Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro will start at $599 for 32GB storage: Report

Instead of charging $499 for 16GB of storage for Apple's entry 9.7-inch iPad, Apple is moving things up.

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The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro due to be announced on Monday, March 21 won't be priced like previous iPads in its class.

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According to Mark Gurman of 9to5mac, an often reliable Apple leaker, Apple will price the Wi-Fi only, 9.7-inch iPad Pro at $599, rather than the $499 price tag the 9.7-inch entry level tablet has had in years past.

The price change doesn't come without a storage bump, as the base model of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will have 32GB of storage, rather than 16GB like found on previous 9.7-inch models.

Not surprisingly, there will also be higher-priced versions with 128 GB of storage and the ability to add LTE connection with popular carriers.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro, essentially replacing the iPad Air line, will borrow features from the larger iPad Pro launched in late-2015. The older iPad Air will be offered as a budget version, according to 9to5mac, alongside the iPad mini 4.

According to previous rumors , the 9.7-inch iPad Pro will feature the Smart Connector for a new Smart Keyboard that will fit with the 9.7-inch design, an A9X processor with more memory for a speedier workflow, and 12-megapixel camera with 4K video support.

Apple is also expected to announce a new budget iPhone reportedly identical to the iPhone 5s and new Apple Watch bands at the event. The company will be streaming the event live on Monday.

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