Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad Pro brings Pencil support

The new 9.7-inch model is a lot like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but has a different type of screen and a better camera

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Apple today unveiled a new tablet in its lineup: the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a follow-up to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that was released last fall.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is essentially a smaller version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a 64-bit A9X processor with an embedded M9 motion coprocessor, 4GB of memory, and four speakers (dual stereo speakers).

New screen

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s Retina (2048x1536) screen is an improvement over the iPad Air 2’s screen. According to Apple, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro screen is 40 percent less reflective than the iPad Air 2’s screen. It’s also 25 percent brighter (500 nits of light) and has has 25 percent greater color saturation, with support for the DCI(P3) golor gamut.

The screen on a 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new feature called True Tone, which adjusts the display’s color temperature on the fly. True Tone measures the light of the room you are in, and then tweaks the display to make sure colors are consistent.

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Apple’s demonstration of the new True Tone feature in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Pencil and Smart Connector

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has support for the Apple Pencil, and as with the iPad Pro, you can plug the Pencil into the iPad’s Lightning port for charging. And again, just like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro doesn’t have 3D Touch support.

It wouldn’t be an iPad Pro without a Smart Connector, and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has one, too. The three-pronged connector is located on the side of the smaller iPad Pro, and it allows you to connect the new Smart Keyboard designed specifically for the smaller iPad Pro.

New camera

The one feature where the new iPad Pro outdoes the larger iPad Pro is the iSight camera. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a 12-megapixel camera that’s capable of capturing 4K video, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro has an 8-megapixel iSight camera and has a top video resolution of 1080p. The FaceTime camera is 5 megapixels on each model.

How much does it cost?

You can preorder the 9.7-inch iPad Pro starting March 24, and it ships March 31. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro remains at the same prices, but gains a 256GB version for $1,099 for Wi-Fi-only and $1,229 for Wi-Fi plus Cellular. Pricing for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro:

Wi-Fi only

  • 32GB: $599
  • 128GB: $749
  • 256GB: $899

Wi-Fi and Cellular

  • 32GB: $729
  • 128GB: $879
  • 256GB: $1,029

This story, "Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad Pro brings Pencil support" was originally published by Macworld.

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