Apple has just unveiled the next-generation iPad Pro. The 2018 model comes with 11-inch and 12.9-inch edge-to-edge LCD screen display, Face ID, and support for the new Apple Pencil 2. If you're thinking about buying the latest and greatest, iMore is here to walk you through the best way to buy your iPad with the smoothest experience.
First: Decide which iPad Pro (2018) you want to purchase
The 2018 iPad Pro comes in two sizes: 11-inch and 12.9-inch. It's also available with up to 1TB of storage and comes in silver and space gray and with wi-fi only or wi-fi + cellular. Here's how the pricing breaks down for each:
11-inch iPad Pro:
- $799 for 64GB Wi-Fi
- $949 for 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
- $949 for 256GB Wi-Fi
- $1,099 for 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
- $1,149 for 512GB Wi-Fi
- $1,299 for 512GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
- $1,549 for 1TB Wi-Fi
- $1,699 for 1TB Wi-Fi + Cellular
12.9-inch iPad Pro:
- $999 for 64GB Wi-Fi
- $1,149 for 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
- $1,149 for 256GB Wi-Fi
- $1,299 for 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
- $1,349 for 512GB Wi-Fi
- $1,499 for 512GB Wi-Fi + Cellular
- $1,749 for 1TB Wi-Fi
- $1,899 for 1TB Wi-Fi + Cellular
Second: Should I have my iPad mailed to me or pick it up in-store?
This largely depends on how quickly you want your iPad, and whether you want to drive to your local store on launch day.
If you choose to have your iPad order mailed to you, you're at the whim of your local UPS or FedEx drivers. If your driver regularly comes at 8 a.m., you may get your iPad earlier in the day; if your house or apartment doesn't usually get deliveries until 8 p.m., you may feel a little FOMO.
Third: How should I buy my new iPad?
There are a few different ways to purchase your new iPad Pro, how you choose mostly depends on what's more convenient for you.
The best way to order online: The Apple Store app
If you want to avoid slow web pages, you can use your iPhone or current iPad to order via the Apple Store app. This is my preferred method, in large part because the app is quick, easy, requires very little effort on your part, and best of all — you can use Apple Pay. You can even designate your new iPad for in-store pickup within the app.
It might be a little mean to make your current iPad buy your new one, but hey — all's fair in love and pre-ordering.
If you want to use a computer: Apple Online
If you don't have a reason to do otherwise, Apple.com remains the easiest way to order your new iPad online.
If you want to buy from a third-party retailer
If your local Apple store is all out of the iPad Pro or if it's just more convenient for you to use a third-party retailer, here's where you can get one.
In the U.S.
Want to order from other outlets? In the United States, you can buy an iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular model from any of the major carriers, as well as on the website of most big-box stores.
- AT&T - Buy here
- Sprint - Buy here
- Verizon - Buy here
- T-Mobile - Buy here
- Best Buy - Buy here
- Target - Buy here
Looking to order an iPad in Canada? Keep your eyes peeled at the following retailers:
- Rogers - Buy here
- Bell - Buy here
- Telus - Buy here
- Best Buy - Buy here
- Costco - Buy here
- Staples - Buy here
Are you picking up a new iPad Pro or other iPad model? Have other questions about the ordering process? Let us know below.
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