iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad Pro 12.9: the differences you may have missed

We don't want to be in the shoes of someone torn between the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the newer, 9.7-inch iPad Pro model. They're both awesome tablets, there's no denying that. They're both packed with a very similar set of features and powered by a very similar hardware setup. They both may take advantage of the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, which Apple is selling as optional productivity-oriented accessories. But identical these two tablets are not, and the more we compare the two side by side, the more differences between the iPad Pro 12.9 and iPad Pro 9.7 we come across. 

Size is undoubtedly the main – and most obvious – differentiating factor between Apple's two most powerful tablets. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro dwarfs most other tablets with its large display, while the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is lighter, more familiar, and much more manageable in size. The latter is also more affordable compared to its larger sibling.

These, however, are far from the only differences setting the two iPad Pro tablets apart. Join us as we explore the matter in depth. 

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iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • Display 9.7" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9X, Dual-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 7306 mAh
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • Display 9.7" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9X, Dual-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 7306 mAh



1. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Would love to see the comparison between Samsung's adaptive display and Apple's true tone display. Both sound identical on paper.

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They are identical because that "tech" has been around forever and can be replicated via software. Apple just put more light sensors, supposedly, but there should be little to no difference.

2. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

The only reason why I wouldn't purchase this iPad is because you can't load full applications onto it..

5. Unordinary unregistered

That's what a laptop is for, specifically the Lenovo Yoga or Surface. Lol.

4. Rydsmith unregistered

You have the LTE backwards. The iPad 9.7 has LTE Advanced not the 12.9.

6. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Is it just me, or Apple is just really greedy ? Seriously, Cat.4 LTE and 2GB of RAM on a $700+ tablet ? Just like on $150 smartphones ? What does it cost to add two more GB of RAM, 3 dollars or so ? "True tone display" is a feature that has existed on Samsung's smartphones and tablets for several years now (when Adaptative Display is turned on), thanks to their RGB light sensor. But LCD displays won't be able to surpass AMOLED displays even with this feature. The contrast is just so bad on Apple's iPads.

7. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

as much as i like apple products, i think apple is trying to jack up their prices by reshuffling their ipad lineup. instead of 450 starting price for the regular ipad, you are paying $100 more for the "pro". and they don't even have the decency to include a pencil with the pro. the "pro" features and the pencil should come as the much needed upgrade to existing ipad air. not as another category. apple won't upgrade their ipad air as much and focuse all their resources on the "pro". the ipad air will just fade into oblivion and consumers have to cough up more money for the REAL ipads. i wonder if they'd do the same to the iphone lineups..$100 more for the REAL iphone upgrade with dual camera. i really want to buy one iphone in my life. but i guess i'll just stick with nexus.

8. Rydsmith unregistered

It's almost like technology changes and moves forward...

9. obedchuni

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

well the difference is RAM and wifi chip, well the apple has the advantage of home grown mobile OS and also software and hardware integration, and the iphone and ipad is the only product with ios, I m sure that fierce competition will bring down the prices of both ipad and iphone in the future......

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