According to 9to5Mac, Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, widely expected to be announced at the company’s “Let Us Loop You In” media event on Monday, will come with a higher price tag of $599. The base variant of the tablet will come with 32GB of storage space and Wi-Fi only connectivity, with Apple offering higher priced variants of the tablet with 128GB of storage and LTE connectivity.
By comparison, the baseline iPad Air 2 model with sixteen gigabytes of storage starts at $499. The 32/128GB iPad Pro is $799/$949, or $1,079 for the top-of-the-line 128GB model with Wi-Fi and cellular support.
The report also confirms that Apple will not be updating the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the iPad mini 4 at its ‘Let us loop you in’ event on Monday, though this should not be surprising since the tablets are only around six months old right now.
The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is essentially a smaller version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro that Apple released alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus last year. The tablet will come with a powerful A9X chipset, 4GB RAM, four stereo speakers, a brighter display that will also support Apple Pencil, and a Smart Connector that will allow the tablet to connect to accessories like the Smart Keyboard.
Apple is scheduled to hold a media event on Monday, March 21. In addition to a new iPad model, the rumor-mill is expecting a four-inch iPhone SE refresh, new Apple Watch bands and updates to Apple’s operating systems.