Apple Australia have confirmed pricing for the new iPad Pro, and their iPad Pro accessories – including the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. Also confirmed is the date you can order the products in Australia, for the first time since announcing the iPad back in September. The iPad Pro will start at A$1,249 including GST for the Wi-Fi with 32GB of storage, and going up to A$1,699 for the 128 GB model with Wi-Fi and Cellular (3G + LTE).
The iPad Pro is a completely new model to the iPad range, with Apple describing it as the largest iPad ever and takes your creativity and productivity to an epic scale. It features a 12.9-inch Retina Display (to put this into perspective, the iPad Mini display measures 7.9-inches, while the Air is 9.7-inches) – with over 5.6 million pixels, groundbreaking performance with a new 64-bit A9X chip, all-day battery life at 10 hours, all in a strong, thin yet light aluminium design you’d except with an iPad.
“iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad we’ve ever made, giving users the ability to be even more creative and more productive with the epic 12.9-inch Retina display, powerful 64-bit A9X chip and groundbreaking Apple Pencil and new Smart Keyboard. We can’t wait to see what they do with iPad Pro.” – Apple
The A9X chip inside not only makes it the fastest iPad in terms of performance and graphics, but is 80-90% faster than most portable PCs giving the iPad Pro a huge potential for creating content, editing video, playing games and using apps on the go.
The Apple Pencil for iPad Pro and the Smart Keyboard have also had their pricing and availability confirmed. The Apple Pencil will cost A$165 including GST and A$269 for the smart keyboard and will also be available to order from the Apple Online Store from November 12th.
The Apple Pencil has been designed specifically for the iPad Pro to allow precision drawing and sketching to feel remarkably fluid and natural. Apple have even gone as far as designing the iPad Pro multi-touch display to work with the Apple Pencil better by reducing latency, and delivering incredible accuracy for activities like fine art illustration or detailed 3D designs.
Also designed specifically for the iPad Pro is the Smart Keyboard, which connects to the iPad via it’s new Smart Connector Port, giving you a full sized keyboard in a thin, durable design.
iPad Pro, Apple Pencil & Smart Keyboard Pricing:
At this stage Apple have confirmed two of the three iPad Pro models:
- 32 GB Wi-Fi model: A$1,249
- 128 GB Wi-Fi model: TBC
- 128 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model: A$1,699
- Apple Pencil for iPad Pro: A$165
- Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro: A$269
With every iPad Pro purchase you also get over 24 built-in-apps plus 8 Apple Designed Apps which allow you to create and edit content from the moment you turn on your iPad Pro. Pages (word-processing), Numbers (spreadsheets) and Keynote (presentations) allow you to perform any number of important office and personal tasks, which you shoot and edit video with iMovie – and even create music with GarageBand.
The iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard will be available to order from the Apple Online Store, with Apple Retail Stores and selected Authorised resellers and Carriers from November 12th. The release of the iPad Pro is set by the end of the week.