Apple has revealed a smaller model of the iPad Pro, measuring in at 9.7 inches and featuring Apple Pencil support, four speakers and an A9X chipset.
Zapping last year’s iPad Pro with a shrink ray, Apple has opted for a follow up to last year’s professional tablet instead of the Pad Air 3. This chimes with recent reports that Tim Cook and Co would launch a smaller iPad Pro to go alongside its 12.9in predecessor, drawing a parallel to Apple’s approach with the MacBook Pro and its 13in and 15in variants.
Why bring out a new iPad Pro? Phil Schiller took to the stage to claim 200 million iPads have been sold with a 9.7in display, suggesting people have an appetite for the Pro’s capabilities in a smaller package.
The new iPad Pro comes with the iPad Pro’s Oxide TFT display. It’s apparently 25% brighter than an iPad Air 2, works with Night Shift and something called True Tone display – which measures “colour temperature” and adapts the colour of the screen to suit.
In terms of performance, the new iPad Pro comes with the original Pro’s A9X processor. It will also feature Siri, and support both a smart keyboard designed to suit the smaller display, and the Apple Pencil.
The new iPad Pro’s 12MP iSight camera features True Tone flash and 4K video recording.
Wifi: 32GB: £499, 128GB £619, 256GB £739
Wifi and cellular: 32GB: £599, 128GB £719, 256GB £839
Release: 31 March, with pre-orders starting 24 March.