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Apple launches 9.7-inch iPad Pro, shipping next week for $599 and up

By Jos
Mar 21, 2016
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  1. Apple expanded both its iPhone and iPad lines today with smaller and more affordable variants of those devices. For the new iPad Pro, as widely anticipated, the company returned to the familiar 9.7-inch form factor with an improved screen that’s said to be 40% less reflective than the iPad Air 2 while also delivering 25% more brightness. Apple’s Phil Schiller also touted a new technology called True Tone display which can adjust the color temperature of the display to match the light in the room.

    Underneath the hood, the new iPad Pro packs much of the same internals as its 12.9 inch sibling, including an an A9x processor along with an integrated M9 motion coprocessor for ‘Hey Siri’ support, Apple Pencil support and Smart Connector for attaching the Apple Smart Keyboard -- which is sold separately for $149.

    One are where Apple did improve over the larger model is the camera. The 9.7 inch iPad Pro has a 12 megapixel rear camera, 4K video recording and a 5 megapixel front camera.

    The new, smaller iPad Pro comes in silver, gold, space gray, and rose gold, priced at $600 for 32GB and $750 for 128GB and a whopping 256GB for $900. Like the new iPhone SE, the new Pro will be available for pre-order on March 24 and will start shipping on March 31.

    With this the iPad lineup now has a total of four different models covering different starting price points from $269 for the iPad mini to $799 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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  2. LiveResistance

    LiveResistance TS Booster Posts: 85   +64

    And in 6 months they will all be outdated.
     
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,698   +1,885

    True enough but, that won't matter to perennial Apple customers.They'll just buy the new stuff then. I always do a rain dance for the 3 days leading to up to a public release. I figure if you can't beat them and won't join them, at the very least you can take a shot at having God thin out the iSheep herd for you
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016
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  4. jauffins

    jauffins TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +24

    Ah, the Apple hater. A mythical beast, getting hard over shitting all over something he or she doesn't like.

    Tablets from pretty much all manufacturers are updated annually, so the "outdated in 6 months" comment is adorable. It isn't a new car that's refreshed every 5-6 years, it's a piece of technology that since inception was refreshed annually. The great part about iPads/iOS is that models from literally years ago still work great. My sister in law has an iPad 2 that works just fine, and my wife has an.... iPad Mini 1 or 2? which is 2-3 years old, and works fine. When all you're doing is surfing the internet, reading ebooks and watching Netflix, you don't *need* the latest model.

    Also, glad to see Apple still sticking their customers with flash memory pricing. $150 for 96GB - amazing. Puke.
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,698   +1,885

    So we're clear, it's the company I don't like. I wouldn't touch the product with your ten foot pole. (You'll need it for the next time you hit the Apple store anyway)

    I'm told other manufacturers supply tablets. As we're dealing in "fact" here, that would mean you don't need an iPad at all, new, used, working, in or out of vogue.

    That's Apple's special "groupie / supplicant / sycophant / admission to the iHerd tax" and you should be damned grateful you're being allowed to pay it.

    I simply can't wait to hang on every word of Tim Cook's next diversity report. How about you? That's where he'll claim the Apple is "doing poorly" with respect to hiring minority workers. I guess since the 100,000+ Chinese workers who build Apple's product live in China, where they're far from a minority, they don't count in his US "statistics of convenience". Or he really doesn't consider them "people" in the traditional sense. :oops:

    Y'all have a nice day now, hear.:p
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2016

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