There may not be as much choice as smartphones when it comes to tablets, but there are still a number of decisions to be made. If you are reading this, it is likely you have already decided on the iOS platform, and you are now trying to figure out what size iPad is the right one for you and which one fits into how much you want to spend.

Apple offers a number of iPad options ranging from 7.9-inch displays to 12.9-inches in size. There are also a few older models, which although discontinued by Apple, are still available elsewhere, sometimes at good prices.

We have therefore included a couple of them in this round up so you can see the differences between all models available, old and new, to find the most suitable iPad for you.

Quick summary

iPad Air is one of the newest iPads available. It opts for Touch ID over Face ID, but it's cheaper than the Pro models, more powerful than the iPad 9.7 and it is compatible with the first generation Apple Pencil.

iPad mini 5 is the second of the newest iPads. It has the same design as the iPad mini 4 but it offers a number of upgrades when it comes to hardware, including processor and front camera. 

iPad Pro 11 is one of the most powerful iPads available. It comes with a refreshed design offering super slim bezels, Face ID and excellent specs. It offers support for the second-gen Apple Pencil and it offers all the latest features in a more compact format than the 12.9 model.

iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) is the most expensive iPad available, as well as the most powerful alongside the 11-inch model. It is for those that want to treat their tablet more like a computer. It offers the same hardware as the 11-inch model but in a larger size and with a higher price tag.

iPad Pro 10.5 has an older design than the iPad Pro 11, with Touch ID still intact like the iPad Air. It's cheaper than the latest Pro models, more powerful than the iPad 9.7 and it is compatible with the first generation Apple Pencil.

iPad Pro 9.7 is worth buying if you can find it a lot cheaper than its successor - the iPad Pro 10.5. It supports the first generation Apple Pencil.

iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) has been replaced by a newer design but it will be cheaper than the new model if you can find it. It's a powerful device with support for the first-generation Apple Pencil and Touch ID.

iPad 9.7 offers much the same design as the old iPad 9.7 but with slightly updated specs and support for Apple Pencil. It is significantly cheaper than the iPad Pro models, as well as cheaper than the iPad Air.

iPad mini 4 offers a small Apple tablet that's cheaper than the iPad mini 5 if you're happy to sacrifice the latest specs and features.

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Apple iPad Air


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  • Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm, 456g
  • Display: 10.5-inches, 2224 x 1668 (264ppi), True Tone
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi & Cellular)
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Space Grey, Gold

The Apple iPad Air sits in between the iPad Pro 11 and the cheaper iPad 9.7 - both further down this list. It features a similar design to the iPad 9.7, offering Touch ID rather than Face ID so you get larger bezels around the display than you do with the iPad Pro 11.

There's an A12 Bionic chip under the hood, which is a slight step down from the iPad Pro models but a power boost over the iPad 9.7 and the iPad Air comes with both Apple Pencil (first gen) and Apple Smart Keyboard support too.

The iPad Air's display also sees improvements over the iPad 9.7, with an anti-reflective coating, True Tone technology and a wider colour gamut, as well as a larger display in a slimmer and lighter build. It has the same cameras as the iPad 9.7 though, which means a slight downgrade from the iPro Pro 11's rear camera.

There are two speakers rather than four like the iPad Pro models and the iPad Air has Lightning for charging, rather than USB Type-C like the iPad Pro 11.  

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Apple iPad mini 5


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  • Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm, 300g
  • Display: 7.9-inches, 2048 x 1536 (326ppi), True Tone
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi & Cellular)
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Space Grey, Gold

The Apple iPad mini 5 features the same design as the older iPad mini 4 - further down this list - opting for Touch ID like the iPad Air, rather than Face ID like the newer iPad Pro models. 

There are numerous hardware upgrades over the iPad mini 4 though, with the iPad mini 5 said to be three times faster than its predecessor thanks to the A12 Bionic chip. This is the same processor as the larger iPad Air, but a small step down from the iPad Pro 11.

Like the iPad Air, the iPad mini 5 brings a range of display improvements, including the addition of True Tone technology and it also adds Apple Pencil compatibility (first gen). It also has the sharpest display of all the iPads available with a 326ppi pixel density.

Compared to the older iPad mini 4, the iPad mini 5 has an upgraded front camera, moving from 1.2-megapixels to 7-megapixels and offering up to 1080p video compared to 720p. It has up to 256GB of storage and like the iPad Air, it is charged via Lightning.

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Apple iPad Pro 11


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  • Dimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9mm, 468g
  • Display: 11-inches, 2388 x 1668 (264ppi), True Tone
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi & Cellular)
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Space Grey

The iPad Pro 11 succeeds the iPad Pro 10.5 - further down this list - with a completely new design. It offers more screen within a similar footprint to the 10.5, slimmer bezels, ditches Touch ID for Face ID and it squares off the aluminium edges for a more refined design.

You get less colour options with the 11-inch model than the 10.5 but Apple has included the A12X Bionic processor in the iPad Pro 11, and it also comes in a 1TB storage option. Like the 10.5-inch model, there are four speakers, though audio has been improved in this model.

The iPad Pro 11 has a 12-megapixel rear camera, a 7-megapixel front camera capable of Portrait mode and Animoji features, and this tablet is also compatible with the second-generation of the Apple Pencil, which attaches magnetically and charges wirelessly. The Lightning connector has been replaced with USB Type-C too for the new iPad Pro, allowing for charging and out.

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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2018)


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  • Dimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9mm, 631g
  • Display: 12.9-inches, 2732 x 2048 (264ppi), True Tone
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi & Cellular)
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Space Grey

Like the iPad Pro 11, the new iPad Pro 12.9 delivers a complete design overhaul with slimmer bezels, no Touch ID home button and flatter edges. This new design allows the 12.9 model to reduce in size compared to the old 12.9 model, despite offering the same size display, making it more manageable than the 2017 device.

Aside from the physical size and display size, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) has the same specifications as the 11-inch iPad Pro model with the A12X processor, up to 1TB of storage and USB Type-C over Lightning for charging in and out, as well as the same camera capabilities with Face ID.

The iPad Pro 12.9 is compatible with the Smart Keyboard as well as the second-generation Apple Pencil which attaches magnetically to the iPad Pro 12.9 and charges wirelessly when attached. It is still sold separately though, making this one pricey tablet.

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Apple iPad Pro 10.5


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  • Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm, 469g
  • Display: 10.5-inches, 2224 x 1668 (264ppi), True Tone
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi & Cellular)
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Space Grey, Gold, Rose Gold

The iPad Pro 10.5 features a 40 per cent reduction in bezels and a 20 per cent increase in display size over the iPad Pro 9.7, but it has an older design compared to the newer iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9. This older design does mean Touch ID though so if you want a physical fingerprint sensor, this is the iPad Pro for you.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is still available through Apple and it comes with True Tone technology, a display that offers 600nits of brightness and a technology called ProMotion that allows it to support 120Hz refresh rates is also on board. Under its hood, it has the A10X Fusion processor with embedded M10 motion coprocessor is coupled with a 10 hour battery life, as well as the Smart Connector and four-speaker audio setup.

It also offers a 12-megapixel rear snapper and a 7-megapixel front camera. Apple Pencil compatibility is on board, but for the first generation not the second like the iPad Air, and it also offers compatibility with the Smart Keyboard, while storage options range from 64GB to 512GB. Colour options include silver, space grey, gold, and rose gold.

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Apple iPad Pro 9.7

  • Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm, 437g
  • Display: 9.7 inches, 2048 x 1536 (264ppi), True Tone
  • Storage: 32GB, 128GB, 256GB (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi & Cellular)
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Space Grey, Gold, Rose Gold

The iPad Pro 9.7 is smaller than new iPad Air and it comes with many of the same technologies, including True Tone, a wide colour gamut display, as well as first-generation Apple Pencil compatibility.

It takes its design cues from the larger older iPad Pro though, meaning you'll get the Smart Connector and four-speaker setup with this device, rather than the iPad Air's two-speaker setup or the slimmer bezels of the new iPad Pro 11-inch and new 12.9-inch models. Like the iPad Air, the iPad Pro 9.7 has Touch ID.

It also has the A9X processor under its hood, which makes the new iPad Air quite a bit more powerful. The camera experience is better than the iPad Air though, with a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera, both of which offer flash. Like the iPad Air, storage options go up to 256GB but the only real reason to buy one of these iPad is if you can find it a lot cheaper than the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

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Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)

  • Dimensions: 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm, 713g
  • Display: 12.9-inches, 2732 x 2048 (264ppi)
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, 512GB (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi & Cellular)
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Space Grey, Gold

The iPad Pro 12.9 marked a new tablet territory for Apple with its 12.9-inch display when it first arrived in 2015. It then recieved a hardware update in 2017 and a complete design refresh in 2018 - with the new model mentioned higher up on this list. Since the design update, the 2017 model has been discontinued by Apple but you might be able to find it cheaper than the new model elsewhere.

The display technology is the same as the iPad Pro 10.5 in the 2017 model, meaning it offers the True Tone technology, wide colour gamut screen, and the ProMotion technology supporting faster refresh rates. You'll also find the same cameras and other features (Touch ID and Apple Pay compatibility) as the iPad Pro 10.5. The iPad Pro 12.9 has the A10X Fusion chip under its hood, which is powerful but not as powerful as the A12X in the new model.

The iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) is compatible with the first generation of Apple Pencil and it offers a range of software features, including Adobe. It will be far too big for some and the new model does knock quite a bit off the footprint despite the same size screen but this is still a powerful tablet.

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  • Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm, 478g
  • Display: 9.7 inches, 2048 x 1536 (264ppi)
  • Storage: 32GB, 128GB (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi & Cellular)
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Space Grey, Gold

The 2018 iPad sticks to much the same design as the old iPad Air 2 and the older iPad Pro models, although it's slightly thicker and there is no fully laminated display or anti-reflective coating, as there is on the new iPad Air.

It offers the same display size and resolution as the 2017 iPad, but it steps up to a A10 chip under its hood for a speed bump over its predecessor. Aimed at students, this iPad can be loaded with school-focused features, such as the Schoolworks app, it supports Apple's AR platform and it is compatible with the first generation of Apple Pencil too.

There is an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel front snapper on this iPad, as well as Touch ID and it comes in silver, gold, and space grey colour options. A few features from the iPad Pro models are lacking, such as ProMotion and True Tone display technologies, compatibility with the Smart Keyboard and the speed increase you'll get from the Pro models and now the iPad Air, but the iPad 2018 is a lot cheaper than the Pro models and the Air.

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  • Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm, 298.8g
  • Display: 7.9 inches, 2048 x 1536 (326ppi)
  • Storage: 128GB (Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi & Cellular)
  • Battery: Up to 10 hours
  • Colours: Silver, Space Grey, Gold

The iPad mini 4 is quite old now and has recently been succeeded by the iPad mini 5, though it's still widely available and it supports iOS 12. It is slimmer and lighter than the even older iPad mini 2, and you get a fully laminated screen and an anti-reflective coating.

Under the hood, there is a A8 processor and M8 motion coprocessor on board, a promise of 10-hours battery life and you'll find up to 128GB storage. Officially, Apple has discontinued the iPad mini 4, only offering the iPad mini 5, but iPad mini 4 models are available elsewhere in a couple of storage options.

Touch ID is included on the iPad mini 4, as is Apple Pay compatibility, burst mode and slo-mo video. The iPad mini 4 also saw a bump to an 8-megapixel rear camera compared to the iPad mini 2 and this remains for the iPad mini 5, though the new model gets a better front camera.