10 Differences between iPad Air 2 and 9.7 inch iPad Pro

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Apple introduced iPad Air 2 back in October 2014.Last year Apple announced the iPad Pro 12.9 inch model. The iPad Pro model gathered a lot of praise especially from the enterprise market particularly due to the support of the Apple Pen for the iPad Pro.

At the latest Apple March 21 Keynote event which we also covered highlight the major announcements made at the event, Apple announced iPad Pro 9.7-inch to succeed the iPad Air 2.

But is it worth to upgrade from your current iPad Air 2 or is it the same device with the name “pro” in it. In this article, we will be discussing the differences between iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7-inch in detail to see if it is really wise for you to spend the extra bucks and get the iPad Pro 9.7 inch. If you are in the process of choosing between two variants of iPad Pro and are having difficulty in picking one, look at the 10 Differences Between 12.9 inch iPad Pro and 9.7 inch iPad Pro.

Difference Between iPad Air 2 Vs iPad Pro 9.7

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10. Design

The chassis design of the iPad Pro 9.7-inch is nearly identical to iPad Air 2. They both have the same dimension and iPad Pro 9.7 inch is just few grams lighter than the iPad Air 2. There is a rose gold color option in iPad Pro 9.7-inch while we don’t have that in iPad Air 2.

There are some physical differences in terms of  the smart connector and 4 speakers on the iPad Pro 9.7-inch instead of 2 speakers found on the iPad Air 2.

9. Specs

Specs inside both these devices are poles aside. Apple made iPad Air 2 as an entertainment and multimedia device. But in the case of iPad Pro 9.7-inch, Apple has taken it to another level. Apple has targeted the iPad Pro line of iPads for productivity and for professional people who can do their work on the iPad Pro.

iPad Pro 9.7-inch has the latest A9X processor chip inside in comparison to iPad Air 2 A8X chip.The RAM inside both of them is 2GB but still it’s enough to have fast and smooth experience using the latest iOS 9.

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8. Display

iPad Pro 9.7-inch and iPad Air 2 features the same 9.7-inch display with a resolution of 2732 × 2048 pixel at 264 PPI. iPad Pro 9.7-inch features a new display technology called “true tone” by Apple which features brighter and 40% less reflective display. According to Apple, this new technology dynamically changes the color tone of the iPad Pro’s screen depending on the environment in which you are using your iPad Pro (indoor, outdoor etc.)

7. Camera

People normally don’t prefer to take pictures with their tablets,but still Apple has managed to bumped up camera in the new iPad Pro 9.7-inch. iPad Air 2 features a 1.2MP front and 8MP rear camera while iPad Pro 9.7-inch offers the same camera capabilities as an iPhone 6S. It has the same 12MP sensor capable of shooting 4k video. On the front, there’s a new 5MP camera with HD video.

iPad Pro 9.7 is the first iPad to feature “true tone flash” on rear camera and retina flash on the front camera.So we see a better and improved camera on iPad Pro 9.7-inch.

6. Software

The software experience on both devices is the same as both run iOS 9. However, iPad Pro 9.7-inch runs the new build of iOS 9, the iOS 9.3 which was also unveiled at the Apple March event. Even though the experience on both devices are same there is a plus point on iPad Pro 9.7-inch side as it features Apple Pencil input for productivity reasons. iPad Air 2 doesn’t have this capability.

5. Storage

Initially, iPad Air 2 came with 16GB, 64GB and 128GB storage options,but after the  announcement of iPad Pro 9.7-inch, the 128GB option has been removed. However, for the very first time, iPad Pro will be the first Apple device which will come with 256GB storage as well. iPad Pro 9.7-inch comes with the storage options of 32GB, 128GB and 256GB.

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4. Battery Life

The battery on both devices is different.iPad Pro 9.7-inch will be able to get 10 hours of battery life said by Apple. On the other hand, iPad Air 2 is said to be getting around 9 hours of battery timing.

3. Smart Accessories

When it comes to extra accessories iPad Pro 9.7-inch have an extra advantage. iPad Pro 9.7-inch has a bunch of extra accessories. On the other side iPad, Air 2 don’t have any extra accessories to improve our experience.

iPad Pro 9.7-inch supports Apple Pencil and Apple smart keyboard add-on.The smart connector on the device is useful and we might see some extra third party accessories as well in the future.

Difference betwen ipad air 2 and ipad pro 9.7

2. Pricing

The iPad Pro 9.7-inch is more expensive than the iPad Air 2 but costs less than the original iPad Pro 12.9 inch model. iPad Pro 9.7-inch costs in this variation.

    • Wi-Fi 32GB $599
    • Wi-Fi 128GB $749
    • Wi-Fi 256GB $899
    • Wi-Fi + Cellular 32GB $729
    • Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB $879
    • Wi-Fi + Cellular 256GB $1079

iPad Air 2 costs in this variation

  • Wi-Fi 16 GB $399
  • Wi-Fi 64 GB $499
  • Wi-Fi + Cellular 16GB $529
  • Wi-Fi + Cellular 64 GB $629

1. Verdict

With all those improvements and extra features,and better hardware, iPad Pro 9.7-inch seems quite better than the iPad Air 2 which was released in 2014. But the real question is do you really need to spend an extra $100 just to get your hands on the iPad Pro 9.7 inch? If your use is just multimedia and entertainment, iPad Air 2 is the best choice for you.

You don’t need the extra processing power for that. But if you are looking for a tablet to enhance your productivity and help you in your work but don’t like the huge 12.9 inch iPad Pro screen and don’t have that kinda budget, then iPad Pro 9.7 is the ultimate choice for you.

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