The newly-unveiled iPad Pro 9.7 (a.k.a iPad Pro Mini) is a smaller version of the amazing iPad Pro designed for professionals who desire a large-screen device that is relatively compact and more affordable while still offering superb performance.
Surprisingly, it offers better display and cameras as well as enhanced LTE capability, compared to its bigger brother.
The iPad Pro 9.7 shows off premium construction similar to that of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It is understandably lighter and slimmer at just 0.96 pounds and 6.1 millimetres respectively.
The ultra-slim tablet’s design makes it more practical for on-the-road usage. Like the iPad Pro, this 9.7-incher comes with an optional, custom-designed Smart Keyboard cover that lets you use it like a mini laptop.
Contrary to what one would ordinarily expect, the iPad Pro 9.7 comes with an improved 9.7-inch Retina display. The screen uses a new True Tone display technology which makes for a more natural, paper-like viewing experience by tuning white balance to match ambient lighting.
Apple says the display is 25% brighter than that of the iPad Air 2. It is also 40% less reflective. It supports Apple Pencil, offered as a separate accessory.
The Apple iPad Pro 9.7 is fitted on the rear with a more powerful 12-megapixel iSight camera with Focus Pixels for speedy focusing.
The improved shooter boasts an f/2.2 aperture and 63MP panorama support, compared to the iPad Pro’s f/2.4 aperture and 43MP panorama support. True Tone flash debuts on an iPad with this tablet. The selfie snapper has also been improved to 5 megapixels and comes with Retina Flash.
Power and Performance
Apple hasn’t skimped on performance with its new iPad Pro Mini despite its super-slim profile. It is powered by a robust A9X processor based on third-generation 64-bit architecture.
Apple says the performance of this chip will compete well with what most portable PCs have to offer. The iPad Pro 9.7 runs on the latest iOS 9.3 operating system. Its maker claims it will offer all-day battery life.
The slate boasts LTE Advanced connectivity said to be up to 50% faster than cellular connectivity. It also comes with a speedier Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIM0 technology.
The iPad Pro 9.7 has an always-on Siri assistant, unlike its big brother. It offers a four-speaker audio system for awesome sound. The tablet will come in 32GB, 28GB and 256GB storage versions.
Pricing & Availability
iPad Pro 9.7 will be available in March 31, 2016 starting at $599 (that’s about 120,000 Naira) for 32GB Wi-Fi model. The cellular model (LTE) starts at $729 (about 146,000 Naira), $879 (that’s about N166,000 Naira) and $1029 (roughly 206,000 Naira) for the 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models.
We currently have no data on the pricing and availability for Nigeria. When available, iPad Pro 9.7 Price in Nigeria is expected to range from N140,000 to N300,000 at launch, depending on your location, built-in storage, and whether cellular or Wi-Fi only.
Apple iPad Pro 9.7 Specs
Here are a few specs of the Apple iPad Pro 9.7 Tablet:
- Platform: iOS 9.3
- Processor: 64-bit Processor (Apple A9X), embedded M9 motion coprocessor
- GPU: –
- Memory: 2GB
- Colours: Gold, Silver, Space Grey
- Dimension: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm
- Weight: 444 g (LTE), 437 g (Wi-Fi)
- SIM Type: Nano SIM (LTE/3G models)
- SIM Count: Single SIM
- Display: 9.7-inch Touch Display, 1536 x 2048 pixels (264 ppi)
- Display Protection: Yes (Shatter proof Glass)
- Rear Camera: 12 MP Camera, 2160p ultra HD 4k Video
- Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, Geo-tagging, HDR, Face Detection, Panorama, Slo-Mo (120 fps)
- Front Camera: 5 MP Camera, HDR, BSI, 1080p HD FaceTime Video
- Built-in Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB, or 256GB Storage
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: Yes, iCloud
- 2G GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
- 2G CDMA 1X: 800 / 1900 MHz (CDMA version)
- 3G WCDMA: 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
- 3G CDMA EVDO: Yes (CDMA version)
- 4G LTE: Yes
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes, up to 21Mbps
- HSPA+: Yes, up to 42Mbps
- CDMA EVDO: Yes, up to 3.1 Mbps (CDMA version)
- 4G LTE: Yes
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
- NFC: Yes
- Infrared Blaster: No
- USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0 via Lightning
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
- Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
- Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
- FM Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS (3G/LTE models)
- Maps: Yes, Google Maps
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: Yes
- Pedometer: Yes
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (TouchID)
- Iris Scanner: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes (Siri)
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: Yes (with dedicated mic)
- Fingerprint Resistant Coating: Yes (oleophobic coating)
- Mobile Payment: No
- M9 Motion coprocessor: Measures your steps, distance, elevation as well share tasks with the main processor
- Wireless Charging: No
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: –
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: Yes
- Battery: 27.5 WHr Non-removeable Battery
- Use Time: up to 10 Hours
- Music Playback: –