Apple Announces 9.7-inch iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Support

Submitted by lalit on March 21, 2016 - 5:29pm.

Apple today introduced new 9.7-inch iPad Pro featuring a new pro Retina display, 64-bit A9X processor, 12-megapixel iSight camera with 4K video and 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also supports the excellent Apple Pencil and a new Smart Keyboard cover.

The pro Retina display offers a True Tone display, which uses new four-channel sensors to dynamically adjust the white balance of the display to match the light around you for a more natural and accurate, paper-white viewing experience. The advanced Retina display is 25 percent brighter and 40 percent less reflective than iPad Air 2, making content even easier to see indoors and out. It uses the same wider color gamut as the iMac with Retina 5K display, delivering 25 percent greater color saturation for more vivid colors. A custom timing controller, photo alignment and oxide TFT deliver incredible color, contrast and clarity.

The iPad Pro is just 6.1 mm thin and weigh under one pound while offering super fast A9X chip, 802.11ac WiFi with MIMO, 50 percent faster LTE Advanced and console class graphics. Apple claims that the iPad Pro offers better graphics performance that Xbox 360. The four-speaker audio system provides powerful, clear and rich stereo sound for more than twice the audio output.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes in silver, space gray, gold and a new rose gold metallic finish, and starts at $599 (US) for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $729 (US) for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Both iPad Pro sizes are available in offerings of 32GB, 128GB and a new 256GB capacity. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available to order beginning Thursday, March 24, from Apple.com, and in Apple’s retail stores, through select carriers and Apple Authorized Resellers on Thursday, March 31, in Australia, Canada, China (Wi-Fi models only), France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Singapore, the UK, US Virgin Islands and the US.