Rumor: iPad Pro Going on Sale November 11

It's being reported that the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard will be going on sale on November 11, both in Apple's online store as well as in the Apple Stores. Apple announced the gargantuan iPad with a 12.9-inch display in September and had said it would be coming in November. The price starts at $799 for the 32 GB model with Wi-Fi only. There's also a 128 GB WiFi model as well as a 128 GB model with cellular data capability.

9To5Mac has also reported that there's another charging option for the Apple Pencil. Initially Apple had announced that it would be charged by plugging it in to the Lightning connector on the iPad. That seemed like a somewhat inelegant solution, and according to 9To5Mac, Apple has will now be including an adaptor with the Pencil that will allow it to be connected to a standard USB Lightning cable. You'll be able to charge the Pencil either by connecting the cable to an outlet or to a computer, just as you do with any iOS device. The Pencil will cost $99.

The Apple Pencil will likely be a very popular accessory for the iPad Pro. The tip is so precise it can touch a single pixel. The sensors detect position, force, and tilt, and there's no lag time when you draw. 

The Smart Keyboard can be used as a stand with the keyboard in front, similar to a laptop, or as a simple cover. It connects to the iPad Pro via three small round magnetic contacts, called the Smart Connector, which provides  power and transfers data. The keyboard is very thin and is covered with a fabric that itself provides the tension for the keys as well as protects against spills. The Smart Keyboard will cost $169. 

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.