Apple’s taking 2018 iPad Pro pre-orders ahead of the release date in November and our guide is going to help you get the model you want when you want it.
Two new iPad Pro models are confirmed for release next month, but you can buy them before they officially hit shelves on November 7th.
2018 iPad Pro pre-orders are live via Apple’s website and Apple Store app. If you’re interested in picking up a 2018 iPad Pro this fall you might want to put in a pre-order right now.
Pre-ordering ensures you get the 2018 iPad Pro model you want on November 7th. It’ll also help you avoid lines at Apple Stores and retailers on release day. Stock at physical retail locations can be unpredictable.
If you’re considering a pre-order you’ll want to come prepared. Rumors haven’t pointed to any significant supply chain issues, but there’s a chance Apple and its retail partners sell out of their initial stock in the near future.
If you want a new iPad Pro on your doorstep next week, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared. You’ll want to decide on a specific model and get all of your information in order before you go to buy.
This walkthrough will take you through some of the strategies we typically use when we pre-order Apple products that are in high demand. These tips will help you get through the pre-order process and hopefully get the 2018 iPad Pro model you’re after.
Research Storage Needs & Colors
Make sure you research your storage needs before you settle on an 2018 iPad Pro model.
The new 11-inch iPad Pro 2018 comes in four storage sizes. The 64GB iPad Pro is $799, the 256GB iPad Pro is $949, the 512GB iPad Pro is $1149, and the massive 1TB model is $1549. While some of you will only need the base amount of storage, many others should buy an iPad Pro with more storage.
As for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 64GB model is $999, the 256GB model is $1149, the 512GB model is $1349, and the 1TB variant is $1749.
If you currently own an iPad, make sure you dig into your storage right now and see how much space you’re utilizing and how much you might need on a new device.
Here’s how to do this:
- Tap on your Settings app.
- Tap on General.
- Tap on iPad Storage.
On this screen you can see how much storage you’re currently using. You can also see what’s taking up the most storage on your device.
If you’re already over 64GB or coming close, you’ll probably want to go with a larger model. If you’re barely using your storage, you probably don’t need to spend the extra cash. And if you plan to use the iPad Pro as your workhorse, you might want to go with a 512GB or 1TB model just to have peace of mind.
The new iPad Pro models come in a couple of different colors including silver and space gray. There are a few differences that you should be aware of before you commit to one or the other.
Have a Backup Payment Plan
We recommend having a backup payment plan in place just in case you run into a problem trying to pay for your iPad Pro pre-order.
If you typically don’t make purchases through the Apple Store (or the place you’re buying from) or if you typically don’t spend this kind of money on one item, there’s a chance your bank will flag it as suspicious. If this happens, you might find yourself on the phone dealing with customer service.
We’ve dealt with this issue ourselves and it has the potential to delay your pre-order until the situation is resolved.
This is why you’ll want to have a backup plan in place. If you’ve got another credit card handy, make sure you’ve got it on hand when you go to pre-order.
Research 2018 iPad Pro Accessories
While you might be tempted to buy new accessories during checkout, we recommend saving these decisions for a later date.
When you go to checkout Apple (or whoever you’re buying it from) might try and tempt you with iPad Pro accessories. Many of you will want to pair your iPad Pro with a new case, but you’ll probably want to hold out, at least temporarily.
For one, picking accessories will slowdown the pre-order process and could prevent you from getting the iPad Pro model you want.
We also expect a wide variety of iPad Pro accessories to launch after the devices hit shelves so you should have a wider, much better selection in a few weeks.
There’s no need to rush into an accessory purchase. Research accessory manufacturers, read reviews, and then make your decision.
You Can Buy AppleCare Later
Retailers will also ask you if you want to pair your new iPad Pro with AppleCare.
AppleCare is the company’s extended warranty service and most of you will want to get it. Eventually.
While tempting, you don’t have to make this decision during the pre-order process. If you don’t have time to research AppleCare before you pre-order, you’ll want to wait until you’ve been able to do so.
You should have a 30 day window to buy AppleCare after you buy your iPad Pro which means you’ll be able to buy your device and then spend the next week or so researching the service.
Again, most of you will probably want to protect your iPad Pro with the service. It could save you a lot of money.
Look for Deals & Lock In a Trade-in Price
If you’ve got an old iPad laying around you might be able to use it to help offset the cost of your new 2018 iPad Pro.
We expect trade-in values to fluctuate throughout the month of November so you might want to go ahead and lock-in a trade right now. Locking in a price doesn’t force you to go through with the trade-in.
Apple and its partners might also offer trade-in deals and you should investigate those before you lock-in a pre-order at full price.
Straight price cuts are probably weeks away at best (we expect some, but not a lot during Black Friday) so trade-ins will likely be the only way to save major cash on a new iPad Pro this month.
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