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Apple's iPad Pro is available to order online on Wednesday

Apple has revealed the release date for its upcoming iPad Pro, and it's sooner than you might think. The 12.9-inch tablet will be available to order online from Wednesday, the company has announced, with stock available in stores later this week. The tablet will be available in over 40 countries including the US, UK, Japan, and China. Apple's chosen release date is particularly notable as November 11th is also Singles Day in China — the world's largest online shopping day. The tablet is Apple's most powerful yet, but also its most expensive. Prices start at $799 for a 32 GB Wi-Fi model, rising to $1,079 for an LTE-capable version with 128 GB of storage.

November 11th was rumored as the chosen release date for the iPad Pro back in October, with today's news confirming that the Apple Pencil and the iPad Smart Keyboard will also go on sale at the same time. The former — a stylus designed for use with the tablet — will cost $99, while the latter will weigh in at $169. Both serve to make the powerful iPad Pro something closer to a Microsoft Surface than ever before at a time when iPad sales are declining. Apple's competitors are also following Microsoft's lead, churning out powerful and productive tablets that are actually viable as work devices.

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