Apple just announced a 9.7-inch iPad Pro, a smaller version of the iPad Pro that launched late last year.
“Customers have fallen in love with the iPad Pro,” Apple’s Phil Schiller said during the event. “They’re in love with the huge 12.9-inch display, all its performance, the speaker system,” he added. But, it seems, Apple also needed to cater to customers who wanted something smaller. Hence, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Odd Apple didn’t just call it an iPad Pro mini, because now things are starting to get really confusing.
Schiller says this is still an “iPad Pro through and through” and that it’s “the ultimate upgrade.” He took that time to drop a Microsoft fact, too, noting that most iPad Pro buyers are moving from a Windows computer.
So what does it offer? Schiller said the display is 25 percent brighter than an iPad Air 2, 40 percent less reflective than that tablet and features a true-tone display. “It’s the best display we’ve ever built for an iPad,” Schiller said, noting it works with the new iOS 9.3 feature called “Night Shift.” You’ll also get four stereo speakers, the same third-generation 64-bit A9X processor in the iPad Pro, support for Hey Siri, its own (optional) Smart Keyboard and support for the Apple Pencil. Other features include a 12MP iSight camera, a 5MP FaceTime HD camera, Retina flash and more.
Apple will sell a 32GB model for $599, a 128GB model for $749 and a 256GB option for $899. Rose gold will be offered also. Pre-orders open March 24 and the tablet goes on sale March 31.