New iPad Pro This 2017: Specs, Price, Release Date & What To Expect

Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad isn't an Air, Mini or Pro. However, a new, much rumored, 10.1in iPad Pro didn't materialize.

The new iPad is not compatible with the accessories of the iPad Pro such as Apple Pencil and the Smart keyboard.

Well, as you can see in Apple's own iPad family comparison below, the new iPad won't have the laminated display tech and anti-reflective coating of its predecessor. The design The camera and display remain the same as the iPad Air 2, but hey-who was complaining?

Quietly, and without the fanfare of a press event, Apple has announced its latest iPad, called simply "iPad".

Apple first introduced the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in November 2015 and debuted the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in March 2016. The difference is that the new tablet is a bit heavier, weighing 469 grams. Whereas the Air 2 was slim and lightweight at 6.1mm thick and clocking in at around 0.96 pounds, the new iPad measures 7.5 mm, and is just over a pound.

The 9.7-inch display sports a resolution of 2048 x 1536. Reflections can be annoying.

What Apple has done, essentially, is replace the iPad Air 2 with a faster model. However, in this case, Apple has come with a product that's completely new. And, of course, you won't get a microSD slot, as it is common with any Apple device. Meanwhile, 9.7-inch iPad Pro might be labeled as low as $299 while the 10.5-inch iPad Pro might be around $599. The new iPad features a features an 8-megapixel f/2.4 aperture rear-facing shooter that can capture 1080p video at 30 frames per second. The front camera can record 720p videos. The entry-level $399 version will now have 32GB of storage (up from 16GB) while the $499 variant will have 128GB of storage (up from 64GB). Or it could be a desire to transition from a premium brand into a truly mass-market one, with luxury products only one element of its business. Now, as with all Apple devices, there is no option for a microSD slot. However, you can always use cloud storage apps to get more storage. As far as colour goes, the new iPad will be available in Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

Apple has officially unveiled its new 9.7-inch iPad, said to be Apple's cheapest iPad to date.

For a relatively up-to-date device that carries some performance bumps over its more expensive predecessor, that's a pretty awesome price point - and it should allow Apple's entry-level tablet to be more accessible to a wider audience. But the basic iPad will get the job done for regular daily tasks. Apple has ditched the old-generation iPad and gave users an entirely new product.

  • Arturo Norris