Apple's 9.7-Inch iPad Pro is Officially Unveiled

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  1. dgstorm

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    Apple showed off the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro which was previously rumored. The new smaller version of the iPad Pro is jam packed with powerful hardware and features.

    Here's a breakdown:
    • Brand new and improved "Pro" display - brighter, wide color gamut, and with lower reflectively - includes new TrueTone Tech to match color warmth
    • Pro Audio System - 4 speakers - twice audio volume of iPad Air 2
    • Apple A9X processor - 3D FinFET process - 12 Cores - M9 coprocessor, great for pro apps, multi-tasking, videos and gaming - supports always on "Hey Siri"
    • Supports accessories like a new Smart Keyboard (automatically works when plugged in) - the Apple Pencil (introduced with the first iPad Pro) - USB Camera Adapter - SD Card Reader
    • More Advanced Camera - 12MP iSight, 4K video - Augmented Reality Apps, scan docs, astronomy
    • 5MP front FaceTime camera
    • 4 Metal finishes - new color is the Rose Gold
    • & More (visible in the screen-cap above)
    The price of the iPad Pro is $599 and $749 (respectively) for the 32GB and 128GB versions. There will also be a 256GB storage version for $799. They will be available on March 31st, 2016.
     
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    Pre-orders for the new iPad Pro start on Thursday the 24th.
     
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    I think this is a nice addition for those who thought the iPad Pro (2015) was just too big but the standard iPad was too small...good move by Apple.
     
  4. wicked

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    I agree. Prices on the bigger storage models is a little steep but 32GB is probably more than enough storage for me though. Might just pick on up.
     
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    It's an interesting gamut of iPads that Apple has available now.
     
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    Nothing mentioned 4G pricing. Will all configurations already include 4G? Only in 128 & 256 with extra cost?
     
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    They didn't announce a cellular model today. We'll have to wait and see if they decide to offer one. One plus was that all storage sizes are available in WiFi only, unlike the large size iPad Pro when it was introduced.
     
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    They didn't show the cellular modles in the keynote, which shocked me; however the Apple Store page shows them ( grayed out because you can't order yet.

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    I just noticed that in the Apple Store app a couple of minutes ago. It will let me go through the whole selection process and gives me a final price with the notation "Currently Unavailable". That will change in Thursday when pre-orders start.
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    I was thinking about whether or not I was going to jump on this one based on the rumors and was pretty sure that I was going to pass because of the price. But on second thought, now that it's official and the specs are all out in the open, I find myself reconsidering my original stance... For one thing, I'm not sure I actually fully believed that they'd put the A9X in the smaller tablet. Now that it's official though, I'm pleasantly surprised. Then there's the ambient light thing which appeals to me because I read a lot on my iPad Pro 12.9 and it would be great to know that I am improving on anti-eye strain and might sleep better because of it.

    Also, after careful consideration, I find the 256GB deal for $799 to be a steal! That's about what I paid for my 32GB iPad Pro 12.9 but with much more storage.... And the size is a factor as well. I'm thinking 9.7 has always been good before but then again, I do like the 12.9" size as well. I guess at this point I'm undecided... But I do think Apple did a seriously great job on this one and on making the decision of whether or not to buy one that much more difficult in the process.
     

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