iPad Pro 2017 vs iPad Pro 9.7 – How to Tell them Apart

Apple fans were surprised last week to hear that the Cupertino based tech giant has launched a brand new tablet. The device in cause has been simply named as iPad and it will only ship in the 9.7 Retina display model. What makes this iPad special is the fact that it’s quite affordable being priced at $329. What’s surprising is that the new tablet is competing against Apple’s other 9.7 inch iPad Pro.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone but the tablet industry isn’t as profitable as it used to be. The only company that still manages to keep its profits growing when it comes to tablets is Apple. The reason behind this is that Apple keeps on refreshing its iPad lineup with new and higher performing devices. Nonetheless, today we’re going to take a look at what the new iPad and iPad Pro have to bring to the table.

Size and Weight

First off, obviously both of these gadgets ship with a 9.7 inch retina display and this is what puts them in the same category. In addition, both devices measures in at 240mm in length and 170mm in width. The only difference that we can see is their thickness. iPad 2017 features a thickness of 7.5mm while iPad Pro measures in at 6.1mm.

Now onto weight, the Wi-Fi only iPad 2017 model weighs in at 469 grams which is significantly heavier that the iPad Pro that weighs 437 grams. On the other hand, the Wi-Fi + LTE iPad 2017 model weighs in at 478 and the Wi-Fi + LTE iPad Pro weighs in at 444 grams. Additionally, both devices have been built with aluminum alloy. We think it’s safe to say that iPad Pro has a slight advantage when it comes to portability.


One of the reasons why Apple’s iPad Pro lineup is so highly popular is because it ships bundled with a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil stylus. Sadly, the new iPad 2017 doesn’t support Apple’s special keyboard. However, customers can always acquire a third party snap-on keyboard but the problem is that it will be connected via Bluetooth and it will need to be charged separately.

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