Comparing Features: iPad vs. iPhone vs. iPod touch

How does the hardware and software stack up?

comparing iphone, ipad, and ipod touch
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At first glance, Apple's line of iOS devices—the two models of the iPad Pro, the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 4; the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, and the iPhone SE; the 6th gen. iPod touch—can appear to be pretty similar to each other. After all, they use the same operating system, run the same apps, and look alike and have many 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 device reveals them to be very different indeed. The chart below shows how these three classes of device stack up against each other in terms of hardware and software features. The chart includes only the models that Apple is currently selling, not all models ever offered.

RELATED: You may also want to see how the devices compare in terms of long-term costs.

Comparing Features: iPad vs. iPhone vs. iPod touch

 iPad ProiPad Air 2iPad Mini 4iPhone 6S/
6S Plus
iPhone SE6th Gen.
iPod touch
review

4 stars

5 stars

5 stars3 stars4.5 stars4.5 starsComing soon
capacity32 GB
128 GB
256 GB
16 GB
64 GB
128 GB
16 GB
64 GB
128 GB
16GB
64 GB
128 GB
16GB
64 GB
16GB
32 GB
64 GB
128 GB
screen size/
resolution

12.9 inches
2732 x 2048

9.7 inches
2048 x 1536

9.7 inches
2048 x 1536
7.9 inches
2048 x 1536
4.7 inches
1334 x 750

5.5 inches
1920 x 1080
4 inches
1136 x 640
4 inches
1136 x 640
3D touchNoNoNoYesNoNo
processorA9XA8XA8A9A9A8
GPSYes
(limited on
Wi-Fi-only
models)
Yes
(limited on
Wi-Fi-only
models)
Yes
(limited on
Wi-Fi-only
models)
Yes
(Assisted GPS)
Yes
(Assisted GPS)
No
battery life (in hours)10 Wi-Fi
9 4G
10 video
10 music
10 Wi-Fi
9 4G
10 video
10 music
10 Wi-Fi
9 4G
10 video
10 music
14/24 phone
10/12 4G
11/12 Wi-Fi
11/14 video
50/80 audio
14 phone
13 4G
13 Wi-Fi
13 video
50 audio
8 video
40 audio
networkingWi-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

8 megapixel
& 1.2 megapixel
&
1080p HD video

12 megapixel
&
5 megapixel

4K HD video

2 cameras

8 megapixel
&
1.2 megapixel
&
1080p HD video
2 cameras

8 megapixel
&
1.2 megapixel
&
1080p HD video

2 cameras

12 megapixel

5 megapixel &
4K HD video

2 cameras

12 megapixel

1.2 megapixel &
4K HD video

2 cameras

8 megapixel
&
1.2 megapixel
&
1080p HD video

TouchID1st gen.1st gen.1st gen.2nd gen.1st gen.No
Apple PayIn-app onlyIn-app onlyIn-app onlyYesYesNo
Apple WatchNoNoNoYesYesNo
Apple PencilYesNoNoNoNoNo
phoneNoNoNoYesYesNo
size (in inches)12
x 8.68
x 0.27

9.7
x 6.6
x 0.24
9.4
x 6.67
x 0.29
8
x 5.3
x 0.24

5.44 
x 2.64
x 0.28

6.23
x 3.07
x 0.29

4.87
x 2.64
x 0.27
4.86
x 2.31
x 0.24
weight
(in pounds)
1.57-1.59

0.96-0.98
0.96-0.980.65-0.67

0.32

0.42

0.280.19
       
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