Apple announced the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro today, meaning the company was able to fit all of the outstanding specs of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro into what’s essentially an iPad Air 3.
It has a more manageable frame that’s 6.1mm thin, and entire tablet weighs under one pound, according to Apple. All of the Pro-level accessories work with it, including the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.
That’s great news for artists and enterprise users alike who wants a more powerful iPad with top-of-the-line specs, or as Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller calls it, “grunt.”
While the new iPad Pro display is a familiar 9.7 inches, it uses what Apple calls a True Tone display. This means is has four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display. It’s able to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience.
Here’s how it’s better than the iPad Air 2
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro display is 25% brighter and 40% less reflective than the iPad Air 2 screen, so it’s easier to see everything indoors and out. It also has the same wider color gamut as the iMac with Retina 5K display.
The specs have also been upgraded to match the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It has Apple’s powerful A9X chip and a four-speaker audio system. That’s a big step over the single speaker.
Of course, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will cost a bit more when it launches in early April. Available in colors of silver, space gray, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at $599 (US) for the 32GB.
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