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The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is now available for preorders

Leah Yamshon | March 28, 2016
If you don’t want to bother with buying one in stores, you can preorder Apple’s latest iPad ahead of its March 31 release date.

Apple’s latest iPad may be a familiar, tried-and-true size, but it’s anything but standard—this 9.7-inch iPad is actually an iPad Pro, and it’s available for pre-order starting Thursday. The compact iPad Pro has everything its big brother, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, has, including a 64-bit A9X processor with an M9 motion coprocessor, Touch ID, and Apple Pencil compatibility. It also boasts a 12-megapixel front-facing camera, a wider color gamut, and True Tone technology, all of which are an improvement over the larger iPad Pro. 

Does this sound like the perfect iPad for you? Good news: Preorders started at 12:01 a.m Pacific/3:01a.m. Eastern on Thursday—one week ahead of its March 31 release date—and you have a few different pre-order options to choose from.

Apple’s online store is the most obvious choice, especially if you’re opting for the Wi-Fi-only version. It’s available in four color finishes: Silver, Gold, Space Gray, or Rose Gold. Here’s a list of Apple’s stock pricing on the smaller iPad Pro: 

Wi-Fi only

  • 32GB: $599
  • 128GB: $749
  • 256GB: $899

Wi-Fi and Cellular

  • 32GB: $729
  • 128GB: $879
  • 256GB: $1,029

Besides the Apple Store—or your Apple Store app for iOS—you can also preorder the iPad Pro through preferred retailers like Target and Best Buy. If you’re opting for the Wi-Fi and Cellular model, Apple is selling them unlocked, so you’ll set up your data plan separately through your carrier.

Speaking of which, you could purchase a Wi-Fi and Cellular iPad Pro directly through your carrier if you’d prefer—the four major U.S. carriers have it available for pre-order. Here’s a pricing breakdown for each:

AT&T: AT&T’s prices are actually $99 cheaper than what Apple is offering, with the 32GB version priced at $630, the 128GB version for $780, and the 256GB version for $930. Under an AT&T Next plan, you could choose monthly installments starting at $36.50 for the 32GB version, $44 for the 128GB version, and $51.50 for the 250GB version.

Sprint: While you can’t pre-order online, you can call Sprint to purchase an iPad Pro. Their prices match Apple’s if you’d rather buy the device unlocked, but they offer subsidized pricing if you sign up for a contract:

  • 32GB: Pay $730 in full, with no contract needed; $630 down with a 24-month contract and no monthly installments; or $275 down with a 24-month contract and $18.96 in monthly installments. 
  • 128GB: Pay $880 in full, with no contract needed; $780 down with a 24-month contract and no monthly installments; or $300 down with a 24-month contract and $24.17 in monthly installments. 
  • 256GB: Pay $1,030 in full, with no contract needed; $930 down with a 24-month contract and no monthly installments; or $375 down with a 24-month contract and $27.30 in monthly installments. 

 

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