How Big Is the iPad? How Much Does It Weigh?

The entire iPad family: Pro, Air and Mini.
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The iPad has enjoyed several form factors since its introduction and now includes three different models, each with a different size.   And while the iPad has grown considerably in power, it has not grown in size.  In fact, the 9.7-inch iPad is thinner and weighs less than the original iPad despite being over ten times more powerful.   The iPad Mini is even smaller and matches the features of its bigger brother.

 And while the new iPad Pro is considerably larger than its siblings, it still weighs about the same as the original iPad. 

The iPad Mini 4

The Mini has a 7.9-inch screen measured diagonally.  It is 8 inches high, 5.3 inches wide and .24 of an inch thick.  The Mini weighs .66 of a pound, with the 4G version weighing in at a barely noticeable .01 of a pound heavier.  More about the Mini.

The iPad Air 2

The Air is the 9.7-inch iPad, which is the same screen size as the original.  It is 9.4 inches high, 6.67 inches wide and (incredibly) the same .24 of an inch thick as the Mini.  The iPad Air 2 weighs .963 of a pound, with the 4G version bringing that up to .979 of a pound.  More about the iPad Air 2.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Apple did not release a new 9.7-inch iPad in 2015.  Instead, Apple introduced its iPad Pro line with the 12.9-inch Pro debuting in November of 2015.  The following March, Apple announced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

 While this iPad is $100 more expensive than the price of the Air 2 when it debuted and contains a processor as powerful as the one found in the larger iPad Pro, it has the same basic size and weight as the iPad Air 2.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro

With a 12.9-inch screen, the iPad Pro is the biggest iPad.  It is 12 inches high, 8.7 inches wide and just .27 of an inch thick.

 This makes it slightly thicker than the Mini and the Air, but close enough that only measuring the device will tell the difference.  The iPad Pro weighs 1.57 pounds, with the 4G version bringing this up to 1.594 pounds.   Is the iPad Pro a good buy? You might be surprised...

The Original iPad

A good way to see how far the iPad has come is to take a look at the original 9.7-inch iPad.  The first-generation iPad is 9.56 inches high, 7.47 inches wide and .5 inches thick.  That makes it twice as thick as the iPad Air 2.  It also weighed 1.5 pounds for the Wi-Fi version and 1.6 pounds for the 3G version, which is about the same as the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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The iPad's Dimensions:

ModelHeightWidthDepthWeight (Wi-Fi model)
iPad Mini 48 inches5.3 inches.24 inch.66 pound
iPad Air 29.4 inches6.67 inches.24 inch.963 pound
9.7-inch iPad Pro9.4 inches6.6 inches.24 inch.96 pound
12.9-inch iPad Pro12 inches8.7 inches.27 inch1.57 pounds
Original iPad9.56 inches7.47 inches.5 inch1.5 pounds