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Apple announces 9.7″ iPad Pro wit Apple Pencil support, True Tone display, A9X CPU, starting at $599

Apple announces 9.7″ iPad Pro wit Apple Pencil support, True Tone display, A9X CPU, starting at $599

Apple’s flagship 9.7-inch tablet form factor received a major upgrade on Monday, gaining the magnetic Smart Connector, A9X processor and four-speaker array found on its larger 12.9-inch version, as well as compatibility with the Apple Pencil and a new True Tone display, all for $599.



In a noteworthy upgrade over the larger iPad, the new 9.7-inch model features what Apple has dubbed a True Tone display. It features two new four-channel ambient light sensors that measure both brightness and color temperature, and adjust the display accordingly to display it as paper white.

Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller declared it’s “quite a breakthrough.”

The display is also 40 percent less reflective than the iPad Air 2. Apple says it’s the lowest reflectivity of any tablet. It’s also 25 percent brighter than an iPad Air 2, making it the brightest tablet available.

The 32-gigabyte model is available for $599, while a 128-gigabyte model will run $699. Apple is also offering a 256-gigabyte model for $799. Preorders will begin this Thursday, with shipments beginning March 31.

Like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it also has a four-speaker “pro” audio system. Total volume is twice that of the iPad Air 2.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also includes the same beefy A9X processor as its larger counterpart. It also includes the M9 motion coprocessor, and always-on Hey Siri capabilities.

And its display is compatible with the Apple Pencil, making it the second device to support the stylus accessory.

Apple also announced a new USB-3 speed SD card adapter, and USB to Lightning adapter.

Around back, it has a 12-megapixel camera that can shoot 4K video. It also features a rear flash and front facing Retina Flash, another pair of upgrades over the 12.9-inch model.

Apple has also added a rose gold option, joining space grey, gold and silver. New cases and keyboard accessories are also available.


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