According to 9to5Mac, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will come with a higher price tag of $599, compared to the iPad Air 2. The base variant of the tablet will come with 32GB of storage space and Wi-Fi only connectivity, with Apple offering higher priced variants of the tablet with 128GB of storage and LTE connectivity.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro was expected to replace the ageing iPad Air 2 in Apple’s lineup, but the report claims that it is likely not going to be the case. Instead, Apple apparently plans to continue selling the iPad Air 2 at its existing price point.
The report also confirms that Apple will not be updating the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the iPad mini 4 at its ‘Let us loop you in’ event on Monday, though this should not be surprising since the tablets are only around six months old right now.
We expect the 9.7-inch iPad Pro to be a smaller version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that Apple released alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last year. The tablet will come with a powerful A9X chip, 4GB RAM, four stereo speakers, a brighter display that will also support Apple Pencil, and a Smart Connector that will allow the tablet to connect to accessories like the Smart Keyboard.
With sales of iPads shrinking with every passing month, I am not sure if Apple’s decision to price the 9.7-inch iPad Pro at an additional $100 premium over the iPad Air 2 is the correct one. While the extra horsepower and features on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro do make it sound tempting, I am not sure if consumers will be ready to pay such a high price for it, especially since the tablet will be greatly restricted by its software — iOS 9.
Would you buy the 9.7-inch iPad Pro if it starts at $599?