Apple is widely expected to unveil a new tablet later this month, and the latest rumor indicates that this will be a smaller version of the recently-released iPad Pro, with support for the Apple Pencil and its own version of the Smart Keyboard.
UPDATE: As had been rumored, Apple unveiled a smaller version of its flagship tablet on March 21. Learn more by reading: iPad Pro 9.7 Makes Apple’s 2-in-1 for Professionals a Bit Smaller
The current iPad Pro has a 12.9-inch display, making it the largest tablet Apple has ever released. The next model will apparently be for those who want the power of this device but in a device with a 9.7-inch screen. The full-size model has a 2732 x 2048 resolution, but there’s no word yet on what the smaller one’s will be; it could stick with the 2048 x 1536 resolution used by the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2.
Aside from a difference in screen size, information that has supposedly leaked out of Apple indicates that the smaller version of the iPad Pro will have most of the features of the larger one, such as four speakers, an Apple A9X processor, and 4GB of RAM. If true, this will make the device as powerful as many laptops.
And there might even be some improvements: a separate unconfirmed report says the upcoming tablet will sport a 12MP rear camera, up from the 8MP one in the current Pro.
iPad Pro 9.7 Accessories
The Apple Pencil is a pressure-sensitive stylus pen that currently works only with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but that will reportedly change with the release of the 9.7-inch version of this device. This should be welcome news to note-takers who find the large version unwieldy.
The Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro can turn this tablet into a 2-in-1 laptop, and a reduced-size version is allegedly in development for the 9.7-inch model. This will communicate through the Pro line’s Smart Connector.
iPad Pro 9.7 Coming Soon
Apple is rumored to be holding a press-only even on March 21 during which the iPad Pro 9.7 will be introduced. Whether it will become available on that same date is is not yet known.
Also unknown are the prices for this upcoming tablet, though it will likely be between the $499 iPad Air 2 and the $799 iPad Pro.
The Air 2 is expected to stay in Apple’s product lineup, but the original iPad Air will supposedly be discontinued.