A List of iPad Models and Generations

Which iPad do you have?

Woman holding an iPad, viewing her dining room through its camera lens

The iPad was first introduced in January 2010 and made its debut in April 2010. Since the original announcement, there have been 5 additional iPad generations, a new "Mini" series of 7.9-inch iPad tablets, and most recently, a 12.9-inch iPad "Pro" and its smaller 10.5-inch counterpart.

The iPad line currently has three models with four different sizes:

  • The iPad. This 9.7-inch line of iPads feature an entry-level price of $329, making them the easiest way to buy an iPad.
  • The iPad Pro. The higher end iPad now has an 11-inch, a 10.5-inch, and a new 12.9-inch model, an advanced display, a much faster processor and support for the smart keyboard. The new models (12.9 and 11-inch) also have a brand new Apple Pencil and charging system, plus they use USB-C instead of Lightning for charging and data.
  • The iPad Mini. This line of 7.9-inch iPads (currently the iPad mini 4) has not been refreshed since 2015 but is still available for purchase. However, is the iPad mini 4 a good buy? Budget-focused shoppers may be more interested in the cheaper (and bigger) iPad.

Do you want to figure out if your iPad is obsolete? You can find the iPad model number on the back of the case or in the Settings app under "General" from the left-side menu and "About" from the general settings. Simply match the iPad model to the model numbers listed. 

Are you buying a used iPad? An approximate value price range is listed for each iPad model that is no longer being manufactured for sale at Apple.com. This price ​ranged is judged as a good value for the entry-level 16 GB WiFi-only model. The actual condition and storage configuration of the iPad should also be taken into consideration. The retail price is listed alongside the newest iPad models. 

12.9-inch iPad Pro (2018)

iPad Pro 12.9-inch model

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The 2018 refresh of the largest iPad Pro adds the second generation Apple Pencil, which connects to the side of the Pro and charges there. The usable screen is still 12.9-inches diagonally, but Apple has shrunk the overall enclosure with even smaller bezels than before. The new Pro also gets a boost in processing power, going form the Apple A10 Fusion chip to the A12X Bionic chip with Neural Engine, the same processor in Apple's flagship iPhones. The iPad Pro comes with a 12 MP camera with Smart HDR tech, and can shoot 4K video at 30 or 60 frames per second. The front camera is 7 MP and includes Apple's own Portrait mode and Lighting. Finally, Apple has switched out its standard Lightning cable for the more industry-standard USB-C.

CPU: A12X Bionic chip with Neural Engine
RAM: 4 GB (1 TB model includes 6 GB)
Display: 2732x2048
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular
Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1TB
Model Numbers: TBD

11-inch iPad Pro (2018)

iPad Pro 11-inch model

 Apple

This smaller iPad Pro comes in with all the bells and whistles as the 12.9-inch Pro model above, only with an 11-inch diagonal form factor. It has the same CPU, camera setup, embedded M12 coprocessor. The smaller size leads to the only other difference (besides a $200-lower price point) between the two Pro models: the somewhat lower display resolution.

CPU: A12X Bionic chip with Neural Engine
RAM: 4 GB (1 TB model includes 6 GB)
Display: 2388x1668
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular
Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1TB
Model Numbers: TBD

9.7-inch iPad (2018)

iPad 9.7-inch model (2018)

 Apple

The 2018 refresh of the iPad adds support for the Apple Pencil, an advanced stylus that works with special controls on the screen to provide enhanced precision. The entry-level iPad also gets a boost in processing power, going form the Apple A9 to the A10 Fusion, which is the same processor used in the iPhone 7 series. The 2018 iPad retains the price tag with a slight discount for educational institutions. 

CPU: 2.34 Ghz Quad-Core 64-bit Apple A10 Fusion
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G​
Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: TBD

12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd Generation - 2017)

iPad Pro 12.9 (2107)

 Apple

The second generation iPad Pro adds the True Tone display that debuted in the 9.7-inch model to the bigger 12.9-inch model.   This gives the world's best tablet compatibility with a theatrical wide color gambit, which will make movies and video look fantastic.  The new True Tone display also operates at 120 Hz to provide smoother graphical transitions and has a 12-megapixel back-facing camera.

CPU: 6-Core 64-bit Apple A10X Fusion
RAM: 4 GB
Display: 12.9-inch True Tone with 2734x2048 resolution
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
Model Numbers: A1670 (Wi-Fi), A1671 (4G)

10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017)

10.5-inch iPad Pro 2017

The second generation 9.7-inch iPad Pro isn't a 9.7-inch Pro at all. With a smaller bezel around the display, the newest iPad Pro extends the screen to 10.5 inches while only extending the length of the iPad by half an inch. This iPad matches 2017's 12.9-inch in power and performance while maintaining a smaller size and cheaper price.

CPU: 6-Core 64-bit Apple A10X Fusion
RAM: 4 GB
Display: 10.5-inch True Tone with 2734x2048 resolution
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB​
Model Numbers: A1701 (Wi-Fi), A1709 (4G)

iPad (5th generation - 2017)

iPad 5th generation 2017 in sliver, grey, gold

While the world expected an unveiling of a new iPad Pro and perhaps an iPad Air 3, Apple went conspicuously subtle, releasing a slight update to their iPad lineup in the way of the "iPad". The new 9.7-inch iPad may drop the Air name, but it's virtually an iPad Air 2 with a slightly faster processor. The new iPad Air doesn't have the Air 2's laminated screen and gains about a half an inch in thickness, although you probably couldn't tell the difference unless comparing the two side-by-side. The best new feature: the $329 entry-level price tag.

CPU: 1.85 Ghz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A9
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1822 (Wi-Fi), A1823 (4G)

9.7-inch iPad Pro (1st Generation)

iPad Pro 9.7 model, gold, silver, gray, gold

 Apple

Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro is not simply a smaller version of the 12.9-inch Pro. It improves upon the display, adding True Tone and decreased reflection in bright light such as sunlight. It also sports a 12 MP camera that is compatible with Live Photos.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also works with Apple's new Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, an advanced stylus for precise drawing.

CPU: Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A9X
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 9.7-inch with 2056x1536 resolution
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular
Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Model Numbers: A1673 (Wi-Fi), A1674 or A1675 (4G)

12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st Generation)

Original iPad 12.9 version

Apple 

The iPad Pro is a super-sized and super-charged iPad. The 12-9-inch display towers over the 9.7-inch iPad air, and it makes the 7.9-inch iPad Mini look like an iPad Tiny. But the iPad Pro isn't just a bigger iPad. It includes Apple's latest A9X processor, which improves processing power by almost twice as much compared to the model in the iPad Air 2. This makes the iPad Pro as fast or faster than most laptops. The 12.9-inch Pro was also the first iPad to support the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

CPU: 2.26 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A9X
RAM: 4 GB
Display: 12.9-inch with 2734x2048 resolution
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular
Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Model Numbers: A1584 (Wi-Fi), A1652 (4G)

iPad Mini 4 (4th Generation Mini)

iPad Mini 4
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The iPad Mini 4 was announced during the unveiling of the iPad Pro. Apple didn't spend much time on the Mini 4, but it is a significant improvement over the iPad Mini 3. In fact, the Mini 3 completely disappears from the Apple lineup, leaving only the Mini 2 and the Mini 4 as the smaller iPads for sale.   

The iPad Mini 4 is essentially the same as the iPad Air 2, which provides quite a boost of the Mini 3. This extra processing power also means the Mini 4 should be compatible with all of the latest multitasking features in iOS.

CPU: 1.5 GHz Tri-Core 64-bit Apple A8X w/Apple M8 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1538 (Wi-Fi), A1550 (4G)

iPad Air 2 (6th Generation)

iPad Air 2

Apple

The iPad Air 2 marks a distinct departure for the iPad. Previous models always followed the iPhone, with a processor and features that were similar to the latest iPhone. The iPad Air 2 is powered by Apple's first triple-core processor, making it significantly faster than the iPhone 6. It also upgrades the internal memory used to run apps from 1 GB to 2 GB.

CPU: 1.5 GHz Tri-Core 64-bit Apple A8X w/Apple M8 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1566 (Wi-Fi), A1667 (4G)

The iPad Mini 3

iPad mini 3

Apple

The iPad Mini 3 is essentially the same as the iPad Mini 2 with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor tacked on. The Touch ID supports unlocking your iPad with your thumbprint, purchasing apps, and using the new Apple Pay.   ​

CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A7 w/Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 1 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1599 (Wi-Fi), A1600 (4G)

iPad Air

iPad Air

Apple

The iPad Air's jump to a 64-bit processor was initially dismissed as more of a marketing ploy, but as the initial benchmarks were posted, it soon became apparent that the jump was worth it. The iPad Air is around twice as powerful as its predecessor, the iPad 4, and it has the same slim form factor as the iPad Mini.  

CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A7 w/Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 1 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1474 (Wi-Fi), A1475 (4G)

The iPad Mini 2 (2nd Generation Mini)

iPad mini 2, front, back, and side

 Apple

The first iPad Mini was a bit underpowered, sharing the same processor and memory as the iPad 2. The second generation Mini not only jumped in price but also jumped in terms of power. Utilizing the same basic A7 processor used in the iPad Air, the Mini 2 is only slightly less powerful. This makes it essentially an iPad Air for $100 off the price.

The iPad Mini 2 is officially referred to as the "iPad mini with Retina display".

CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A7 w/Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 1 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1489 (Wi-Fi), A1490 (4G)

iPad (4th Generation)

iPad 4 in both white and black versions

 Apple

The 4th generation iPad was a surprise release during the unveiling of the iPad Mini. This generation of iPad had the same features of the iPad 3 but included a much more powerful processor. Debuting in early November, it also changed the release cycle of the iPad, which had previously seen its releases in the March or April. The early release created some backlash among those who had recently purchased an iPad 3.

CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Apple Swift (Apple A6)
RAM: 1 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1458 (Wi-Fi), A1459 (4G), A1460 (4G MM)

iPad Mini (1st Generation Mini)

iPad mini original version

 Apple

With a 7.9-inch display, the original iPad Mini was slightly larger than competing 7-inch tablets. It was powered by the same processor as the iPad 2, but it included many of the same features as the latest full-sized iPad, including 4G compatibility and superior dual-facing cameras. At $329 for the entry-level model, it was the cheapest iPad.

The original iPad Mini and the second generation "iPad 2" were the two best selling iPad models.  

CPU: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 (Apple A5)
RAM: 512 MB
Display: 1024x768
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1432 (Wi-Fi), A1454 (4G), A1455 (4G MM)

iPad (3rd Generation)

iPad 3rd generation in both black and white

 Apple

The 3rd generation iPad dropped the numbering system in the official name, although releases were still referred to using this numbering system in the press. The "new iPad" (as it was called during the announcement) included a 2056x1536 resolution Retina Display, making the highest resolution display for a tablet at its release. It kept the same basic processor as the iPad 2 with updated graphics chip to help power the new display. It was also the first iPad to offer 4G compatibility.

CPU: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 (Apple A5X)
RAM: 512 MB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1416 (Wi-Fi), A1430 (4G), A1403 (4G VZ)

iPad 2 (2nd Generation)

iPad 2 in both white and black

Apple 

The iPad 2 added dual-facing cameras to the iPad, allowing users to snap photos, capture movies and added video conferencing capabilities. The second generation iPad doubled the processing speed, and with games becoming more popular on the iPad, it included a much more powerful graphics processor. The iPad 2 was 33% thinner and 15% lighter than its predecessor. It also gained a gyroscope, making its basic features equal to the iPhone except for voice calling.

CPU: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 (Apple A5)
RAM: 512 MB
Display: 1024x768
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1395 (Wi-Fi), A1396 (3G GSM), A1397 (3G CDMA)

iPad (1st Generation)

The original iPad, front and back

Apple

The original iPad was released on April 3, 2010. It included many of the same features as the iPhone and iPod Touch, including the 3-axis accelerometer that enables the device to detect when it is being moved or tilted. The iPad was powered by the same operating system as the iPhone, allowing it to run the same apps in compatibility mode. It also had unique user interface elements that made use of the larger screen. The day before its official release, Netflix announced it would be supporting the tablet with a streaming app built from the ground up for the iPad.

The original iPad still has some uses, but no longer supports operating system updates. Many apps do not support the first iPad.

CPU: 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 (Apple A4)
RAM: 256 MB
Display: 1024x768
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1219 (Wi-Fi), A1337 (3G)

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