Finally easier to use and carry
Aside from an updated 4-inch iPhone, Apple also announced a smaller version of the iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch Retina display. A smaller iPad Pro was inevitable, since the 12-inch version is a tad bigger than most people are used to. Apple’s sold tons and tons of 9.7-inch tablet models before, so it’s not entirely suprising that they’re selling a scaled-down version of the iPad Pro with the same size.
Despite the smaller size, the screen used on the smaller model is identical to the older tablet, and still uses the same Oxide TFT display that’s on the iPad Pro. Apple certainly did not skimp out on the display – the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is 25% brighter than the iPad Air 2, and has something called a TrueTone display which measures the color temperature of ambient light and adjusts the screen accordingly.
Aside from the display, most of the hardware under the hood is the same as the bigger model – it still sports the A9X silicone as its bigger brother, which flies through most apps and games without any issues. Apple’s also been busy tinkering with the camera on the tablet, infusing it with a 12-megapixel iSight camera that’s similar on their iPhones. They’ve also beefed up the accessories for the tablet line, adding a Lightning SD card reader and a USB camera adapter. It still gets a keyboard accessory, as well as Apple’s Pencil accessory.
Alright, time to talk price – the 32GB WiFi only version will be priced at $599, while the 128GB version will be priced at $749. Additionally, Apple is also adding a 256GB variant for the bigger 12-inch iPad Pro coming in at $899, which is the biggest capacity on any mobile device that the company has ever sold.