Well folks, it looks as if the time has finally come — Apple’s hotly anticipated iPad Pro is now available for pre-order at several online retailers, and is even slightly discounted for early adopters to boot!
At the authorized online Apple retailer, MacMall, you can currently pre-order the iPad Pro in either of its three hues or configurations.
Specifically, the 12.9-inch behemoth can be picked up in either silver, space gray, or gold, in 32GB (Wi-Fi only) for $787 — representing a $12 savings over the $799 MSRP.
The 128GB Wi-Fi only version can be snagged for $937, and the 128GB Wi-Fi + 4G LTE version for $1,067. All are slated for a November 13th ship date.
Additionally, MacMall is currently showing pre-order availability for the Apple Pencil and SmartKeyboard, for $99 and $169, respectively, although the expected ship date for those accessories is claimed to be about four-weeks.
The November 13th release date was initially reported by Sam’s Club, when the discount chain opened up a similar pre-order program over the weekend. Unfortunately, at this time, Sam’s Club has indicated that its pre-order inventory of iPad Pro models have all sold out.
The November 13th launch aligns with earlier reports that claimed iPad Pro units will begin arriving at various retailers next Wednesday, November 11th, although these stores have specifically been instructed not to officially begin selling the units to customers until Friday the 13th.
Prior to these most recent rumors materializing, other reports suggested that the iPad Pro and accompanying accessories would launch on Wednesday, November 11th.
If you’ve been following the iPad Pro at all, you likely know that Apple had previously announced a relatively broad “November” timeframe for releasing its latest and greatest tablet.
Although some retailers, apparently, have offered a very slight discount for pre-orders, Apple’s MSRP’s for the iPad Pro start at $799 for the 32GB model, $949 for a 128GB WiFi version, and $1,079 for the 128GB variant with LTE connectivity.
The iPad Pro boasts a significantly enhanced A9X chip, and 4GB of RAM. Its Retina display panel features a 2,048 x 2,732 resolution, boasting an impressive 5.6 million pixels, and is large enough to run two full-size iPad Air applications side by side via the new split-view functionality introduced in iOS 9.1.
So what do you think? Are you planning to pre-order the new iPad Pro now, or wait until it’s released to go see it in person before taking the dive?