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Apple said at last month’s ‘Hey Siri’ media event that its iPad Pro will arrive in November and DigiTimes later cited supply chain sources as claiming that shipments will commence, in limited quantities, in mid-November.

The fairly reliable Japanese blog called MacOtakara is now out with a new report saying the jumbo-sized iPad will hit store shelves in the first week of November as Microsoft gears up to launch a next-generation Surface Pro laptop/tablet hybrid.

The timeframe is reportedly based on MacOtakara’s reliable sources in China. The publication added that the Apple Pencil will be available when the iPad Pro launches.

Apple may have opted to release the iPad Pro earlier than anticipated because Microsoft is kicking its holiday season off with a press event in New York City today and a fourth-generation Surface Pro is expected to be among the highlights.

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The iPad Pro will start at $799 for the Wi-Fi-only model with thirty-two gigabytes of storage. A version with 128 gigabytes of storage will set you back $949.

The flagship 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad Pro is priced at $1079. The Apple Pencil will cost $99 and the Smart Keyboard will be $169.

Source: MacOtakara (Google Translate)