As expected, Apple has come out with a smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro which packs almost the same innards as its bigger sibling into a more compact form factor. It’s excellent news for consumers who were turned off from the latter’s huge 12.9-inch size but still want the best of what the company has to offer.
The new iPad Pro can also be seen as the spiritual successor to the iPad Air 2 in size if not in name. It could very well turn things around for Apple, given its declining iPad sales. The brand even noted that its 9.7-inch tablets were the most popular out of all the choices it offers. Going smaller in order to appeal to a wider audience was basically the theme of its Keynote, what with the launch of the 4-inch iPhone SE.
Diving into its features, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro supports the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, bringing the two accessories to the smaller line of iPads. It sports a 2048 × 1536p resolution screen which has been blessed with a new True Tone display technology which uses ambient light sensors to detect a user’s surroundings and automatically changes the color and intensity to make reading easy on the eyes.
A rapid take on the top specifications of the 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro:
– Display: 9.7-inch, 2048 × 1536 pixels
– OS: iOS 9
– CPU: dual-core 2.26GHz A9X
– Memory: 32GB/128GB/256GB
– RAM: 4GB
– Battery: 27.5Wh
– Camera: 12MP rear, 5MP front
– Size: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm
– Weight: 437g (Wi-Fi), 444g (LTE)
– Connectivity: LTE Advanced, Bluetooth, GLONASS, A-GPS, Wi-Fiac, NFC
One major factor distinguishing the new iPad Pro from the older one is its better camera setup. Just like the iPhone 6S, the tablet offers a 12MP iSight rear snapper which can capture 4K videos and Live Photos. It’s additionally the first iPad to offer True Tone flash for more realistic-looking skin tones. Even the 5MP selfie snapper grabs this feature in conjunction with Retina Flash.
The Wi-Fi only version of the Apple device is priced at $599 (32GB), $749 (128GB) and $899 (256GB). The tablet is set to hit the brand’s store on March 24. Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers will have it in stock on March 31 in a number of countries including the US, Australia, China and the UK.
The 9.7-inch Apple iPad Pro will then move on to its second wave of release in countries such as India. It’ll start at Rs 49900 for the 32GB Wi-Fi only model and go up to Rs 61900 for the same capacity Wi-Fi and Cellular version.