro at the time of purchase. The first is a $169 Smart Keyboard, which doubles as a keyboard (of course) and a case for the iPad Pro. The second is the Apple Pencil, which is Apple’s take on the stylus.