As it turns out, all the inside sources were correct, and the iPad Pro will be available to order online on Wednesday the 11th, with inventory due in retail stores, at select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers “starting later this week.”
Bottom line, everyone who wants a piece of the 12.9-incher, as well as the extra productivity offered by the optional Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories, can get in on the fun by Monday. And not just in the United States.
Cupertino says in a press release the “epic” iPad Pro shall debut in “over” 40 countries in a matter of days, which is surprisingly an understatement of sorts. There are in fact 48 territories included in phase one of the giant’s world tour, so closer to 50 than 40, ranging from Anguilla, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, and Uruguay.
India, Korea and Brazil are notably absent, although we’re guessing more markets will be added by the end of the year. Stateside, the Surface Pro 4, not Surface Book, contender costs $799 in an “entry-level” 32GB Wi-Fi-only configuration, $1,079 with four times the internal storage space and LTE connectivity, while the Apple Pencil goes for $99, and the Smart Keyboard $169. Any takers? Not many, judging by sales forecasts.