iPad Pro news: Smaller version of Apple's powerful tablet to be launched in March event?

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The iPad Pro has just been released late last year and now Apple is already looking to kick the tablet one notch further by releasing a brand new iteration of the tablet.

News media outlet, 9 to 5 Mac reports that the tech company will further separate the upcoming 9.7-inch iPad from its predecessor. The tablet line will follow Apple’s MacBook which offered the similarly powered device in a variation of sizes. This could have been caused by the company’s decision not to call its latest 12-inch Macbook a MacBook Air despite building the device as the supposed successor of the MacBook Air.

The new iPad Pro is supposed to be launched during the Apple’s March 15 event, however, a report by Korean website Underkg states that it was pushed through a week later.

“The event, previously known to take place in March 15th, is pushed back a week to March 22nd if our source is correct. Apple allegedly have sent notifications to leave the schedule available from the 21st to 23rd, making us guess that the event will occur a week after the original known date,” the article said.

Nevertheless, a one week difference may be worth it given the impressive rumored specs of the device. Albeit smaller, the aforementioned tablet will be packing the same punch as its parent device, if not more. It will be sporting an A9X processor and an upgraded RAM. It will also be having the 12.9-inch model’s enhanced display technology with incredible 5.6 million pixels which is the most ever in an iOS device and nearly twice as much CPU performance as the iPad Air 2.

The 9.7-inch model will also be including a Smart Connector with Apple developing a smaller version of its Smart Keyboard that can be attached to the tablet. But while waiting for that, it will already be equipped with the same technology as its bigger variation in terms of support for the Apple Pencil.