Apple just announced the new iPad Pro, a smaller version of last year’s iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch True Tone Retina display, as expected. The True Tone display measures the color temperature to the ambient light and adjusts the screen to match. It has a A9X, Apple’s 3rd generation 64-bit chip and four speakers, similar to the original iPad Pro. It has a new 12-megapixel iSight camera with 4K video recording, similar to the iPhone 6s and also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
It also has a separate Smart Keyboard for $169 and the $99 Apple Pencil works with it. It also comes in a new 256GB variant and a new rose gold color.
Apple iPad Pro (9.7-inch) specifications
- 9.7 inch Fully laminated True Tone Retina Display with 2048 x 1536 resolution at 264 PPI
- A9X chip with 3rd gen 64-bit architecture and M9 motion coprocessor
- 32GB/128GB/256GB variants
- iOS 9.3
- Touch ID fingerprint sensor, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Barometer
- Four speaker audio
- 12MP iSight camera with True Tone flash, f/2.2 aperture, 4K video recording, 1080p slo-mo at 120 fps
- 5MP HD front-facing camera, f/2.2 aperture, 720p HD video recording
- 4G LTE (optional), Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and HT80 with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2
- 27.5‐watt‐hour rechargeable lithium‐polymer battery with up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and rose gold colors and is priced at $599, $749 and $899 for the 32GB, 128GB and 256GB with Wi-Fi models, respectively. It starts at $729, $879 and $1029 for the 32GB, 128GB and 256GB Wi-Fi + Cellular variants, respectively. It will be available to order beginning Thursday, March 24, from Apple.com, and in Apple’s retail stores, and ships on March 31, in Australia, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US and will be available in early April in India and several other countries.