Apple Unveils 9.7-inch iPad Pro [Update]

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Apple showed off the rumored 9.7-inch iPad Pro during its "Let us loop you in" media event on Monday. The new model is essentially a full iPad Pro, but with a 9.7-inch instead of 12-inch display.

iPad Pro 9.7-inch, Smart Keyboard, Apple Pencil

Apple says the display on the smaller iPad Pro offers 25 percent greater color saturation and the same DCI P3 wide color gamut found on the 4K and 5K iMac. It also measures ambient light to match on screen colors better in a feature called True Tone Display, and it includes four speakers, supports Apple Pencil, and is getting its own Smart Keyboard cover.

The device is powered by Apple's A9x processor, the same processor in the original iPad Pro, and it includes the same GPU and Motion Coprocessor, too. The camera

Apple is also bumping up the storage options for the Pro line with a 256GB option on both models, and is offering Lightning USB Camera Adapter and SD Card Reader accessories.

The 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro is priced at US$599, the $128GB model costs $749, and the 256GB model is priced at $899. They'll be available on March 1st. Cellular-capable models will be priced at $129 more for all sizes.

[Updated with additional details and an image. - Editor]

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“They’ll be available on March 1st”

If I’m not mistaken, it is pre-orders on March 24th and shipping on March 31st. I don’t think Apple has a time machine yet to go back to March 1st.


iPad Pro 9.7” 32 GB - $599
Apple Pencil - $99
Smart Keyboard for 9.7” - $149

Total: $847 + tax for the full experience. To be a laptop replacement you might want a larger capacity than the bottom 32 GB too.

Now, do I want to convince myself somehow that I need one of these? I rather like the idea of color temperature matching to make the new iPad Pro seem like paper in a real environment. Not that I’m an artist, but I like drawing sketches of ideas and taking notes and I think the more like paper we can get the less cognitive disconnect there will be which is very important because if my brain is distracted thinking about how I’m drawing/writing then it will be less engaged in what I’m drawing/writing.

(Does anyone else dislike Apple’s store user interface design? Too much like a product advertisement website and not enough like a store. I couldn’t find the Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard without doing a search. Maybe that’s by design? I guess I do usually start with a search in Amazon too. But on Apple’s old store I could click through categories quickly and I liked it.)

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