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.

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.