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 Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 2

The iPad Air 2 may not be as powerful as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but it has become quite affordable with a reduced price tag of $399. And some stores are even offering it for greater discounts. The iPad mini 4 mirrors most of the Air 2's features with a smaller display, but unfortunately, it also has a similar price tag.  The iPad mini 2 is the most affordable iPad still in production.

The key difference between the "Pro" models and the "Air" and "mini" models is processing power. In raw processing power, the iPad Pro is about twice as fast as the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 4. When you combine the additional processing power with more memory for applications, you get a much faster experience.

The "Pro" lineup is also required for those wanting an Apple Pencil or Smart Keyboard.  These accessories are not supported on the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 or iPad mini 2.

Pro Tip: How to Buy a Cheap iPad

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

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
Resolution:2732x20482048x15362048x15362048x15362048x1536
Touch ID:YESYESYESYESNO
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 
Data Rate:4G LTE4G 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/ac802.11 a/b/g/n
MIMO:YESYESYESYESYES
Bluetooth:4.24.24.24.24
Siri:YESYESYESYESYES
Accelerometer:YESYESYESYESYES
Compass:YESYESYESYESYES
Gyroscope:YESYESYESYESYES
Barometer:YESYESYESYESNO
GPS:4G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only
Buy Now:Buy from AmazonBuy from AmazonBuy From AmazonBuy From AmazonBuy 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 AiriPad mini 3iPad mini
Entry Price:n/an/an/a
CPU:1.4 Ghz 64-bit Apple A71.29 Ghz 64-bit Apple A71 Ghz Dual-Core Apple A5
Motion Co-Processor:M7M7None
Resolution:2048x15362048x15361024x768
Touch ID:NOYESNO
Display:9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit
7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit
 
Graphics:PowerVR G6430PowerVR SGX543MP2PowerVR SGX543MP2
Memory:1 GB1 GB512 MB
Storage:16, 32, 64, 128 GB16, 32, 64 GB16, 32, 64 GB
Rear Camera:iSight 5 MPiSight 5 MPiSight 5 MP
Front Camera:720p 720p 720p
Data Rate:4G LTE4G LTE4G LTE
Wi-Fi:802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n
MIMO:YESYESNO
Bluetooth:444
Siri:YESYESYES
Accelerometer:YESYESYES
Compass:YESYESYES
Gyroscope:YESYESYES
Barometer:NONONO
GPS:4G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only
Buy Now:N/ABuy 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 Co-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
Accelerometer:YESYESYESYES
Compass:YESYESYESYES
Gyroscope:NoYESYESYES
GPS:3G Version Only3G Version Only4G Version Only4G Version Only

 

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