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Apple iPad 9.7-inch vs iPad Air 2 vs iPad Pro 9.7-inch: a specs comparison

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No, you're not dreaming - Apple just announced a new tablet. We can't say it came out of the blue since we were somewhat expecting a similar device announcement for this week, but anyways, the newest slate from Cupertino is here and it's called the... iPad 9.7-inch and will go for $329. 

If its name is ambiguous enough for you, make no mistake - the iPad 9.7-inch comes with 9.7-inch Retina display that is brighter than the one on the Air 2 but dons the same resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. There are close to no changes on the outside, but that's not an issue given that the most important change is inside the slate. It comes with a 64-bit A9 chipset, which is way faster than the one inside the new iPad's predecessor. That's a win, no?

To put things into perspective, we thought it will be neat to compare new versus old and see what the fuss with that fresh iPad 9.7-inch is all about. Here goes:

Display
Size
9.7 inches
9.7 inches
9.7 inches
Technology
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
IPS LCD
Screen-to-body
71.65 %
72.80 %
71.65 %
Features
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Oleophobic coating, Ambient light sensor
Hardware
System chip
Apple A8X
Apple A9X APL1021
Apple A9 APL0898
Processor
Triple-core, 1500 MHz, Cyclone, 64-bit
Dual-core, 2260 MHz, Twister, 64-bit, 16 nm
Dual-core, 1850 MHz, Twister, 64-bit, 16 nm
GPU
PowerVR GXA6850
PowerVR Series 7XT
PowerVR GT7600
RAM
2GB LPDDR3
2GB LPDDR4
2GB LPDDR4
Internal storage
128GB
256GB
 
OS
iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x, 8.x)
iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x)
iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x)
Battery
Capacity
7340 mAh
7306 mAh
8827 mAh
Internet use
 
3G: 9 hours; LTE: 9 hours; Wi-Fi: 10 hours
LTE: 9 hours; Wi-Fi: 10 hours
Camera
Rear
Single camera
Single camera
Single camera
Main camera
8 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
8 MP (Autofocus, BSI sensor)
Specifications
Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 31 mm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F2.4; Pixel size: 1.1 μm
Video recording
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
Recording format
H.264, MOV
 
 
Features
Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling
Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Time-lapse video, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Front
1.2 MP
5 MP
1.2 MP
Video capture
1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
 
1280x720 (HD)
Design
Dimensions
9.45 x 6.67 x 0.24 inches (240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm)
9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 inches (238.8 x 167.6 x 6.1 mm)
9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches (240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm)
Weight
15.41 oz (437.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
15.66 oz (444.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
16.86 oz (478.0 g)
the average is 16.3 oz (464 g)
Materials
Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum
Biometrics
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Buyers information
Price
$ 829
$ 1029
$ 559



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Apple iPad 9.7-inch specs
  • Display 9.7 inches 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9 2GB RAM
  • Battery 8827 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch specs
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  • Display 9.7 inches 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9X 2GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB,
  • Battery 7306 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x
Apple iPad Air 2 specs
  • Display 9.7 inches 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A8X 2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB,
  • Battery 7340 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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