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Apple announces new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE

9.7-inch iPad Pro

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.

What's the difference between the 12-inch iPad Pro and 9-inch iPad Pro?

The biggest difference between the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 9.7-inch iPad Pro is really just size and a few camera specs. The larger model is equipped with a 12.9-inch (diagonal) Retina display with 2732‑by‑2048 resolution (264 ppi), and the smaller version ships with a 9.7-inch (diagonal) Retina display with 2048‑by‑1536 resolution (264 ppi). The 9.7-inch version also weighs less at 0.96 pounds, compared to 1.57 pounds.

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What we think we know about the 9.7-inch iPad Pro (iPad Air 3)

Tim Cook iPad Pro

The invitations have been sent for Apple's March 21st keynote at its Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California. Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPhone model dubbed the iPhone SE, a new 9.7-inch iPad model and new Apple Watch bands. Now that we know the official date let's look back at all the next-generation iPad rumors that led up to the event. Remember, none of these rumors have been officially confirmed, and we will not know for sure what Apple plans to launch at the upcoming event until it actually takes place.

What to expect for Apple's upcoming 'Let us loop you in' event

Apple iPhone SE Invitation

Apple on Thursday sent out invites for its first major keynote of 2016. The event is being held at Apple’s 1 Infinite Loop campus on March 21st at 10 am PT/1 pm ET. The invitation reads, "let us loop you in." Apple is expected to launch the iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, new Apple Watch bands and iOS 9.3. Here are all the rumors leading up to the event:

Google Docs, Slides and Sheets updated with iPad Pro support

Google Productivity Apps iPad Pro

Google this week updated its productivity apps, Google Docs, Slides and Sheets, with native iPad Pro support. Each of the apps will now take advantage of the tablet's larger 12.9-inch screen. Google Docs has also been updated with a word count feature, while Sheets gained an easier account creation tool. All three apps were updated with minor bug fixes and performance improvements.

9.7-inch iPad Pro 4K video and 12MP rumors resurface

iPad Pro

Back in January the DigiTimes reported the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad would ship with 4K resolution, and today unnamed sources told 9to5Mac that the rumored 9.7-inch iPad Pro would be capabable of recording 4K video. The Apple blog also noted that the new iPad Pro would include a rear-facing 12MP iSight camera. This would be an improvement over the 8MP iSight camera found on the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro model and iPad Air 2.

Rumored 9.7-inch iPad Pro release date keeps changing

Apple CEO Tim Cook

It has all been but officially confirmed that Apple plans to release a new 9.7-inch iPad to replace the iPad Air 2, but what's not certain is the name of the rumored device or release date. It was previsouly reported that Apple would announce a new 4-inch iPhone and iPad model on March 15th, but John Paczkowski of Buzzfeed now claims the event has been pushed back to March 21st.

No iPad Air 3, Apple to release 9.7-inch iPad Pro instead

iPad Pro

The next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will not be called the iPad Air 3, according to 9to5Mac. Recent rumors have already suggested that the latest 9.7-inch iPad model will borrow several features introduced on the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but according to unnamed sources, it will also utilize the Pro name, thus putting an end to the iPad Air lineup.

9to5Mac reports that the next-generation iPad will be introduced into the iPad Pro lineup at an Apple keynote to be held on March 15th. The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro will then go on sale on Friday, March 18th.

GarageBand gets huge update with iPad Pro and iPhone 6s support

GarageBand 2.1

After launching a new app that allows iOS users to qucikly record song ideas, Apple rolled out a huge update to its original music creating tool, GarageBand. Version 2.1of the app includes a ton of new features, plus support for Apple's newest devices, the iPad Pro and both iPhone 6s models.

Apple says the new version of GarageBand "looks stunning on the expansive 12.9-inch Retina display on the iPad Pro." The larger screen also gives iPad Pro owners access to more controls and room to play. On the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus musicians can now utilize 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch.

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