9.7" iPad Pro's 'Excellent' Display is 'Major Upgrade' Over iPad Air 2

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    DisplayMate has performed in-depth testing of the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and determined that its IPS LCD display is a "truly impressive top performing display" and a "major upgrade" over the iPad Air 2.

    While both tablets have similar tech specs, including matching 4:3 aspect ratios, 2,048×1536 pixel resolutions, and 264 PPI, Apple has made several underlying improvements to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro that qualified it as DisplayMate's "best performing mobile LCD display" it has ever tested.

    Specifically, the exhaustive display shootout found the 9.7-inch iPad Pro to have two color gamuts that deliver "color accuracy that is visually indistinguishable from perfect" and "very likely considerably better than any mobile display, monitor, TV or UHD TV" that most people own.

    The tablet uses a "new DCI-P3 Wide Color Gamut that is used in 4K UHD TVs and Digital Cinema," in addition to the sRGB/Rec.709 gamut, described as "the color standard for most content" that is "needed for accurate color reproduction," that all previous iPhones and iPads have used.

    DisplayMate also determined that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro display is "more than 20 percent brighter than the other current iPads" and the "brightest full size production tablet" that it has ever tested. The tablet's brightness measures 511 cd/m2 (nits), compared to 415 nits for the iPad Air 2.

    The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also has "by far the lowest low screen reflectance of any mobile display," meaning that its image colors and contrast in high ambient light -- such as sunlight -- will "appear considerably better than any other mobile display." The tablet uses a new anti-reflectance coating that reduces its reflectance to just 1.7 percent, compared to the iPad Air 2's reflectance of 2.5 percent. The difference can amount to longer battery life in real-life usage.

    The 9.7-inch iPad Pro earned high marks for its contrast ratio of 1,022, described as "very good" for a mobile display, and almost identical to the iPad Air 2. However, its ratio was slightly lower than the record 1,631 for the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Similarly, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro's contrast rating in high ambient light is 301, by far the highest that DisplayMate has ever measured, and topping the iPad Air 2's rating of 166.

    The tablet was found to have "excellent viewing angle performance" with "no visually noticeable color shifts," recording a 47 to 55 percent decrease in brightness at a "modest 30 degree viewing angle," which DisplayMate said is slightly better than the iPad Air 2 and all other iPads. Meanwhile, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 had the same overall power efficiency.

    The 9.7-inch iPad Pro's display also outperformed its larger 12.9-inch sibling in virtually every category:
    DisplayMate speculates that Apple could adopt several of these improved display technologies on the iPhone 7:
    Read the full-length 9.7-inch iPad Pro vs. iPad Air 2 display shootout for detailed analysis and in-depth comparison charts.

    Article Link: 9.7" iPad Pro's 'Excellent' Display is 'Major Upgrade' Over iPad Air 2
  2. patseguin macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    When I had the Pro, there was really no visible difference between its display and my Air 2.
  3. MaulRx Suspended

    Aug 27, 2012
    Haven't really noticed any color differences over my Air 2. I do like Night Shift but don't use the True Tone. The screen is noticeably less reflective though.
  4. ChinaRye macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    I will need to go to the Apple Store to check out the screen and see how it compares to my big IPP.
  5. shareef777 Suspended


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Waiting for force touch (or 3D touch or whatever moniker Apple decides to use) before I upgrade from my iPad Air.
  6. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Wish both iPad Pro had the exact same features and the only difference would be the size.
  7. MacFather macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2012
  8. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
  9. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
  10. chukronos macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2004
    Colleyville, TX
    "Major" upgrade is a stretch. But, it did test better.
  11. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    'Major Upgrade' Over iPad Air 2'

    For its price, and essentially being launched ~18 months after Air 2, should it really come as a surprise?
  12. MaulRx Suspended

    Aug 27, 2012
    Good point. The thing is they could add it now in part due to the pressure sensing of the Pencil. Heck they could add the shortcuts as long holds to any device really.
  13. Adithya007 macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2015
    Still no solid reason to upgrade from my Air 2.
  14. Old Skool Gamer Suspended

    Old Skool Gamer

    Apr 11, 2016
    How long ago did you buy it?
  15. Zeos macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2008
    Love my 256 GB 9.7IPP. Upgraded form the IPA 2 and it's great. Usability in bright light conditions is much improved, and the speakers are incredible. Color depth is also impressive.
  16. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Maybe "major" but not "$100 major" IMHO. (Yes, YMMV). It's not like the Air 2 screen is horrible or that the difference is even iPad 2 to iPad 3 (retina) noticeable -- which at the time many iPad 2 owners didn't think was worth the cost of admission even though Apple did not increase the MSRP of the 3 over the original 2 MSRP. Apple should strive to produce continually better product. We should expect it, not be surprised by it.
  17. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    I wonder if the average user will really notice the difference in the 9.7" Pro over its bigger sibling. To me this isn't like RAM where you definitely notice the 4GB (and I would never go back to anything less).
  18. shareef777 Suspended


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    That's my thought as well. We get a better product every single year since the first iPad. This year is no different, except for the price increase. Did we get THAT much better over every other upgrade to warrant the price increase? That's debatable. Personally, I see going to retina and touchID as better upgrades then what we got this year, but there are those that argue otherwise. To each their own I suppose.
  19. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    The Air 2 already had one of the best tablet displays on the market. The Pro, with Pencil support, keyboard support, better speakers, more base storage, the best screen available anywhere, etc. is well worth the minor price bump. If it's not, well then lucky you, Apple dropped the price of the still excellent Air 2!
  20. medipad16 macrumors newbie


    Jun 28, 2014
    so the ipad pro 12.9 still have the edge when it comes to contrast ratio - one of the most important aspects of lcd displays.
  21. Old Skool Gamer Suspended

    Old Skool Gamer

    Apr 11, 2016
    I concur.

    And the WiFi is instant!
  22. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    Turns out we have an extra iPad Air 2 due to work supplying one. I am thinking about selling mine and the spare and just buying one of these for an "upgrade" but even knowing the display is nice I'm still not sure its money well spent for me. Not saying it not worth the difference just saying I have basic uses for my iPad that really does not require the features the new iPad offers. Still, I'm considering the update.
  23. Mactendo macrumors 68000

    Oct 3, 2012
    This testing and the article are better than the Apple presentation itself.
  24. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    but it is a Pro now!
  25. crsh1976 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2011
    Eh, let's be honest here: yes it's a great display, yes the 10-inch Pro is a great device, but no it's not a major improvement if you already own an Air 2.

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