Media Event Recap: iPad Pro

During their media event Apple announced yet another iPad. This time, it’s called the iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch display. They didn’t call it anything different than the current, larger iPad Pro. In a lot of ways, it’s a smaller iPad Pro. It has the same specs, speakers, and ports.

Inside we find an A9X chip with an M9 motion coprocessor. There’s also the same four speakers previously found on the iPad Pro. Like we expected, we now got a Smart Connector for the Smart Keyboard. This also supports the Apple Pencil now.

The 9.7-inch display saw a few updates. First, it’s made using the same technology as on the iPad Pro, which means 40% less reflection and can go up to 500 nits in brightness. One thing that they shocked everyone with was a new True Tone display. This uses four-channel ambient light sensors to measure the color temperature of the ambient light. That then adjusts the display to match. It’s similar to Night Shift with iOS 9.3, but not as dramatic and is all of the time.

As for the camera, we have a new 12MP sensor that can record video in 4K. The camera is now protruding out the back like the iPhone 6s. We’ve also got a flash below it for some good night shots. The screen can also be used as a flash, as we first saw with the iPhone 6s.

This new iPad Pro has a bunch of new accessories for it, including a Smart Keyboard, an SD card reader, and a powered USB hub. You can pick from Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray, and Silver. Pricing for this new iPad Pro starts at $599 for a 32GB model, $749 for a 128GB model, and there’s a new 256GB size, which will cost $1,099. All three sizes are available in LTE as well. Orders start March 24 and it will ship March 31.

Apple has also dropped the price of the iPad Air 2 to $399 and added a 256GB variant to the larger iPad Pro.

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