As expected, Apple today unveiled the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 4-inch iPhone SE. The newly announced 9.7-inch iPad Pro model puts an end to Apple's iPad Air lineup, and it gives Apple fans a smaller, lighter and more powerful iPad option. The 9.7-inch version is similar to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model released last year, but with a few improvements mostly in the camera department. The smaller model is of course lighter than the larger model weighing in at only 437 grams (0.96 pound).
The new iPad Pro is equipped with a 9.7-inch Retina display with 2048‑by‑1536 resolution (264 ppi). It also powered by the same A9X and M9 chips found in its larger counterpart. Both models also include four speaker audio, Touch ID, Apple Pay, always-on Siri, Apple Pencil support and a Smart Connector for use with Apple's Smart Keyboard, which now comes in 12- and 9-inch versions.
The biggest difference between the two models is the camera. The 9.7-inch model has been updated with a new 12MP iSight camera with 4K HD video recording, Live Photos support and Focus Pixels technology. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has also been updated to 5-megapixels with slo-mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will be available at apple.com begining March 24th starting at $599. Here's the official pricing:
- 32GB WiFi - $599
- 128GB WiFi - $749
- 256GB WiFi - $899
- 32GB WiFi + Cellular - $729
- 128GB WiFi + Cellular - $879
- 256GB WiFi + Cellular - $1,029
Apple did not totally discontinue the iPad Air line. The iPad Air 2 has become its entry level model for $399, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is now also available in a 256GB option, starting at 1,099.
Apple also announced its iPhone 5s replacement the iPhone SE. You can learn more about the new 4-inch iPhone and read the full press release over at our sister site, iPhoneFAQ.org.