When the iPad Pro goes on sale later this week, Apple won’t be the only retailer carrying the massive new tablet. Ordering from Apple.com may be the most convenient way to ensure your new iPad is delivered on day one, but Apple Stores and authorized resellers including select carriers will be selling the iPad Pro as well. Here’s what we know so far:
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While we haven’t heard from every major US carrier just yet, two major carriers have already confirmed that they will be offering the iPad Pro when it goes on sale later this week.
Unlike the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2, only the highest storage capacity model of the iPad Pro will be available with built-in cellular connectivity. iPad Pro 32GB ($799) is only offered with Wi-Fi and the middle option iPad Pro 128GB ($949) is also only Wi-Fi.
The only model with cellular connectivity built-in is the iPad Pro 128GB + Cellular ($1079), $250 more than the iPad Air 2 128GB + Cellular, so carrier financing options may be appealing to some customers.
In the United States, both AT&T and T-Mobile have confirmed that they will be offering the cellular iPad Pro later this week.
More details are expected once the larger iPad goes on sale, but T-Mobile says it will offer the iPad Pro 128GB + Cellular through its Jump On Demand leasing program. T-Mobile only recently added iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2 to Jump On Demand.
Pricing and availability details from AT&T haven’t been shared yet, but the carrier currently offers the $829 iPad Air 2 128GB + Cellular for $200 off on a 2-year contract or $41.50/month for 20 months with zero down on AT&T Next. iPad Pro 128GB + Cellular goes for $1079.
[Update: AT&T will also carry the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard cover.]
Although availability details aren’t up yet, BestBuy.com lists each new iPad Pro model as coming soon on its website including space gray, silver, and gold in 32GB, 128GB, and 128GB + Cellular models at Apple’s retail prices. Best Buy also lists Apple’s $169 Smart Keyboard cover for iPad Pro and $99 Apple Pencil as coming soon.
While other retailers and carriers are still mum on iPad Pro availability ahead of Wednesday orders and retail availability later this week, 9to5Toys today shares two Black Friday deals for iPad Air 2 + Cellular ($175 off) from Sam’s Club and iPad mini 4 from $300/iPad Air 2 from $374 at Staples.
We’ve also seen MacMall already start selling iPad Pro models with a modest $12 savings for pre-order, although availability has slipped to mid-November. If you’re upgrading to iPad Pro from an older (smaller) iPad, we compiled a list of trade-in services and prices in September for turning your old iPad into cash or credit; prices haven’t fluctuated much, but generally do after the latest tablet officially launches. You can also get a quote easily at trade-in.9to5Mac.com.
Stay tuned here for more iPad Pro availability details as we discover more launch plans from carriers and authorized resellers for Apple’s new iPad Pro.