If you’ve been waiting impatiently for the time to come when you could order the new iPad Pro from Apple, your wait is almost over. Cupertino has announced that the tablet will go on sale at Apple Stores, select carriers, and Apple Authorized Resellers in the United States and more than 40 additional countries beginning later this week. Online orders are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
What’s really strange about this is that other retailers have already begun allowing customers to place their orders for the iPad Pro. Sam’s Club began accepting preorders on Friday, Nov. 6, but quickly sold out. Meanwhile, MacMall and Staples are still accepting orders. The drawback is that ordering from these sites won’t guarantee early delivery: MacMall doesn’t expect to ship orders until Nov. 16, and Staples is listing a launch date of Nov. 25.
The two accessories designed to be used with the iPad Pro will also be available for preorder beginning Nov. 11. The Apple Pencil, a pressure-sensitive stylus, can be had for $99, while the Smart Keyboard will be available for $169.
The iPad Pro itself starts at $799 for a 32 GB Wi-Fi only model, with cellular configuration available for $130 more. If you want the most storage available, the Wi-Fi model with 128 GB of storage will set you back $949, or $1079 if you want cellular capability, too. The three signature iPad colors of space gray, silver, and gold are all available for the larger tablet.
Initially, the iPad Pro and its accessories will be available for preorder 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, United Arab Emirates, U.S., United Kingdom, Uruguay and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The new, larger tablet, Apple hopes, will rejuvenate flagging iPad sales. It has already proven popular with creatives, such as the crew at Disney, and should be well-received by enterprise customers as well. Whether it will turn around the slump in iPad sales, though, only time will tell.