Apple hopes new iPad Pro means less is more (pictures)

Less than six months after the launch of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, Apple has announced a smaller but equally powerful follow-up, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Here's what it looks like.

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Meet the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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It's significantly smaller than the 12.9-inch original.

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It's 40 percent less reflective than the iPad Air 2 and 25 percent brighter than iPad Air 2.

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The screen is 25 percent brighter than the iPad Air 2 and Apple says it's the brightest tablet available.

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The screen has 25 percent greater color saturation than iPad Air 2, but its True Tone display lets it change color tone depending on ambient light.

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Tim Cook demonstrates how True Tone works.

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The smaller iPad Pro has the most advanced iPad camera yet featuring a 12-megapixel resolution, TrueTone flash and Live Photos. It also captures 4K-resolution video.

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And of course it works with the Apple Pencil.

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Apple's introducing a new keyboard for the new size.

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Accessories can be connected through the lightning port.

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This iPad Pro has twice the audio output quality of the iPad Air 2.

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It comes in four colors: silver, gold, space grey and rose gold.

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Here are all the pretty spects unveilled in Apple's event.

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It'll be available from March 31.

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