In what seems to be a continuation of the ‘small is powerful’ hymn, Apple has introduced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro — at just under one pound it features a new pro Retina display, Night Shift mode and introduces True Tone display technology to dynamically adjust white balance. The new iPad Pro comes equipped with the 64-bit A9X chip, along with a four-speaker audio system, 12-megapixel iSight camera for Live Photos and 4K video, 5-megapixel facetime HD camera, and faster wireless technologies. The model supports the Apple pencil and a new smart keyboard cover designed to fit the new iPad.
“iPad Pro is a new generation of iPad that is indispensable and immersive, enabling people to be more productive and more creative. 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,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. “It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users.”
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space grey, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at $599 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $729 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro sizes are available in offerings of 32GB, 128GB and a new 256GB capacity, the highest of any iOS device.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available to order beginning Thursday, March 24, from Apple.com, and in Apple’s retail stores, through select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers on Thursday, March 31, in Australia, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US. The model will be available in early April in Albania, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Macau (Wi-Fi models only), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand (Wi-Fi models only), Turkey and UAE.