Apple looks set to push up the price of its 9.7–inch iPad, when it launches a new model alongside the much–hyped iPhone SE at a special event tonight in California.
The iPad Pro, a sister model to the larger, 12.9–inch device of the same name, is set to start at $599 in the US, according to inside sources. This will be a Wi–Fi only model, but will come with 32GB storage.
The UK price is likely to be £499, making the tablet more expensive than the current entry–level iPad Air 2.
However, that model only features 16GB storage space and, Apple is likely to argue, does not have the same beefed-up specs. The iPad Air 2 is due to remain available alongside the iPad Pro.
Apple is set to include the same internal components in the new 9.7–inch edition as its larger iPad Pro.
That means an A9X chipset, a brighter screen and support for its Apple Pencil as well as a new Smart Keyboard accessory which will work via a Smart Connector.
There will also be a 128GB model with 4G, although pricing for this version remains unclear.
Apple will launch the new iPad Pro at an event this evening on its Cupertino campus, when it also expected to reveal its new iPhone SE and a range of new Apple Watch bands.