As the hours count down to Monday's Apple Event, some rumors are gaining more clarity and truth, while others are getting a bit more fuzzy. 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, who is usually right on the money about product rumors, says that the new iPad expected Monday will indeed be called the iPad Pro, and unsurprisingly it will come with a Pro price as well.
The new 9.7-inch iPad is expected to start at $599 in a 32GB Wi-Fi-only configuration, with more expensive models with 128GB of storage and built-in LTE capability will be available at a higher price tag. As with the MacBook line, which comes in "plain", Air, and Pro configurations, the iPad line is expected to retain the iPad Air 2 as an entry-level model. Other sites, however, are disputing this, noting that inventory of the iPad Air 2 is surprisingly low in some outlets.
Along with the Smart Connector and a smaller Smart Keyboard, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is expected to have stereo speakers in all four corners, a display that supports the Apple Pencil, and an A9X processor, possibly with as much as 4GB of built-in RAM. Gurman also notes that the 9.7-inch Pro will have a 12-megapixel camera and the ability to shoot 4K video, as it's much more likely to be used as a camera than the 12.9-inch model of the iPad Pro.