Apple Inc. will open its new, larger iPad to online orders on Wednesday and says the device will be in stores later this week.
The new Apple pencil and smart keyboard also will be available to order on that day, according to the Wall Street Journal .
The iPad Pro, which features a 12.9-inch screen compared with 9.7 inches for Apple’s iPad Air, aims to blur the lines between tablet and notebook computers.
Apple hopes the product spurs sales of the tablet, which have fallen for seven straight quarters.
The larger iPad may find an audience with businesses, which could use the new tablet in lieu of laptops.
Apple has struck deals with IBM Cisco Systems Inc., two of the biggest technology suppliers to businesses.
Apple said the iPad Pro will start at US$799 with 32 gigabytes of memory.
The tablet, which comes in silver, gold and gray, will launch in more than 40 countries, including the US, Britain and China.
The keyboard will cost US$169 and the Apple Pencil will be US$99.
If a consumer were to buy the base iPad Pro with the keyboard and stylus, it would cost US$1,067, more than the starting US$999 price of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air.
Apple says the iPad Pro has a 10-hour battery life.
In the three months to Sept. 26, Apple’s sales of iPads fell 20 percent in both units and revenue.
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