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Apple 9.7-inch iPad vs 9.7-inch iPad Pro vs iPad Air 2: Price, specifications and features compared

Here’s how the 9.7-inch iPad (2017) compares with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the older iPad Air 2.

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Earlier this week, Apple quietly upgraded its iPhone and iPad lineup with new devices. The company announced Red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and upgraded the iPhone SE storage variants to 32GB and 128GB, with prices starting from Rs 27,200. The newly introduced 9.7-inch iPad replaces the nearly four-year-old iPad Air 2. We compared the new 9.7-inch iPad with 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 based on their price, specifications and features, and here’s how they fare.

Price: The new 9.7-inch iPad price starts at Rs 28,900 for the 32GB Wi-Fi storage variant, and Rs 39,900 for the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular variant. Prices of other variants isn’t revealed yet. The iPad 9.7-inch starts at Rs 49,900 for 32GB Wi-Fi only variant, whereas the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular variant is priced at Rs 61,900. The iPad Air 2 has been discontinued and has been taken off from Apple website, but it’s available to purchase from e-commerce stores and from Apple authorized retailers. The Wi-Fi only 32GB variant of iPad Air 2 is priced at Rs 31,900, whereas the 32GB Wi-Fi + Cellular variant is priced at Rs 41,900.

Display: In the promotional material, Apple has mentioned that the new 9.7-inch iPad has a brighter Retina Display compared to the iPad Air 2, but details about the specifications aren’t clear, yet. But as we can see in the specs sheet, the iPad Air 2 and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro features a laminated, anti-reflective coating, which is missing from the new iPad. Now, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, on the other hand, features the same display as the iPad Air 2, but the only difference here is the additional support for Apple Pencil to draw or doodle. ALSO READ: 9.7-inch iPad: Replacing the iPad Air 2 is a win-win move for Indian consumers and Apple India

Chipset: The new 9.7-inch iPad is powered by Apple’s 64-bit A9 chipset embedded with M9 motion coprocessor, which is a step up from 64-bit A8 chipset (with M8 motion coprocessor) on the iPad Air 2. According to Apple, the A9 chipset is 1.6x faster than Apple A8 processor, and the GPU is also 1.8x faster. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro, on the other hand, is powered by a slightly more powerful, 64-bit A9X chipset, embedded with M9 motion coprocessor.

Onboard Storage: The 9.7-inch iPad and iPad Air 2 is offered in 32GB and 128GB onboard storage variants, whereas the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is offered in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB variants. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone SE at Rs 19,999: Where exactly did Apple go wrong?

Cameras: The new 9.7-inch iPad and the iPad Air 2 feature an 8-megapixel rear camera of aperture f/2.4 and an HD 1.2-megapixel front facing camera. Both devices can record 1080p videos at 30fps, and 720p HD videos at 120fps. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro, on the other hand, features 12-megapixel rear camera of aperture f/2.2 and a dual tone LED flash. It also includes support for 4K video recording, full-HD (1080p) video recording at 120fps, and slow motion video recording (720p) at 120fps. Up front, there is a 5-megapixel front facing camera for selfies and video calling. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus red color variant launched

Miscellaneous Features: While the new 9.7-inch iPad and iPad Air 2 feature stereo speakers, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro speakers four speakers for enhanced audio experience. All three iPads also feature Touch ID fingerprint sensor for secure biometric authentication.


9.7-inch iPad

9.7-inch iPad Pro

iPad Air 2


9.7-inch (2048x1536pixels)

9.7-inch (2048x1536pixels)

9.7-inch (2048x1536pixels)


Apple 64-bit A9 chipset

Apple 64-bit A9X chipset

Apple 64-bit A8 chipset





Rear Camera


12-megapixel with LED flash


Front Camera





Wi-Fi Only / Wi-Fi + Cellular

Wi-Fi Only / Wi-Fi + Cellular

Wi-Fi Only / Wi-Fi + Cellular

Starting Price

Rs 28,900 (Wi-Fi)

Rs 39,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Rs 41,900 (Wi-Fi)

Rs 61,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

Rs 31,900 (Wi-Fi)

Rs 41,900 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)

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  • Published Date: March 24, 2017 5:39 PM IST

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