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.

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 ProiPadiPad
Mini 4
iPhone XiPhone 86th 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
capacity64 GB
256 GB
512 GB
32 GB
128 GB
128 GB64 GB
256 GB
64 GB
256 GB
32 GB
128 GB
3D Touch screenNoNoNoYesYesNo
processorA10XA9A8A11
Bionic
A11
Bionic
A8
GPS

Wi-Fi
models
only

Wi-Fi
models
only
Wi-Fi
models
only
YesYesNo
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
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
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 ModeNoNoNoYesYesNo
Wide Angle
& Telephoto
NoNoNoYesYes

No
No
Touch ID2nd gen.2nd gen.1st gen.No2nd gen.No
Face IDNoNoNoYesNoNo
AnimojiNoNoNoYesNoNo
Apple PayIn-app onlyIn-app onlyIn-app onlyYesYesNo
Apple WatchNoNoNoYesYesNo
Apple PencilYesNoNoNoNoNo
phoneNoNoNoYesYesNo
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
1.03-1.050.65-0.67

0.38

0.45

0.33

0.19
       
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