Apple introduced the latest addition to its tablet lineup - all-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro - at an event happened at its headquarters in Cupertino.
The tablet features almost same innards as the iPad Pro that the company had launched last year. Much like the bigger sibling, the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro also supports the Apple Pencil and also comes with Smart Connector for detachable Smart Keyboard.
"iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative. It's incredibly fast, extremely portable, and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. And now it comes in two sizes," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
"The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new Retina display with True Tone technology, four-speaker audio system, blazing fast A9X chip, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, faster wireless, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users."
The smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the company's attempt to attract a wider audience. The last year's iPad Pro was considered too large by many who were primarily looking to purchase a tablet for content consumption. Here are the 5 reasons why it's worth considering the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, take a look at the slider below to know more.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro features advanced display technologies, including a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience. The advanced Retina display is 25 percent brighter and 40 percent less reflective than iPad Air 2, making content even easier to see indoors and out.
The new iPad Pro is just 6.1mm thin and weighs just under one pound, yet delivers groundbreaking performance, connectivity and versatility so you can tackle the most demanding tasks wherever you go. It is powered by the powerful A9X chip with third-generation 64-bit architecture that provides performance that rivals many laptops and console-class graphics while also delivering all-day battery life.
The four-speaker audio system provides powerful, clear and rich stereo sound for more than twice the audio output. Built-in sensors automatically adjust and optimize the audio no matter which way you're using it. The iOS 9.3 also adds support for playing video encoded with Dolby Digital Plus audio streams with support for multichannel output using the Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter.
Just like the bigger iPad Pro, the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro also come with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. These accessories are available for purchase separately, and bring breakthrough levels of precision and utility to iPad Pro. The Apple Pencil measure both pressure and tilt for a natural drawing, annotating and note-taking experience. While the new Smart Keyboard is custom-designed for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, offering a thin yet durable keyboard that never needs to be charged or paired over Bluetooth and is easily foldable into a protective Smart Cover.
Pricing and Availability
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at $599 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $729 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro sizes are available in offerings of 32GB, 128GB and a new 256GB capacity. In India, the device will be available in early April.