Update: If you order an iPad Pro right now, Apple is quoting Friday delivery. The Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories are already backordered at least 5-7 business days. Some customers are seeing same-day in-store pick up options for iPad Pro.
In September Apple unveiled the long awaited larger iPad Pro to the public, and today customers can finally start placing orders for the 12.9-inch tablet before models hit stores later this week. iPad Pro-only accessories including the Apple Pencil digital stylus and new Smart Keyboard cover are also available to purchase on Apple.com and through the Apple Store app. On Monday Apple announced that the iPad Pro and would be hitting Apple Stores, carriers, and authorized resellers “later this week.”
his year’s new iPad is sold in three models: 32GB for $799, 128GB for $949, and 128GB with cellular for $1079.
Apple offers two optional accessories for iPad Pro that are also available to order. Apple Pencil, which is Apple’s first digital stylus and requires iPad Pro, is available for $99. Smart Keyboard is a physical keyboard cover that connects using the iPad Pro’s new Smart Connector without requiring Bluetooth or batteries is goes for $169.
In addition to a 12.9-inch Retina display and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, iPad Pro is also Apple’s first tablet with four built-in speakers, the new A9X chip, and the Smart Connector that can work with third-party accessories as well like Logitech’s own keyboard cover.
iPad Pro is available in space gray, silver, and gold (sorry, rose gold fans). Apple Pencil, which includes a built-in Lightning connector for charging through the iPad’s Lightning port, is offered in white. Smart Keyboard is available in charcoal gray. If physical keys aren’t for you, Smart Covers ($59) and Silicone Cases ($79) for iPad Pro are available in charcoal gray or white.
iPad Pro is available to order in 40 countries at launch: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, UAE, US, UK, Uruguay and US Virgin Islands.
With the roll out of iPad Pro, Apple’s latest tablet lineup now includes three display sizes: 12.9″ iPad Pro, 9.7″ iPad Air 2, and 7.9″ iPad mini 4.
Using data by Mixpanel, Apple Music seems to be quickly driving adoption of Apple’s latest iteration of its operating system, iOS 8.4. The chart shows that, in just one week, iOS 8.4 usage now makes up more than 40% of all iOS device usage. This is a rather staggering rate of uptake for a point-release. Clearly, the interest and advertisement around Apple Music is having an effect on update rates. Obviously, this only tracks OS adoption and says nothing about how well Apple Music itself is being received.
The 40% mark for iOS 8.4 is an impressive achievement but it would likely be even higher if it wasn’t for the iOS 9 betas stealing some few million users away from the public release cycle. In terms of 9to5Mac’s traffic, iOS 9 is currently the third most popular version of iOS used by readers.
Apple Music is clearly the top driver for iOS 8.4 adoption however it is worth noting that Apple has dedicated significant engineering work to reducing the necessary available space requirements for iOS updates. This enables users to more quickly get on the latest version as they are less likely to need to reorganize apps and media on their devices to make room for the update.
The iPhone-connected smart lock market is getting a new player today as Candy House introduces a new, competitively priced device called Sesame—a play on the phrase “open sesame”—that retrofits your existing deadbolt lock with modern smarts.
While current smart lock options carry higher price tags and require replacing existing hardware, Sesame starts at $99 ($89 early bird special) and adds smart lock features to most existing door locks. Check below for an excellent video demo and more info:
Apple announced a lot of numbers during its fiscal Q1 2015 earnings call today in addition to confirming the Apple Watch will ship in April. Some of Apple’s highlights include numbers on Apple Pay since its launch in October, the 1 billionth iOS device shipping in November, and big growth in China as Apple sells a record 74.4 million iPhones during the quarter.
Head below for a roundup of stats and milestones that Apple announced during the call:
Apple Q1 2015 revenue: $74.6b
Device sales: 74.4m iPhones, 21.4m iPads, 5.5 Macs
Apple sold over 34 thousand iPhones an hour
iPhone made up 69% of Apple’s total revenue
App store revenues up 41%
China revenue up 157% to $16.1 billion
1 billionth iOS device sold in Nov.
Online store now in 350 cities
Online revenues in China more than sum of the previous 5 years
Soon to be at 20 retail stores in China, 40 total by mid-2016.
Apple Pay makes up $2 out of every $3 spent with contactless payments
750 banks and credit unions signed on for Apple Pay
Whole Foods had 400% increase in mobile payments since Apple Pay.
Panera Bread mobile payments 80% Apple Pay
IBM engaged with 130+ companies for iOS solutions, 12 apps will be released this quarter
Now at 25 million Apple TVs sold total
HealthKit in 600 apps
30 automotive brands delivering CarPlay in 2015
Company has $178 billion in cash
Apple’s former retail chief Ron Johnson— the man in charge of retail when Apple first launched its brick and mortar stores back in 2001— recently sat down for a talk at Stanford where he gave some insight into the work that went into Apple’s original retail efforts. After a brief intro on his work before Apple, RoJo eventually gets into Apple retail stores, working with Steve Jobs, and the decision to redesign the Apple retail store experience at the last minute.
The thing I remember from Steve is you have to be willing to start again. We were launching the stores and one day he came up with the idea of the digital hub… The next week we were going to our weekly store meeting, we were designing the store…. I said Steve Ive been thinking and I think the store is organized all wrong… we’ve organized it like a retail store around products… the store should be organized on music and movies and things you do…
When most great spec projects make the rounds among the Internet’s creative community, it’s assumed the work will never see the light of day. Here’s a notable, wonderful exception.
Late last year, Italian designer Marco Sodano received global praise for his creative pixelation of famous paintings remade with Legos. At the time, he said he wanted to convey “the belief that every child with Lego can become a great artist like Da Vinci and Vermeer.”
This month, he posted a new gallery, this time empowered to call it simply a “campaign for Lego.” The official versions (largely similar but for the word “Imagine” embedded at the top left) were produced by agency Geometry Global in Hong Kong, with Sodano as art director
Apple revealed its first magazine ads for the iPhone 5s this past week and they were gold, featuring the gold iPhone 5s. During today’s football games, Apple released its first TV ad with the same affinity for the ‘Midas model’.
The video above (via Verge) shows a similar video shown at the launch event with a quick demo of TouchID.