Apple built unique version of the iPad Pro for charity

For an upcoming Design Museum charity auction to be held on April 28th, the tech titan's design chief Jony Ive built with his team a unique model of the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro that you won't find in any store. First, the casing is made from yellow aluminum, and some of the accessories have been given a rich looking upgrade. For example, the Smart Cover is made from French Leather, and there is an orange Apple Pencil case produced from Italian Leather.

The auction house that has the slate up for bid, Phillips, has a price range of $14,200 to $21,300 on the lot which includes the tablet, the Apple Pencil and case, and the Smart Cover. The listing in the catalog notes that the tablet was listed by the Apple Design Team.

We get the feeling that the winning bidder isn't going to be taking this one-of-a-kind Apple iPad Pro out to his/her usual tablet using locations. And that is a shame, really. Can you imagine the commotion that would be caused by everybody inside an office or a coffee shop trying to find out more information about this strange looking new Apple product?
source: Phillips via Engadget

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2. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Damn, I like the iPad Pro. But that color is disgusting. And 21,000 dollars? Jeez that Leather must be premium. Still, good on Apple for supporting charity.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Premium leather doesn't cost $21k. Price gouging per usual. The iPad Pro is ugly anyways. But yellow? Yellow, coming as a new color option next year.

22. JMartin22

Posts: 2414; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

It's for charity, you idiot; they're raising as much money as they can for the cause. It never ceases to amaze me how one sided and biased you are towards facts and concepts when it comes to something you hate (or love); get out of your distortion field. This is nothing compared to the $100,000 a lady dropped for charity just to make out with celebrity Ricky Martin for a few seconds.

23. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

You are arguing with a retard. Don't waste your time for that kind of people. They will find fault even in the cure of cancer.

25. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

There's nothing retarded in Techie's comment. Apple has alot of cash already, they do not need to rip-off 21 grands from an auction for charity.

27. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Do you think he doing this to help people? Or is part of the reason is to save most of it as a tax write-off? After all Apple avoids paying as much taxes as possible, you think Tim Cook would do any less? Of I made $10,000,000 as a yearly salary, I would lose 44% of it to taxes, but if I give it all to charity I will keep 80% of it. Yes the money still gets used for what's it donates for equally, but the reason. Whine him giving away his money would be far different than my reason.

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In charity you GIVE something away. So Apple couldn't give this away? What charity makes this iPad worth $21000. I don't are it it was for the President of the United States; it's still not worth $21g's. You guys will justify anything Apple dows. It's not worth $21000. It's an iPad. That's like say the Apple Watch Editions is somehow worth $10,000 yet has no diamonds and has less gold than a typical Rolex,.which I also not worth $10.000 even with diamonds. If I went and bought $21,000 in real leather, I could completely cover my car with After all these are the same company yes who think a plastic band for a watch is somehow worth $50, Dorothy aether band is worth $300. Yet I can buy such in a jewelry store for wayyyyyyy less. A.plastic band I don't care what color it is, is worth less than $10.00. These.companiws have lost their minds on how they value stuff. I don't care what you think

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Lots of people with lots of money do questionable things with it. Stupid is stupid. You think everything had to be about bias and hate. I am.just saying, unless that iPad was cut from pure 24k gold,.it's not worth $21,000. I don't like things that actually sent have a vlaue, be given some bogus obsessive number. Just like diamonds. They are rocks They have no value whatsover. There is no shortage of them either. As long ad the place etc has active volcanos, diamonds can be found and they make synthetic ones too And unless you're an expert most can't tell the difference.

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

iPeed Pro

13. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Thanks for the third grade flashback

15. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

More like first grade!

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Nice work by Apple, although the colours look a bit off to me. Nevertheless, it's their choice.

5. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

For that price...with those colours... Feels like a case of "hey we are doing something for prototype, what can we give that is special' "well we have the different colours tests that no one liked" "lets take one of those!"

6. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Johnny Ive has been churning out some horrible designs lately. Just off the top of my head, the iPhone 5c dot case, the iPhone 6 series antenna lines, the iPhone battery case, the way you charge the Apple Pencil and Magic Mouse, and no new design for the SE. There's probably more I can't think of right now. What exactly is has he been doing the past few years when he's in the office? Hopefully thinking up a great design for the 7...

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Haha, looks like Tim Cook peed on an iPad Pro and called it "unique"...

17. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

He peed a rainbow.

8. QuasarExod

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 29, 2016


10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Apple+charity=publication the cost to make all of that maybe less than 1 grand, but with this excuse, they will looks like donating 21 grands

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

whats unique about this design other than its material (and weird color selection) ? it doesnt have offer extra functional feature, right?

20. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Nothing is unique about any Apple design and they usually don't offer any extra features. What were you expecting?

11. douglas_john_ledet

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 17, 2016

The rumor I heard is that they modified it by removing the encryption routines.

12. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Honestly, they already have huge margins in their products so Why not donate a portion of them? Like what Apple does for Product Red.

16. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

"Honestly, they already havehuge margins in their products soWhy not donate a portion ofthem?"... No, Apple isn't that generous.

14. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I don't see how the orange apple pencil goes with the rest of the colors

21. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Anyone that would pay that has no brains. But then again ifanboys have no brains,anyway our apple wouldn't be able to brainwash them.

24. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Its for charity you braindead moron.

31. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I don't care if it for charity, that still dumb to pay that much. I can see paying 2 or 3 time what it's worth but not like 10 to 15 times more.

26. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

How about Apple gives out some charity to areas hurt by the earthquakes in Japan instead.

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