Are you getting the Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard for your iPad Pro?

Are you getting the Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard for your iPad Pro?
Apple's new $99 stylus, called simply the Pencil, is now going for north of $200 on eBay right now, as those who ordered it won't be getting it for a few weeks, it seems. The accessory was recently taken apart, and found very hard to make or repair, which might be one of the reasons for the delayed order shipping.

In any case, the initial tests of the Apple Pencil are producing some drool-worthy sketches and drawings on the iPad Pro, which might entice more folks to grab the accessory to go with Apple's largest tablet. 

The Pencil is not the only indispensable accessory that Apple is offering for the iPad Pro, though. If you want a real productivity machine, in addition to the graphics designer dream that would be an iPad Pro + Apple Pencil combo, you'd have to get the new Smart Keyboard, too.

It's a thin and portable full‑size keyboard that connects to the iPad Pro with the Smart Connector interface that allows for a two‑way exchange of power and data. The tactile response of the keys has received good reviews as well, but, at $169, all these niceties will cost ya. That is why we wanted to ask you today if you are planning to get any of these two expensive but unique accessories to go with your freshly acquired iPad Pro. Take your pick in the poll, and tell us your grievances in the comments.

Are you getting the Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard for your iPad Pro?

Yes, I am getting the Apple Pencil
19.52%
Yes, I am getting the Smart Keyboard
9.4%
I am getting both the Pencil and the Smart Keyboard
25.78%
No, I'm sticking with only the iPad Pro
45.3%

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iPad Pro
  • Display 12.9" 2048 x 2732 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9X, Dual-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 10307 mAh

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41 Comments

1. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

No never. What a ripoff.

2. Unordinary unregistered

Depends. I mean I have a friend who cant even render crap on his Surface in under 5 hours lmfao. For the same price, you could get a much beefier machine that has no problems rendering objects in "actual programs" that the Apple haters seem to always brag about. Tip. If you want a laptop, get a real laptop.

6. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

What if the user already has a laptop and wants an ipad pro?

18. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

i am neither getting an iPad pro nor any accessories... waiting for Mi Pad 2.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

render what? does iCrap even have legit CAD/3D program or movie editor? :-/

20. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

He's clearly delusional. Top surface models have an i7 from skylake family and it is a really powerful chipset.

21. Unordinary unregistered

the iPad is not a laptop/notebook. It is a tablet. If you want a laptop/notebook to do "serious stuff" that Android clowns are always talking about, buy a Lenovo or Macbook or Asus or something, not a toy Surface. Render in CS6, APSP, and many other programs that the Surface can't handle. Cant even handle CSGo or CoD from 2010, lmao.

23. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

>Render in CS6, APSP, and many other programs that the Surface can't handle >Cant even handle CSGo or CoD from 2010 Pls do some research before you embarrass yourself.

30. Unordinary unregistered

Go render a 30 second promo clip made in After Effects on the Surface. I'll come back in 5 hours when its finished xD xD xD xD lol topkek

32. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

https://youtu.be/BJCL3nFfoMs Here is a 1080p 50fps 10min long video done in 5 minutes on Surface Pro 4 i5 version. Kek

41. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You really simply have no clue do you? Considering the Surface has more than one chip, you would first have to ask which chip. Considering the Surface has normally outdone most laptops in its price range...And you have a surfacebook. Funny thing is you mention MacBook in a sentence that you are actually trying to sell it as a non-toy device, without the price tag attached. Any true professional that is going to be doing that type of rendering on the go etc, will most likely be doing a render farm and not try to kill their machine. Or will actually have a Cuda workstation, and the cost they saved on NOT buying a overpriced mac, will be spent on said work station that can be used to render if for them via the cloud. Hell even my free blender program runs on a 70buck windows tablet, not amazing. But it runs, it also supports render farming.

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Surface Pro 4 128GB with 4GB of RAM and Intel Core i5-6300U costs $999.00 while iPad Pro with 128GB costs $949.00. Also Surface Pro 4 has a desktop OS and much better CPU. It's all mathematics. P.S. Something is wrong with your name. It should be Sauce5 or 8ozchickenbreast.

12. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

Lol...

19. Piyath_ale

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

What about app availability? Apps are the future

29. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That apps straw excuse is holding less and less value everyday. There are 725,000 iPad optimized apps (goo. gl/24fdw) on the app store after 5 years of existence, that's not much bigger compared to 669,000 Windows Store apps (goo. gl/JTDqto), all of which are tablet optimized, after just 3 years...not to talk of the millions of full-fledged desktop apps, many of which are becoming touch-friendly without dumbing down on features (e.g. Microsft Office 2013, AutoCAD 2016, Adobe CC suit, etc.).

24. AlikMalix unregistered

iPad Pro has 128GB with 4GB of RAM and apples A9X costs $949 while Surface PRo Costs $999. Also iPad Pro has a full ecosystem that supports it and has a much better CPU. It's all user experience...

26. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Surface Pro 4 version with i5-6300U has a much better CPU then A9X:http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/iPad-Pro-charts.004-980x735.png You cant even start to compare iOS vs full desktop OS Windows. Windows 10 is just miles ahead of iOS in every possible way known.

28. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, and in terms of graphics, the iPad's graphics still rank below the i3 Surface Pro 3's on-screen rendering speed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vNU003lg9s&feature=youtu.be&t=11m46s Not sure what AlikMadik implies by "much better"...

31. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

And it still wouldn't have access to the wide range of productive tablet uses without the pencil...add the overpriced 12-hour battery pencil ($100), it becomes $1050 and still wouldn't have access to advanced applications like the full Adobe CC suit...

34. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The $999 Surface Pro 4 includes the pen So its not really an apples to apples comparison The $949 iPad Pro and $99 Apple Pencil would cost $1048 Also the iPad Pro ecosystem is really poor at the moment since many apps are still scaled up iPad Air apps Even when mature, it still wont be able to keep up with the Surface's full Windows ecosystem and UX

33. vincelongman

Posts: 5691; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Edit: reply to wrong person

16. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Apple has always been ridiculously expensive. Yrt people still buy thier iDeviced, regardless of it's steep price. Sh!t

4. techandbeers

Posts: 110; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

The Apple Pencil supposedly is really good. But I do agree, the accessories are way overpriced.

38. surfboarder

Posts: 168; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

Ripoff is the correct word

3. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

pencil is nice though but i cant say same for keyboard

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'm sure there will be plenty of idiots who will buy it for $200 all over eBay, and feel like they got a great deal. But if I had apple products, I would not buy the pencil. Only a small percentage of folks who have a note series phone actually use the stylus, so the stylus is for the most part, pointless.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I neither have an iPad Pro, nor will I be buying one. ...But were I to have one: maybe the Pencil, definitely not the keyboard. I'd have to try the Pencil first, and if I found it as great as some people are saying, I'd be willing to pony up the cash. Plus, Pencil support is the only real standalone feature for the Pro, so getting it without just seems like a waste. I got a keyboard cover for my Nexus 9 that I used maybe twice. Never again. If I want to type something on a PKB I'll just use my laptop, thanks. Side-note, any bets on how many people voted actually own an iPad Pro? I'm guessing less than 5%.

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

If the iPad Pro itself is fraud, how are it's accessories not ? Better to go for the air 2

10. XperiaX

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2014

already own an iPad Pro and just order the Apple Pencil online, too bad have to wait a month later to get my hands on it...

13. warrenellis93

Posts: 544; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

What a dumb question phonearena because i dont have or want the ipad pro

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