You don’t need a second-gen Apple Pencil with finger-tap gesture commands to do the math.
Walk into an Apple Store for the newest iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, keyboard and other useful items, and you could walk out more than $2,000 lighter in the wallet.
Once the applause from Apple’s “There’s More in the Making” event in New York died down this morning, USA Today’s Jefferson Graham sent out a sobering tweet on the cost of everything a creative might need when upgrading.
iPad Pro price: You do the math
“That $1,000 iPad starts at 1G,” Graham wrote on Twitter. “Add accessories and you walk out at $2,384. Yes, you read right. Add Pencil, storage, keyboard, cell version, card, and USB-C to USB dongle and it’s $2,384 for an IPAD!!!”
Apple always takes a hit when it comes to the prices of its products. But fans who like the operating systems and built-in security measures willingly pay extra.
But it’s not without pain. As Graham points out, upgrading to a new iPad Pro with all the trimmings adds up fast.
The 11-inch model with four storage capacity options are: 64GB ($799), 256GB ($949), 512GB ($1,149) and 1TB ($1,549). For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the costs are $999, $1,149, $1,349 and $1,749.
Add 4G LTE for an extra $150. The new Smart Keyboard Folio costs $179 or $199 depending on which size iPad you get. Apple Pencil 2 runs $129.
Bottom line, a 1TB 12.9-inch model with cellular, Smart Keyboard Folio and Apple Pencil runs $2,227. Graham’s total also factors in a dongle and card reader, essential for a photographer who might consider running full Adobe Photoshop on an iPad Pro.
A couple of Graham’s Twitter followers did not seem to balk at his cost conclusion.
“Worth every penny,” wrote William White @guyplusdog. “I use my iPad Pro all day every day. Now with full Photoshop? Sign me up.”
If you agree with White, you better buy now. With the Trump administration considering tariffs on all remaining Chinese imports, prices on Apple products could rise by early December.