All the power you want, in a size that you can actually carry with you. That’s the overriding trend of today’s Apple announcements, which extend to a brand new smaller iPad Pro, with the same 9.7-inch form factor that we’ve become used to with the iPad and iPad Air. The smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro also includes a very important world-first — a screen that changes colour to suit the ambient light in the room around you. Here’s how much you’ll pay, and when you can buy one in Australia.
The new, smaller iPad Pro will cost you a surprisingly reasonable amount in Australia, with the entry-level storage option being a 32GB tablet for $899, a 128GB variant for $1049 and a whopping 256GB top of the line storage option for $1399. This is a fair amount cheaper than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which starts at $1099 and extends as far as $1599 in Australia. Like the iPhone SE, it’ll be available from March 31 in Australia, with pre-orders opening a week before on March 25.
That 256GB option is a very important move, too — Apple’s iPads and iPhones use NVMe flash memory, which is very expensive and just about the fastest you can find this side of a server cabinet. It’s not cheap, and although you do pay proportionally more for a larger internal storage capacity, it’s not as cheap an upgrade as you might expect it to be from Apple’s production side of things.
Said iPad Pro uses exactly the same hardware as the larger 12.9-inch model — Apple’s most powerful ever A9X system-on-chip, the same camera and quad-speaker array, Touch ID and Apple Pay and all the trimmings. The new 9.7-inch screen is brighter and more colourful than ever, though, knocking the iPad Air 2 from its perch as the best tablet display. More importantly, the new True Tone Display changes its colour temperature to suit the light in the room around you.