Apple iPad Pro Reportedly Taxiing For November 11th Takeoff

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When Apple first announced the long-rumored iPad Pro in early September, it indicated that the tablet would begin shipping to customers in November. Now, according to a new report, that launch date has been penciled in for November 11th, Veterans Day. The tablet will be available both online and in retail stores (and likely through retail partners like Best Buy).

The iPad Pro is the newest, largest and most expensive member of the iPad family. While the smallest iPad, the iPad mini, features a 7.9-inch display and starts at $269, the iPad Pro comes with a massive 12.9-inch display and starts at $799.

The iPad Pro is powered by Apple’s brand new A9X processor paired with 4GB of RAM, while its 12.9-inch display features a resolution of 2732x2048. 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 support are included, and LTE connectivity is optional. We doubt that many people will be using the iPad Pro as a camera platform, but it includes an 8MP rear- and 1.2MP front-facing cameras.

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The iPad Pro will be available with two pricey accessories, both of which will be also be available on November 11th. The $169 Smart Keyboard turns the iPad Pro into a versatile productivity machine with a stain- and water-resistant QWERTY keyboard that doubles as cover for the glass display. The Smart Keyboard receives power and communicates with the iPad Pro using a trio of circular, exposed “ports” on the left side of the tablet.

The other accessory is the $99 Apple Pencil, which finally brings official stylus support for an iPad from Apple. While stylus products from competing devices (a la the Surface Pro 4) can last for months on a charge, the Apple Pencil calls it a day after 12 hours of use. However, a 15-minute charge is enough to get you an additional 30 minutes of battery life.

The base $799 configuration gets you 32GB of storage and Wi-Fi. The next step up is a 128GB Wi-Fi model which costs $949. The range-topping model includes 128GB of storage, Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity for $1,049.