The iPad Comparison Chart

Compare All Models of the iPad

The entire iPad family: Pro, Air and Mini. Image © Apple, Inc.

The iPad has evolved since it was originally announced in January 2010. The iPad 2 added dual-facing cameras along with a faster processor and improved graphics, but the biggest jump was with the iPad 3, which increased the resolution of the display to 2,048 x 1,536 and added Siri for voice recognition. The iPad 4 was a super-charged iPad 3, with around twice the processing power, and the iPad Mini, released alongside the iPad 4, was Apple's first 7.9-inch iPad.

Two years ago, the iPad Air became the first iPad to use a 64-bit chip, ushering the iPad into a new era.

The latest in Apple's lineup includes two iPad Pro models: one a 12.9 inch screen and an even more recent 9.7 inch screen. Both are compatible with a wireless stylus which Apple calls the Apple Pencil. Both also have optional new keyboard cases that work without a wireless connection (meaning they are less finicky to start using). The iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 4, which is basically a smaller iPad Air 2, are also still available. The iPad Air 2 was a significant jump for the iPad, adding a tri-core processor and boosting the available RAM to 2 GB. This gives the current iPad lineup enough processing power and memory to smoothly open two apps on the screen at the same time. For the budget conscious, the iPad Mini 2 (now over three years old), is also still available, but keep in mind it's as capable as the more recent models.

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

How to Buy a Cheap iPad

iPad Comparison:

Feature12.9 iPad Pro9.7 iPad ProiPad Air 2iPad Mini 4iPad Mini 2
Entry Price:$799$599$499$399$269
CPU:Dual-Core 64-bit A9XDual-Core 64-bit A9X1.5 Ghz Tri-Core 64-bit Apple A8X1.5 Ghz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A81.29 Ghz 64-bit Apple A7
Motion Co-Processor:Included in A9XIncluded in A9XM8M8M7
Display:12.9-inch IPS LED-backlit9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit with TrueTone9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit
Graphics:UnknownUnknownPowerVR GX6650PowerVR GX64650PowerVR SGX543MP2
Memory:4 GB2 GB2 GB2 GB1 GB
Storage:32,128 GB32,128 GB32, 128 GB16, 128 GB32 GB
Rear Camera:iSight 8 MPiSight 12 MP with 4K video supportiSight 8 MP iSight 8 MPiSight 5 MP
Front Camera:720p 5 MP with Retina Flash720p 720p 720p 
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/ac802.11 a/b/g/n
GPS:4G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only
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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. 

FeatureiPad AiriPad Mini 3
Entry Price:n/an/a
CPU:1.4 Ghz 64-bit Apple A71.29 Ghz 64-bit Apple A7
Motion Co-Processor:M7M7
Display:9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit
Graphics:PowerVR G6430PowerVR SGX543MP2
Memory:1 GB1 GB
Storage:16, 32, 64, 128 GB16, 32, 64 GB
Rear Camera:iSight 5 MPiSight 5 MP
Front Camera:720p 720p 
Data Rate:4G LTE4G LTE
Wi-Fi:802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n
GPS:4G Version Only4G Version Only
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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 Co-Processor:NoneNoneNoneNone
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
Bluetooth:2.1 + EDR2.1 + EDR44
GPS:3G Version Only3G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only



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