The iPad Comparison Chart

Which iPad is best for you? Compare all of the models

The iPad has consistently been the best of the best in the world of tablets. Each new release seems to set a new threshold, with the latest iPad Pro rivaling the power of most laptops. While it's easy to choose an iPad, it's not as easy to narrow that choice down to a specific model. The iPad lineup is now broken into the Pro level of tablets and the basic iPad models. We break them down below.

The iPad Pro

The first iPad Pro introduced the 12.9-inch iPad display, and a later model replaced the Home Button in favor of Face ID, which is powered by facial recognition.

Person deciding between several iPad models
Lifewire / Jo Zixuan Zhou

The move to Face ID means the latest iPads combine large, beautiful displays with a slimmer form factor. These iPads also support a second-generation Apple Pencil and include a USB-C port instead of the Lightning connector.

The current 2020 iPad Pro is a minor refresh of the 2018 model that includes an upgraded camera, increased RAM, LiDAR support for augmented reality, and support for the Magic Keyboard.

The iPad and the iPad mini 5

In 2020, Apple announced a new iPad (8th generation) and an iPad Air, the company's mid-range and budget tablets. The new iPad has a 10.2-inch screen, just like its predecessor, but gets upgraded to the Apple A12 Bionic processor.

The iPad mini 5 is the latest in Apple's line of smaller tablets, released in early 2019. It comes with the A12 Bionic chip, a 7.9-inch Retina display, and support for the Apple Pencil.

Current iPad Lineup Comparison

If you plan to purchase a new iPad, this chart represents the iPad models currently for sale and supported by Apple.

Feature  iPad Pro (2020) iPad (2020) iPad mini 5 iPad Air (2020)
Entry Price $799+ $329 $399 $599
CPU A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
Motion Processor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Resolution 2732x2048 2160x1620 2048x1536 2360x1640
Security Face ID Touch ID Touch ID Touch ID
Display 11- or 12.9-inch IPS LED-backlit with TrueTone 10.2-inch LED-backlit with IPS 7.9-inch LED-backlit with TrueTone 10.9-inch IPS LED-backlit with TrueTone
Storage 128 GB, 
256 GB,
512 GB, 
1 TB
32 GB,
128 GB
64 GB,
256 GB
64 GB,
256 GB
Rear Camera 12 MP, 10 MP Ultra Wide, 4K video support, LiDAR scanner for AR 8 MP, 1080p video iSight 8 MP, 1080p video 12 MP wide, 4K video support
Front Camera 7 MP with Retina Flash 1.2 MP 7 MP with Retina Flash 7 MP with Retina Flash
Data Rate Gigabit-class LTE Gigabit-class LTE Gigabit-class LTE Gigabit-class LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 ax 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
MIMO Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth 5.0 4.2 5.0 5.0
Connectivity USB-C Lightning Lightning USB-C
Apple Pencil Gen 2 Gen 1 Gen 1 Gen 2
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes

iPad Pro Comparison

The following chart shows the differences between the older lineup of iPad Pro models and the newest. Some of these are still available to buy from the Apple Store or third-party retailers, while others can only be found used or refurbished.

Feature 12.9 iPad Pro (2020) 11 iPad Pro (2020) 12.9 iPad Pro (2018) 11 iPad Pro (2018)
Entry Price $999 $799 $799 $649
CPU A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine A12X Bionic chip with Neural Engine A12X Bionic chip with Neural Engine
Motion Processor Yes Yes Yes Yes
Resolution 2732x2048 2048x1536 2732x2048 2388x1668
Touch ID Yes Yes No (Face ID) No (Face ID)
Display 12.9-inch IPS LED-backlit with TrueTone 11-inch IPS LED-backlit with TrueTone 12.9-inch IPS LED-backlit with TrueTone 11-inch IPS LED-backlit with TrueTone
Storage 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB
Rear Camera 12 MP (wide); 10 MP (ultrawide) with 4K video support 12 MP (wide); 10 MP (ultrawide) with 4K video support iSight 12 MP with 4K video support iSight 12 MP with 4K video support
Front Camera 7 MP with Retina Flash 7 MP with Retina Flash 7 MP with Retina Flash 7 MP with Retina Flash
Data Rate 4G LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
MIMO Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 4.2 4.2
Siri Yes Yes Yes Yes
Barometer Yes Yes Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes Assisted Assisted

9.7-inch Model Comparison

The most recent version of the 9.7-inch iPad was released in 2018 and supports the Apple Pencil. It also has an upgraded processor compared to the 2017 model but is otherwise functionally the same. 

Feature

iPad (2018)

iPad (2017)

iPad Air 2

iPad Air

iPad 4

Entry Price

$329

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

CPU

2.34 Ghz Quad-Core 64-bit Apple A10 Fusion

1.85 Ghz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A9

1.5 Ghz Tri-Core 64-bit Apple A8X

1.4 Ghz 64-bit Apple A7

1.4 Ghz Apple A6X

Motion Processor

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Resolution

2048x1536

2048x1536

2048x1536

2048x1536

2048x1536

Touch ID

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Display

9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit

9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit

9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit

9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit

9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit

Graphics

PowerVR 7XT GT7600 Plus

PowerVR GT7600

PowerVR GX6650

PowerVR G6430

PowerVR G6430

Memory

2 GB

2 GB

2 GB

1 GB

1 GB

Storage

32 GB, 128 GB

32 GB, 128 GB

16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB

16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB

16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB

Rear Camera

iSight 8 MP

iSight 8 MP

iSight 8 MP

iSight 5 MP

iSight 5 MP

Front Camera

720p

720p

720p

720p

720p

Data Rate

4G LTE

4G LTE

4G LTE

4G LTE

4G LTE

Wi-Fi

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

802.11 a/b/g/n

802.11 a/b/g/n

MIMO

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Bluetooth

4.2

4.2

4

4

4

Barometer

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

GPS

4G Version Only

4G Version Only

4G Version Only

4G Version Only

4G Version Only

iPad mini Comparison

Only the iPad Mini 5 is available for sale on the Apple website. Other models might be found in stores or on resale websites.

Feature iPad mini 5 iPad mini 4 iPad mini 3 iPad mini 2 iPad mini
Entry Price $399 $399 n/a n/a n/a
CPU A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine 1.5 Ghz 64-bit Apple A8 1.29 Ghz 64-bit Apple A7 1.29 Ghz 64-bit Apple A7 1 Ghz Dual-Core Apple A5
Motion Processor Yes M8 M7 M7 None
Resolution 2048x1536 2048x1536 2048x1536 2048x1536 1024x768
Touch ID Yes Yes Yes No No
Display 7.9-inch LED-backlit with TrueTone 7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit 7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit 7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit 7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit
Graphics A12 Bionic PowerVR GX6450 PowerVR GX6430 PowerVR GX6430 PowerVR SGX543MP2
Memory 3 GB 2 GB 1 GB 1 GB 512 MB
Storage 64 GB,
256 GB
128 GB 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Rear Camera iSight 8 MP, 1080p video iSight 8 MP iSight 5 MP iSight 5 MP iSight 5 MP
Front Camera 7 MP with Retina Flash 720p 720p 720p 720p
Data Rate Gigabit-class LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
MIMO Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Bluetooth 5.0 4 4 4 4
Barometer Yes No No No No
GPS Yes 4G Version Only 4G Version Only 4G Version Only 4G Version Only

Obsolete iPad Models

While the original iPad mini is included in the comparison above, it's obsolete. This doesn't mean it isn't a useful tablet, but it no longer supports the latest Apple operating system. The following iPad models are also obsolete and no longer receive software support:

  • The iPad mini 2
  • The iPad mini 3
  • iPad Air 1st Generation
  • The iPad 4
  • The iPad 3
  • The iPad 2
  • The Original iPad
  • The Original iPad mini