It might seem too early to call, but Apple’s largest iOS device to date is already shaping up as a blockbuster. At least stateside, where pre-orders went live just a couple of days ago, and 128GB models, both Wi-Fi-only and cellular-enabled, require weeks of waiting before they can ship out.
At the time of this writing, Cupertino’s US e-store lists the “entry-level” 32GB iPad Pro in silver, gold and space gray as ready to be delivered on November 17 for a price, or 18 free of charge. That’s not ideal, with some prospective buyers likely feeling they’ve been kept on their toes long enough, but wait until you hear about 128 gig availability, and fundamental productivity-enhancing accessories.
The $949 and $1,079 SKUs, which are any digital hoarder’s wet dream, can be shipped the earliest between November 25 and 30, or without extra fees, in the November 30 – December 2 window. That’s a delay of two to three weeks, and it doesn’t matter what coat of paint you choose.
Worse yet, the don’t-call-it-a-stylus $99 Apple Pencil is “available to ship” in 4 to 5 weeks, and so is the $169 Smart Keyboard peripheral that you can use to replace your traditional laptop.
Clearly, Apple’s reported skepticism regarding initial iPad Pro demand was unwarranted, and it’s unlikely this is a mere issue of low production yields. After all, in countries like the UK or Italy, 32GB 12.9-inchers are prepared to dispatch in one business day, while 128GB configurations take no more than a week to reach early adopters. Bottom line, America loves the “epic” new iPad.