In an unsurprising move that was widely rumoured, Apple has revealed a new addition to the iPad range and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the baby brother of the iPad Pro launched last year.
The new tablet shares many of the specifications of the bigger iPad Pro, but there are a few tweaks here and there. The most obvious of these is the screen size. The 9.7in display is 2048 x 1536 pixels compared to the 12.9in 2732 x 2048 screen of the bigger model.
It is smaller and has fewer pixels, but it is a True Tone display that Apple says uses the same colour space as the digital cinema industry. It has up to 25 percent greater colour saturation. It uses four-channel ambient light sensors to automatically adapt the screen colours to match the light in the room.
This means the 9.7in iPad Pro has the best screen of all and is even better than the bigger Pro model. That is good news.
The cameras have been upgraded and it looks like the baby Pro uses the same cameras front and back as the latest iPhone. So you get a 12 megapixel back camera and a 5 megapixel front camera. The back camera is able to shoot 4k video and has True Tone flash.
The baby Pro has the same support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories.
The US price is $599 for a 32MB model, with 128GB and 256GB models an option. Don’t forget the Apple Pencil costing $99 and Smart Keyboard at $149.
That brings the total to $847 for the cheapest 9.7-inch iPad Pro with keyboard and pencil – surely the whole reason for going Pro. That is £707 in UK money.
That is quite a lot of money, but the good news is that the iPad Air 2 price has fallen to US $399 (UK £349) for a 16GB model and US $499 (UK £429) for 64GB. Those are attractive prices.
- Written by Roland Waddilove
- Published: 21 March 2016