Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch  vs Air 

Released March, 2016

Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 10
View of Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch
8 Out of 10
VS
Released November, 2013

Apple iPad Air

  • 9.7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 7
Front view of Apple iPad Air
7.4 Out of 10
You couldn't bounce between applications with multitasking.
by c|net (Mar, 2011)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs Air

Performance

Processing power and speed

Passmark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from phonearena.com

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Winner
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch  based on its performance.

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Value

Which tablet has better performance for the money?

Apple iPad Air 

TabletRocket recommends the Apple iPad Air  for those concerned with getting the most for their dollar.

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad Pro 9.7-inch vs Air

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Differences What are the advantages of each

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Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch

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Significantly more processing power 5,359 vs 1,507 More than 3.5x better passmark score
Much higher resolution front camera 12 MP vs 1.2 MP More than 10x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Much faster processor 2.26 GHz vs 1.3 GHz Around 75% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Much higher resolution 2048 x 1536 vs 1024 x 768 4x higher resolution
Much sharper screen 263 ppi vs 131 ppi More than 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Lighter 444 g vs 610 g More than 25% lighter
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Newer Mar, 2016 vs Nov, 2013 Release date over 2 years later
Thinner 6.1 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 30% thinner
Smaller 167.6 x 238.8 x 6.1 mm vs 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm More than 35% smaller
Back view of Apple iPad Air

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Supports multitasking Yes (iOS 7) vs No (iOS) Somewhat common; Run multiple apps at once

Reviews Word on the street

iPad Pro 9.7-inch  vs Air 

8.2
9.1
In all fairness, it’s really tough to gauge, but the end result is the same with this Retina Display – it’s crisp, bright, and quite accurate with its color reproduction.
iPad Air

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

iPad Pro 9.7-inch  vs
Air 
Size 9.7" 9.7"
Technology Super IPS LCD2 IPS LCD
Resolution 2048 x 1536 1024 x 768
PPI 263 ppi 131 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11ac
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes Yes

processor

Cores Dual core Dual core
Clock speed 2.26 GHz 1.3 GHz

form factor

Weight 444 g 610 g
Size 167.6 x 238.8 x 6.1 mm 241 x 186 x 8.6 mm
Thickness 6.1 mm 8.6 mm
Battery life 10 hour 10 hour

storage

iPad Pro 9.7-inch  vs
Air 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB 1 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No No
Webcam 12 MP 1.2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP 5 MP

sensors

Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
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