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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.

The 9.7-inch display also supports True Tone, which means it dynamically adjusts the screen’s white balance based on the lighting in the room. This provides accurate colors on a paper-white screen. True Tone isn’t supported in the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

For comparison’s sake, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a resolution of 2048x1536. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a resolution of 2732x2048. Both have fully-laminated displays with fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating and antireflective coating.

But does the screen work with the Apple Pencil?

Yes. And as with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, you can charge the Apple Pencil by plugging it into the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s Lightning port.

Can I connect a keyboard to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro?

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a Smart Connector. Apple does have a Smart Keyboard available for $149. You can also expect a wave of third-party accessories to be available shortly, or you could pair your iPad Pro with a Bluetooth keyboard.

Are the cameras in each iPad Pro the same?

No. Apple has incorporated some improvements in the iSight camera for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. It shoots 12-megapixel photos, a boost over the 8-megapixel camera in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also has improved local tone mapping and noise reduction

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s camera has support for features not found in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, such as Live Photos, autofocus with Focus Pixels, True Tone flash, auto HDR, and a sapphire crystal lens cover.

As for video, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro can capture 4K video at 30 fps (frames per second); the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s highest video resolution is 1080p at 30 fps. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro can shoot at 1080p as well, but it has the option to shoot at 60 or 30 fps. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has slow-motion video support at 1080p at 120 fps and at 720p at 240 fps. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s slow-motion support is at 720p at 120 fps only.

The FaceTime camera on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro gets and upgrade, too. It’s a 5-megapixel camera with Retina flash; the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s FaceTime camera is 1.2 megapixels without Retina flash.

How do the actual dimensions and weight of the two iPad Pros compare?

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro: 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 inches; 0.96 pounds (Wi-Fi model)

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro: 12.0 x 8.68 x 0.27 inches; 1.57 pounds (Wi-Fi model)

How does the battery life compare?

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a built-in 27.5-watt-hour rechargeable battery. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a built-in 38.5-watt-hour rechargeable battery. But when it comes to stating the battery life, Apple uses the same numbers for both model: 10 hours of Web access, video watching, or music listening; and 9 hours for the cellular models.

 

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