9.7-inch iPad Pro features an underclocked A9X chipset

This Monday Apple announced a new 9.7 inch iPad Pro alongside the all new iPhone SE. During the event, officials claimed that the new iPad features the same A9X chipset which was introduced with the 12.9 inch iPad Pro released last year. Well guys, this isn’t exactly true. Apple officially posted the specifications of both tablets on its official website which revealed the following anomaly. Apparently the new 9.7″ iPad Pro hosts a underclocked CPU and a underclocked GPU compared to the larger iPad Pro even though according to official claims both devices featured the same SoC.



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As you can see in the picture above, the new 9.7″ iPad Pro comes with a CPU which is 2.4x faster than the A7 chip while the 12.9″ iPad Pro hosts a 2.5x faster CPU as compared to the same A7 chip. That’s not all folk, the case is even worse for the GPU in the new iPad. Apparently the smaller iPad features a 4.3x faster GPU than the one in the A7 chip but the larger iPad’s GPU is 5x faster than the same chip. This underclocked CPU and GPU might have been used to avoid heating up problems. Of course the 9.7 incher has a smaller chassis thus less surface area to transfer heat.

This iPad is mainly designed while keeping in mind high performance and portability, thus the device will weigh just under one pound. Moreover, the smaller iPad Pro will come standard in space gray, silver, gold, and rose gold color options. The 9.7″ iPad Pro’s A9X chip comes coupled with 4 GB of RAM. It hosts 12 graphics cores with 1 teraflop of processing power. As rumored, the all new iPad also carries a M9 motion co-processor to assist ‘Hey Siri’. Needless to say, it’ll support the Apple Pencil and Smart keyboard. The pressure and tilt sensitive layer in the screen allows palm and finger rejection while you are using the Apple Pencil. Moving on to the new True-Tone display of the 9.7″ iPad Pro. The screen features an Oxide TFT display with 2048 x 2732 pixel resolution. With the help of the new iOS 9.3, the all new iPad supports a new feature called Night Shift. Apart from that, new ambient sensors have been added to the device which allow the display to match the color temperatures of the surroundings. This display delivers 40% less reflection while provides 25% brighter screen. Moreover the iPad will come standard with four speaker system. In addition to that, a 12-megapixel rear iSight camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing FaceTime camera with the new Retina Flash feature will be available on the device. The Retina Flash allows the screen of the iPad to become 3x brighter than normal to provide a Flash like affect, therefore you can take better selfies in low light conditions.

Similar to the 4 inch iPhone, pre orders for the tablet can be placed starting from March 24th while the actual sales begin on March 31.

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