The original iPad Pro was certainly a compelling new tablet, especially for those looking for a more capable iPad. However, with its 12.9 inch screen, it’s hardly as portable or lightweight as the typical tablet. Enter the newly announced Apple iPad Pro 9.7, which looks just like the iPad Air 2, but promises performance, portability and productivity that would put your laptop to shame.
The 9.7 inch screen is being touted by Apple as its most vivid ever. It packs a resolution of 2048 x 1536, resulting in a pixel density of 264ppi and is claimed to be the brightest and least reflective display in the world. Not only that, but it also uses Apple’s True Tone display technology, which takes advantage of advanced 4-channel ambient light sensors to automatically tweak the display’s color and intensity to match the environment, something that would hopefully result in an experience akin to reading from a sheet of paper.
Powering the 9.7 inch model of the iPad Pro is an A9X chip coupled with an M9 coprocessor, allowing it to make quick work of 4K video editing jobs while still maintaining a battery life of up to 10 hours. That’s 1.8x the CPU performance of the iPad Air 2 and up to double the graphics power.
Of course, the iPad Pro 9.7 is designed for enhanced productivity on a tablet, so it works with a smart keyboard cover, as well as the Apple Pencil. If you thought you could never get any real work done on an iPad, the iPad Pro 9.7 is itching to prove you wrong.
Unfortunately, there are a few caveats. One is it’s almost indistinguishable from an iPad Air or iPad Air 2. Second is it still runs on iOS 9. True, iOS 9 comes with new features designed to work seamlessly with the Smart Keyboard. However, if you really want to get work done, there’s Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, which all better equipped to handle productivity tasks.
Still, the iPad Pro was certainly intriguing when it first came out and having a smaller option helps solve a dilemma for those who want the power but not the size.