Tim Cook and Eddy Cue talking up iPad Pro before it ships this week

Image via The Independent

Image via The Independent

Concurrent with the announcement today by Apple that the iPad Pro will be available for order on November 11 and in stores on November 13, Apple CEO Tim Cook and senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue have been making the rounds and getting the PR engine revved up for the release.

Cook was in London today, visiting educational software vendor Touchpress and talking to The Independent. Cook told The Independent that the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil is the first real replacement for the sketch pad, and even commented that the Pencil isn't a stylus:

Well, we didn’t really do a stylus, we did a Pencil. The traditional stylus is fat, it has really bad latency so you’re sketching here and it’s filling the line in somewhere behind. You can’t sketch with something like that, you need something that mimics the look and feel of the pencil itself or you’re not going to replace it. We’re not trying to replace finger touch, we’re complementing it with the Pencil.
— http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/tim-cook-apple-ceo-on-the-companys-latest-venture-the-ipad-pro-a6727541.html

Cook tweeted about a project that Touchpress is doing with the iPad Pro:

Meanwhile, back in the States Eddy Cue was featured on CNN Money with a bit about the iPad Pro from a recent interview:

(Sorry about the Flash video; it's apparent that CNNMoney still hasn't figured out HTML5)

I was particularly fascinated by Cue's discussion of the four-speaker sound system, which is one of the lesser-advertised features of the new device. Are you planning to get an iPad Pro this week? If so, let us know in the comments below.