iPad vs. iPhone vs. iPod touch

How does the hardware and software stack up?

iOS 11 devices

Apple Inc.

At first glance, Apple's line of iOS devices — the models of the iPad Pro, the iPad and iPad mini 4, the iPhone X and 8 series, and the 6th generation iPod touch — appear to be similar to one another. After all, they use the same operating system, run many of the same apps, look alike, and have some of the same hardware features. So what is it — besides size — that sets them apart?

A close look at the hardware and software features of each of these three classes of iOS devices reveals them to be very different.

This article compares the 2018 Apple iOS lineup - iPads, iPhones, and iPod touch. The iPhone 8 is sold at the Apple Store as of late 2019, and the other iOS models are available from third-party sellers.

iPad vs. iPhone vs. iPod touch

  iPad Pro
(2 sizes)
iPad iPad
Mini 4
iPhone X iPhone 8
(2 sizes)
iPod touch
(6th gen.)
Review

iPad Pro 

iPad  iPad Mini
iPhone X  iPhone 8 and iPlus iPod touch
Screen size/
resolution

12.9 inches
2732 x 2048

10.5 inches
2224 x 1668

9.7
inches
2048 x 1536
7.9
inches
2048 x 1536
5.8
inches
2436 x 1125
5.5
inches
1920 x 1080

4.7
inches
1334 x 750
4
inches
1136 x 640
Capacity 64 GB
128 GB
256 GB
512 GB
32 GB
128 GB
16 GB
32 GB
64 GB
128 GB
64 GB
256 GB
64 GB
128 GB
16 GB
32 GB
64 GB
128 GB
3D Touch screen No No No Yes Yes No
Processor A12X A10 A8 A11
Bionic
A11
Bionic
A8
GPS

Wi-Fi + Cellular
models
only

Wi-Fi + Cellular
models
only
Wi-Fi + Cellular
models
only
Yes Yes No
Battery Life
(in hours)
10 Wi-Fi 
9 4G LTE
 
10 Wi-Fi
9 4G LTE 
 
10 Wi-Fi
9 4G LTE
12 internet
21 talk
13 video
60 music
13 internet
21 talk
14 video
60 music

12 internet
14 talk
13 video
40 music
8 video
40 music
Network Wi-Fi,
optional 4G LTE
Wi-Fi,
optional 4G LTE
Wi-Fi,
optional 4G LTE
Wi-Fi
4G LTE
Wi-Fi
4G LTE
Wi-Fi
Camera
back & front

12MP, 4K​ HD video

7MP,
1080p HD video
 

8 MP
& 1080p
HD video

1.2 MP
& 720p
HD video

8 MP
& 1080p
HD video

1.2 MP
& 720p
HD video

12 MP
& 4K
HD video

7 MP & 1080P HD video

12 MP
& 4K
HD video

7 MP
& 1080p
HD video

8 MP
& 1080p
HD video

1.2 MP
& 720p
HD video

Portrait Mode No No No Yes Yes No
Wide Angle
& Telephoto
No No No Yes Yes

No
No
Touch ID Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Face ID No No No Yes No No
Animoji No No No Yes No No
Apple Pay In-app only In-app only In-app only Yes Yes No
Apple Watch No No No Yes Yes No
Apple Pencil Yes Yes No No No No
Phone No No No Yes Yes No
Size
(in inches)
12
x 8.68
x 0.27

9.78
x 6.8
x 0.24
9.45
x 6.67
x 0.3
8
x 5.3
x 0.24

5.65
x 2.79
x 0.30

6.24
x 3.07
x 0.30

5.45
x 2.65
x 0.29

4.86
x 2.31
x 0.24
Weight
(in pounds)
1.49-1.53

1.03-1.05
1.03-1.05 0.65-0.67

0.38

0.45

0.33

0.19
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