Finally, Apple has looped us in. This time the Cupertino-based tech giant surprises its fans with an iPad Pro. But hold it! This one is 9.7-inch in size. It seems that 12.9-inch iPad Pro is too large for people to carry along. And therefore, Apple has come up with a solution, albeit with the same name. The naming conventions for the iPad family could really use some simplifying like Mini, Air, Pro, Pro et al.
Phil Schiller started off with a humour note, “Customers have fallen in love with the iPad Pro”. This iPad Pro 9.7-inch is second in the iPad Pro family. About the size of this latest iPad, it is still the most popular size of the iPad as Apple has sold more than 200 million pieces at that size.
Schiller also pointed out that there were more than 600 million PCs in use that are over 5 years old. About the apps, there are more than one million iPad apps now. Schiller is hopeful that customers will replace their old PCs with this new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
iPad Pro 9.7″ Display
About the display technology, Apple has introduced Oxide TFT (3D Touch is not included), which is 40% less reflective and 25% brighter than iPad Air 2. By the way, this 9.7-inch iPad Pro looks exactly like iPad Air 2. Users will enjoy more colors and better color saturation with this small iPad Pro. A breakthrough technology is that it supports Night Shift mode.
Another important feature is True Tone display (missing in iPad Pro 12.9 inch), which measures the color temperature to the surrounding light and adjusts the screen to match.
iPad Pro 9.7″ Processor
The small iPad Pro has four speakers and A9X processor; the iPad supports Hey Siri. It also has custom-sized Smart Keyboard. Good news is that this smaller iPad Pro supports Apple Pencil, although customers have to be prepared to shell out another $100 for Pencil.
Adapter and Card Reader
Appreciate the new lightning adapters, SD card reader and a powered USB card reader. You can easily use it with an Ethernet adapter or a microphone. There are new antenna lines on the back. The edges are a little more squared off like the bigger iPad Pro, not as tapered as the Air.
iPad Pro 9.7″ Camera
The iPad Pro boasts 12MP camera. This puts it in line with the iPhone SE.
iPad Pro Colors
The iPad Pro is available in Gold, Silver, Space Grey and Rose Gold option.
iPad Pro 9.7″ Price
About the price, iPad Pro 9.7 32GB variant is available at $599, while 128GB is pegged at $749. Surprisingly, Apple has introduced 256GB iPad Pro, which is priced at a staggering $899. Now the larger iPad Pro, (12.9 inches) 256GB is available $1099.
iPad Pro Release Date
If you are interested in buying this piece, you can place your orders from March 24 and it will be available after March 31.