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, 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 newidentical to the iPhone 5s and new Apple Watch bands at the event. The company on Monday.