Apple releases the iPad Pro, not Air, to succeed the iPad Air 2, which was released in October 2014. Much like the iPhone SE this newest iPad Pro is smaller than the rest at 9.7 inches.
There are two options for the Pro: a 9.7 inch with 2048 X 1536 resolution and 12.9 inch with 2732 x 2048 resolution. The smaller 9.7 inch iPad Pro features a 25 percent brighter display than the Air 2, 500 nits of light, and reduced display reflectivity by 40 percent. It also comes with the newest iOS 9.3 feature Night Shift that shifts the display yellow for when the sun begins to set. It can also adjust white balance using two four channel ambient light sensors, which can measure the ambient light with more accuracy.
It has an M9 processor, up to 10 hrs of battery lift, 4 speakers, faster LTE with its A9X chip, and 802.11 ac Wi-Fi. It comes with a 12 megapixel camera that can shoot 4k video, the same camera on the iPhone 6s. The only downside is the bump on the back due to the camera, which might only result in as a nuisance rather than a concern. You can also use the Apple Pencil, which is a plus for the users that prefer to use the pencil. The 9.7 inc iPad Pro comes with a built in Apple Sim so that you can subscribe to a data plan and no it did not replace the nan Sim card, its still there.
The lower end iPad Pro starts at $599 with 32GB of storage, $749 with 128 GB, and $899 for 256 GB. Its more expensive than the Air 2, which right now goes for $399 but it does pack more performance. It will be available in silver, black, gold, and rose gold colors. Its 6.1 mm thick and weighs under a pound.
“We believe that iPad is the perfect expression of the future of computing,” Said Tim Cook. Just from the keynote it looks like Apple is trying to bring back the iPad and have a vision for it to replace computers in the future. So much so that Apple wants the iPad Pro to replace windows and offers a Microsoft Office 365 subscription option with the purchase of the Pro. Office 365 is a subscription service that offers productivity software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note, mobile apps, and has home, personal, and university versions with different features. Apple has also added this subscription offer on the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, and iPad Mini 4.