The iPad Comparison Chart

Compare All Models of the iPad

The iPad Pro with smart keyboard and Apple Pencil
The iPad Pro line of tablets supports a smart keyboard and the Apple Pencil. Apple, Inc

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. But while it is easy to choose an iPad, it is not so easy to narrow that choice down to a specific iPad. There is now a "Pro" level of iPad to go alongside the "Air" and "mini", and in an industry that often thinks smaller is better, a new 12.9-inch iPad has been added alongside the 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch models.

The iPad Pro

The iPad Pro introduced the world to the 12.9-inch iPad display. But the display isn't the only feature that distinguishes the Pro from earlier iPad releases. It is powered by a processor that rivals most laptops, includes 4 GB of RAM memory for fast multitasking and supports the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also includes a better camera and a "True Tone" display. The smaller Pro only has 2 GB of RAM memory but is just as powerful as the 12.9-inch iPad.

The iPad and the iPad Mini 4

Apple replaced the iPad Air 2 with the "iPad", which is officially known as the iPad 5th generation.  However, despite the truncated name, the newest iPad is really just an iPad Air 2 with a slightly faster processor and slightly cheaper price tag.  This makes it a great deal for anyone wanting to jump into the iPad experience without paying iPad Pro prices.   

The iPad Mini 4 remains in production, but when you consider it's smaller size, slower processor and higher price tag when compared to the 5th generation iPad, it may be better to buy a used iPad Mini 4 or shop the refurbished section of the Apple website. 

Pro Tip: How to Buy a Cheap iPad

iPad Comparison:

The following chart iterates the differences between the current lineup of iPad models available from the Apple store.

 

Feature12.9 iPad Pro9.7 iPad ProiPad (5th Gen)iPad mini 4
Entry Price:$799$599$329$399
CPU:Dual-Core 64-bit A9XDual-Core 64-bit A9X1.85 Ghz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A91.5 Ghz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A8
Motion Processor:Included in A9XIncluded in A9XM8M8
Resolution:2732x20482048x15362048x15362048x1536
Touch ID:YESYESYESYES
Display:12.9-inch IPS LED-backlit9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit with TrueTone9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit
Graphics:PowerVR Series 7XTPowerVR Series 7XTPowerVR GT7600PowerVR GX6450
Memory:4 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB
Storage:32,128 GB32,128 GB32, 128 GB16, 128 GB
Rear Camera:iSight 8 MPiSight 12 MP with 4K video supportiSight 8 MP iSight 8 MP
Front Camera:720p 5 MP with Retina Flash720p 720p 
Data Rate:4G LTE4G LTE4G LTE4G LTE
Wi-Fi:802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
MIMO:YESYESYESYES
Bluetooth:4.24.24.24.2
Siri:YESYESYESYES
Barometer:YESYESYESYES
GPS:4G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only
Buy Now:Buy from AmazonBuy from AmazonN/ABuy From Amazon

Recently Discontinued Models:

While Apple no longer manufactures these models and they are no longer for sale on Apple's website, they may still be found in stores. However, you may be able to get a good price for these models by buying a used iPad.

 

FeatureiPad Air 2iPad AiriPad mini 3iPad mini 2iPad mini
Entry Price:n/an/an/an/an/a
CPU:1.5 Ghz Tri-Core 64-bit Apple A8X1.4 Ghz 64-bit Apple A71.29 Ghz 64-bit Apple A71.29 Ghz 64-bit Apple A71 Ghz Dual-Core Apple A5
Motion Processor:M7M7M7M7None
Resolution:2048x15362048x15362048x15362048x15361024x768
Touch ID:YESNOYESNONO
Display:9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit
Graphics:PowerVR GX6650PowerVR G6430PowerVR G6430PowerVR G6430PowerVR SGX543MP2
Memory:2 GB1 GB1 GB1 GB512 MB
Storage:16, 32, 64, 128 GB16, 32, 64, 128 GB16, 32, 64 GB16, 32, 64 GB16, 32, 64 GB
Rear Camera:iSight 8 MPiSight 5 MPiSight 5 MPiSight 5 MPiSight 5 MP
Front Camera:720p 720p 720p 720p 720p
Data Rate:4G LTE4G LTE4G LTE4G LTE4G LTE
Wi-Fi:802.11 a/b/g/n/ac802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n
MIMO:YESYESYESYESNO
Bluetooth:44444
Siri:YESYESYESYESYES
Barometer:NONONONONO
GPS:4G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only
Buy Now:Buy From AmazonN/ABuy From AmazonBuy From AmazonN/A

Older iPad Models:

It can also be helpful to compare older models when you are buying a used iPad. This chart will help you tell the difference between some of the older models using the new iPad Air as a comparison model.

FeatureiPadiPad 2iPad 3iPad 4
Entry Price:n/an/an/an/a
CPU:1 Ghz Dual-Core Apple A41 Ghz Dual-Core Apple A51 Ghz Dual-Core Apple A5X1.4 Ghz Dual-Core A6X
Motion Processor:NoneNoneNoneNone
Resolution:1024x7681024x7682048x15362048x1536
Display:9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit
Graphics:PowerVR SGX535PowerVR SGX543MP2PowerVR SGX543MP4PowerVR G6430
Memory:256 MB512 MB1 GB1 GB
Storage:16, 32, 64 GB16, 32, 64 GB16, 32, 64 GB16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Rear Camera:None720p iSight 5 MP iSight 5 MP 
Front Camera:NoneVGA 720p 720p 
Data Rate:3G3G4G LTE4G LTE
Wi-Fi:802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n
MIMO:NoNoYesYes
Bluetooth:2.1 + EDR2.1 + EDR44
Siri:NONOYESYES
GPS:3G Version Only3G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only

 

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