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[TechRadar] Updated: iPad Pro 9.7 release date, news and features
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Updated: iPad Pro 9.7 release date, news and features

<img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/tablets/iPad/iPad%20Pro/Hands%20on%202/iPad%20Pro%20review%20939-470-75.jpg" alt="Updated: iPad Pro 9.7 release date, news and features"/><h3>iPad Pro 9.7 release date, news and features</h3><p><strong>Update: </strong>Apple just confirmed the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/ipad-pro-9-7-inch-1317466/review">iPad Pro 9.7</a> today. Here's everything we know from the March 2016 keynote.</p><p>It's been over 500 days since the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/ipad-air-2-1269207/review">iPad Air 2</a> launch, and Apple's flagship tablet is overdue for a specs refresh. The good news is that the new iPad has inherited the extra Pro-level features in that time.</p><p>Yes, this is a 9.7-inch iPad Pro instead of a generic iPad Air 3 update, giving more consumers a chance to wield that Apple Pencil and easily grasp normal-sized tablet, one that doesn't cost nearly as much.</p><p><img src="http://cdn.mos.techradar.com/art/tablets/iPad/iPad%20Pro/Hands%20on%202/iPad%20Pro%20review%20915-420-100.jpg" alt="9.7-inch iPad Pro" width="420"></img></p><p>That's not to say we weren't impressed with the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/tablets/ipad-pro-1269255/review">iPad Pro 12.9</a> last year. It had "enough grunt" to be a genuine laptop replacement, to quote Apple quoting techradar at its March 21 keynote. </p><p>It's more of a case that this new iPad Pro 9.7 is more accessible in terms of size and price. Apple has squeezed the original iPad Pro specs into a smaller design, with an even more brilliant display.</p><h3>Cut to the chase</h3><ul><li><strong>What is it? </strong>Apple's new super-thin tablet for 2016</li><li><strong>When is it out? </strong>Announced today, launching on March 31</li><li><strong>What will it cost? </strong>$599 (£499, AU$899)</li></ul><h3>9.7-inch iPad Pro release date</h3><p>You'll be able to touch your Apple Pencil to the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro display before the end of the month, with the official release date being March 31.</p><p><img src="http://cdn3.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/tablets/iPad/iPad%20Pro/ipad-pro-gaming-420-100.jpg" alt="9.7-inch iPad Pro" width="420" title="Like this, but smaller, please"></img></p><p>Next Thursday's launch happens in 13 countries, including the US, UK and Australia. Apple promises to add another 47 countries to the list soon, with a more vague "early April" release date.</p><p>Eager iPad Pro 9.7 owners can pre-order the new tablet one week ahead of the launch by tuning their browsers to Apple's online store on Thursday, March 24.</p><h3>iPad Pro 9.7 price</h3><p>Naturally, the new iPad Pro is cheaper than the iPad Pro 12.9, but it'll actually face the first price increase for Apple's 9.7-inch tablet line. There's some good news here, though.</p><p>In the US, it costs $599 for the entry-level 32GB model, which is actually the same as the 32GB iPad Air 2 launch price. There's no more 16GB edition to tempt you into an internal space-limiting nightmare.</p><p>Apple is selling the 128GB iPad Pro 9.7 for $749 and also introducing a new 256GB edition for $899. All three have Wi-Fi and cellular variants that are slightly more expensive.</p><p>In the UK, it costs £499 for the 32GB, £619 for 128GB and £739 for 256GB. In Australia, the price has also increased: AU$899 for 32GB, AU$1,149 for 128GB and AU$1,399 for 256GB.</p><h3>iPad Pro 9.7 design</h3><p>Apple managed to fit everything we know and love about the iPad Pro 12.9 into a smaller, more portable 9.7-inch aluminum body. It's just as powerful, and now more sevtle.</p><p>At 6.1mm thin, it has the same exact dimensions as the iPad Air 2, and still weighs under one pound. In fact, the official weight comes out to be an identical 0.96 pounds, or 437g.</p><p>That really contrasts with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro at 1.57 pounds or 713g. The 9.7-inch version will fit in your bag a lot better and you won't feel the extra weight quite as much.</p><p>It includes everything you'd expect, including Touch ID, the sleep/wake button at the top, the still-alive headphone jack and built-in stereo speakers.</p><p>Only now, the there are four of those built-in speakers, delivering stereo audio from both the right and left sides of the tablet. Yes, the new iPad Pro is in real stereo, unlike the close-together Air speakers.</p><h3>iPad Pro 9.7 display</h3><p>Apple spent the most time talking about the new iPad Pro display, and for good reason: it's a lot better than the already gorgeous iPad Air 2 screen, even at the same 2K resolution.</p><p>What does that mean? Well, specifically, it's now 25% brighter and 40% less reflective than the LCD in on the Air 2. It should make outdoor use a lot more feasible, even when the sun is out.</p><p>Also, its wider color gamut matches that of the <a href="http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/imac-with-retina-5k-display-1269241/review">iMac with Retina 5K display</a>, delivering a 25% greater color saturation for more vivid colors over everything we saw from 2014 iPad Air 2.</p><p>That said, the resolution hasn't changed. It remains 2048 x 1536 with 264 pixels per inch (ppi). It seems like less on paper, given the 12.9's 2732-by-2048 resolution, but it's the same 264 ppi in the end.</p><h3>iPad Pro 9.7 specs</h3><p>While the iPad Pro 9.7 takes design cues from both the iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 12.9, it uses the larger iPad Pro specs to promise us more powerful performance stats.</p><p>That's mainly due to the fact that it's equipped with the ultra-fast Apple A9X processor. We're not sure if it also has 4GB of RAM and 12-core PowerVR GPU beneath the smaller iPad frame.</p><p>However, we should know all about the internal guts when a day-one teardown in performed on March 31. Benchmarks, meanwhile, await our full 9.7-inch iPad Pro review.</p><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247395377252/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e63735e/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247395377252/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e63735e/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247395377252/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e63735e/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247395377252/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e63735e/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247395377252/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e63735e/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247395377252/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e63735e/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/247395377252/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e63735e/sc/15/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/247395377252/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e63735e/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/247395377252/u/49/f/9809/c/669/s/4e63735e/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://rss.feedsportal.com/c/669/f/9809/s/4e63735e/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/techradar/allnews/~4/fiIdXSEB2mU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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