9.7-inch iPad Pro tech specs

By , Mar 21, 2016

iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Apple announced its new 9.7-inch iPad Pro on Monday at its ‘Let us loop you in’ event. It’s a miniature powerhouse that includes a lot of similar tech from its 12.9-inch big brother. With the smaller price tag, and smaller footprint for those who need portability, many are eager to get their hands on one.

Starting at $599 for the introductory model and becoming available on March 31st with preorders beginning Thursday, March 24th, we know you have high expectations. Here are the tech specs you can expect from Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Finish

All 9.7-inch iPad Pro models will continue to have that signature anodized aluminum finish that Apple devices have had for years. You get the color choice of Silver, Space Gray, Gold, or Rose Gold, and the colors are accented along the Touch ID sensor and the Apple logo on the back.

Capacity

Wi‑Fi models

  • 256GB
  • 128GB
  • 32GB

Wi‑Fi + Cellular models

  • 32GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Size and weight

Weight

  • Wi-Fi-only model: 0.96 pounds (437 grams)
  • Wi-Fi and cellular model: 0.98 pounds (444 grams)

Size

  • Length: 9.4 inches (240 mm)
  • Width: 6.6 inches (169.5 mm)
  • Depth: 0.24 inch (6.1 mm)

Buttons and connectors

  • Smart connector
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Touch ID Home button
  • Sleep/wake button
  • Dual microphones
  • Nano SIM tray
  • Lightning connector
  • Volume up/down

In the box

  • iPad Pro
  • Lightning to USB cable
  • USB power adapter

Display

  • 9.7 inches (diagonal)
  • Retina display
  • LED backlit
  • Multi-touch
  • 2048 x 1536 resolution at 264 PPI
  • Wide color display
  • True Tone display
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Fully laminated display
  • Anti-reflective coating

Chip

  • A9X chip with 64-bit archetecture
  • M9 coprocessor

iSight camera

  • 12 megapixel camera
  • Live photos
  • Autofocus with Focus Pixels
  • True Tone flash
  • Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)
  • Auto HDR for photos
  • Exposure control
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Five element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Backside illumination
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Improved local time mapping
  • Improved noise reduction
  • Face detection
  • Photo geotagging

Video recording

  • 4K Ultra-HD video at 30 FPS
  • 1080p HD video at 30 or 60 FPS
  • 720p HD video at 30 FPS
  • Slo-mo video for 1080p at 120 FPS and 720p at 240 FPS
  • Time-lapse video with stabilization
  • Cinematic video stabilization
  • 3x video zoom
  • Face detection
  • Video geotagging

FaceTime HD camera

  • 5 megapixel photos
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Retina Flash
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Auto HDR for photos and videos
  • Backside illumination
  • Exposure control
  • Burst mode
  • Timer mode
  • Face detection

FaceTime Calling

This device supports calling other individuals with iOS devices using the built-in FaceTime app over either Wi-Fi or cellular connections. Both video and audio FaceTime calls are supported.

Speakers

Four-speaker system integrated around the chassis.

Microphones

Dual microphones for calls, video recording, and audio recording.

Cellular and wireless

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO
  • Bluetooth 4.2 technology
  • UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900 MHz)
  • LTE Advanced (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41)
  • Data only
  • Embedded Apple SIM

SIM card

  • Nano-SIM
  • Apple SIM

Location

All models

  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • iBeacon microlocation

Wi-Fi and cellular models only

  • Assisted GPS and GLONASS
  • Cellular

Sensors

  • Touch ID
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Ambient light sensor

Touch ID

  • Unlock iPad
  • Secure personal data within apps
  • Make purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store

Apple Pay

Apple Pay is supported by using your Touch ID sensor to authenticate purchases within installed apps.

Siri

  • Send messages, set reminders, and more
  • Get proactive suggestions
  • Use your iPad hands-free
  • Listen and identify songs
  • And more

Power and battery

All models

  • Built-in 27.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Wi-Fi and cellular models only

  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network

Operating system

  • iOS 9.3 or later
  • AirDrop
  • AirPlay
  • AirPrint
  • Control Center
  • Notification Center
  • Siri
  • Spotlight search
  • Apple Music
  • Family Sharing
  • iCloud Drive
  • Multitasking
  • QuickType Keyboard
  • Night Shift

Built-in apps

  • Camera
  • Photos
  • Messages
  • FaceTime
  • Mail
  • Music
  • Safari
  • Maps
  • Siri
  • Calendar
  • iTunes Store
  • App Store
  • Notes
  • Contacts
  • iBooks
  • Game Center
  • Remonders
  • Clock
  • Videos
  • Photo Booth
  • Podcasts
  • News
  • Find My iPhone
  • Find My Friends
  • iCloud Drive

Free apps from Apple

  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • Keynote
  • iMovie
  • GarageBand
  • iTunes U
  • Apple Store
  • Trailers
  • Remote
  • Music Memos

System requirements

  • Apple ID
  • Internet access
  • iTunes 12.4 or later on Mac with OS X 10.8.5 or later or PC with Windows 7 or later

Languages

  • English (Australia, Canada, UK, U.S.)
  • Chinese (Simplified, Traditional, Traditional Hong Kong)
  • French (Canada, France)
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Spanish (Latin America, Mexico, Spain)
  • Arabic
  • Catalan
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Malay
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese

Audio playback

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit

TV and video

  • AirPlay Mirroring, photos, audio, and video out to Apple TV (2nd generation or later)
  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p through Lightning Digital AV Adapter and Lightning to VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)
  • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 60 frames per second, High Profile level 5.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Mail attachment support

  • .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images)
  • .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word)
  • .htm and .html (web pages)
  • .key (Keynote)
  • .numbers (Numbers)
  • .pages (Pages)
  • .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat)
  • .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • .txt (text)
  • .rtf (rich text format)
  • .vcf (contact information)
  • .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
  • .zip
  • .ic

Environmental requirements

  • Operating ambient temperature: 32º to 95º F (0º to 35º C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4º to 113º F (-20º to 45º C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet (3000 m)

These specs reflect only on the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and not the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Shortly, we’ll show you a comparison between the two to help you decide which one is right for you, so stay tuned!

Are you impressed with the specs of the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro? Share in the comments!

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  • Grolubao

    Yes, but… RAM?

    • Apple rarely publicizes their RAM. We won’t know until a device is Geekbenched.

    • askep3

      Seriously that’s the most important thing lol, everything else isnt nearly as important it’s all really similar to the big pro and the air

    • Guy

      Exactly what I was thinking

  • White Michael Jackson

    Great list but no ram information?

  • Straightshoota

    that camera bulge on the iPad would drive me insane. NOT AFAN OF THE BULGING CAMS apple!

    • Valinor

      Yes same here, it should be flat.

      Anyways glad I didnt wait for this one, too expensive for me.
      Got myself a refurb ipad air 2 64gb cellular for half price, so i’m happy.

  • Jovani Hernandez

    Regardless of ram specs people will still buy

  • ديف فرانكو

    This is basically an “s” upgrade for the iPad. Might as well call it iPad Air 2s or somethin.

    • Wolff

      That wouldnt justify the increased pricetag. Hence the Pro tag.
      We’ll properbly see an ipad air upgrade in Q4