iPad Pro 9.7-inch

The Good The new iPad Pro delivers a fast processor; a bright, antireflective display; support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories; better, louder speakers and top-notch cameras, in the same exact body as the iPad Air 2.

The Bad A higher price, plus expensive accessories. Less RAM and a slightly slower processor than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. iOS still limits overall flexibility of this iPad.

The Bottom Line It's still not a full-fledged laptop killer, but the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the best iPad ever made -- a near-perfect balance of tablet power and portability.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 9.0
9.0 Overall

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Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch (silver, 32GB)
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
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Apple iPad (9.7-inch, 2017)
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Review

The best iPad ever has your laptop in its sights

Mar 2016

Editors' note, June 8, 2017: At its Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple unveiled a new iPad Pro that replaces the 9.7-inch iPad Pro introduced in 2016 (reviewed below). Starting at $649, the new model packs a a bigger screen -- a 10.5-inch Retina display -- into a footprint similar to that of the $329 (non-Pro) 9.7-inch model Apple debuted in March 2017. The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro also comes equipped with a more powerful processor, higher-quality cameras, and, when it debuts in the fall, iOS 11 -- upgrades that are also coming to the $799 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The other two iPad models -- the iPad and iPad Mini 4 -- remain a part of the lineup, unchanged since their respective introduction and refresh earlier this year. 

The iPad Pro 9.7-inch review, published in March 2016 and updated regularly since, follows.

Take last year's largest-ever iPad, shrink it down to the more traditional 9.7-inch size, add an even better camera and screen, and you've got the new 2016 iPad Pro. It starts at $599, £499 or AU$899 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model -- and it's the iPad I'd buy if I were in the market for a new tablet right now.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $599
  • Brand Apple
  • Diagonal Size 9.7 in
  • Type Apple iOS 10
  • Monitor Features Retina display, True Tone display, Wide color display, anti-fingerprint, anti-glare, fully laminated display
  • Weight 15.41 oz
  • Color Category silver
  • Cameras (for SD) rear camera + front camera
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