The “active” life cycle of a iPad undoubtedly the largest in the tablet industry and, when I refer to the active life, I speak of the period in which the device continues to receive updates from its descendants and gaining the latest features made by the manufacturer (or at least some of them). , since not all actually reach the devices older").
Still, it comes to an end one day: even the most powerful and resilient hardware will no longer be updated by Apple, eventually being classified as classic or obsolete. The idea of the tables below is to survey the active life of each iPad already released, so you can analyze Apple's longevity patterns and maybe even make a better decision when choosing a new device especially if we're speaking of a used device.
Our tables will be updated as needed (ie whenever a new iPad model is released or a completely new version of iOS is released), so the invitation is invited to check back this post anytime.
|iPad (original)||2010||iOS 3.2||iOS 5.1.1|
|iPad 2||2011||iOS 4.3||iOS 9.3.6|
|iPad (third generation)||2012||iOS 5.1||iOS 9.3.6|
|iPad (fourth generation)||2012||iOS 6.0.1||iOS 10.3.4|
|iPad Air||2013||iOS 7.0.3||iOS 12.4.3|
|iPad Air 2||2014||iOS 8.1||last available|
|iPad (fifth generation)||2017||iOS 10.3||last available|
|iPad (sixth generation)||2018||iOS 11.3||last available|
|iPad Air (third generation)||2019||iOS 12.2||last available|
|iPad (seventh generation)||2019||iOS 13||last available|
|iPad Pro 12.9 ″ (original)||2015||iOS 9.1||last available|
|9.7 ″ iPad Pro (original)||2016||iOS 9.3||last available|
|iPad Pro 12.9 ″ (second generation)||2017||iOS 10.3.2||last available|
|iPad Pro 10.5 ″ (original)||2017||iOS 10.3.2||last available|
|11 ″ iPad Pro (Original)||2018||iOS 12.1||last available|
|12.9 ″ iPad Pro (third generation)||2018||iOS 12.1||last available|
|iPad mini (original)||2012||iOS 6.0.1||iOS 9.3.6|
|iPad mini 2||2013||iOS 7.0.3||iOS 12.4.3|
|iPad mini 3||2014||iOS 8.1||iOS 12.4.3|
|iPad mini 4||2015||iOS 9.0||last available|
|iPad mini (fifth generation)||2019||iOS 12.2||last available|
For those interested, we also have these guides for Macs, iPhones, Apple Watches, and Apple TVs.
Last Update: November 11, 2019.