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iPad Pro 9.7 vs iPad 2017: The Value Of Apple Accessory Support

Apple tablets are sleek and powerful devices including the iPad Pro 9.7 and the iPad 2017. These two models sport a number of similarities with each other, but there are plenty of unique characteristics as well. To see which 9.7-inch iPad is best for you, it’s necessary to compare them closely as we’ve done below.

iPad Pro 9.7 VS iPad 2017 Comparison Chart

ModeliPad Pro 9.7-inchiPad 2017
Apple iPad Pro Tablet (32GB, Wi-Fi, 9.7') Space Gray (Renewed) Apple iPad 9.7inch with WiFi 32GB- Space Gray (2017 Model) (Renewed) 
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Weight437 grams469 grams
ColorsRose Gold, Gold, Space Grey & Silver Gold, Space Grey & Silver
Storage Options 32GB, 128GB & 256GB32GB & 128GB
True ToneYesNo
SpeakersQuadDual Stereo
Apple PencilYes (sold separately)No
Smart KeyboardYes (sold separately)No
Rear Camera12-megapixels8-megapixels
Aperture (rear camera)f/2.2f/2.4
Front Camera5-megapixels w/ Retina Flash1.2-megapixels


The iPad 2017 looks similar to the iPad Pro 9.7 although it’s slightly heavier and thicker.

ipad pro 9.7 design
The iPad Pro 9.7 is 6.1 mm thick and weighs 437 grams
ipad 2017 design
The iPad (2017) is 7.5 mm thick and weighs 469 grams

With the same size display, all metal back and glossy front, the iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad 2017 are virtually identical. They are of the same width and height but the iPad 2017 is marginally bulkier at 7.5 mm thick versus 6.1 mm. It also weighs 469 grams where the Pro 9.7 is 437 grams. To add, the iPad Pro 9.7 is available in rose gold, gold, space grey and silver but the iPad 2017 doesn’t come in a pink finish.


The iPad Pro 9.7 carries an A9X chipset with graphics boost while the iPad 2017 has an A9 processor.

The iPad 2017 can perform everyday tasks such as browsing through social media or watching movies thanks to its Apple A9 processor. However, the iPad Pro 9.7 is better for gamers and creative types with its more powerful A9X chipset offering graphics boost. You can also choose from 32GB, 128GB and 256GB variants for the Pro while the iPad 2017 comes with only two storage options: 32GB and 128GB.


The iPad 2017 and iPad Pro 9.7 have the same resolution display but the Pro has True Tone screen technology.

ipad pro 9.7 true tone
The iPad Pro 9.7 has True Tone technology for more accurate visuals

Both the iPad 2017 and iPad Pro 9.7 offer 2048×1536 pixel resolution on a 9.7-inch display. This makes these tablets perfect for watching movies and other videos. However, the Pro features a wider color range, True Tone screen technology, and anti-reflective coating for more comfortable and accurate viewing. It comes with quad speakers as well, compared to the dual stereo in other 9.7-inch models.

Special Features

The iPad Pro 9.7 can support e-SIM technology, the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil.

ipad pro 9.7 accessories
The iPad Pro 9.7 can support the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard

The iPad 2017 and iPad Pro 9.7 allow you to choose between WiFi plus cellular or just WiFi network connectivity. They both have a TouchID fingerprint sensor for easy unlocking and access to Apple Pay. The Pro can support e-SIM technology to switch cellular networks more conveniently. Additionally, the Pro supports the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories for sketching artwork and typing documents respectively.


The iPad 2017 has an 8-megapixel rear camera while the iPad Pro 9.7 carries a 12-megapixel lens.

ipad pro 9.7 camera
The iPad Pro 9.7 has a 12-megapixel camera on the back

On the iPad 2017 is a basic 8MP lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.4 and maximum video recording resolution of Full HD. The front camera is only 1.2MP too. The iPad Pro 9.7 has a more advanced 12MP rear camera with f/2.2 maximum aperture and 4K video recording resolution. Its 5MP front lens has a Retina Flash feature for low light conditions.


The iPad Pro 9.7 is the best option when you require Apple accessory support and graphics boost but the iPad 2017 offers better value for money.

The iPad Pro 9.7 costs more but it does allow graphical performance boost along with a nicer camera and Apple accessory support. Most buyers would not need these features though which is why the iPad 2017 is the better choice as it has decent performance and the same size display.

Last update on 2020-11-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Andy Mathews
Andy Mathews

Lead Editor at Compare Before Buying. Product researcher and tech enthusiast passionate about consumer products, comparison charts and surfing.