Apple's 9.7-Inch iPad Pro Delivers Versatility in a Smaller Tablet
REVIEW: Take the best of the iPad Pro and the best of the iPad Air 2, add some features and you have the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro.When the new Apple 9.7-inch iPad Pro arrived I quickly found myself in a quandary. I placed it next to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro I bought back in November and I liked them both. Once I'd loaded my apps and other content on to the new iPad, my quandary intensified. Which iPad would prove to be better? On one hand, the big iPad had all of that screen real estate and the ability to display photos with remarkable resolution. The screen was large enough to display documents side by side, and the keyboard was good enough to use as a laptop replacement. On the other hand, the newer, smaller, iPad was far more portable with some features the larger model doesn't have, including better cameras and the ability to use the screen as a flash for taking selfies. Apple also included the Smart Keyboard, Apple Pencil and some attachments that addressed concerns that I'd had when I wrote about the larger iPad last year. Those attachments are an SD card reader, and a powered USB 3.0 port.
With the latest iPad Pro version, a number of apps—including Adobe Photoshop Mix and Fix as well as Photoshop Sketch—now are available to make good use of both the iPad Pro's processing power and the Apple Pencil, which previously had not been particularly useful because of the lack of software. There also are several other imaging and sketching apps that support the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil.