Apple Responds to Shortage of iPad Pro Accessories

Although September’s “Hey Siri” event marked the unveiling of several Apple products, it was the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that stole the show. The live demo exhibited the device’s beautiful display, extended battery life, powerful processing, and a slew of new apps designed specifically for the device.

The demo also showcased two impressive accessories exclusive to the iPad Pro – the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil stylus wowed users at the demo, as they appeared to work flawlessly with the new tablet. Now that the iPad Pro is here, however, the accessories seem to be in short supply.

111315-IPADPROACCESSORIES-1The iPad Pro officially became available for purchase on Wednesday, November 11th. Customers who placed orders for the tablet right at the jump are already receiving their new devices, and iPad Pros were available for purchase in select Apple Retail stores the same day orders became available, albeit in somewhat short supply.

The Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, however, are a different story. Customers who attempted to order the accessories shortly after they became available were already greeted with a four-to-five week waiting window to receive their shipment, and there is currently no option online to pick up the accessories in store.

111315-IPADPROACCESSORIES-2Apple has issued a statement to Mashable, acknowledging the shortage, and stating that regular shipments will soon be available.

Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. We have limited supply of Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard in Apple Retail stores. Our stores will continue to receive regular shipments and we encourage customers to visit Apple.com for online availability and delivery dates.”

Mashable did point out that those who desire a keyboard right away can purchase Logitech’s new iPad Pro keyboard at Apple’s online store and in Apple’s retail stores. However, if you’re looking to get your hands on Apple’s official accessories, it appears as if your best bet is to phone Apple retail stores in your area and hope that they have received a shipment. Otherwise, users will likely just have to wait four to five weeks for their Smart Keyboards and Apple Pencils.

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