Are you a little confused about how to choose between the iPad Air tablets and the iPad Pro? Don’t concern because you are not alone. Apple threw customers a bit of a curveball when it followed up its 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch version. Previous to the smaller Pro, the iPad lineup was divided into groups based on the physical size of the iPad, with the 7.9-inch iPad selected as “Mini”, the 9.7-inch re-branded as “Air” after the introduction of the Mini, and the new 12.9-inch receiving the “Pro” nomenclature. Obviously, three sizes, three names, it’s easy to understand. It’s exactly where the iPad Air-sized “iPad Pro” becomes a little unclear.
You should know that, the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is absolutely a “Pro” tablet. While not quite as fast as the 12.9-inch version, somehow that most people won’t know the difference. But there is a big question here, what makes an iPad a “Pro”?
The iPad Pro Isn’t Just About Speed
As a matter of fact the iPad Pro is really fast. PC fast. It is built completely for multitask, which is an ideal way to use the extra screen space on the 12.9-inch version. Then it has a graphics processor that is about on par with the XBOX 360, which is good on a tablet.
What is the main difference between the iPad Pro and iPad Air 2?
The big reason is the 12.9-inch iPad Pro also debuted with the Smart Keyboard, which connects with the Pro through a extraordinary new connector that also offers power to the keyboard, so no running out of batteries. The Apple Pencil also debuted alongside the Pro. The Pencil is a really something, that cooperates with the screen to provide better accuracy. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro received its own Smart Keyboard and also works with the Apple Pencil.
This helps pinpoint the central theme of the iPad Pro: content creation. It is an iPad that it is designed for business as much as play. It’s the iPad that you set on your desk, type into with a real keyboard, operate the text with a virtual touchpad and draw on with a Pencil. And then, of course, you detach it, head for the couch and enjoy the sound of a movie coming through those four speakers.
This may not be a Pro-level feature, but it is surely a main improvement over the Air and the Mini. The iPad adjusts the sound based on how you are holding it, so no more accidentally muffling the sound because of how you are holding the iPad. And the sound itself is much fuller than the tiny sound coming out of the iPad Air and iPad Mini.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro Is the iPad Air of the Pro Lineup
Probably it have the “Pro” name, but while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is obviously meant at the enterprise, the 9.7-inch Pro is really the future of the iPad. It not only keeps the 9.7-inch form factor, which is large enough to easily multitask and small enough to be portable, it actually exceeds the bigger Pro in many areas.
For instance, the 9.7-inch Pro contains a 12 MP back-facing camera capable of shooting 4K video. It’s bigger one is limited to an 8 MP iSight camera. Even the front-facing camera is enhanced, going from a 720p “HD” camera to a full 5 MP camera capable of using the screen as a “Retina Flash”. So, mostly, it takes better selfies.
Good question is,
Why a “Pro” iPad needs to take better selfies?
And the only consistent answer is that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the future of the iPad Air. We’re not saying Apple won’t ever come out with another Air-branded iPad. It might make sense for Apple to create an entry-level lineup of “Air” tablets for those not quite ready to shell out $600 for a tablet. But while it is clear the 12.9-inch iPad Pro was aimed at the enterprise, it is just as clear that the 9.7-inch Pro had one eye on the rest of us.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro adds a True Tone display, which changes the color of the screen according to ambient light, support for Live Photos with the above-mentioned 12 MP camera, “Hey Siri” activation without the need to plug in your tablet, and a screen that is less reflective than the iPad Air 2’s display, which is really something if you plan to use it while out in the sun.
Choose the best?
The decision on an iPad may come down to price more than any other factor. The iPad Air 2 starts at $399, which is $200 cheaper than the entry-level iPad Pro. What do you get for that extra $200?
Almost every feature on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is enhanced from the iPad Air 2. This contains storage space, which rises from 16 GB to 32 GB in the entry-level models, the display, the speakers, the processing speed and the availability of the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil.
As a matter of fact we should accept that, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the best tablet in the world. But do you need those extras? The extra processing speed is great for multitasking but won’t make streaming a movie on Netflix any smoother. Moreover, the Apple Pencil is really good for artists, but a regular stylus is just fine for those of us that are more… (Cough)… art-challenged. The Smart Keyboard? It’s overwhelming if you want to spend $150 for a keyboard.
If you prefer to purchase a solid iPad with a lower price, the iPad Air 2 is a affordable tablet. It is going to be supported for years to come.
But you are okay about the idea of $600 or more and it doesn’t shock you, the iPad Pro lineup is the way to go. While the 9.7-inch iPad Pro improved in many parts, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the final iPad. Once you get used to the bigger screen, anything else will be little by comparison. And while the smaller Pro has four speakers, they don’t sound as good or output the same volume as the bigger Pro. The Live Photos on the 9.7-inch are nice, but most of us take photos with our smartphone or those archaic devices called “cameras” that are designed specifically for taking photos and video. However, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro may is the best choice for those who are on travel most of the time. A bigger screen is great sitting on your desk or being your companion on the couch, but the smaller size is definitely better to use on a plane or into your luggage easily.
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