Early next week, Apple is expected to unveil two brand new devices, the iPhone SE and a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and according to a report from 9to5Mac, we already know the price of the latter: $599.
Traditionally, Apple has priced the 9.7-inch iPad at $499, jumping up in $100 increments depending on which storage option you choose. However, Apple is apparently looking to raise the base price due to the iPad Pro mini’s more advanced capabilities. Beyond that, we can probably expect similar specs to that of the larger iPad Pro: A9X chip, 8-megapixel camera, stereo speakers, and a larger battery.
The base model will allegedly contain 32GB of storage, which is somewhat of a relief considering Apple refuses to ditch 16GB in phones. However, the higher price will still be tough to swallow, especially for a device that doesn’t offer much beyond that of a “normal” iPad. And remember, if you want to take full advantage of the iPad Pro’s capabilities, you’ll need to pick up the Apple Pencil ($99), and while you’re at it, why not get yourself a Smart Keyboard ($169). All said, you’re probably looking at a final price of around $900 with tax. Ouch.
If you don’t want to spend that much, 9to5Mac says Apple will continue to offer the iPad Air 2, which is currently priced at $499. With the iPad mini also in play, Apple will conceivably have every price bracket covered, from the sub-$300 iPad mini 2 all the way up to the iPad Pro with cellular, which comes in at $1,079.
In addition to a smaller iPad Pro, Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone SE, a device described as looking “almost exactly” like the iPhone 5s. We’ll learn more when Apple takes the stage on March 21.