Buyer's Guide of Apple iPad Models and iPad Mini Generations 2018

Author:Jake | TIME:November 23,2017


Ever since it was first introduced and launched in 2010, the Apple iPad has become one of the most popular mobile devices and the pioneer of other following tablets, including Android tablets. Following the 1st generation iPad are the other 5 additional iPad generations like Mini iPad and iPad Pro. And below is the full list of all iPad generations and iPad models.

 

 

List of iPad Models - iPad 1st generationList of iPad Models - iPad (1st Generation)

Released on April 3, 2010, the original Apple iPad has included many of the same features as the iPhone and iPod Touch, including the 3-axis accelerometer that enables the device to detect when it is being moved or tilted. This 1st generation iPad is powered by the same operating system as the iPhone, which enables it to run the same apps in compatibility mode. Since Apple no longer supports operating system update for this iPad, many apps do not support this model.

* CPU: 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 (Apple A4)
RAM: 256 MB
Display: 1024x768
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1219 (Wi-Fi), A1337 (3G)


Pros

Cons

Beautiful screen

No camera

Lightweight

No multitasking

Terrific web browsing experience

Not enough native apps

Amazing battery life


Bluetooth accessory support


Support for App Store


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List of iPad Models - iPad 2

List of iPad Models - iPad 2 (2nd Generation)

The iPad 2 is a upgrade to the original Apple iPad, with dual-facing cameras that enable users to snap photos, capture movies and added video conferencing capabilities. It has a twice processing speed and a more powerful graphics processor, but is 33% thinner and 15% lighter than its predecessor. It also gained a gyroscope, making its basic features equal to the iPhone except for voice calling.

* CPU: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 (Apple A5)
RAM: 512 MB
Display: 1024x768
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1395 (Wi-Fi), A1396 (3G GSM), A1397 (3G CDMA)

Pros

Cons

Thinner 

Low screen resolution

Front and rear cameras

Mediocre photo quality

FaceTime video chat

No Adobe Flash support

Faster processor

Require adapters for HDMI, USB & SD ports

3G options for both AT&T and Verizon


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iPad 3

List of iPad Models - iPad 3 (3rd Generation)

The 3rd generation iPad has a 2056x1536 resolution Retina Display that was the highest resolution display for a tablet at its release. It applies the same basic processor as the iPad 2 but with updated graphics chip to help power the new display. It was also the first device of the iPad generation list to offer 4G compatibility.

CPU: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 (Apple A5X)
RAM: 512 MB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1416 (Wi-Fi), A1430 (4G), A1403 (4G VZ)

Pros

Cons

Amazing display

No 128GB option

LTE speeds

Slightly larger and heavier

Improved camera

No SD card slot for easy photo transfer

Comparable battery life with LTE


3G options for both AT&T and Verizon


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iPad Mini

List of iPad Models - iPad Mini (1st Generation Mini)

The 1st generation of Apple iPad Mini Generations is built with a 7.9-inch display and powered by the same processor as the iPad 2. It also offers 4G compatibility and superior dual-facing cameras.

CPU: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 (Apple A5)
RAM: 512 MB
Display: 1024x768
* * Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1432 (Wi-Fi), A1454 (4G), A1455 (4G MM)

Pros

Cons

Least expensive

Low quality display and lower resolution

Respectable 4G/LTE support

No MIMO Wi-Fi support

Dual stream 802.11n Wi-Fi

Slow running iOS 9 & no support for iOS 10

Solid battery life

No SD card slot for easy photo transfer

Smaller and lighter


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iPad 4

List of iPad Models - iPad 4 (4th Generation)

Compare with other members of the list of iPads, the 4th generation iPad has the same features of the iPad 3 but uses a more powerful processor. And just like on other iPads, you can get free wallpaper, videos and more from online resources such as FunForMobile.

* CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Apple Swift (Apple A6)
RAM: 1 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1458 (Wi-Fi), A1459 (4G), A1460 (4G MM)

Pros

Cons

Detailed and accurate Retina Display

Slightly weighty

Faster A6X processor

Heavy to hold in one hand

Improved worldwide cellular compatibility

Expensive

Easier connector


Above average battery life


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iPad Mini 2

List of iPad Models - The iPad Mini 2 (2nd Generation Mini)

The Apple iPad Mini 2 is a powerful upgrade to the 1st generation iPad Mini. It uses the same basic A7 processor as the iPad Air. The iPad Mini 2 is officially referred to as the "iPad mini with Retina display".

CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A7 w/Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 1 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1489 (Wi-Fi), A1490 (4G)

Pros

Cons

Small, but beautiful high-resolution display

Slightly weighty

Global 4G/LTE coverage

Heavy to hold in one hand

Dual stream 802.11n Wi-Fi with MIMO support

Expensive

Dual microphones for improved noise cancellation


1 GB of RAM & 128 GB storage option 


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iPad Air

List of iPad Models - The iPad Air (5th Generation)

Powered by a 64-bit processor, the iPad Air is almost twice as powerful as the predecessor of iPad 4, but as slim as the iPad Mini.  

CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A7 w/Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 1 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
* Model Numbers: A1474 (Wi-Fi), A1475 (4G)

Pros

Cons

Thin and light design

Same camera as iPad 4

Above average battery life

Lacks 802.11 ac

iLife and iWork apps are great

Lacks Touch ID fingerprint scanner

Improved front-facing camera for FaceTiming


Gorgeous Retina Display


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iPad Mini 3

List of iPad Models - The iPad Mini 3 (3rd Generation Mini)

The iPad Mini 3 is essentially the same as the iPad Mini 2 except for an additional Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The Touch ID supports unlocking your iPad with your thumbprint, purchasing apps, and using the new Apple Pay.   

CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A7 w/Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 1 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
* Model Numbers: A1599 (Wi-Fi), A1600 (4G)

Pros

Cons

Touch ID

Glossy finish

Gold color option

No SD card slot for easy photo transfer

64 GB and 128 GB storage options


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iPad Air 2

List of iPad Models -  iPad Air 2 (6th Generation)

Unlike the previous iPad models that use the same processor of iPhone, the iPad Air 2 is powered by Apple's first triple-core processor which is even faster than the iPhone 6. It also upgrades the internal memory from 1 GB to 2 GB.

* CPU: 1.5 GHz Tri-Core 64-bit Apple A8X w/Apple M8 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1566 (Wi-Fi), A1667 (4G)

Pros

Cons

Beautiful, thin aluminum design

Minor upgrade from iPad Air

Touch ID included


Awesome display


Fast processor


Anti-reflection screen coating


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iPad Mini 4

List of iPad Models - iPad Mini 4 (4th Generation Mini)

The iPad Mini 4 is a big improvement over the iPad Mini 3. But the Mini 3 completely disappears from the Apple lineup, and now only Mini 2 and the Mini 4 from the iPad Mini generations are for sale. This extra processing power of the Mini 4 makes it compatible with all of the latest multitasking features in iOS.

* CPU: 1.5 GHz Tri-Core 64-bit Apple A8X w/Apple M8 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1538 (Wi-Fi), A1550 (4G)

Pros

Cons

High quality display

Relatively expensive

2 GB of RAM

No SD card slot for easy photo transfer

Better rear camera


Faster Wi-Fi & more global cellular connectivity


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1st gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro

List of iPad Models - 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st Generation)

The iPad Pro has an 12-9-inch display and includes Apple's latest A9X processor. And that makes the iPad Pro run as fast or faster than most laptops. In addition, this 12.9-inch iPad supports the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

CPU: 2.26 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A9X 
RAM: 4 GB
Display: 12.9-inch with 2734x2048 resolution
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular
Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Model Numbers: A1584 (Wi-Fi), A1652 (4G)

Pros

Cons

Large, beautiful display

Expensive

Excellent and powerful processor

Very big

Great speakers

Battery could last longer

Smart Keyboard's keys

Lack 3D Touch and always-on Siri
Excellent built quality
Pressure-sensitive Pencil stylus

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1st gen 9.7-inch iPad Pro

List of iPad Models - 9.7-inch iPad Pro (1st Generation)

Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro improves upon the display and adds True Tone and decreased reflection in bright light such as sunlight. It is equipped with a 12 MP camera that is compatible with Live Photos. It works with Apple's new Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil.

CPU: Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A9X 
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 9.7-inch with 2056x1536 resolution
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular
Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Model Numbers: A1673 (Wi-Fi), A1674 or A1675 (4G)

Pros

Cons

Overall excellent performance

No expandable memory option

Long battery life

Cramped smart Keyboard is more cramped

True Tone display

More expensive than the iPad Air 2

Excellent camera


Great build quality
Pressure-sensitive Pencil stylus

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The iPad (2017)

List of iPad Models - The iPad (2017)

This new 9.7-inch Apple iPad no longer follows the Air name and but a slight upgrade to iPad Air 2 with a slightly faster processor.

CPU: 1.85 Ghz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A9 
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1822 (Wi-Fi), A1823 (4G)


Pros

Cons

Long battery life

Single, bottom-firing speaker

More affordable than before

No smart connector for keyboards

Beautiful 9.7-inch screen

Thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2

Faster performance 


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And there are two other new iPad models that were released in the year of 2017, they are the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017) and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017). Both of these two iPad generations have some new features and improved experience of use. 


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