Keeping the iPhone SE aside, Apple CEO Tim Cook hit the stage at the Cupertino giant's headquarters in the US with an all new iPad Pro. The iPad Pro 2 is an upraded version of the previous gen model but with a smaller iPad Air like display. It has a 9.7‐inch screen real estate as compared to its bigger sibling, the 12.9-inch one.
40% less reflective than iPad Air 2
Well, the 9.7 inch iPad Pro however doesn't plan to replace the Air lineup from Apple. Instead it aims to offer iOS based computing to users in a much portable form factor and the presence of the Apple Pencil is an icing on the cake. The Cupertino giant claims that the Apple iPad Pro 9.7‐inch model which was launched today, comes with a 40% less reflective panel as compared to the iPad Air 2.
'True Tone Display' with 500 nits of brightness!
Apart from that it is brightest display available in an iPad with a peak intensity of 500 nits. This is further bolstered by the presence of a feature which Apple is apparently touting as a 'True Tone Display'. As a matter of fact, this new features helps the iPad Pro adjust the colour temperature and the brightness of the panel depending on the ambient light. Besides, as a perk of running on the all new iOS 9.3, the Apple iPad Pro now makes use of a Blue‐Light reduction feature to aid reading in a dark environment.
Fastest A‐series chip till date
Under the hood the smaller variant of the Apple iPad Pro packs the same A9X chip, which apparently is the fastest in‐house chip available. The chipset aside, the iPad Pro also sports a same four speaker setup of its bigger brother thereby making it two times louder than the iPad Air 2. Interestingly the Cupertino giant has upgraded the camera on the iPad Pro to make the way for a 12MP iSight rear module found in the iPhone 6S and the iPhone SE.
More compact Smart Keyboard, Apple Pencil as toppings!
Apple will be selling a smaller version of its smart keyboard for the 9.7 inch iPad Pro alongside the much popular 'Pencil' stylus front the company. The rest of the accessories for the device include a Lighting powered SD card reader and USB Camera adapter.
Yet another 'First' in the history of Apple
The new Apple iPad Pro will be available in four colors namely Space Grey, Silver, Rose Gold and Gold. Apart from that it will be available in three storage variants 32GB, 128GB and 256GB priced at $599 (Rs 38,935 approx.), $749 (Rs 48,685 approx.) and $899 (Rs 58,435 approx.) respectively. Apparently this is the first time Apple launching a 256GB variant of any of their products.
Well, it's worth noting that the pricing indicated above is for the WiFi variant with the 4G LTE ones costing $130 (Rs 8,450 approx.) more for each. This roughly translates to Rs 47,385 for the 4G LTE compatible base variant of the 9.7 inch iPad Pro.
To launch in India early April
Just like the Apple iPhone SE preorders for this tablet will start from March 24 with the first round of availability set for March 31. Just like the Apple iPhone SE, the iPad Pro is expected to hit India shores in early April.