While we were expecting a new iPad to be revealed at Apple’s event, the new iPad Pro was not what we expected. Coming in at 9.7 inches, the new tablet will supplement the current 12.9-inch model. As an iPad Pro, the new release combines some of the features of the new iPad series with the slimness and form factor of traditional iPads.
At 0.24 inches, it is as thin as the iPad Air 2 and has pretty much the same dimensions, sporting a similar 9.7-inch, 2048×1536 resolution screen. The screen is an improved True Tone model though and boasts a 25% increase in maximum brightness as well. Compared to the old iPad Pro, the new release has the same Apple Pencil support and 4 speaker array. The processor remains the same with the A9X.
In terms of upgrades, the most notable are the cameras which get bumped to 12MP for the rear with 4K video recording while the front FaceTime camera goes up to 5MP with a Retina-display flash. Storage options are also expanded with a 256GB option, a move the 12.9-inch model also mirrors. Of course, a 9.7-inch Smart Keyboard and a host of Lightning accessories are available. Pricing comes from $599 for the 32GB model up to $899 for the 256GB one. Prices for the rest of the entire iPad lineup will be falling as well.