The differences are not related to their processing power though, with both tablets coming with Apple’s powerful A9X chipset. Cutting the chase though, below you will find the differences between the 9.7-inch and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Display & Dimensions
As their name indicates, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes with a smaller and slightly lower resolution screen compared to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The former’s 9.7″ display sports a resolution of 2048 x 1536, while the latter features a resolution of 2732 x 2048
The smaller 9.7″ display, however, features True Tone and Wide color display that makes it better than the 12.9-inch display of the larger Pro tablet
The smaller display ensures that the smaller iPad Pro is…well…smaller than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The former is 240mm tall, 169.5mm wide and 6.1mm thick; while the latter is 305.7mm tall, 220.6mm wide, and 6.9mm thick
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is also lighter than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro: 437g/444g vs. 713g/723g for the Wi-Fi/LTE variant.
The iSight camera on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro uses the same camera setup as found on the iPhone 6s. This means we are looking at a 12MP 1.22u pixels shooter with f/2.2 aperture, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro uses an 8MP shooter with f/2.4 aperture
The former’s 12MP shooter features a sapphire crystal lens cover, improved local tone mapping and noise reduction, which are all missing from the larger iPad Pro
The smaller Pro tablet is also capable of recording videos in 4K resolution, Full HD at 60fps, and slo-mo at up to 240fps. In comparison, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro can only record videos in Full HD resolution at 30fps and at up to 120fps in slo-mo
The FaceTime camera on the front of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is also significantly better than its larger brother. The former features a 5MP shooter with an f/2.2 aperture, while the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro features a 1.2MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture.
The improved camera specs on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro do come at a cost though: it features a slight camera hump, which is non-existent on the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
While the 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes with a smaller 27.5-watt battery (vs. 38.5-watt on 12.9-inch iPad Pro), both tablets offer the same battery life: up to 10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi
Pricing, Storage and Colors.
The smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro has been priced at $599, which is $200 lesser than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Apple will be offering the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in 128GB and 256GB variants. The company also launched a 256GB storage option for the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro
The smaller iPad Pro will be offered with 32GB of storage space with LTE connectivity. This option is not available for the larger Pro tablet, which is only available in 128GB and 256GB variants with LTE connectivity.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is available in four colors: Silver, Gold, Space Gray and Rose Gold. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is not available in Rose Gold color.
So, as you can see, apart from the display and camera, the differences between the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro are not that significant.
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