Compare Every iPad Model Ever Made

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Deciding which iPad to buy can be tough. There are four current models, but when you factor in the easy availability of some discontinued models, you've got double digit models to choose from.

To make the right buying decision, you need to understand that makes one model different from the next, and what they cost. The charts below offer a quick reference of iPad models and prices for you to compare. The first chart covers the currently available models, while the rest of the article provides the same overview of every iPad every made. 

How to Choose the Right iPad For you

When you're trying to understand the iPad different models and prices, there are four main characteristics to look for: size, networking, accessories, and storage.

  1. Size: The first choice you'll need to make is how big a screen you need. The 12.9-inch screen won't be for everyone, but the 10.5-inch and 9.7-inch screens are a difficult choice because they're so similar. The 10.5-inch screen offers more features and newer technology, but that iPad is more expensive, too.
  2. Networking: All iPad models offer Wi-Fi for networking, but there are also versions of both the iPad and iPad mini which offer 4G LTE wireless data from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Unlike with the iPhone, there are no contracts for iPad data plans. While it would be crazy to get an iPhone without 4G LTE service, many people use the iPad in their homes and offices where Wi-Fi is available, so cellular data is less important
  3. Accessories: The iPad Pro models support the Apple Pencil and Apple's Smart Keyboard accessories. The Smart Keyboard helps make the iPad a viable laptop replacement for many. The Apple Pencil is terrific for artists and note taking. If you want the most flexibility for how you use your iPad, these are your best choices. 
  1. Storage: The top-end iPad Pro models 64GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage, while earlier models are limited to 32GB and 128GB. It's always a good rule of thumb to buy as much storage as you can afford; you'll end up using it.

Current iPad Model and Price Comparison Chart

iPad Pro
12.9-inch
iPad Pro
10.5-inch
iPad iPad mini 4
Reviews iPad Pro Review Coming Soon Coming Soon iPad mini 4 Review
Processor A10X A10X A9 A8
Capacity

64GB
256GB
512GB

64GB
256GB
512GB
32GB
128GB
128GB
Screen Size
(in inches)
12.9 10.5 9.7 7.9
Resolution 2732x2048 2224x1668 2048x1536 2048x1536
True Tone
Screen
Yes Yes No No
Connectivity Wi-Fi,
25-Band
4G LTE,
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
25-Band
4G LTE,
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
21-Band
4G LTE,
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
20-Band
4G LTE,
Bluetooth
4G Carrier AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile,
Verizon
AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile,
Verizon
AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile,
Verizon
AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile,
Verizon
Assisted GPS? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Touch ID 2nd Gen. 2nd Gen. 1st Gen. 1st Gen.
Apple Pencil Yes Yes No No
Smart Keyboard Yes Yes No No
Camera Back: 12 megapixel still;
Front: 1080p HD video,
7 megapixel still
Back: 12 megapixel still;
Front: 1080p HD video,
7 megapixel still
Back: 8 megapixel still;
Front: 720p HD video,
1.2 megapixel still
Back: 8 megapixel still;
Front: 720p HD video,
1.2 megapixel still
Records Video Yes,
up to 4K
Yes,
up to 4K
Yes,
up to 1080p
Yes,
up to 1080p
Slow-mo Video 180p at 120 fps
720p at 240 fps
180p at 120 fps
720p at 240 fps
720p at 120 fps 720p at 120 fps
HDMI Out? With adapter With adapter With adapter With adapter
Weight
(in pounds)
1.53 1.05 1.05 0.67
Size
(in inches)
12 x
8.68 x
0.27
9.8 x
6.8 x
0.24
9.4 x
6.6 x
0.29
8 x
5.3 x
0.24
Battery Life 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours
Price US$799-$1229 $649-$1079 $329-$559 $399-$529

Discontinued iPad Model and Price Comparison Chart

iPad Air 2 iPad Air 4th gen. iPad
Reviews iPad Air 2 review iPad Air review 4th gen. iPad review
Processor A8X A7 A6X
Capacity 16GB
64GB
128GB
16GB
32GB
16GB
32GB
64GB
128GB
Screen Size
(in inches)
9.7 9.7 9.7
Resolution 2048x1536 2048x1536 2048x1536
Connectivity Wi-Fi,
Dual-Band
4G LTE,
Dual-Band
3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
Dual-Band
4G LTE,
Dual-Band
3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
Dual-Band
4G LTE,
Dual-Band
3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
3G/4G Carrier AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile,
Verizon
AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile,
Verizon
AT&T,
Sprint,
Verizon
Monthly 3G/4G Cost $15-$80 $15-$80 $15-$80
Assisted GPS? 4G/3G model only 4G/3G model only 4G/3G model only
TouchID Yes No No
Camera Back: 1080p HD video,
8 megapixel still;
Front: 720p HD video,
1.2 megapixel still
Back: 1080p HD video,
5 megapixel still;
Front: 720p HD video,
1.2 megapixel still
Back: 1080p HD video,
5 megapixel still;
Front: VGA video and
stills
Records Video Yes, 1080p HD Yes, 1080p HD Yes, 1080p HD
Slo-Mo Video Yes No No
HDMI Out? Yes, with adapter Yes, with adapter Yes, with adapter
Weight
(in pounds)
0.96-0.98 1-1.05 1.46
Size
(inches)
9.4 x
6.6 x
0.24
9.4 x
6.6 x
0.29
9.5 x
7.31 x
0.37
Battery Life 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours
Price $499-$829 $399-$579 Discontinued
3rd gen. iPad iPad 2 1st Gen. iPad
Reviews 3rd gen. iPad review iPad 2 review 1st gen. iPad review
Processor 1Ghz Apple A5X 1Ghz Apple A5 1Ghz Apple A4
Capacity 16GB
32GB
64GB
16GB
32GB
64GB
16GB
32GB
64GB
Screen Size
(in inches)
9.7 9.7 9.7
Resolution 2048x1536 1024x768 1024x768
Connectivity Wi-Fi,
Dual-Band 4G LTE,
Dual-Band 3G (HSPA, CDMA),
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
Dual-Band 3G (HSPA, CDMA),
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi, HSPA 3G, Bluetooth
3G/4G Carrier AT&T,
Verizon
AT&T,
Verizon
AT&T,
Verizon
Monthly 3G/4G Cost $15-$80 $15-$80 $15-$80
Assisted GPS? 4G/3G model only 3G model only 3G model only
TouchID No No No
Camera Back: 1080p HD video,
5 megapixel still;
Front: VGA video and stills
Back: 720p HD video;
Front: VGA video
and stills
N/A
Records Video Yes, 1080p HD Yes, 720p HD No
Slo-mo Video No No N/A
HDMI Out? Yes, with adapter Yes, with adapter No
Weight
(in pounds)
1.44-1.46 1.3-1.35 1.5
Size
(inches)
7.31 x
9.5 x
0.37
7.31 x
9.5 x
0.34
7.47 x
9.56 x
0.5
Battery Life 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours
Price Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued

Discontinued iPad Model and Price Comparison Chart: iPad Minis

iPad mini 3 iPad mini 2 iPad mini
Reviews iPad mini 3 review iPad mini 2 review iPad mini review
Processor A7 A7 A5
Capacity 16GB
64GB
128GB
16GB
32GB
16GB
Screen Size** 7.9 7.9 7.9
Resolution 2048x1536 2048x1536 1024x768
Connectivity Wi-Fi,
Dual-Band
4G LTE,
Dual-Band
3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
Dual-Band
4G LTE,
Dual-Band
3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
Wi-Fi,
Dual-Band
4G LTE,
Dual-Band
3G (HSPA, CDMA), Bluetooth
3G/4G Carrier AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile, Verizon
AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile, Verizon
AT&T,
Sprint,
T-Mobile, Verizon
Monthly 3G/4G Cost $15-$80 $15-$80 $15-$80
Assisted GPS? 4G/3G model only 4G/3G model only 4G/3G model only
TouchID Yes No No
Camera Back: 1080p HD video,
5 megapixel still;
Front: 720p HD video,
1.2 megapixel still
Back:
1080p HD video,
5 megapixel still;
Front: 720p HD video,
1.2 megapixel still
Back: 1080p HD video,
5 megapixel still;
Front: 720p HD video,
1.2 megapixel still
Records Video Yes, 1080p HD Yes, 1080p HD Yes, 1080p HD
Slo-mo Video No No No
HDMI Out? Yes, with adapter Yes, with adapter Yes, with adapter
Weight
(in pounds)
0.73-0.75 0.73-0.75 0.68-0.69
Size
(inches)
7.87 x
5.3 x
0.29
7.87 x
5.3 x
0.29
7.87 x
5.3 x
0.28
Battery Life 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours
Price Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued