Apple is already listing lengthy waiting times for almost all of the new iPad Pros

Apple is already listing lengthy waiting times for almost all of the new iPad Pros
While Android-based tablets are pretty much dead and buried, and Windows 10 convertibles and hybrids still have a ways to go before achieving truly mainstream popularity, Apple somehow manages to sell both lower-cost and ultra-high-end iPads like hotcakes.

If you’re wondering how successful those redesigned new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pros might be, look no further than estimated Apple Store delivery times to get a decent idea of the initial demand.

Formally unveiled on Tuesday, October 30, the two “all-screen” giants were instantly put on pre-order in the US, as well as dozens of other markets, ahead of a November 7 rollout.

But less than 48 hours in, a single iPad Pro (2018) configuration is still listed as ready for launch-day shipping. If you hurry, you can order the 64GB 11-incher in either silver or space gray with both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity for $949, and Apple promises to get the slate on your doorsteps in under a week. 

The same exact device with the same storage space, but no LTE speeds, which costs $799, will reach new customers no earlier than November 20. In fact, all other 11-inch iPad Pros are listed at the time of this writing as shipping between November 20 and 26 or November 26 and December 3.

Believe it or not, the crazy expensive 1TB variant with Wi-Fi and cellular support falls in the latter category, suggesting rampant demand or scarce availability. Most likely, a combination of the two.

As far as the latest 12.9-incher is concerned, the sooner you can hope to receive that bad boy if you order it today stateside is November 15. Several configurations, including the maxed-out 1TB, Wi-Fi+cellular model, can no longer be delivered before November 23, possibly taking as long as November 30 to reach you.

Unsurprisingly, the $129 second-generation Apple Pencil is also backordered, shipping no sooner than November 16, and the same goes for the newest Smart Keyboard Folio designed for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. For what it’s worth, the 11-inch Smart Keyboard Folio can still be delivered on November 7... if you pull the trigger right away.

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iPad Pro 11-inch
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  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
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  • Storage 1000 GB
  • Battery 7812 mAh
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018)
  • Display 12.9" 2048 x 2732 pixels
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23 Comments

1. tuminatr

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

That's one of Apples staple marketing tactics.

2. dnomadic

Posts: 360; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

So obviously. The other potential truth is that they did not manufacturer thousands of the 1tb version due the absurdity of the price. That being said, IF I had extra money to spend I would buy the 12.9 1TB version. For what I do, the iPad is more than sufficient, and the iPads life span is LONGER than any PC that I have ever purchased (without upgrading parts)

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3075; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

For $1899, you can make a very good PC with i9 9900K, GTX1080Ti (it's much cheaper now since RTX launch), 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, 4TB HDD, and other parts, and you could even buy monitor, keyboard, and mouse, with the extra money. And that could run just fine even after 10 years (maybe you'll need to replace the HDD, but it's cheap anyway.).

7. NateDiaz

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Goodluck carrying your PC around.

12. JCASS889

Posts: 420; Member since: May 18, 2018

its called a laptop

17. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Different target audience JaC ASS. Apple has both laptops and tablets.

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Comparing PC to an iPad. That's like saying I can buy 5 helicopters for the price of a Bugatti Divo. Intelligence everyone.

9. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

In a matywr of year it will ahve viruses, malware and will sign lagginess and random boot. Windows suck! Go get a decent job to buy apple products.

13. slashas

Posts: 118; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Can this pc be brought into the bag? :)

16. dnomadic

Posts: 360; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

You are correct. But it will weigh (6-7lbs), have a loud fan, and I guarantee (as you have stated), you will need to replace the HDD). Not only that I KNOW performance will be degrade significantly within two years. I love my PCS, but performance from My two pcs are NOWHERE NEAR their out of box experience. My old Ipad Air chugging at lightspeed. Again Love my PC, for somethings it is an absolute necessity, but for the general public the long lif of an Ipad and the portability of the device should win out.

23. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

You can just buy a Surface for $999 and it will still do more than an IPad and the pen is included. Will last quite awhile. I bought a SP4 an it still works the same as day one. It is the best portable device I have ever bought.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3075; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yep. "If you hurry, ... and Apple promises to get the slate on your doorsteps in under a week" Rushing people to buy it, just like what they did on TV shopping. In a few weeks they'll write another article about "improved delivery time", they always did that for iPhone. Btw, extra $150 just for extra LTE capability? nice..

4. Ninetysix

Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Nice! Did they use the same tactic on the homepod?

6. Be_Mine

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Even as an Android Phone user. I have to agree that other OEM just cannot make a Tablet as appealing as the iPads. Heck, they can't even come up with a device which have a thin Bezels.

10. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 643; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

In the long run, iOS and MS Windows will kill Android. It will happen when our smartphones and tablets will replace our classic notebooks and PCs.

14. slashas

Posts: 118; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Android tablets OS support is so short that you don’t want to invest money there, that’s why iPad is so appealing... Make android tablet with 4 year OS upgrade guarantee and these will be selling well as well.

15. dnomadic

Posts: 360; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Nah. I don't think the OS upgrade support is the issue, it is the "support" (Apps and OS functionality). Android Tablets (This hurts to say), they suck. The Smartphone user experience does not translate well to a slate device. The UI is the Culprit, Samsung Dex goes A LONG way to correcting this issue but it still does not match the App level support, cohesiveness, and overall UI fluidity of iOS on an Ipad. It has been honed to near perfection for 90% (arbitrary number) of people (web surfing, gaming, doc editing, reading, social media, bible reading, school work). I have to applaud what they have done, it is a near perfect device, and I will be buying one to replace my laptop, and will keep my PC for home use. Does this while remaining impressively snappy for 6-7years no upgrades required)

20. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2099; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Since the Geekbench = 5020 / 18,200, the Antutu I believe will hit 450k+

22. D34ever

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

They probably didn't make that many to begin with. This is the oldest trick in the book....hyping up demand!

24. midan

Posts: 2470; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I'm sure they made lot of them, they knew they have big winner in their hands.

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