There’s no doubting that Apple’s design-oriented iPad Pro tablet is big, but what if you’re after a small pad for your ideas? Well there’s now an iPad Pro to match a smaller set of hands.

If you loved the idea of an iPad with a pen to let you draw or a wired keyboard for typing mid-flight, but couldn’t justify the massive size or price associated with the iPad Pro tablet, there’s good news this week: a newer, smaller iPad Pro is coming.

Called the 9.7 inch iPad Pro, it is essentially the latest generation of a not-quite-10-inch tablet, as the iPad Air goes another year without an update (at the moment, anyway) and Apple’s “Pro” range of tablets takes centre stage.

For now, don’t think about the iPad Air 2 with its ageing A8X processor, because that is taking a step down from its premium flagship tablet position, with the 9.7 inch iPad Pro now the one to consider if you’re after a large and portable slate computer.


Inside the 9.7 inch iPad Pro, Apple is taking pretty much what went inside the 12 inch first iPad Pro and making it small again, which follows the same sort of theme we saw with the iPhone SE being announced at the same time, with the guts of an iPhone 6S stuffed into the smaller body of the iPhone 5S.

That’s kind of what you can expect here, with an A9X processor, with 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth, and storage amounts of either 32GB, 128GB, and even a 256GB model also popping up.

We’re a little surprised to see some improvements to the camera, though, with a 12 megapixels camera out of the iPhone 6S sitting on the back of the 9.7 inch iPad Pro, while the front-facing camera from the 6S supporting 5 megapixels of selfie-snapping goodness will also be here.