When is the new 9.7" ipad pro coming out?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by vmflapem, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. vmflapem macrumors 6502

    Dec 27, 2013
    Any idea? Can we expect an update this summer?
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    It's all speculation at this point. All indicators are pointing towards a Fall 2017 release. Apple rarely, if ever, releases hardware during the Summer anymore.
  3. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    in exile
    If the rumors of a 10.5 iPad come to be reality, I expect that there will not be a new 9.7 Pro. That could hit sometime this Fall.

    If that rumor is just that, a rumor, then I wouldn't expect an update to the 9.7 Pro until March 2018.
  4. BoatyMcBoatFace macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2017
    While I agree that Fall is the expected timeline (rumored update of edge to edge display has to to drop after their flagship phones get the treatment), I suspect it's the 12.9 model on the chopping block, not the 9.7. Every complaint about the 12.9 (aside from feature parity with the 9.7) is that it's a bit too big and heavy. That's what the larger 10.5 expanded screen gets you-- close enough to the 12.9 but without the heft and constant white space. Devs aren't writing games, etc to use the expanded space, so I think apple is pouring money into adds to really see if the 12.9 has a market. Otherwise, they aren't producing them to fill a demand that isn't there, thus the long shipping times.

    Personal guess, announced October, shipping November.
  5. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    Since it's not April :( then the next chance is for it to be mentioned, IMHO, is at WWDC.

    NOT releasing everything in the same timeframe( iPhone, iPad, MBP, iMac, iWatch) would make a lot of sense. But then again, this is nuApple, so making sense is very low on their list of things to do.

    I'm really looking forward to an updated 9.7 or new 10.5, with at least 3 gigs of RAM. Keep it at miserly 2 gigs and I'll hold pat, I'm not making the iPad Air mistake again.
  6. rowspaxe, Apr 23, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2017

    rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    I am waiting to buy 9.7/10.5 pro at next release. Having played with this extensively at the Apple store, I still feel the pencil is not as good as surface pen-- but the ipad form factor makes it a perfect thin client for sketching, notes and media consumption. I never fail to be amazed at how light and thin this device is. Instant on and battery life is also a large part of the appeal. The app ecosystem is totally overated--I will be using oneNote, procreate, kindle and safari almost exclusively.
  7. Cosmo M3 macrumors regular

    Cosmo M3

    Sep 4, 2010
    First time I've heard that before. I personally didn't feel the same after playing with both.

    To the OP, if you need the iPad Pro now, just get it now.
  8. KadMac macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2009
    I have to agree with Cosmo M3. I have the Surface Pro that I use for work along with its pen. Now that I have the iPad Pro and Pencil, I think there is no comparison. The pencil blows the Surface pen out of the water.
  9. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    this is the mac rumors consensus, but i disagree. Specific pencil issues i see are:

    1) clear lag and stroke quantization in procreate with medium brushes even in lighter ppi files
    2) tilt shade effect looks very fake in procreate; better in apple notes
    3) harder pen tip feels like it is skating on ipad pro screen; much better "feel" on surface (imo)

    There are pros and cons to the different pens and devices. I like the pencil well enough to buy it
    when the ipad updates
  10. Neodym macrumors 68000


    Jul 5, 2002
    When Mac refreshes got delayed, people blamed it on the focus Apple would have on the iOS products. Now, if iOS refreshes get delayed, too - I wonder where Apple's focus may actually be?! o_O

    You are mentioning yourself that there's a difference between programs, so at least those 2 points above could well origin from the 3rd party Software.
  11. fokmik macrumors 68030

    Oct 28, 2016
    the 9.7" pro will never come i think, it will be replaced by the 10.5"
  12. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    Why don't you just read through the other threads on this? Does it really need another one? Even a simple google search? As someone else said- it's pure speculation. It could be May, June, September, October, November. It's that enough guesses for you? A
  13. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    It will be 10.5" and released between September 22 and November 3, 2017. It will have the same display resolution of the iPad Pro 12.9" but in a device nearly the same dimension as the 9.7" iPad. The iPad Pro 12.9" will get a significant bezel reduction as well, making it smaller and lighter. They will both feature the A11X chip and the 9.7" will be upgraded to 4GB of RAM. We may also see a new version of the Apple Pencil. It is expected that Apple will unveil a new version of iOS for the iPad Pro that will help make it a better content creation tool. I think they may show off some new stuff this summer, but save some special features for the new iPad and show those at the autumn event.

    This next part isn't really based on rumors but they recently released a 32GB base model iPad for $329 and even the iPhone SE starts at 32GB. The iPad Pro has started at 32GB since day one in 2015, so I think will be priced at $599 for 64GB, $749 for 256GB, and $899 for 512GB. Usually it's $100 between tiers, but I think that might change that to get some bigger storage numbers in there. Either that or they leave off the 512GB option for now and maybe add it down the road, which they sometimes do with the iPad. My other idea is they could price 256GB at $699 and charge $849 for the 512GB since that's a pretty big chunk of storage for a tablet.

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