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9.7-inch iPad Pro first look: A worthy successor to the iPad Air 2

Jason Snell | March 22, 2016
It looks like an iPad Air. It feels like an iPad Air. But spend some time with the new 9.7-inch iPad, and you'll know it's a Pro.

As someone who uses a 12.9-inch iPad Pro a lot, I have to mention that there are several features of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro that have leapfrogged its larger cousin. The front and back cameras are two of them, and then there’s the True Tone feature, support for Retina Flash for selfies, and the expanded color gamut. Then again, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro still has a (slightly) faster version of the A9X processor, a full-sized keyboard, and 2.4 million more pixels. 

I still love my 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but there’s no denying that as of March 31, there’s a new top iPad in terms of features and popularity with the masses. It might have an unfamiliar and unwieldy name, but when you hold the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in your hand, you’ll know it’s the next generation of iPad, a true and worthy successor to the iPad Air 2.


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