At their event on Monday, Apple announced a new iPad and it is a smaller iPad Pro.
This one comes with a 9.7″ retina display that has a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. Also on the outside is Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint reader.
Moving onto the camera side of things you have a 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera. It can take panoramic photos with a resolution of up to 63 megapixels. As far as video goes, you will be able to record 4k video at 30 frames per second. You will be able to record full HD(1080p) video at 60 fps.
On the front you have a 5 megapixel FaceTime HD camera. It’s capable of recording video in 720p HD.
What about the inside? Well it has 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2. On the Wi-Fi + cellular version you have LTE and HSPA+ connectivity for internet away from a Wi-Fi connection. Also on the inside you have Apple’s A9X processor with it’s M9 motion co-processor.
In terms of battery, Apple reckons that you will get up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi‐Fi, watching video or listening to music.
If you are getting the Wi-Fi+LTE/HSPA+ version of the iPad then that figure will be reduced to 9 hours.
The 9.7″ iPad Pro will come in Silver, Space Grey, Rose Gold and Gold. It will cost £499 for the 32GB version, £619 for the 128GB version or £739 for the 256GB version.
If you want a 9.7″ iPad Pro with LTE/HSPA+ capability as well as Wi-Fi then it’s £599 for the 32GB version, £719 for the 128GB version or £839 for the 256GB version.
You will be able to pre-order the 9.7″ iPad Pro on the 24th of March 2016 and it will be releasing on the 31st of March 2016.
Apple already has an iPad Pro in its current iPad lineup. As such it seems like Apple is using this to say “we want more people to have an iPad Pro”. One could also argue that this is a response to those who think that the 12.9″ iPad Pro was too large. All being told there is nothing really new or innovative apart from it being more powerful than the iPad Air 2.
Are you planning to upgrade to the 9.7″ iPad Pro, or will you stay with the tablet that you currently have? Let me know in the comments.