It's hard to buy an iPad. They all seem to do the same, but the difference between their prices is dramatic. To navigate the Apple ecosystem and find the iPad that suits you.
What can you do with an iPad?
With an iPad, you can do almost anything. They are ideal for playing, watching TV or surfing the internet. But they are also fantastic digital tools for illustrators, musicians or video editors. Some people even buy iPads as a complete replacement for laptops.
So, before you choose an iPad, find out why you want one. In general, every iPad is great for playing or surfing the Internet, while more demanding tasks like video editing require extra computing power.
Thinking About Specifications
If you know what you want to do with your iPad, it's time to narrow things down. Any iPad can be used for drawing, but you also have to think about the screen size. Also, some iPads do not work with accessories like the Apple Smart Keyboard or the 2nd generation Apple Pencil ̵
Here are some details to watch out for:
- Screen Size : iPad size is directly related to iPad pricing. Before you go into the technical data, you should find out which screen size you are satisfied with. Are you completely out of control on a 12.9-inch screen (if so, just buy the iPad Pro) or are you open to screen sizes?
- Memory Capacity : Extra memory is useful when storing a lot of music or movies on your iPad. However, ICloud is available and you can always connect an external storage device to your iPad.
- Ports : Do you want a Lightning port or a USB-C port? USB-C connectors become the industry standard and support more peripherals than Lightning connectors. However, you must opt for a Pro model if you want to take advantage of the added versatility of USB-C.
- Apple Pencil Support : All iPads for 2018 and 2019 work with the first-generation Apple Pencil. The 2nd Gen Pencil is charged wirelessly and only works with the iPad Pro.
- LTE / cellular connectivity : Apple sells a LTE / mobile version of every iPad model. Mobile is useful if you want to use your iPad on the go. However, the LTE / cellular iPad models cost about $ 100 to $ 200 more than the corresponding Wi-Fi charges (and then network operator fees apply). If you choose an iPad with a mobile phone, you need to include those extra costs in your budget.
You do not have to worry about battery life, as Apple says all iPad models have the same battery life (10 hours) of continuous browsing).
Now that you know what you're looking for in an iPad, it's time to learn the differences between each iPad model. Shopping for iPads can be confusing as new models come onto the market every year. Therefore, we will detail each model by screen size, year, specifications, and features. We'll start with the iPad Pro and evolve to screen size. Note, however, that the iPad MIni is technically more powerful than the base iPad.
iPad Pro (11-inch and 12.9-inch model 2018)
Ah, the most expensive of the iPads. The iPad Pro is not very portable, but it's great for pros, video editors, and artists. It's also the most advanced version of the iPad, with features like Face ID and a USB-C port, which will be standard on all iPad models over the next few years (but for the time being they are for professionals only).
- ] Size : The iPad Pro comes with an 11-inch or 12.9-inch screen. Since the screen does not have a home button, it feels large and comfortable when turned in any direction.
- Capacity : 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB of storage.
- Specifications : The iPad Pro has 4GB of RAM (the 1TB model has 6GB) and a super-fast A12X Bionic processor. These specifications make the iPad a lightning fast multitasking monster.
- Cameras : A 12 megapixel reversing camera and a 7 megapixel front camera are needed for the home button. It also has a USB-C port that is more universal than Lightning (and works well with USB-C hubs). It also works with Apple pens of the 1st and 2nd generation.
All in all, the iPad Pro is the Mac Daddy of all iPads. It's perfect for power users, artists, people who work with videos, or people who just want a big iPad (no shame). It will do whatever you want, it will stay up to date for a while and it will work with a variety of accessories.
Remember that the iPad Pro is not the only iPad for professionals or artists. It's just the biggest and most noticeable.
iPad Air (10.5-inch model 2019)
The iPad Air is just a small update to the regular iPad. It's a bit slimmer, has a bigger screen and a better processor. That's about all there is to do. It's perfect for people looking for an iPad between the simple iPad and the iPad Pro. (The specifications are identical to those of the iPad Mini, by the way.)
- Size : The iPad Air has a 10.5-inch display, but is slimmer than the regular iPad. It has a home button.
- Capacity : 64 GB or 256 GB of memory.
- Specifications : The iPad Air has 3 GB of RAM and works with the A12 Bionic processor – the same processor as in newer iPhones. It's pretty snappy.
- Cameras : An 8 megapixel main camera and a 7 megapixel front camera.
- Special features : The iPad Air works with the first-generation Apple Pencil and the official Apple Smart Keyboard. It has a Lightning connector and no USB-C connector.
The iPad Air is the iPad for everyone. It's not as portable as the standard iPad and not as powerful as the iPad Pro. But it can do almost everything the iPad Pro can do. It's just not that fast or so conspicuous, that's all.
iPad (10.2-inch model 2019)
The new version of The regular iPad has a reasonable price. The specifications are similar (but a bit better) than the iPad 2018 (it supports the official Apple Smart Keyboard!).
For a price that's about $ 100 cheaper than the iPad Air, you already know where this iPad fits into the family. It's portable, great for playing and watching videos, but it may stutter when you try to use it for resource-intensive tasks.
- Size : At 10.2 inches, the iPad 2019 is portable yet comfortable. It is better for drawing than the iPad 2018. It still has a home button.
- Capacity : 32 GB or 128 GB of memory.
- Specifications : Like the 9.7-inch iPad, the 10.2-inch iPad has the A10 Fusion chip.  Cameras : An 8 megapixel reversing camera and a 1.2 megapixel front camera.
- Special Features : The 10.2-inch iPad actually works with the official Apple Smart Keyboard. It also works with the Apple Pencil of the 1st generation, but has a Lightning connector and no USB-C connector. With its extra screen and support for the Apple Smart Keyboard, it's a great choice for students or artists, especially when it comes to money.
iPad (9.7-inch model 2018)  The iPad 9.7 inches ” width=”1920″ height=”1080″ src=”/pagespeed_static/1.JiBnMqyl6S.gif” onload=”pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);” onerror=”this.onerror=null;pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);”/>
The 9.7-inch iPad became 2018 but almost identical to the new 10.2-inch iPad. The only major difference (aside from the screen size) is that the 9.7-inch iPad is not compatible with the official Apple Smart Keyboard.
In other words, this iPad is great for most people, especially if you're just trying to draw, play or watch videos.
- Size : The 9.7-inch screen size of the iPad for 2018 is appropriate and makes the overall form factor very portable.
- Capacity : 32 GB or 128 GB of storage space.
- Specifications : The 9.7-inch iPad, like the 10.2-inch iPad, has the A10 Fusion chip.
- Cameras : An 8 megapixel reversing camera and a 1.2 megapixel front camera.
- Specials : Works with Apple Pencil of the 1st generation, but has a Lightning connector and does not work with the official Apple Smart Keyboard.
Again, the 9.7-inch iPad is ideal for most people if you only want an iPad for occasional use. It's cheap, especially now that Apple wants to replace it with a nearly identical 10.2-inch iPad.
iPad Mini (7.9-inch Model 2019)