During a recently held event, Apple officially launched the long rumored 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The rumors turned out to be mostly rightthe smaller variant of the iPad Pro came with mostly the same hardware as that of the bigger and more powerful variant of the tablet. However, upon closer scrutiny of the device, it was revealed that the device actually has significantly less RAM compared to its bigger variant. It also runs under a less powerful CPU and an underclocked GPU, delivering far inferior performance than the original and bigger iPad Pro.
As detailed by Apple, the newly launched 9.7-inch iPad Pro, while having under its hood the same Apple A9X chipset that the original iPad Pro had, do not have the same processing power at all. In a side-by-side comparison of the two chipset versions on the two devices, it was shown that both chipset versions are third generation A9X chips with 64-bit desktop-class architecture. However, it is in the processing power of the chipsets and the GPUs where the two started to differ from each other.
The original 12.9-inch iPad Pro A9X chipset, compared to the A7 series, has a CPU processing speed of up to 2.5x faster. On the other hand, the A9X on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro only has a processing speed of up to 2.4x faster than the A7 series.
It is in the GPU power where the 9.7-inch iPad Pro met the most drastic loss. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s GPU has a 5x faster processing speed as that of the A7 series. Meanwhile, the 9.7-inch variant of the device only has a GPU processing speed that is 2.5x faster.
Other key specifications of the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro consist of True Tone Display technology, a 12-megapixel main camera with a LED flash feature, and 2GB RAM.
Pre-orders for the device are now open, and shipping will start sometime around next week. Prices start at $599 for the 32GB model.