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New iPad Pro could be Apple’s most expensive 9.7-inch tablet yet

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We’re drawing closer to Apple’s big March 21 launch event, and new details are arriving faster than ever.

Apple’s next tablet could be the priciest 9.7-inch device the company has ever released.

A 9to5mac report claims that the upcoming 9.7-inch iPad Pro will start at $599 in the US.

That’s in contrast to the iPad Air 2, Apple’s most recent 9.7-inch device, which started at the lower price of $499.

However, the higher cost is easily explained. The new tablet is set to be a smaller spin-off of the significantly more costly $799 iPad Pro.

iPad ProApple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro, released 2015

As such, we’re expecting to see some high-end features, like support for the Apple Pencil, with the new 9.7-inch model.

What’s more, it’s also rumoured that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will feature four stereo speakers, a Smart Connector for an attachable Smart Keyboard, and Apple’s new A9X processor.

Related: Apple's March 21 launch event

However, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is tipped to receive a camera upgrade over its larger sibling. It’s said that the smaller device will borrow the iPhone 6S camera i.e. a 12-megapixel sensor with 4K video recording support.

That’s in contrast to the 8-megapixel sensor featured on the iPad Pro.

Apple is expected to launch the new tablet on March 21, with the device poised to land alongside the rumoured 4-inch iPhone SE, and a range of new straps for the Apple Watch.

What would you like to see from a new Apple iPad? Let us know in the comments.

Justin

March 19, 2016, 5:54 pm

Had my ipad pro for 10 minutes before realising you can't even drag and drop pictures and videos onto it from my laptop without itunes, 10 minutes after that it was on ebay. Pointless

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