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9.7-inch iPad Pro FAQ: What you need to know about Apple's mini mega tablet

Roman Loyola | March 22, 2016
Apple's new iPad Pro has a few similarity with its bigger, older sibling. But it also sports major new features.

Apple has expanded its iPad Pro line with a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro. And while it sports a name similar to its bigger 12.9-inch sibling, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a few significant differences that will influence your buying decision. To help you decide, we have the answers to your questions about the two iPad Pros—and we also address the difference between the new iPad Pro and the iPad Air 2, which are the same size.

The basics

When and where will I be able to get it?

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available to order on Thursday, March 24 on Apple.com in Australia, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the U.K., U.S. Virgin Islands and the United States. Apple says the device will start shipping one week later, on Thursday, March 31. The company also says that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available on March 31 in the brick-and-mortar Apple Store, and through select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers in the before-mentioned countries.

Apple says that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will start shipping to other countries in early April.

How much does it cost?

Here is the pricing in the U.S.:

Wi-Fi only

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

Wi-Fi and Cellular

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

Apple still does not offer a 64GB version.

What colors are available?

Gold, silver, space gray, and rose gold. Yes, you read that correctly, there is a rose gold version. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is not available (yet) in rose gold.

Wait, what is the new iPad Pro called again?

Prior to its unveiling on March 21, the rumor mill resorted to calling the device the “iPad Pro mini” or “Mini iPad Pro.” But during its presentation, Apple representatives called the new device the iPad Pro. Apple’s press release and iPad Pro product website refers to the new device as the “9.7-inch iPad Pro,” so we’ll go with that.

The 9.7-inch model versus the 12.9-inch model

What kind of processor is in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro?

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has the same processor as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro: A 64-bit A9X processor with an M9 motion coprocessor.

Without having actually tested the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, we can’t conclusively say that the new device is as fast as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It could be a tad faster, since it’s not displaying as many pixels on the screen. Speaking of the screen…

What about the screen? The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is obviously smaller, but does it have all the same features as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro?

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro actually has a screen that does a bit more than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s screen. It has a wider color gamut with the same DCI(P3) color gamut support that’s found in the Retina 5K iMac.

 

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