iPad Pro – Apple’s latest iPad, the 9.7-inch
DIMENSIONS: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm (9.45 x 6.67 x 0.24 in)
WEIGHT: 437 g (Wi-Fi) / 444 g (LTE) (15.66 oz)
SCREEN: LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
RESOLUTION: 1536 x 2048 pixels (~264 ppi pixel density)
PROCESSOR: Apple A9X- Dual-core 2.16 GHz (Twister)
RAM: 2 GB
MEMORY: 32/128/256 GB
SOFTWARE: iOS 9.3
CAMERA: 1/3" sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)
* Primary: 12 MP, f/2.2, 29mm, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
* Secondary: 5 MP, f/2.2, 31mm
BATTERY: Non-removable Li-Ion battery (27.9 Wh)
* Talk time: Up to 10 h (multimedia)
One thing is certain with Apple, its products are considered high tech and of high quality in the industry and frequently a new model with updates is introduced in the market. The newest version of iPad is the 9.7-inch iPad Pro which was introduced in March of 2016. What has Apple brought as additional features and what difference is there with the other version of Apple iPads?
iPads just like laptop are portable. The iPad generally having better convenience because of their smaller size. The 9.7 inch iPad Pro has a height of 240mm a width of 169.5 mm and a depth of 6.1 mm. Its overall weight is 437 grams almost the dimension of hardback or mini magazine yet thinner.
The iPad Pro 12.9 inch is the biggest in screen size yet the iPad Pro 9.7 inch a little bit smaller but can still be considered of acceptable size to be able to use like a portable computer unlike the mini. Regardless, if its for watching movies all iPad provide quite stunning images. It depends on personal preference just that the newest iPad version has more capacity and a lot more activities can be undertaken. It has a screen resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels with the density of pixels being 264 ppi. The screen type is LED-backlit IPS LCD with multi-touch capacity, a scratch resistance glass that includes an oleo-phobic coating. With regards to speed, the iPad 9.7 had been tested of having a speed lower than the previous version the 12.9 Pro but a better graphic score which makes it quite as good and the speed acceptable. An improvement to the screen is a new feature called true tone which automatically adjust the screen’s color to environmental light conditions.
According to Apple, the iPad Pro can not only compare with portable computers but is even more powerful than some. With the iPad Pro, Apple has introduced the iOS 9.3. This is Apples most advanced operating system with which there has been an improvement of many apps and the introduction of others. It includes a dual-core CPU 2.16 GHz (twister) and a GPU Power VR Series 7. The Dual-core CPU has two complete execution core and are particularly suited for multitasking. It has an internal memory that can support 32 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB of RAM depending on personal choice. The iOS 9.3 also improves the lag in typing that was often noticeable with the iOS 9.2 on the keyboard of the previous version. What is fantastic with the new iOS 9.3 is that beside including the usual bug fixing and performance improvement, it also has increased security with password protect for any personal and financial information.
The 9.7 inch includes several added features that makes it better than the larger version. Noticeably, there is improvement with the camera. Two of them one on the front great for selfies and the other on the back. The one at the back seems to have been pushed outward a bit and has been greatly enhanced compared with the 12.9 inch pro (8 megapixels), the 9.7 inch has 12 megapixels, and includes also a few smaller improvements. The front camera also has greater megapixels than the 12.9 inch iPad Pro, from 1.2 MP to 5 MP. A noticeable improvement in the retina flash can be noticed which seems to light up the subject better.
Other features included in the 9.7 inch iPad Pro that are improvements include:
- A battery that seems to last longer, an average of 11 hours. A 7,306 rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.
- A new smart keyboard which can also be used as screen cover. It connects to the iPad through its own connector and also allows data transfer and charging. This means that Bluetooth connection is not required to set up when connecting neither does the keyboard require charging when not in use.
- Four speakers are included offering a premium audio experience to consumers
- Apple pencil support which carters for designer and artists. The pencil is capable of sensing various layers of pressure offering unmatched sensitivity. The only inconvenience being that the pencil is a separate accessory and not sold together with the iPad.
Wi-Fi connection 802.11 powered by a A9X processor, dual band. Bluetooth v4, A2DP, EDR. It also includes GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS.
Apple’s 9.7 inch iPad Pro other features include fingerprint sensors, accelerometer, gyro, barometer and compass. HTLM 5 safari browser, an active noise cancellation with microphone. An audio, video and photo editor as well as a document editor. The video recording includes a cinematic video stabilization system that had not been included in the bigger version of the Pro. The video also for the first time in an iPad is able to capture 4K video. An iCloud service and an MP4/H.263 player.
The 9.7 inch iPad Pro is available in colors silver, gold, space grey, and rose gold. It is currently the most expensive of iPads in the market. The 9.7 inch iPad Pro is similar in size and weight as the iPad air although smaller than the 12.9 inch iPad Pro. It can be considered almost better than all previous iPad versions of Apple. Besides being smaller in size than the bigger version Pro, it includes more features and power. It can be used for performing computing tasks such as sending emails, spreadsheet editing, internet surfing, and more. Compared with the bigger version, the new iPad incorporates “hand free” voice control which usually was an iPhone feature.
The 9.7 version seems to have taken all the features of the 12.9 Pro and the iPad Air combining them to create a better version with additional new features. It can be used as an everyday iPad but also as a laptop with just neglectable compromise. Obviously the display is not better than on a laptop but if portability is of your concern, it is a lot lighter and smaller and also includes a fantastic camera system. It is surprising how light and thin this iPad actually is and yet still kicks the same power as a regular laptop. The older version on the contrary has the same size as a laptop. Overall, this is a fantastic iPad which certainly will surpass your expectation. It has everything from the possibility of many users with diverse accounts to tools that can be used by children for education. With this new version, Apple further confirms its position as market leader for tablet computers.