What are the differences between all models of the current line of iPads?

One week from its next special event, Apple surprised today and launched a new 10.5 ″ iPad Air with the fifth generation of the iPad mini. With that, she killed the old 10.5 ″ iPad Pro and organized the whole line a bit though it can still be confusing for some people.

Next you will understand very well what changes from one model to another.

9.7 inch iPad

Launched a year ago at an educational event held in Chicago, this is now the (cheapest) inbound iPad starting at $ 2,800 (or $ 330 in the United States).

New 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil Support

It has a 9.7 inch (1536 × 2048 pixel, 264ppp) Retina display, Touch ID, A10 Fusion chip (with M10 coprocessor), up to 128GB capacity, supports the first-generation Apple Pencil compatible with generic Bluetooth keyboards .

Fifth Generation iPad Mini

Going to $ 3,500 (or $ 400 l outside), the new iPad mini has a smaller screen of 7.9 inches but the same resolution as the previous one (1536 × 2048 pixels, only at 326ppp), laminated (pixels are “ glued ”to the glass, generating fewer reflections), with True tone and support for a wide range of colors (P3).

iPad mini with hand using Apple Pencil

The A12 Bionic chip with Neural engine And the M12 coprocessor, we get up to 256GB of storage and Bluetooth goes from 4.2 to 5.0.

iPad Air third generation

The Air line is back, kind of taking the place of the old 10.5 ″ iPad Pro and with a lower price starting at $ 4,500 (or $ 500 in the US).

iPad Air aside with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil on the table

For that $ 1,000 (or $ 100) more, we jumped to a 10.5-inch screen (1668 × 2224 pixels at 264ppp) and gained Smart Keyboard support.

11 and 12.9 inch Pro iPads

Finally, we have the top-of-the-line iPad models released by Apple at the end of October last year. Here, the jump is much higher (including price, as they start from $ 6,800 or $ 800).

New iPad Pro Side by Side

The much more modern design of the iPads Pro, with the screen occupying the entire front that gives it the name “Liquid Retina”. We have the technology there ProMotion (with higher refresh rates), Face ID, A12X Bionic chip, up to 1TB capacity, second generation Apple Pencil with magnetic recharge and Smart Keyboard Folio support.

The 11-inch version has a resolution of 1668 × 2388 pixels, while the 12.9-inch version jumps to 2048 × 2732 pixels. Both have 264 pixels per inch.

Their cameras are also superior: the 12 megapixel rear (aperture / 1.8) with True Tone Quad-LED flash, while the front is based on the TrueDepth system used by Face ID.

Pro iPads also feature four speakers at each end for a much superior sound experience; and while the rest of the line still uses the Lightning port, they have a USB-C port that also offers fast recharging.

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Indeed, with the exception of the fact that the iPad mini has a smaller screen than the input iPad, the whole line has now become much more consistent in terms of what each model offers and the price-stool Ma assembles.

We hope this article will help clarify all your doubts about what changes from one model to another. If you have more details to share, use and abuse the comments section below. 😉