iPad Pro sales expected to start November 11

Apple said to expect the iPad Pro in November and it looks like we have a date for sales to begin. The large tablet looks appealing for productivity but a lack of trackpad or mouse support might limit some.

Been saving up for an iPad Pro? You may not have much longer to put money aside: According to 9to5 Mac's sources, Apple will begin to sell the iPad Pro online and in its retail stores on November 11.

I wouldn't be surprised if pre-orders actually began earlier than that, allowing for early adopters to reserve the large tablet and expect delivery on the 11th.

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Apple's iPad Pro starts at $799 for the base unit with 32 GB storage while a 128 GB unit will cost $949. Both of those models rely on Wi-Fi for connectivity, while the latter model will also come with an LTE option for $1079.

Regardless of which iPad Pro you buy, none of them are bundled with the $169 Smart Keyboard or $99 Apple Pencil.

For the past month, I've been considering a one device that would replace both my tablet and laptop; the iPad Pro is on the list of contenders, as is the Dell XPS 12 and Microsoft's Surface Pro 4. Indeed, I pre-ordered a base Surface Pro 4 model and have been using it full time all this week.

While I personally prefer the iOS apps that will appear on the iPad Pro -- which is large enough to effectively run two of them side-by-side -- the Surface Pro 4 may be better at meeting my meager computing needs; particularly for work.

Having a trackpad and mouse option on the Surface Pro 4 is a huge bonus since every article I write requires dozens of screen interactions for various drop-down menus, fields and such. I know the iPad Pro with a keyboard will let me write just as well, but reaching out to tap the screen that many times per article isn't appealing.

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