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.
The best iPad ever has your laptop in its sights
Editors' note, June 8, 2017: At its, Apple unveiled a new that replaces the 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) 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, -- upgrades that are also coming to the $799 . The other two iPad models -- the iPad and -- 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.
This is the best tablet deal in history
For an impossible $99.99, you can get a 10-inch HD tablet with oodles of bells and whistles. Game, set and match, Apple. Plus: a super-fast mobile charger.
Apple insists iPad Pro is the modern definition of a computer
Commentary: In a new ad, Apple suggests that for some people there's no such thing as a computer anymore.
Microsoft CEO tells iPad users to 'get a real computer'
Commentary: In India, Satya Nadella spots two journalists with iPads. He isn't entirely impressed.
Will Apple's new iPad have facial recognition?
Rumor has it the tablet may follow the path of iPhone X and come with Face ID unlocking technology.
Grab the latest 9.7-inch iPad for $250
The only catch: You've got to get to a Micro Center to capitalize.
Amazon Fire HD 10 review: An amazing big-screen tablet value
Amazon's big 10-inch tablet delivers serious media chops for less than half the cost of Apple's basic iPad.
Derek Jeter proves iPad is a computer
Commentary: The former Yankees star and now Miami Marlins part-owner unveils his new office. Two iPads and one large hand-sanitizer dispenser. Welcome to the modern world.
Apple hikes prices on higher capacity iPad Pros by $50
The 256GB and 512GB iPad Pro models cost a bit more. Blame higher component prices.
Budget tablets a rare highlight as broader market shrinks
Detachable tablets like two-in-one computers just aren't as hot anymore, according to an IDC study.
Did Microsoft just reveal plans for an iPad Touch Cover?
The info comes from a download page related to lithium batteries.
Do not buy a new iPad at full price
Staples is the latest retailer to discount a new iPad, offering $50 off the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
Best Buy has the new 9.7-inch iPad for $280 in one-day sale
As part of its "Cyber Monday in July" sale (yeah that's a thing), Best Buy is offering $50 off the new entry-level 9.7-inch iPad.