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Apple slates Nov. 11 for iPad Pro kickoff

Gregg Keizer | Nov. 10, 2015
Starts online sales of 12.9-in. tablet Wednesday, with in-store availability Friday.

Interestingly, while Apple invited a Microsoft product manager on stage in September to demonstrate Office on the iPad Pro -- a move that stunned the event's audience into momentary silence -- the mobile application suite did not make the cut for today's press release, in which Apple instead let Adobe, FiftyThree and UMake trumpet their wares on the larger tablet.

iPad Pro owners will have to subscribe to Office 365 to create or edit documents (registration required) with Microsoft's apps.

iPad sales 
iPad sales have been shrinking for almost two years, with the peak in the fourth quarter of 2013. This graph shows rolling four-quarter averages, a way to eliminate the seasonality of sales, which are now strongest in the last three months of each calendar year. Click on image to enlarge. Data: Apple


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