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7 things you need to know about the 9.7in Apple iPad Pro

4. It's as powerful as its bigger brother

Annoyingly for the 12.9in iPad Pro, its baby brother packs the same power and graphical performance thanks to the A9X chip with its M9 co-processor.

That means it apparently packs more graphical grunt than an Xbox 360 and also supports hands-free 'Hey, Siri' functionality to help you quickly close your smart garage door with minimum fuss.     

5. You (probably) won't ever run out of storage space

Apple’s finally bumping up the largest capacity iPad Pro to 256GB, double the amount you got in the iPad Air 2. Even if you download hundreds of apps, have a massive music collection, or fill your tablet with photos, you shouldn’t run out of room in a hurry.

It’s a bit annoying the entry-level model sticks with 32GB though; you’d be surprised how quickly that fills up once you start loading on games or download Amazon Prime videos for offline viewing. That means there’s a choice of 32GB, 128GB and 256GB models in either 9.7in or 12.9in sizes, which will set you back US$599 (RM2420), US$749 (RM3025) and US$899 (RM3635) respectively for the Wi-Fi model. As for the Cellular version, you're going to have to cough up an extra US$130 (RM525) for each of the storage variants. 

6. The iPad Air 2 isn't dead yet

There’s a good reason Apple’s calling this iPad Pro, and not iPad Air 3. With more speakers, a better screen, faster CPU and Apple Pencil support, it’s a superior machine - but might be overkill for anyone that just uses their tablet for browsing the web.

The Air will live on for everyone that doesn’t need blazing speed - and even get a price cut. That means you can pick one up for RM1699 for the 16GB model, or from RM2099 for the 64GB version.

The 9.7in iPad Pro is available for pre-order for US$599 (32GB version), US$749 (64GB version) and US$899 (256GB version) in select countries. Unfortunately, Malaysia isn't one of them at the moment. But we'll let you know when we know. 

7. It has a better (but more prominent) camera

The 9.7in iPad Pro bests its bigger brother's 8MP camera with a 12MP snapper that is almost identical to the one found in the iPhone 6S. That means the ability to take live photos, True Tone flash for more natural selfies and a wider f/2.2 aperture.  

One possible downside is that this camera isn't quite flush with the case, which means the potential for wobble when placing it on flat surfaces. Something to test drive in the Apple Store before you buy, perhaps. 

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