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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today announced a new iPad in the iPad Pro family, debuting the 9.7-inch iPad Pro with all of the features of the existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro, including the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro even has a few improved features over the 12.9-inch version, including a True Tone display and better rear and front-facing cameras.

"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. "The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a new Retina display with True Tone technology, four-speaker audio system, blazing fast A9X chip, 12-megapixel iSight camera, 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera, faster wireless, and support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. It is the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users and replacement for PC users."
Described by Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller as "the ultimate PC replacement," the 9.7-inch iPad Pro uses the same display components as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro -- custom timing controller, photo alignment, and oxide TFT -- resulting in a display that's 40 percent less reflective and 25 percent brighter than the display in the iPad Air 2. It also has a wider color gamut with 25 percent greater color saturation for more vivid colors. Like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro's display includes support for the Apple Pencil.

Unique to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is a True Tone display that uses four-channel ambient light sensors to measure the color temperature of the ambient environment, changing the temperature of the tablet's display to match. The feature goes hand-in-hand with Night Shift, the blue light reduction mode in iOS 9.3.

Measuring in at 6.1mm, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro weighs less than a pound. Design wise, it looks like a smaller 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with four speakers for improved audio and a Smart Connector for use with accessories like the new Smart Keyboard. Inside, there's an A9X chip that offers incredible performance and a long battery life, plus there's support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi With MIMO technology, faster LTE advanced, and the Apple SIM to connect to LTE networks while traveling.


The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has an improved 12-megapixel camera, with Focus Pixels for faster focusing, a better image signal processor, advanced noise reduction, and better face detection. It's the same camera used in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, with support for 5K video, 63-megapixel panoramas, and Live Photos. There's also a rear-facing flash, the first flash included in an iPad. Apple has also improved the front-facing camera, introducing a 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with a front-facing Retina Flash feature.

The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in four colors: Silver, Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold. Pricing starts at $599 for 32GB of storage, with 128GB and a new 256GB option available for $749 and $899, respectively. Cellular models are also available in 32GB ($729), 128GB ($879), and 256GB ($1,029) configurations.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available to order beginning Thursday, March 24, from, 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 Apple Pencil for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro continues to be available for $99. The Smart Keyboard designed for the smaller tablet is priced at $149.

Apple is continuing to sell the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2, dropping the price to $399, and the company has added a new 12.9-inch iPad with 256GB of storage for $1,099 for Wi-Fi only and $1,229 for Wi-Fi + Cellular.

Article Link: Apple Announces 9.7-Inch iPad Pro with Apple Pencil Support, True Tone Display

Glassed Silver

macrumors 68020
Mar 10, 2007
Kassel, Germany
I think they should have stuck with the 'Air' naming - even if it is very similar to the 12.9 inch Pro...
But this way you can charge more for what is essentially everyone could have reasonably expected to see last Fall.

Dropped 16GB. Finally.
Not really. They simply didn't dare putting 16GB in something called Pro.
Not exactly a revelation.

Did you check their latest pleb product? 16GB base configuration on iPhone SE is a go!

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macrumors 6502a
Jun 16, 2009
Sydney, Australia
I was waiting for that 'there's one more thing' announcement, but maybe the iPad Pro mini will be out next year. But do I find the lack of MacBook anouncements disturbing? Maybe the iPad Pro line is threatening their own PC line.
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macrumors 6502
Oct 8, 2014
What a load of crap for 13" buyers. My god. 1.2MP front camera on that honker and then now a 5MP AND iPhone 6S camera on the back. What a load of crap and way to shaft buyers who shelled out for a 128LTE model without BAND 12 support from Tmobile - only now to realize you have a 256GB model for $20 more AND band 12 LTE support from Tmobile.

F-You Apple.


macrumors 6502
Mar 9, 2010
Am I the only one not seeing an LTE option???
No, I didn't see it either. But it's almost common knowledge these days that the cellular enabled versions are $149 more. I also recall that on some past introductions that the cellular models shipped later, presumably to pass regulatory clearance.
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macrumors 65816
Aug 7, 2007
Iowa, USA
Am I the only one not seeing an LTE option???

Yes. :) It wasn't highlighted in the Keynote, but the 9.7" iPad Pro has LTE options available at all capacities for $130 more, the same as it is (and was) for the iPad Air 2. Glad they didn't pull a 12" iPad Pro here and make you pay for more storage if you want LTE...

But it's almost common knowledge these days that the cellular enabled versions are $149 more.

It wasn't with the original iPad Pro, so when they didn't mention it I actually wasn't sure--but I'm glad to see they're continuing with "tradition" for these models.
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macrumors regular
Feb 3, 2008
An ipad will always be an ipad. It will never be a laptop or pc replacement. Who is Apple trying to convince here?

My ipad air 2 is currently collecting dust on my shelf because of the 12in macbook. I don't ever use the ipad anymore
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macrumors 68020
Jul 16, 2013
The Netherlands
Well, this is actually more than just an iPad Air 3 with its speakers and display. The 12.9" iPad Pro looks kinda dated right now? Anyways, drawing on a 9.7'' is never going to be as nice as the 12.9" display so I'm not really interested.
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