Apple has announced that its giant iPad Pro tablet device will go on sale on Wednesday, 11 November, with prices starting from £679.
The £679 price is for the entry-level WiFi-only model, which comes with 32GB of storage, while the top-of-the-range WiFi and mobile data model, with 128GB of storage, costs £899.
Prices for other variations of the models have not been announced yet but will likely only vary slightly from these two price points. The iPad Pro comes in three colours – silver, gold and “space gray”.
The 11 November release date will see the iPad Pro made available to order online. Apple said the device would then be available for sale in store “later in the week”, likely Friday based on Apple’s usual release strategy.
Other nations that will receive the iPad Pro this week are Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and the US.
The device not only features a sizeable 12.9in screen, but also has a Smart Pencil stylus and Smart Keyboard accessory, although these have to be purchased separately as well.
The Apple Pencil will cost £79 while the Smart Keyboard is priced at £139. As such, anyone splashing out on a top-of-the-range model with both add-ons faces a bill of £1,107.
The iPad Pro was unveiled in September alongside the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus as part of an effort to reinvigorate sales of Apple’s tablet range, which have slumped over the past few years.
Apple is hoping the iPad Pro, with its giant 12.9in screen containing 5.6 million pixels, will prove appealing to both consumers and businesses who are looking to use devices that combine the best of a tablet and a laptop.
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said the company was confident the device would prove popular, based on early feedback.
“The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we’re excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week,” he said.
The iPad Pro will also put Apple in more direct competition with Microsoft in the hardware market, as it will compete directly against the Surface Pro portfolio of tablet-laptop hybrids from the firm, which have arguably kickstarted this product category.