Apple's giant iPad Pro is now on sale in the UK via the firm's website, but buyers wanting the matching accessories face a long wait for the stylus and keyboard.
The Apple Pencil stylus and Smart Keyboard accessory are available to buy via the Apple UK website but the shipping time for the accessories is now four to five weeks. The items are clearly in demand, as when the iPad Pro originally went on sale on 11 November, the shipping time was one to two weeks.
The iPad Pro is much easier to get hold of, with a shipping time of five to seven working days. However, this has increased from just one business day when the giant tablet first went on sale on 11 November.
There are three cost options for the 12.9in tablet-laptop hybrid. The cheapest is £679 for the 32GB WiFi only model. The 128GB WiFi only model costs £799 while the top 128GB WiFi and mobile data version costs £899.
The iPad Pro can also be bought in three colours: silver, gold and space gray.
The Apple Pencil costs £79 while the Smart Keyboard is £139. As such, anyone splashing out on a top-of-the-range iPad Pro model with both add-ons faces a bill of £1,117.
The iPad Pro is also now on sale in a raft of other nations including Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia and the US.
The iPad Pro was unveiled in September alongside the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus as part of an effort to reinvigorate sales of Apple's tablet range, which have slumped over the past few years.
Apple is hoping the iPad Pro, with its giant 12.9in screen containing 5.6 million pixels, will prove appealing to both consumers and businesses who are looking to use devices that combine the best of a tablet and a laptop.
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller said the company was confident the device would prove popular, based on early feedback.
“The early response to iPad Pro from app developers and our customers has been incredible, and we’re excited to get iPad Pro into the hands of customers around the world this week,” he said.
The iPad Pro will also put Apple in more direct competition with Microsoft in the hardware market, as it will compete directly against the Surface Pro portfolio of tablet-laptop hybrids from the firm, which have arguably kickstarted this product category.
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