Comparing Features: iPad vs. iPhone vs. iPod touch

How does the hardware and software stack up?

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At first glance, Apple's line of iOS devices — the two models of the iPad Pro, the iPad and iPad mini 4, the iPhone X and 8 series, 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 actually be very different. 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 latest models, not all models ever offered.

Comparing Features: iPad vs. iPhone vs. iPod touch

iPad Pro iPad iPad
Mini 4
iPhone X iPhone 8 6th Gen.
iPod touch
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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
256 GB
512 GB
32 GB
128 GB
128 GB 64 GB
256 GB
64 GB
256 GB
32 GB
128 GB
3D Touch screen No No No Yes Yes No
processor A10X A9 A8 A11
Bionic
A11
Bionic
A8
GPS

Wi-Fi
models
only

Wi-Fi
models
only
Wi-Fi
models
only
Yes Yes No
battery life
(in hours)
10 Wi-Fi
9 4G LTE
10 video
10 music
10 Wi-Fi
9 4G LTE
10 video
10 music
10 Wi-Fi
9 4G LTE
10 video
10 music
12 Internet
21 4G LTE
13 video
60 music
13 Internet
21 4G LTE
14 video
60 music

12 Internet
14 4G LTE
13 video
40 music
8 video
40 audio
networking 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
front & back

7 megapixel & 1080p
HD video

12 megapixel
& 4K​
HD video

8 megapixel
& 1080p
HD video

1.2 megapixel
& 720p
HD video

8 megapixel
& 1080p
HD video

1.2 megapixel
& 720p
HD video

7 megapixel
& 1080p
HD video

12 megapixel
& 4K
HD video

7 megapixel
& 1080p
HD video

12 megapixel
& 4K
HD video

8 megapixel
& 1080p
HD video

1.2 megapixel
& 720p
HD video

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

No
No
Touch ID 2nd gen. 2nd gen. 1st gen. No 2nd gen. 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 No 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
9.4
x 6.6
x 0.29
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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