Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad will cost more than the iPad Air 2

Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad will cost more than the iPad Air 2
Apple is expected to take the wraps off its new iPhone SE at the scheduled spring event this coming Monday. Alongside the handset, Cupertino looks poised to drop a new 9.7-inch iPad, and according to numerous reports, the next-gen slab will boast strong features à la Apple's iPad Pro. Though its been touted as the 'iPad Air 3', it will likely instead carry the 'iPad Pro' moniker, and in line with its powerful specs, the starting price looks set to exceed the $500 mark. 

Hitherto, no 9.7-inch iPad has carried a base price of over $499, but Apple will use the new device's Pro credentials to justify a $599 starting cost, according to 9to5Mac. Additionally, the report implies that Apple will not include a 16-gig version at base level, beginning at 32 GB of storage as the bare minimum. 

This decision to bump up the introductory storage tier makes considerable sense given the supposed 4K video capabilities of the rear-facing camera. These higher-res videos will naturally demand considerable real estate, and as such, Apple will also offer a 128 GB version of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The new tab is not poised to replace the iPad Air 2, per this latest coverage, with the pre-existing slate set to continue at upwards of $499. 

As has been discussed ad nauseam, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will include Apple's A9X processor, along with support for Apple Pencil. As with the full-size iPad Pro, there will be a Smart Connector for support of the company's Smart Keyboard, which has apparently been downsized for compatibility with the upcoming model. 

Apple's event is to be held this coming Monday, by which time we'll know everything about both the new iPad and the enigmatic iPhone SE. As ever, we'll have all of the major announcements covered right here at PhoneArena, so stay tuned!

source: 9to5Mac

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38 Comments

1. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Good. Because I think it shouldn't run iOS but a touch friendly version of OSX instead. At this price point I'm not sure whether it'd run OSX but atleast we can hope I'm more excited about WWDC this year. Hopefully that event doesn't dissapoint me by being World Wide Direct Copy like it did last year

4. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Don't worry it won't run OS X.

6. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

It can't run OS X. There's no way. Because the A9X chipset is a RISC instead of a CISC architecture. And ARM isn't x86.

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't matter, Apple keeps parallel code bases and OSX on ARM is guaranteed. They did the same thing when they transitioned to intel chips. Plus that is their eventual goal and they are getting to it very soon. Basically, this year or next they will introduce their first laptops based on their custom A10 or A11 chips running OSX. Then they will transition completely to ARM because Intel chips are expensive and Apple's sheep milking machines are already working overtime. They have been marketing "desktop class" mobile chips for a while now and even the A9X has been bench-marked opposite Intel's core M chips with good results. Soon they will eclipse intel's core M chips because the x86 instruction set is an old steaming pile.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The benchmarks of a CISC chips vs a RISC chip doesn't even come close to being reasonable. You really think an ARM CPU can be a desktop class CPU? Then also writing x86 app for ARM? I don't see that happening. Intel isn't expensive. Apple just doesn't buy enough chips from Intel, to be given a same pricing structure as HP or Lenovo for example. I mean consider, HP will sell 12M PC in 2016 most likely , While Apple may cleat half as many. Who should get the better price?

15. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Basically, this year or next they will introduce their first laptops based on their custom A10 or A11 chips running OSX. Highly unlikely.

17. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

"They have been making desktop class mobile chips for a while now" Huh? As I noted earlier, a RISC isn't a CISC. x86 is way superior to ARM. Even if the A9X's benchmark score compares to Core M, the capabilities of A9X is way inferior. In fact, it is not reasonable to compare both, as they're of different leagues.

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well, clearly some of you didn't notice the quotes around specific words. Reading comprehension comes hard these days but whatever. Regardless, doesn't matter what the chips are because any software written directly for a certain hardware will always perform much better than general purpose hardware with generic software. Core M is a painfully low powered architecture comparable to chips from 3 years ago and will likely easily be matched by A10X+. The only advantage Core M has is the lower power usage but only comparable to other x86 chips, not ARM chips. They (Core M or AX) don't compare to any of the higher up chips like the i3+ but that isn't the segment Apple will target initially and likely doesn't need to since their main money makers are "average" consumers.

23. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 960; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Even if it could, Tim Cook has mentioned on may occasions that a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid, like the Surface, isn't something that Apple is interested in. If they did, they'd eat into their iPad sales which are already declining (and I'm sure they saw that coming as saturation started to plateau). They have sunk far to much money into R&D and marketing for the iPad to let another one of their products take away from any sales of the iPad. They WANT you to own several of their devices, not just one or 2. Tablet, laptop, desktop, and phone.

38. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It all come down to the pricing, if its not too much different from the Air 2, i will buy it.

2. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Wow if this has the same ipsad pro 12.9 specs in a 9.7 form it will easily be the best tablet in the market by a long shot

5. ninawka

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

It's rumored to havethe same specs including the 4gb of RAM. I hope it has the same resolution as well.

7. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

As an iPad user, seeking to upgrade from my Air 2, this one looks great. But the starting price isn't wallet-friendly. I'll wait for at least 6 months or even a year after it's release. My Air 2 (I got it for free, :D) still rocks, though with random stutters.

8. guest

Posts: 370; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

I am sure target will have a black friday sale with the usual $100 off :-)

16. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Target has $140 off on thanksgiving sale. Also they give extra 5% off if you apply for their store card.

18. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Wow really? I'll check that out when that day comes.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I hope it doesn't have the same resolution, 9.7in iPad doesn't need that overkill resolution that the iPad pro has.

22. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

if core m is already faster than a9x how could this be best tablet?

26. AlikMalix unregistered

If it takes the Pencil, it will most likely replace my iPad 3, it's been a while, maybe it's time... I'll have a few styluses for sale, including a wacom bamboo...

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

599 isn't so bad since it will have 32gb of storage. I still might get it.

9. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

yep. This is basically replacing the Air 2 32gig &128gig models. The Air 2 16 gig will stay around at $499.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Who's gonna record a 4K video with a tablet? It would have made more since to increase the storage on the iPhone for people who would record 4K video. This is just backwards thinking. The iPhone sells over 200M devices and they refused to increase the storage? The storage on the tablet should have been increase a long time ago. Increasing the storage to 32GB doesn't cost Apple a dime. So what exactly is the extra $100 for? Both Apple and Samsung have it bad, just ringing up an extra $100 for some questionable features. The iPad should never change it price. Has the price to make them even changed? Are they adding Force Touch now? Is that even worth $100?

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

They should just offer 64GB for $599 and 128GB for $699 and be done with it. 16GB and 32GB needs to both disappear at these pricing.

19. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

I feel like the iPad Mini 3 f***ed up the pricing of the entire line of iPad products.

20. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Ouch. Outta my price range. Wish Samsung make another Note tablet. A 8 and 10 would be great. Haven't found any info about anything in the pipeline.

24. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Typical apple, premium by price only, still won't do everything offered by a Surface 3...

27. AlikMalix unregistered

You have no clue what the iPad Pro is all about.... Give it a rest, bro... you're making a fool of yourself...

28. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

And you trying too hard defending apple.

29. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Give it a rest AlikMadick, we all know you'll mindlessly bend over for apple no matter what...if you ever dare to take the red pill, here's what the toyPad XL is all about: bit.ly/1O3fb5D bit.ly/1O3fVbb So far, this has been precisely your attitude: bit.ly/1KTuYxJ

30. AlikMalix unregistered

Your links are the only ones that don't work on the posts. But I don't defend Apple - I give a direct polarizing post for apples side vs the post I'm replying to. You say Apple sucks, I say android sucks too. You say Apple doesn't work for you, I say android doesn't work for me. You say Apple does a great job at something - I say Google does a great job at something. Review all my replies - you'll catch my pattern. You say Apple sucks because of 1, 2, and 3. I say android sucks because of 1, 2, and 3. See how it works. But some of you jump to defending android, and "mindlessly bend over for android no matter what"... If you ever dare to read the posts in replying to, you'll notice that I'm just giving another side to contradict the vomit that the apple hater bandwagon constantly spew out - especially toward Apple users.

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