The iPad Pro will roll out quickly to a wide number of countries around the world starting with online pre-orders Wednesday, November 11 in four dozen regions. Apple Stores, carriers and select retailers will have the large tablet available two days later.
iPad Pro debuts 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, UAE, US, UK, Uruguay and US Virgin Islands.
The tablet has a 12.9-inch Retina Display, four audio speakers, and supports the new $99 Apple Pencil for drawing applications. Apple will also sell the $169 Smart Keyboard that doubles as a protective cover and stand for the 1.57 pound tablet.
With a starting price of $799 for 32 GB Wi-Fi model, the iPad Pro has the highest starting price of any iPad to date.
Apple won't likely share the sales data between the base and upgraded model, but I anticipate higher sales for the $949 Wi-Fi edition with 128 GB of storage. Apple will also sell a $1,079 model that adds LTE connectivity to the higher capacity iPad Pro.
Much of the iPad Pro's success for "pro" and enterprise users will depend on new iOS apps that can both take advantage of the larger display as well as the new Apple 9X processor and 4 GB of memory that powers the tablet.
Apple's partnership with IBM for iOS apps sheds a little light on what to expect but the iPad Pro is a case of strong hardware first to be followed by innovative, effective software. Unless you're a digital artist that wants to use the Apple Pencil, buying into the iPad Pro is an investment on the potential future of mobile computing.
I'm going to make that investment but with some healthy skepticism.
I'm looking to replace both my laptop and tablet with one single device. For the past two weeks, that's been Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 and it's great for my work efforts, but weaker for other activities that I would normally do on a tablet.
The iPad Pro may be just the opposite; I'll begin to find out later this week.