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Apple’s smaller iPad Pro now available in SA

We’ve been, been waiting and its finally here, there’s a 256GB option too.

Without question, last year’s iPad Pro was the most powerful tablet Apple had ever made, but let’s be real: Its size made it a complete nonstarter for most people. That’s why Apple took all the things that made the iPad Pro a pro and shoved them into a smaller body for everyone else to use. 

All of the iPad Pro’s broad strokes can be found on the 9.7-incher; from the powerful A9X chipset to the four-speaker setup to the Smart Connector for accessories like Apple’s magnetically connecting keyboard. The Apple Pencil also works here. Arguably, it works even better, because the 9.7-inch Pro feels like a clipboard when you cradle it in hand. Speaking of feel, I’m astonished Apple squeezed nearly all of the big Pro’s components into a body that’s basically no bigger and no heavier than last year’s Air 2. No matter how much I try, I can’t give up the traditional iPad form factor for something bigger, and now I don’t have to.

Because the 9.7-inch Pro is almost physically identical to the Air 2, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Air line was just supplanted completely. Then again, with the Air 2 now priced at $399, the cost difference might mean Apple keeps the Air 2 around as its introductory full-size iPad. The trick lies in how Apple decides to divvy up its hardware innovations, and only time will tell. Core, Apple’s official South African distributor released its recommended pricing for the 9.7-inch which starts at R11 899 for the WiFi 32GB to R20 499 for the 256GB WiFi and cellular offering. 

Papi Mabele
Tech enthusiast at heart. Lover of all things digital. Papi is the founder of SA Vibe and has been sharing his love for gadgetry since 2010. Papi sees no need for wearable tech in his busy schedule and considers the Xbox One as non existant. He may come across as bias at times, and still holds a grudge at BlackBerry for creating the 8520.