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Apple's next iPad to be a 9.7-inch variant of the Apple iPad Pro

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Apple's next iPad to be a 9.7-inch variant of the Apple iPad Pro
A couple of weeks ago, we jokingly called the Apple iPad Air 3 the Apple iPad Pro mini. That's because the new tablet is expected to have specs similar to the Apple iPad Pro, but with a smaller footprint. But a report that was published today says that the next 9.7-inch iPad will be merely another variation of the iPad Pro. That means that Apple will have a 12.9-inch version of its top-of-the line tablet, and a 9.7-inch variant.

Whether by coincidence or design, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is expected to be unveiled at the same March 15th event that will see Apple make official the 4-inch Apple iPhone 5se. And while the iPhone 5se and the Apple iPhone 6s are believed to share many of the same specs, the same is expected to be true for the two iPad Pro variants. Both will be powered by the Apple A9X SoC, carry quad-speakers, and contain 4GB of RAM.

In addition, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will also support the Apple Pencil like its big brother does. And using the magnet-based Smart Connector, Apple will offer a smaller version of the Smart Keyboard for the newer tablet. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available in the same color options as the larger model (Silver, Gold and Space Gray). It also will be available in Wi-Fi (32GB and 128GB) and Wi-Fi+ Cellular (128GB) just like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The pricing of the new iPad is said to be closer to what an iPad Air 3 would have cost, as opposed to being priced in the $799-$1079 range of the larger iPad Pro.


source: 9to5Mac

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posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:09 4

1. magnanimus (Posts: 539; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


This is what the iPad Pro should have been. A 9.7 inch iPad with top notch specs not a 12.9 inch monstrosity. When you start reaching that screen size, a mobile OS doesn't suit it anymore.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:42

28. AlikMalix (Posts: 5193; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


I disagree, I love to draw and in my opinion the iPad pro is made for designers - the screen is the size of a regular paper, so you are sort of drawing full scale - I loved that about iPad pro. I would own one, but my iPad 3 still going strong, and I already have pens - when this thing breaks, I'm defensively going for the pro+the pencil. I love the s-pen on note 4/5, but the pencil is such a better drawing tool. After playing with it - I want it bad.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 18:43

31. magnanimus (Posts: 539; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


That's going with the assumption the iPad Pro is made for one thing and one thing only, drawing. When used for other productivity inclined tools, it pales in comparison to the surface for example.

All that screen real estate can be put to better use than just drawing surely. And I doubt Apple had it in mind to target such a small demographic of the population. So why not make it an actual PROductivity device?

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 14:50

33. AlikMalix (Posts: 5193; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Can't disagree with that. I was just noting my speculation on why the pro was made that size. Yes it can be used for all kinds of other productivity - just like the other iPads, but I loved the full page screen size - that what stood or for me.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:15

2. greathero1 (Posts: 563; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


I wish I would have known they were releasing the Air 3 so soon after the holidays because I would have waited for it. Oh well, see you in another 3 years or so.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:39 1

10. nctx77 (Posts: 1759; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Exactly. I considering selling my Pro and going for the Pro mini. I was actually waiting for this last fall. I've gotten use to the size of the current Pro though. The iPad Pro mini may feel to cramped now. We will see....

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:41

17. j2001m (Posts: 2826; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


The news of the new iPad, will be

iPAD Pro Air

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 22:26

23. greathero1 (Posts: 563; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


It will be a pro alright! Other than the extra horsepower and Apple Pencil, it's just an iPad and I'm quite okay with that.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:28 6

3. Martineverest (Posts: 250; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


Get ready for $699 for 16gb

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:36 1

8. nctx77 (Posts: 1759; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


This variant would be the same price as all the other 9.7 inch iPads.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:38 1

9. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


More like $499-$549. $699 was the starting price of the 128gb Air 2, even apple wouldn't change up their 9.7in iPad prices so drastically.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:40 1

11. bubbadoes (Posts: 815; Member since: 03 May 2012)


then i guess the $800 repeat of last years s6 that only bought back sd and dust proof features previously released are your take!

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 02:13

24. Wiencon (Posts: 1814; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


I'm sure I saw the same comment on macrumors.
Desperate for likes huh?

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:28 3

4. Martineverest (Posts: 250; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


Get ready for $699 for 16gb

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 06:04 1

25. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 284; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


Have you read? 32GB and 128GB model on the sentence part? You need glasses cause your not even reading it right.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 09:17

32. Junito (Posts: 28; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I don't think he read the article. Just read the title, and jumped right into the comment section.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:29 4

5. Martineverest (Posts: 250; Member since: 27 Oct 2015)


That won't stop sales from falling.... We need full os

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:53 3

13. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2155; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Why? So 75% of the things you use an be programs that aren't touch optimized? Even amid "falling" sales, the iPad has still sold more in its worst quarter than all Surfaces over all quarters.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 18:15 1

14. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The 9.7in does not nedd a full blown os. I would agree that the iPad pro does though, I think it would sell more if it had OS X and it would be real competition to the surface.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 18:48 1

15. nctx77 (Posts: 1759; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


The iPad Pro is out selling the Surface Pro though. I'm talking about the iPad Pro by itself. Look it up!

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 21:20 1

20. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I know it's outselling the surface, but they are in two different categories. The surface may be in a tablet form factor but it is a laptop. The surface can do way more than the iPad pro because it runs W10. When I said an iPad pro with OS X would be real competition for the surface, I didn't mean, in sells but in terms of what you can do on the device.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 06:08 1

26. 47AlphaTango (Posts: 284; Member since: 27 Sep 2015)


But can it compete against ipad pro's mobile appstore contents? I know surface cause it has a lot more softwares. But still requires a setup to do everything. And setting it up on the windows menu. Especially If its an apps which isn't part of steam, ubisoft, ea, origin, blizzard, or any game studio publisher but an indie games. Also, you would need a keyboard and a mouse to make it run properly.

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 15:15

30. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Well of course Apple's app store is way better than windows app store, I have no objections lol.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:30 1

6. TheWeasel (Posts: 403; Member since: 26 Dec 2014)


iPad Pro...Mini...? Alright, Apple.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:36

7. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2193; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I really hope it doesn't have the same resolution as the iPad pro.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 17:41 1

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 20016; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I want a Pro so bad, just can't justify it right now.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 20:31 1

18. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8811; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Giving this even an ounce of thought is a waste of time and thought processes.

What is the reason you want this tablet? It's just gonna be the same tablet with force touch maybe. It's just an Air with 4 speaker cutouts. Lol

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 12:46

29. AlikMalix (Posts: 5193; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Dj I know what u mean, I love the pencil and the way it just works on the screen. Freaken couldn't stop drawing in the Apple Store.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 19:22

16. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Confused, either iPad Air3 or Surface4.....

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 21:08

19. BattleBrat (Posts: 1432; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


When they come out with 3D Touch for the iPad Pro, I'm totally getting one. If the Surface doesn't have it by then. I got my hands on this iPhone 6s Plus, and 3-D touch would be perfect on the tablet, it gives you a way to right-click, so far my biggest pet peeve with using the surface Pro.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 21:37

21. darkoman4 (Posts: 159; Member since: 30 May 2014)


$599 for 32 GB, and $749 for 128 GB.

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 22:20

22. ePoch270 (Posts: 170; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


Apple should release an Air 3 and a Pro mini. But... They're the EXACT same device. Then watch people argue about which one is best!

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 10:36

27. Evan_C (Posts: 145; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


Liked the design/specs of the iPad Pro but the size was too big and price tag was too high. Was interested in getting the iPad Air 3, but now with these "rumors" definitely going to buy one!

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