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Are you debating about if the iPad you have is the best iPad for your needs? There are four different models of iPad available to choose from and even more generations within each type! Choose from the iPad Pro, iPad Mini, iPad Air, or iPad line, each crafted to be versatile: there is a multitude of sizes, processors, displays, colors, and more! Likewise, the iPad series has a large spectrum of storage amounts that can support all needs. Ranging from 16GB in older generations to 1TB in the newer releases, you should never have to worry about saving your files.
Dating all the way back to 2010, with the introduction of the 1st generation iPad (now found on Ebay) to the newest 2020 iPad Pro at Amazon, this device line has evolved to be an all-purpose tool. Being in the middle of a laptop and an iPhone, they are extremely portable and can function as both when needed with the help of accessories. iPads have advanced to be able to support drawing pens, like the Apple Pencil, and keyboards. These add ons help to create a limitless scope of possibilities for transformations, so no matter your needs, one of the many iPad models has you covered! There is also a visual chart version that compares each iPad model.
Read on to see a comprehensive list of iPad models and generations.
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 MBDisplay: 1024x768Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3GStorage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GBModel Numbers: A1219 (Wi-Fi), A1337 (3G)
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 percent thinner and 15 percent 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 MBDisplay: 1024x768Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3GStorage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GBModel Numbers: A1395 (Wi-Fi), A1396 (3G GSM), A1397 (3G CDMA)
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 MBDisplay: 2056x1536Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4GStorage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GBModel Numbers: A1416 (Wi-Fi), A1430 (4G), A1403 (4G VZ)
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 GBDisplay: 2056x1536Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4GStorage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GBModel Numbers: A1458 (Wi-Fi), A1459 (4G), A1460 (4G MM)
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 A9RAM: 2 GBDisplay: 2056x1536Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4GStorage: 32 GB, 128 GBModel Numbers: A1822 (Wi-Fi), A1823 (4G)
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 from 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 FusionRAM: 2 GBDisplay: 2056x1536Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4GStorage: 32 GB, 128 GBModel Numbers: A1893 (W-Fi) A1954 (Wi-Fi+Cellular)
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 A9XRAM: 4 GBDisplay: 12.9-inch with 2734x2048 resolutionModels: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + CellularStorage: 32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GBModel Numbers: A1584 (Wi-Fi), A1652 (4G)
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 A9XRAM: 2 GBDisplay: 9.7-inch with 2056x1536 resolutionModels: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + CellularStorage: 32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GBModel Numbers: A1673 (Wi-Fi), A1674 or A1675 (4G)
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 FusionRAM: 4 GBDisplay: 12.9-inch True Tone with 2734x2048 resolutionModels: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4GStorage: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GBModel Numbers: A1670 (Wi-Fi), A1671 (4G)
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 FusionRAM: 4 GBDisplay: 10.5-inch True Tone with 2734x2048 resolutionModels: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4GStorage: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GBModel Numbers: A1701 (Wi-Fi), A1709 (4G)
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 from 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 EngineRAM: 4 GB (1 TB model includes 6 GB)Display: 2732x2048Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + CellularStorage: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1TBModel Numbers: A1584 (Wi-Fi), A1652 (Wi-Fi+Ceullar)
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 EngineRAM: 4 GB (1 TB model includes 6 GB)Display: 2388x1668Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + CellularStorage: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1TBModel Numbers: A1980 (Wi-Fi), A1934 (Wi-Fi+Cellular)
The 2019 iPad is Apple's budget offering, relative to the other slates in its lineup. However, just because it's the most affordable iPad you can get at $329, doesn't mean it's a slouch. There's a large, crisp Retina display and full Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil support, giving it an advantage over the smaller Mini 5.
Performance is solid with the A10 Fusion processor, though it isn't as powerful as the ones you get on the Pro or the Air and Mini. That said, the 7th generation iPad is clearly geared toward students and productivity. It supports all the multitasking features of the iPad OS, has external storage support, and solid battery life. Simply put, it's one of the best iPad's to buy for the price.
CPU: A10 FusionRAM: 3GBDisplay: 2160x1620Models: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi+CellularStorage: 32GB, 128GBModel Numbers: A2197 (Wi-Fi), A2198, A2200 (Wi-Fi+Cellular)
The iPad released in 2020 comes in two sizes, an 11-inch slate, and a 12.9-inch slate. Both take their features and design cues from the third generation (2018) iPad Pro's, continuing to incorporate Apple Pencil support (now a second-generation Pencil), minimizing bezels to increase screen size and aspect ratio, and focusing on general productivity, art, and multitasking use cases.
To that end, you have the new, more powerful A12Z Bionic chip powering the Pros along with a 120Hz high refresh display. The screen is an IPS panel that's big and bright, making it easy and smooth to draw on. The latest iOS 13.4 update also comes with features to make using multiple apps at the same time easier, and improving productivity. Additional accessories that many will find useful is the Magic Keyboard, which includes the first trackpad designed for an iPad and a USB-C port. There's even a cursor now.
CPU: A12Z BionicRAM: 6GBDisplay: 11-inch (2388x1668) and 12.9-inch (2732x2048) Liquid RetinaModels: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+CellularStorage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TBModel Numbers: A2229 (Wi-Fi0, A2069, A2232 (Wi-Fi+Cellullar)
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 MBDisplay: 1024x768Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4GStorage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GBModel Numbers: A1432 (Wi-Fi), A1454 (4G), A1455 (4G MM)
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-ProcessorRAM: 1 GBDisplay: 2056x1536Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4GStorage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GBModel Numbers: A1489 (Wi-Fi), A1490 (4G)
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-ProcessorRAM: 1 GBDisplay: 2056x1536Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4GStorage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GBModel Numbers: A1599 (Wi-Fi), A1600 (4G)
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-ProcessorRAM: 2 GBDisplay: 2056x1536Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4GStorage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GBModel Numbers: A1538 (Wi-Fi), A1550 (4G)
The iPad Mini is now in its 5th generation. Released in 2019 after a gap of four years, it scales up in performance from the previous generation's iPad Mini. It still boasts a 7.9-inch Retina display for portability, but it has a higher resolution panel with 324 pixels per inch. It also has a powerful A12 Bionic processor and more RAM, giving it better capabilities when it comes to multitasking, games, and media consumption.
Even more impressive, the Mini 5 incorporates some features you'll find on higher-end iPad models, like Apple Pencil support and the productivity features of the latest iPad OS updates. However, you still won't get Smart Keyboard compatibility, USB-C, or Face ID.
CPU: A12 BionicRAM: 3GBDisplay: 2048x1536Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+CellularStorage: 64GB, 256GBModel Numbers: A2133 (Wi-Fi), A2124 (Wi-Fi+Cellular)
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-ProcessorRAM: 1 GBDisplay: 2056x1536Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4GStorage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GBModel Numbers: A1474 (Wi-Fi), A1475 (4G)
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-ProcessorRAM: 2 GBDisplay: 2056x1536Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4GStorage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GBModel Numbers: A1566 (Wi-Fi), A1667 (4G)
The iPad Air (2019) sits halfway between the iPad and iPad Mini 5 in terms of design and capability. It still has a traditional design with standard bezel and button placement, however, it has a sleeker build than previous generations and incorporates a faster A12 Bionic processor. Like the Mini 5, it has a long-last battery and is highly portable.
Some advantages that come with the Air is that it supports both the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, unlike the Mini which only works with the Pencil. However, while the Air does have True Tone adjustment for the display, it doesn't have ProMotion, which means that there will be more latency when using the Pencil compared to the iPad Pro.
CPU: A12 BionicRAM: 3GB
Display: 2224x1668Models: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi+CellularStorage: 64GB, 256GBModel Numbers: A2152 (Wi-Fi, A2123, A2153 (Wi-Fi+Cellular)