What’s the Difference between the New iPad and 9.7-inch iPad Pro?

Apple today released its cheapest iPad yet: the new iPad. Successor to the iPad Air 2, the new iPad sits below the existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The new iPad is not a ‘Pro’ as its name suggests, but how does it differ from Apple’s Pro iPad?

The design of the new iPad and the iPad Pro are the same, but the former is thicker and heavier than it. This is despite the 9.7-inch iPad Pro packing in more features and powerful internals. Let’s have a detailed look at the differences of the two devices below.

Display

  • Both tablets come with a 9.7-inch multi-touch display with a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • The 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s display is fully laminated with an anti-reflective coating on top of it. It also has Wide color and True Tone support
    • The display on the new iPad lacks all the above-mentioned features
  • The iPad Pro supports Apple Pencil, while the new 9.7-inch iPad does not

Design and Dimensions

  • The iPad Pro features Smart Connector and supports accessories that make use of the port
    • The new 9.7-inch iPad lacks any such connector
  • The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is lighter and thinner than the new iPad
    • The iPad Pro is 6.1mm thick vs 7.5mm of the new iPad
  • The iPad Pro weighs 437gms, while the new iPad is slightly heavier at 469gms

Chipset

  • The new iPad is powered by an A9 chipset, while the iPad Pro features an A9X chipset
    • Compared to Apple’s A8 chip, the A9 chip features a 1.6x faster CPU and 1.8X faster GPU
    • The A9X chip, on the other hand, features a 1.85X faster CPU and 2.7X faster GPU

Camera

  • The 9.7-inch iPad Pro features a 12MP rear shooter capable of recording 4K videos
    • The new iPad features an 8MP shooter that can only record Full HD videos
    • The new iPad is also limited to recording slow motion videos at 120fps, while the iPad Pro can record videos in slow motion at up to 240fps
  • The iPad Pro features a 5MP FaceTime HD camera
    • The new iPad features a paltry 1.2MP front camera
  • The iPad Pro features Retina Flash, which the new iPad lacks

Touch ID, Apple Pay, Connectivity, Speakers

  • Both tablets feature Apple Pay and Touch ID
  • The iPad Pro comes with an embedded Apple SIM, while the new iPad only features a nano-SIM card slot
  • The iPad Pro features four speakers
    • The new iPad only features two speakers

Colors and Storage

  • The new iPad is available in three colors: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold
    • The iPad Pro is available in available in all the three colors mentioned above along with a fourth Rose Gold option
  • The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is available in storage capacities of up to 256GB
    • The new iPad is only available with up to 128GB of storage space

Battery

  • Apple quotes both iPads as coming with 10-hour of battery life
    • The iPad Pro features a 27.5-watt-hour battery while the new iPad features a larger 32.4-watt-hour battery

Price

  • Prices for the new iPad start from $329
    • The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is significantly costlier and its prices start from $599

If you had to decide between the two, which iPad would you buy? The new iPad definitely lacks a lot of features when compared to the iPad Pro, but then it is also significantly cheaper.

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