The 9.7-inch iPad launched in 2017 has a LED-backlit Multi-Touch Retina display with 2048‑by‑1536 resolution (264 ppi). This is the same resolution as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but it does not ship with Apple's True Tone fully laminated display with antireflective coating. It does include the same fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating found on all other iPad models.
The 9.7-inch iPad model released in 2017 is powered by the same A9 chip found in Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Using already existing hardware has allowed Apple to keep the iPad model price low at $329. The third-generation A9 chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture is faster than the A8, which powers the iPad mini 4.
Compared to A8:
- CPU: 1.6x faster
- Graphics: 1.8x faster
No,only the 9.7- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models support Apple's Smart Keyboard. The current $329 9.7-inch iPad is not equipped with a Smart Connector needed for the accessory.
Apple's full‑size keyboard portable keyboard connects to the iPad Pro via the Smart Connector. The new interface allows for the exchange of both power and data between the iPad and keyboard. The keyboard also acts as a slim, lightweight cover when not in use.
The Smart Connector is available on apple.com for $169.
The 9.7-inch iPad model released in March 2017 weights 1 pound making it heavier than the iPad Air 2 model it replaced. The iPad Air 2 weights 0.96 pounds, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro weighs 0.98 pounds (444 grams) and the 12.9-inch model weighs 1.59 pounds (723 grams). The 2017 iPad is also slightly thicker than the iPad Air 2 at 7.5mm thin, compared to 6.1mm.
The 9.7-inch iPad released in 2017 is equipped with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor and Apple Pay support. Apple Pay allows iPad owners to make online and App Store purchases using their Touch ID embedded Home button. iPad owners can also make in-app purchases using the Apple Pay feature.
The 9.7-inch iPad released in 2017 is equipped with a 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD Camera. The rear-facing camera is capable of 1080p HD video recording while the FaceTime HD camera records video at 720p. The main rear camera also includes these Apple features:
No, Apple's 9.7-inch iPad released in 2017 does not support the Apple Pencil stylus. The Apple Pencil only works with Apple's current iPad Pro models (9.7- and 12.9-inch). The "low cost" iPad is a entry level replacement for the iPad Air 2. It is built with recycled hardware to keep it cost low and it does not include new features, such as Apple Pencil support or a Smart Connector.