Saturday, 24 September 2016

Review: All You Need To Know About Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch, Specs, And Price


Apple has taken nearly all of the technology and advancements it included in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model and shoehorned them into a tablet that's much more portable and affordable. The new iPad Pro represents a significant upgrade over previous mid-sized iPad models and is definitely worth considering whether you're shopping for your first tablet or looking to replace an older one.

When Apple released the jumbo iPad Pro last autumn, the 12.9-inch device included numerous new features. Those features have now generally trickled down into the new 9.7-inch model. It’s the smaller dimensions that make the Pro 9.7 such a joy to use.


Design:  A surprisingly slender and light frame, despite what's packed inside, finished with Apple's typical brushed metal skin. Physically the iPad Pro 9.7 is a close match to the iPad Air 2: weight (0.96 pounds) and dimensions (9.4 x 6.6 x 0.24 inches)are identical, as is the general design.

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 You now get four speakers - two at the top, two at the bottom - and the bottom speakers are spaced slightly further apart. This results in a much fuller, richer sound - not exactly surround sound, but a far more immersive audio experience than we've come across in a tablet. It comes in Silver, Space grey, Gold, and Rose gold colour options.



Screen: The 9.7-inch iPad Pro screen has a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution, resulting in a density of 264 pixels per inch (ppi). This resolution is near the top of what’s available in any tablet no matter the operating system, and the same ppi count as in the iPad Pro 12.9 and the Air 2.

The most notable improvement is a feature called True Tone: the screen will slightly change colour to match the ambient light. This is a subtle effect, but it makes the smaller iPad Pro display just a bit more pleasant to use.

In addition, the new LCD has a wider DCI P3 colour gamut. In non-technical terms, it can display more colours than earlier iPad or iPhone models. All this adds up to what is the best looking display of any iOS device yet. It is easy to use in the shade or on a cloudy day, aided by decreased reflectivity, but isn’t up to significant use in direct sunlight.


Performance: The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is built around an Apple A9X dual-core 64-bit processor, running at 2.26GHz. This is the same chip that’s powering the 12.9-inch version of this tablet, and one that gives both devices outstanding performance. In the Geekbench 3 benchmarking test, Apple’s latest tablet did almost as well as the larger version and solidly outperformed the iPad Air 2.



A possible reason the 9.7-inch version didn’t do as well as the 12.9-inch one is because Apple didn’t put as much RAM into the newer iPad: it has 2GB instead of 4GB available in the lager iPad. More RAM is almost always better, so this is a disappointment.

There are versions of this iOS device with 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB of built-in storage. The highest capacity iPad cost almost twice as much as the base version.


Camera: Apple's made some improvements when it comes to the second Pro's cameras, slotting in the fresh new optics from its iPhone 6s handset. So now you get a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera as well as an 5-megapixel FaceTime lens. 

However, the big deal is that FaceTime cam, which captures your mug in a disturbing amount of detail. Even in a basement bar or some other dingy location, the camera holds up well. This camera supports Live Photos, which is Apple’s system for combining still images with short videos. It can also record 4K (3840 x 2160) video, with slo-mo and time-lapse modes.

A scan of the iPad comparison page on Apple’s website reveals that this iPad Pro actually beats out its larger sibling, as well as any other iPad, for that matter, when it comes to photo and video features.
But take in our advice, never ever take photos or videos from an iPad or for that matter of fact with any tablet, cause it just looks dumb…


Battery: Apple’s latest tablet has a 7,306 mAh battery, which its maker claims is good for “up to 10 hours of surfing the web on WiFi, watching video, or listening to music.”

In the Geekbench 3 Battery Test, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro lasted 15 hours and 2 minutes. This test is done with the screen on low and all wireless functions turned off, so it represents about the longest a user can reasonably expect the tablet to last given common usage.


In iPad Pro 9.7 torture test the device was made to play over wifi connection  with backlight set to 100% to see how long the battery lasted. In this case, it was 5 hours and 20 minutes, which is likely the shortest someone can reasonably expect this tablet to go on a single charge. By comparison, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 lasted for lasted 3 hours and 58 minutes in this test, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro S lasted 6 hours and 14 minutes.


Value: The 32GB 9.7-inch iPad Pro costs $599, the 128GB model is $749, and the 256GB version is $899. Adding cellular data to any of these increases the cost by $130.

Those who want an iOS device with the same size screen but a lower price tag can choose the iPad Air 2, which now starts at $399 for a version with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The larger option is the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which starts at $799 for a 32GB version.

Anyone looking for a similar computer running Windows 10 should consider the Microsoft Surface 3, which has a 10.8-inch screen. The base model has 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and sells for $499.


Major Specs:
• Screen size: 9.7-inch
• Screen resolution: 2048x1536
• Weight: 437g
• OS: iOS 9.3
• Front camera: 5-megapixel
• Rear Camera: 12-megapixel
• Processor: A9X
• Memory: N/A
• Storage: From 32GB
• 4G LTE: Yes (in some models)
• Bonus features: Apple Pencil/Smart Keyboard support

The Verdict: The new iPad Pro tablet from Apple packs in incredible power in a much more impressive portable form, along with Apple Pencil and Keyboard Cover support. The iPad Pro 9.7 isn't just a slightly smaller version of the original Pro tablet. It's a more portable tab that boasts the same great performance in a much more comfortable-to-use form, at a much lower price. Yes if you are currently using an iPad Air 2, you probably shouldn't consider an upgrade, but if you are using any other old gen iPad or if you are in the market to buy your first tablet, then the new iPad Pro should be at the top of your list.

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Engineer Alex is a part time blogger and tech geek from Nigeria. Apart from blogging he is a student. He loves to write about technology, blogging, SEO, Internet Marketing, Make Money online, Social Media, Android, Windows and other interesting topics likes technology solutions. He is Founder of KraftyShare blog and He love to share what he knows.

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