Earlier believed that it packs 4GB of RAM, just like the earlier available 12.9-inch iPad Pro, mostly since both are based on the same Apple A9X Twister SoC, it appears that the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro comes with just 2GB of LPDDR4 memory, just like the new iPhone SE and the earlier available iPad Air 2.
To make things even worse, the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is also clocked at 2.16GHz, which is slower than 2.24GHz on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Matthew Panzarino, Editor-in-Chief of Tech Crunch, had a chance to check out both devices and posted some Geekbench results over at his Twitter account and these are far from promising. The new 9.7-inch iPad Pro scores 3022 points in single-core and 5107 in multi-core GeekBench benchmarks, which are definitely lower compared to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
This means that Apple wanted to clearly differentiate the new US $599 priced 9.7-inch iPad Pro from the more expensive US $799 priced 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It goes without saying that both will have no trouble coping with the new iOS 9 OS, but 12.9-inch iPad Pro is faster.
We were rather surprised and disappointed with such a move from Apple but it makes sense as Apple did not want to kill the sales of larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro.