Apple unveils 9.7-inch iPad Pro with A9X chip
Alongside the new 4-inch iPhone, Apple at its event in Town Hall unveiled the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The new iPad model emerges as a smaller version of the iPad Pro that was launched last year.
The all-new Apple iPad Pro sports a pro Retina display with True Tone technology to adjust white balance. Under the hood, it has a 64-bit A9X chip that debuted on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The new chip comes equipped with “console-class” graphics.
Apart from the new chip, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a 12-megapixel iSight camera sensor on the back with Focus Pixels technology and a 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera sensor on the front. There is also true-tone LED flash and 4K video recording support.
Similar to the 12.9-inch model, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a four-speaker audio system that delivers “more than twice the audio output over the iPad Air 2. There are also built-in sensors to adjust and optimise the audio experience.
The iOS 9.3 running iPad Pro has Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO technology and LTE-Advanced support to deliver up to 50 percent faster cellular connectivity. Additionally, the Cupertino giant has embedded an Apple SIM to offer wireless data connection on the go.
9.7-inch iPad Pro specifications:
- 9.7-inch pro Retina display
- iOS 9.3
- Apple A9X chip with M9 motion coprocessor
- 2GB of RAM, Up to 256GB storage
- 12MP iSight rear camera, 5MP FaceTime HD front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, NFC, Lightning port
- LTE-Advanced support
- 27.5Whr battery
“iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative,” says Philip Schiller, SVP of worldwide marketing at Apple, in a statement. “It’s incredibly fast, extremely portable, and completely natural to use with your fingers, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. And now it comes in two sizes.”
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro with Silver, Space Grey, Gold and Rose Gold color options will go on sale starting March 31. Its 32GB Wi-Fi only model will be available with a price tag of $599, while the 32GB Wi-Fi+Cellular model will be available for $729.