As the 2 newest products in Apple’s Pro series, ipad pro 12.9 inches which was released in November 2015 and its smaller brother iPad pro 9.7 inches released in March 2016 are naturally compared by people who want to by an iPad pro. Today in this passage, we will do an iPad Pro 9.7 vs 12.9 full comparison to see their similarities and differences.
Build quality in design
Both the Pro’s simply look and feel gorgeous, when you hold these products in your hands they feel like $1000000. The iPad Pro 9.7 and 12.9 are crafted from metal encased in beautifully form aluminum unibody. It is the same story you get the brushed aluminum body on the rear, beveled edges, high quality slab of glass on the front and the famous home button with touch ID sensor. But they are also prone to slide out of your hand onto the floor if you are not careful. You may probably need to buy a case or some sort of protective skin.
Both of these tablets come with total 4 speakers, 2 on the top and the rest on the bottom. They produce rich, loud and vibrant sound which is perfect for videos, music and gaming. Now on the left side of each pro there is a smart connector that would allow you to connect the smart keyboard. The smart connect transfers both data and power so no charging or pairing is required.
So far we have 2 identical devices with the only difference in size. The Pro 9.7 dimension is about 240 x 169.9 x 6.1 mm. it only weighs 437 grams while the Pro 12.9 weighs 729 grams with the dimension 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm.
The larger iPad pro has 12.9 inch display and the smaller gets 9.7 inch. The specific data can be seen on picture below. Both of the pros use IPS LCD as their display technology. The same PPI means you get the same amount of sharpness and crispness. However the smaller iPad pro has some new technologies such as true tone which automatically adjust to white balance of the screen based on ambient lightning which results in less stress on the eyes.
As for the screen size, obviously with the larger screen you get more screen real estate to work on your iPad. It’s not going to be as portable as the smaller one but some people simply love larger screen. For work, it is easier to draw, to design, to inspect, to multitask; for play, it is more immersive to watch movies and play games. But make sure you take the actual size of the iPad into consideration since larger screen means a large loss of portability.
Processor data are shown in the pictures below. We also ran a Geekbench benchmarking test to see how much faster the iPad Pro 12.9 is than the 9.7. Due to the higher clock speed, Geekbench is a processor and memory benchmarking tool that uses real world scenarios to stress test devices to their absolute maximum, so we get a good idea of the difference in power. The result shows that the higher clock speed and double the memory does give the 12.9 iPad pro slight advantage over the 9.7 iPad Pro.
Apple pencil is a fantastic ipad pro accessory for those of you who are interested in the iPad pro as a device to take notes, draw sketch and create. Both the iPad pros have a built-in palm rejection technology which means you can use the Apple pencil when your palm is actually rest on the display without affecting anything and it does work flawlessly. But again the larger iPad pro gets the larger canvas to work with. There are also apple pencil holder to protect and place this perfect tool for iPad pro drawing. iPad pro 9.7 vs 12.9 for drawing.
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As you can see the details in the picture below, the camera of iPad pro 12.9 is of really poor specifications by today’s standards. However the iPad pro 9.7 is in a quite interesting turn of events as it happens to have much better specifications.
Price & color option
Both the 2 iPad pros are available in silver, gold and space grey. However the smaller one also comes in rose gold.
Fingerprint sensors (touch ID) /Software
Exactly the same.
Power & battery
Apple advertises the exact same battery life of both iPad pros which is up to average 10 hours surfing the web on wifi, watching video or listening to the music on healthy mixture of all 3 activities.
iPad pro accessories
Accessories for ipad 9.7 and 12.9 vary in a certain extent, for example, ipad pro case , especially ipad pro leather case, and ipad pro keyboard. Some cases are only available for ipad pro 12.9, such as EasyAcc felt sleeve, while most of ipad pro cases are made for both 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch ipad pro. Apple smart keyboard is for both sizes while Logitech create ipad pro keyboard is only for size 12.9 inch.