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Apple iPad Pro Available to Order Wednesday, in Stores This Week

The iPad Pro features a larger 12.9-inch screen and a speedier processor.

The Verge

Apple’s giant iPad Pro will be available to order online on Wednesday, and reaches stores this week.

The 12.9-inch device, with its high-resolution Retina screen and a processor that Apple claims rivals that of most portable PCs, is part of the Cupertino technology giant’s efforts to revive tablet sales. In its most recent quarter, iPad sales had slumped to 9.9 million units — the seventh straight quarter of declines.

“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,” Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, said in a statement.

The new, larger tablet, whose introduction had been anticipated, nonetheless created a stir at its September unveiling, because it features a stylus — something Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had long eschewed — called the Apple Pencil.

The iPad Pro fits with Apple’s ambitions to capture a greater share of the corporate market. The tablet incorporates features, such as the full-size Smart Keyboard, that position the device as more of a productivity tool. Prices range from $799 to $1,079 for the tablet, which comes in three metallic finishes. The iPad Pencil ($99) and the Smart Keyboard ($169) are sold separately.

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