Apple 9.7 Inch iPad Pro Specifications, Features, Price And Pre-Order Dates
Apple's event today in Cupertino featured quite a few things indeed. We saw talk ranging from the company's tussle with the government, and an all new energy initiative in China, which is expected to generate quite a bit of electricity, over there; much to the indifference of local yaks.
While that was a surprise, we also saw some Tim Cook speak a bit on the company's legal battle with the Justice Department and the FBI; with the company's stance remaining essentially the same. On the iPad front, we saw the 9.7 inch iPad Pro being launched by the company, with Apple claiming that this screen size has been the company's most popular to date.
Apple Launches The 9.7 Inch iPad Pro; Device To Come With A9X, 12MP Rear Camera And $599 Starting Price
We've seen Apple take a rather different, or serious approach over its tablets recently, something which became even more apparent with the launch of the iPad Pro and the subsequent loss of interest in the iPad Mini lineup. We saw the hardware front receive a significant boost with the A8X, Apple Pay made it on board, which coupled with Touch ID and a slim form factor made the iPad Air 2 a good device.
Next in line was the iPad Pro, which saw a much heavier enterprise focus, and included far more greater accessory support and connectivity, to try to imitate a a notebook as efficiently as possible. A strong focus on dedicated support from apps and the introduction of the Apple Pencil made the device a strong competitor for similar offerings as well. With the smaller variant, Apple follows a similar approach, although the company does claim to offer significant display upgrades over the iPad Air 2.
Now, we get to see the iPad Pro with similar hardware specifications as the larger variant. The device is powered by the A9X on board, Apple's 14nm chipset and should also come with a custom GPU that powers its larger cousin. The A9X has manage to perform quite impressively in benchmarks, so in terms of processing power, the iPad should be a strong offering indeed.
We get to see a 12MP rear and 5MP front camera, marking significant upgrades over the iPad Air 2. The rear camera comes with True Tone, Focus Pixels, a new image signal processor and support for live photos. As far as accessories go, we see similar ones for the smaller tablet. There are all new USB Camera adapters and SD card readers for grabs though, so there's been some upgrade in this department.
On the display side of things, we see Apple claim that the 9.7 inch iPad comes with Oxide TFT displays and offers 40% reduced reflection when compared to the iPad Air 2. Resolution for the smaller screens stands at 2048 x 1536 pixels, with Retina Display on board.
In fact, display specifications were a major focus in Apple's launch of the product today, as we saw several comparisons, including claims that the screen is also 25% brighter than the iPad Air 2. The screen also comes with much improved color saturation and a True Tone display which adjusts color tones w.r.t ambient light.
It comes in four metal finishes, with Rose Gold being the latest addition to the roster and stats at $599 for the 32GB variant. You'll also be able to choose between 128 and 256GB for $749 and $899, which coupled with accessory costs should be quite a lot indeed. Orders open on March 24th, three days from now, with the device set to become available from March 31st.
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