9.7-Inch ‘iPad Pro’ Pricing to Start at $599 USD for 32GB [Rumour]

The next-generation 9.7-inch iPad “Pro” will be the first full-sized iPad to be priced higher than the usual $499, reports 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro will start at $599, but the catch is that Apple has allegedly decided to drop the 16 GB storage option, so the higher price will be compensated by increased storage.

Ipad air 2

Apple currently sells the iPad Air 2 at a starting price of $499 USD for the 16 GB model. The next storage option is 64 GB, which retails at $599, so this means the $599 iPad Pro will retain only half of the storage you get for the same price with the earlier model. The aforementioned iPads are Wi-Fi-only models.

There will also be a 128 GB storage version and, of course, the usual LTE cellular models.

According to 9to5Mac, the new version won’t replace the iPad Air 2 Apple currently sells, which will likely remain in the product line a starting price of $499. Instead, Apple will discontinue the original iPad Air.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is said to feature a four-speaker system just like its bigger, 12.9-inch brother, a Smart Connector, an A9X chip and more RAM. Interestingly, this tablet will include a 12 MP iSight camera with 4K video recording capabilities. Apple is expected to unveil the new iPad alongside the 4-inch iPhone (SE) on Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

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  • jmcd102

    Will be interesting to see the CDN prices. Also remember to factor in the $130 Pencil.

  • Right now, the entry iPad Pro in Canada has about a 31.5% exchange rate. So if $599 USD is true, using the same rate it would be about $788 CAD, or say $799 rounded up.

  • winnertakesteve

    ugh. i really hadn’t done the math recently. a starting price of $800 + $130 for a pencil has pretty much priced this right out of my budget. 🙁

    edit:
    i just compared the canadian and us apple stores. the $599 air 2 is $659 in canada. i really hope they adopt that pricing model, as that would probably make the difference in whether i buy or not.

  • Wall Man

    I don’t think they will. We have had lower pricing on the Air2 for a while. The Cdn$ prices across all iPads will probably see an increase due to the exchange rate.

    The Air3 or 9.7 iPad Pro or iPad Pro Mini will probably see a price difference of 30% between Cdn and US pricing. That is my prediction.

  • winnertakesteve

    I wonder if they are going to jack up the prices across the board then? Will the air 2 become more expensive as well on Monday? If so I don’t see this helping sagging iPad sales. (Although I’m sure the Canadian market means zip to them anyway)

  • jmcd102

    They increased the prices of the iPhone 6 last winter. I can see the correcting the Air 2 price. They don’t seem to care.

  • jmcd102

    Don’t forget to add in a Keyboard case or a separate case with a Smart Cover, of course priced separately unlike the old combined Smart Cover for the Air 2. The additional costs add up along with the tax.

  • winnertakesteve

    Sigh 🙁

    I guess that means anyone who wants an iPad 2 should in fact buy one this weekend rather than wait to see what gets released Monday. (At least then you have the option to return)

    It sucks… the optics of a $100 price hike on an 18 month old device isn’t great.

  • Wall Man

    Yes, best option is to buy an Air2 now and see what happens on Monday.

    Unfortunately it is all exchange rate related.