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iPad Pro (9.7-inch) vs iPad Pro (12.9-inch) – How Apple’s two advanced tablets stack up

by Jacob Kleinman | March 21, 2016March 21, 2016 4:20 pm PST

9-7 iPad Pro vs iPad Pro

Apple announced the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro today. Wondering how it stacks up against the 12.9-inch iPad Pro? So were we. For one, it’s significantly smaller. Still, it packs a lot of the same features, including support for the Apple Pencil in case you want to take notes, paint, draw, or scribble whatever it is you feel like scribbling.

But there are a few specs that differ and are worth nothing so you can see how the two tablets stack up below. Thinking of picking one up? Let us know in the comments!

The new iPad Pro packs a 9.7-inch screen and features brand new technology called a “True Tone Display.” Apple says it’s capable of measuring the color temperature of external light and changing the display in response, which should work great with the Night Shift feature included in iOS 9.3. It also offers the same 12-megapixel rear camera introduced in the iPhone 6s, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro packs a less impressive 8-megapixel shooter. In front, the new iPad Pro comes equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with Retina Flash.

Otherwise it’s pretty much identical to the larger iPad Pro, packing an A9X processor, four speakers (which should be twice as loud as the iPad Air 2), Apple Pencil support and a Smart Connector for syncing with its Smart Keyboard accessory. It’s available in the usual colors (silver, gold and space gray), along with a Rose Gold option.

The new iPad Pro starts at $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model and goes all the way up to $899 for 256GB and Wi-Fi only. If you want a cellular connection as well the price starts at $729 and goes up to $1029. The larger iPad Pro still starts at $799.

9.7-inch iPad Pro:

12.9-inch iPad Pro:

Apple - 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Apple - iPad Pro
Display Size 9.7-inch, 1536 x 2048 pixel display (264 ppi) 12.9-inch, 2048 x 2732 pixel display (265 ppi)
Resolution X 1536 2048
Resolution Y 2048 2732
Display Type Retina HD LED-backlit widescreen Multi-Touch display
Operating System iOS 9.3 (at launch) iOS 9 (at launch)
Processor A9X chip with 64‑bit architecture, M9 coprocessor A9X chip with 64‑bit architecture
RAM N/A N/A
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 32GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 8MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 1.2MP
Networks
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B
  • LTE
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
  • LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41
  • UMTS/​HSPA/​HSPA+/​DC‑HSDPA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.2
Battery N/A N/A
NFC N/A No
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Touch ID
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyro
  • Touch ID
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS (Cellular models)
  • GLONASS (Cellular models)
  • A-GPS (Cellular models only)
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS (Cellular models only)
  • iBeacon microlocation
Height 9.4 inches (23.88 cm) 12 inches (30.48 cm)
Width 6.6 inches (16.76 cm) 8.68 inches (22.05 cm)
Depth 0.24 inches (6.1 mm) 0.27 inches (6.9 mm)
Weight 437 g (15.41 oz) 713 g (25.15 oz)
Colors Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, Space Gray Gold, Gray, Silver
Supported Audio Formats AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
Supported Video Formats H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 5.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 5.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
In The Box N/A N/A

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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