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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