Following on from the launch of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro last year, Apple has announced that the latest member of the iPad line-up is the 9.7-inch iPad Pro with a retina display.
From the looks of things, it's just a smaller version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro we saw at the end of last year and a nice upgrade from the iPad Air. As you would expect, it comes with Apple's Retina Display along with something Apple called 'True Tone'. True Tone works a little bit like the Night Shift, adapting the display according to the ambient temperature of the light around you. That means you get what they say is true paper white.
Apple claims that this has never been done before, ever. Yeah, we're not so sure about that guys. The LG G4 has that exact feature. It's also 25% brighter than the iPad Air 2, and Apple claims that it has lowest reflectivity of any tablet on the market.
On top of that the smaller iPad Pro has a 12MP camera with true tone flash, Live Photos, and 4K video recording capabilities. But I'll remind you all that there's a special place in hell for anyone who takes photos with a tablet.
Guts-wise it has Apple's new A9X 64 bit chip, four speaker audio output (twice the output of the iPad Air ), an M9 sensor for instant motion calibration, and the graphical capabilities of an Xbox 360.
Apple couldn't shut up about how the iPad Pro works with the Apple Pencil, along with all the other accessories that are available. Most of it wasn't that great, but the biggy was that Apple revealed a lightning SD card reader. That means you can plug in various accessories, and expand the storage of your iPad. I wonder if it works with other iOS devices.
When Can You Buy It?
Pre-orders open on 24th March, ready for a 31st March release, and it comes in three iterations: 32GB at £499, 128GB at £719, and 256GB at £839. It'll be available in silver, gold, space grey, and rose gold.