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iPad Pro 9.7" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017

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The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) was released in March 2016 and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) was released in June 2017. The 2016 iPad Pro 9.7” represents the first smaller-sized iPad Pro. The 2017 iPad Pro 12.9” represents the 2nd generation model in the 12.9” iPad Pro lineup. These two models share many of the same hardware specs. Still, the iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) has a few advantages, such as a larger display with ProMotion technology and up to 512GB of storage space.

Price Comparison

iPad Pro 9.7"

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iPad Pro 9.7" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 Pricing

iPad Pro 9.7" prices start at $106, which is cheaper than the iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 low price of $216.

Specs Comparison

The key specs for the iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) include a 9.7-inch Retina display with True Tone, an Apple A9X chip, up to 256GB of storage, and a 5MP FaceTime HD front camera. In comparison, the key specs for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) include a 12.9-inch Retina display with True Tone and ProMotion technology, an Apple A10X Fusion chip, up to 512GB of storage, and a 7MP FaceTime HD front camera. Common shared specs include a Lightning connector, four-speaker audio, two microphones, Touch ID in the home button, and a 12MP wide-angle rear camera. These two iPads support the Apple Smart Keyboard, 1st generation Apple Pencil, and the cellular-capable models support 4G LTE.

Size

Size iPad Pro 9.7" iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017
Width 221 mm 8.7 inches
Height 306 mm 12.0 inches
Depth 7 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 692 g 24.4 ounces

Measurements for the iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) are 9.4” (H) x 6.6 “ (W) x 0.24” (D), and the measurements for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) are 12” (H) x 8.68” (W) x 0.27” (D). The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) features a 9.7-inch display size and the WiFi-only model weighs 0.96 pounds. The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) with WiFi + Cellular weighs 0.98 pounds. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) features a 12.9-inch display size and the WiFi-only model weighs 1.49 pounds. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) with WiFi + Cellular weighs 1.53 pounds.

Camera

Camera iPad Pro 9.7" iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017
Primary 12.0 MP
Resolution 4000x3000

The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) both feature a 12MP wide-angle rear camera. On the front, the iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) has a 5MP FaceTime HD camera and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) has a 7MP FaceTime HD camera.

Screen

Display iPad Pro 9.7" iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017
Resolution 2048x2732
Screen Size 328 mm 12.9 in
Pixels Per Inch ppi 265 ppi

The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) features a 9.7-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 264 pixels per inch, and an SDR max brightness of 500 nits. The iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) features a 12.9-inch Retina display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 at 264 pixels per inch, an SDR max brightness of 600 nits, True Tone, and ProMotion technology. The displays on the 2016 iPad Pro 9.7” and the 2017 iPad Pro 12.9” are fully laminated and feature an anti-reflective coating and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

Battery

Battery iPad Pro 9.7" iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017
Capacity mAh 10870 mAh
Longevity hours 10 hours
USB Lightning

A 27.5-watt-hour battery powers the iPad Pro 9.7” (2016), and a 41-watt-hour battery powers the iPad Pro 12.9” (2017). Both models charge via the Lightning connector, and despite the difference in battery capacities, both can run for up to 10 hours when on WiFi or up to 9 hours when on cellular.

Processing

Processor iPad Pro 9.7" iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017
CPU Apple A10X Fusion APL1071 / APL1W71 (T8011)

Color Choices

iPad Pro 9.7"

Available in 4 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Rose Gold
  • Silver

Which iPad Pro 9.7" color should you buy?

iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which color iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 is the most popular?

iPad Pro 9.7" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 Colors

Both the iPad Pro 9.7" and iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 share three colors: Silver, Gold, and Gray. However, the iPad Pro 9.7" does away with Rose Gold, previously seen on the iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017.
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The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) and the iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) are available in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. The Space Gray models feature a black bezel on the front, and the Silver and Gold models feature a white bezel on the front. The iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) is also available in a Rose Gold model, which features a white bezel on the front.

Storage Options

iPad Pro 9.7"

Choose from 3 storage options:

  • 32GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB

Which iPad Pro 9.7" storage should I buy?

iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017

Choose from 5 storage options:

  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB

Which storage iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 is the most popular?

iPad Pro 9.7" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 Storage

The iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 introduces two new storage options not found on the iPad Pro 9.7": 64GB and 512GB. Both the iPad Pro 9.7" and iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 share three storage options: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB.
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The storage options for the iPad Pro 9.7” (2016) include 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and the storage options for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2017) include 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

Reviews

iPad Pro 9.7"

27 reviews 4.9 stars

iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017

18 reviews 5.0 stars

iPad Pro 9.7" vs iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 Reviews

Users rate the iPad Pro 9.7" with 4.9 stars, compared to the iPad Pro 12.9" 2nd Gen 2017 with 5.0 of 5.0 stars.

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