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Comparison of the new iPad Pro 9.7” with old iPad Pro 12.9”

The arrival of the new iPad Pro, presented on the Keynote event few days ago, has shown that Apple is renewing its line of tablets and probably changing the envision of this market. If this new iPad Pro is almost identical with the larger model, is it much faster or maybe slower? Let’s find out.


The new iPad Pro shares a lot of components that Apple launched in the first model of this line. The similarity between these two models is so big that only the smaller size of the new model differentiates it at first glance. There are also subtle differences on the screen, the 9,7” version has a panoramic color screen with True Tone. This novelty allows the display to dynamically adapt to the light conditions.


However, Apple eventually gave a lower performance to this iPad Pro 9,7”, which is strange because both have the same A9X processor. This comparison appears on the iPad website and can be seen in the specifications, in direct comparison with the older processor, the A7.


What’s the performance difference between iPads?

These differences are not only at the processor level, where the larger iPad can be 2.5x faster than the A7 and only 2.4 faster in this new model, but also at the GPU level where the differences are even larger. Regarding GPU, the A9X processor of the iPad Pro 12.9 is 5x faster than the A7 and the model used in the new iPad is only 4.3x faster.

In practice, when compared to the iPad Pro 9.7”, the iPad Pro 12.9” is about 4.2% faster in processor performance comparison and about 16.3% faster in comparison of GPU performance. Noteworthy that the new iPad Pro 9.7” has only 2 GB of RAM, which is two times less than the 12.9” model (4 GB of RAM). The new iPhone SE has the same amount of RAM as the new iPad Pro, just saying…

What’s the reason of such difference between iPads?

Having the same processor and the same platform, it turns out to be difficult to understand Apple’s option for these differences. There are already some theories that explain it, but none of them is confirmed by the brand. The most acceptable so far is that Apple wants to keep the iPad Pro 12.9” as a model with greater performance and faster running iOS and keep it that way at the top. On the other hand, there is the issue regarding battery life, which is partially solved on iPad Pro 9.7”. however, to increase the battery life Apple reduced the performance.

The difference between models is not only in size and performance but also in price. For example, the cost of a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro with a storage capacity of 32 GB is $599 and the 12.9-inch model with the same storage – $799.


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