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First Apple Pencil Orders in the U.S. Now 'Preparing for Shipment'

Though the iPad Pro has been widely available in Apple retail stores since its launch last Wednesday, supplies of the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard have been much more limited. At launch, there were no Apple Pencils or Smart Keyboards available for purchase in the U.S. with in-store pickup, and the first online orders listed delivery dates of November 19 at the earliest, more than a week after the iPad Pro became available.

As of today, pre-order customers with some of the earliest upcoming estimated delivery dates are seeing some movement with their orders, receiving notifications that their Apple Pencils are now preparing for shipment. MacRumors reader Jose's Apple Pencil is preparing to ship with an estimated delivery date of November 20 to November 24, and there are a few other reports of Apple Pencil shipment changes on Twitter.

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With orders already preparing for shipment, it's likely customers who managed to pre-order right around midnight on November 11 will start receiving their shipments later this week. A few customers in the United Kingdom have already received their Apple Pencil orders.

Customers who order an Apple Pencil online right now will not be able to receive the device until mid-to-late December, and the same goes for the Smart Keyboard, which is equally scarce. After the iPad Pro's midnight launch, delivery estimates for the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard quickly slipped from late November into December.

Some Apple retail stores around the country have been receiving small Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard shipments on a daily basis, but as Apple is not allowing in-store pickup for the Apple Pencil, it's not possible to use Apple's website or app to determine which stores have stock. Instead, customers hoping to get an Apple Pencil before December are having to visit their local Apple Stores on a daily basis hoping to get lucky with shipment timing.

The Apple Pencil, which enables pressure sensitive drawing on the iPad Pro, retails for $99. The Smart Keyboard is priced at $169.

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Tag: Apple Pencil
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10 months ago
I would love to go back to about 2000 and tell everyone '...and in 2015, Apple shall sell a pencil. And it shall cost $99!'.

With that in mind, I would like to say that in about 2030, Apple shall sell a piece of string. And it shall cost $500.
Rating: 31 Votes
10 months ago
Apples pricing is really getting ridiculous
Rating: 27 Votes
10 months ago
Wait a minute...This does not come with the iPad Pro? Wow!
What wizardry exists in the pencil that it costs as much as the old Apple TV?
Rating: 18 Votes
10 months ago
Here in the uk, my iPad pro arrived last Thursday, the smart keyboard and pencil arrived on Saturday. Doodling has commenced. I'm no artist but it's good



Rating: 14 Votes
10 months ago
Wish the darn thing worked with more than just the Pro.
Rating: 11 Votes
10 months ago
The Apple Pencil should've been included with every iPad Pro purchase. $99 for a glorified stylus is a ripoff!
Rating: 11 Votes
10 months ago
looks like Angela and the Apple crew has another scattered launch on their hands, well done :eek:
Rating: 10 Votes
10 months ago
Shipgate
Rating: 9 Votes
10 months ago

Apples pricing is really getting ridiculous


Agree. Considering how the Pencil works so much better compared to other styli, I'd expect it to cost more.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 months ago
The pencil needs to be supported on all current iPads. Not just the pro. Not everyone wants to have to carry around a tabletop in order to draw.
Rating: 5 Votes

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