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iPad Pro Available Online Nov. 11, in Stores Shortly After

The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro isn't just Apple's largest tablet yet; this super-iPad is Apple’s first real foray into the 2-in-1 market. Starting Nov. 11 the iPad Pro (which starts at $799) will be available for purchase on, with models coming to retail stores later in the week.

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Aside from the iPad Pro’s brilliant 2732 x 2048 12.9-inch display and speedy A9X processor, the new iPad’s most important features are the accessories Apple has made for it. While the Smart Keyboard is a little pricey at $169, it gives the iPad Pro much greater flexibility when it comes to both work and play. Apple’s keyboard cover attaches magnetically via a side-mounted Smart Connector, doubles as a kickstand, and uses seamless construction for better water and stain resistance. Like on a real laptop, the cover lets you use keyboard shortcuts to navigate around the system, and search for specific functions within individual apps.  

Then there’s the $99 Apple Pencil, which looks to be a huge boon to large number of artists and creative pros that Apple has turned into devoted fans throughout the years. It features a built-in Lightning charger which Apple says will allow it to last up to 12 hours on a charge, with 15-second supercharging that should add an extra 30 minutes of use in a pinch. It also has two built-in tilt sensors that can calculate the angle and orientation of your hands, and pressure sensitivity that can differentiate between hard strokes, light strokes and everything in-between.

Will the iPad Pro be the hybrid device Apple users have been waiting for, or just another Microsoft Surface competitor in a growing sea of devices? Check back for our review of the mega-tablet to find out.

Sam is a former penguin trainer and archery instructor who dabbles in esports and has lived on three different continents. If you have some comments on new tech or the best noodle spots in NYC, drop a line @SamRutherford.