New iPad Pro nearly sold out for launch day

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Enough people were willing to pay $1899 for a tricked out iPad Pro that Apple sold out of them very quickly.
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Virtually every configuration of the new iPad Pro models sold out in the first day of pre-orders. Many went within a few hours, including the most expensive options.

This isn’t a guarantee that demand for these tablets is heavy because we don’t know how many units Apple had prepared for release day. Still, it’s a good sign.

High-end models are sold out

The hefty price tags attached to the top-tier versions of the 2018 iPad Pro models have drawn criticism, but that didn’t stop buyers from wiping out the pre-release supply. 

A 12.9- or 11-inch version of this slate with 1TB of storage and built-in 4G LTE ordered today won’t be available until weeks after Nov. 7, the original launch date. The same is true for versions without LTE. This despite the fact that these sell for as much as $1899.

There’s a week-long wait new second-generation Apple Pencil too. On the other hand, both versions of the new Smart Keyboard Folio designed specifically to fit for these new iPads can still be delivered on launch day.

Getting one on launch day anyway

There’s a multi-week wait for every configuration of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro if it’s pre-ordered today.  Just about all the 11-inch versions are also sold out on launch date, but there are a handful of exceptions. At the time of this writing, the 11-inch tablet in silver with 256GB of storage can still be ordered for delivery on Nov. 7.  And the 64GB, space grey versions with and without LTE are also available.

Those who must have this much-improved tablet on that date might be able to stand in line to pick one up from an Apple Store. That’s an option Apple has always provided in the past. Just keep in mind, it’s first come, first serve. And lines are usually long.