Buying Guide: List of iPad Series With Specs, Features and Release Date

Tablets offers users bigger display which directly improves productivity and with the Apple’s iPad series, you will get more due to its high end specs. It is more comfortable to use an iPad for a long time, though it is a little more expensive compare to its Android counterparts.

Apple iPad 10.2 2021 with keybaord and first gen Apple Pencil

Apple’s iPad generations list grows every year which is for a good reason. Apple produce and sell four iPads and each one targeted for different purposes. We have the iPad mini, the iPad, the iPad Air and the iPad Pro – all getting (roughly) yearly updates with faster, cleverer chips and features, and all worth a look at. But which one is best for your needs?

So, in this light, we brought to the article in form of a buying guide for you to make the most informed buying decision. Here’s the full iPad model list together, with the specs of the very latest and oldest iPads all in one place. Speaking of the latest, September 2021 saw the addition of the 9th Gen iPad 10.2 and the 6th Gen iPad mini, which followed the 5th Gen iPad Pro, earlier in 2021. So if that interests you, head straight to those models below.

Each of these new iPad models brings new functionality and improved specs, making them among the best tablets on the market. But it also makes choosing between them more complicated. And that’s before you think about the different sizes and storage and connectivity options offered by each model.

List of iPad Series With Specs, Features and Release Date

List of iPad series

TypeDisplay resolutionProcessorOS Release updatesWeightBiometricsConnection terminalsRemarksRelease date
iPad (9th Generation)10.2", 2160x1620Apple A13iPadOS 15487FingerprintLightningApple Pencil, eSIM for 4G2021-09-01 00:00:00
iPad (8th Generation)10.2", 2160x1620Apple A12iPadOS 14, iPadOS 15490FingerprintLightningApple Pencil, eSIM for 4G2020-09-01 00:00:00
iPad (7th Generation)10.2", 2160x1620Apple A10iPadOS 113, iPadOS 15483FingerprintLightningApple Pencil, eSIM for 4G2019-09-01 00:00:00
iPad (6th Generation)9.7", 2048x1536Apple A10iOS 11, iPadOS 15469FingerprintLightningApple Pencil, 4G-ready2018-03-01 00:00:00
iPad (5th Generation)9.7", 2048x1536Apple A9iOS 10, iPadOS 15469FingerprintLightning4G-ready2017-03-01 00:00:00
iPad (4th Generation)9.7", 2048x1536Apple A6XiOS 6, iOS 10652-Lightning4G-ready2012-11-01 00:00:00
iPad (3rd Generation)9.7", 2048x1536Apple A5XiOS 5, iOS 9652-Apple Dock4G-ready2012-03-01 00:00:00
iPad 29.7", 1024x768Apple A5iOS 4, iOS 5601-Apple Dock3G-ready2011-03-01 00:00:00
iPad9.7", 1024x768Apple A4iOS 3, iPadOS 15680-Apple Dock3G-ready2010-04-01 00:00:00
iPad mini (6th generation8.3", 2266x1488Apple A15iPadOS 15293FingerprintUSB Type-CApple Pencil, eSIM for 4G2021-09-01 00:00:00
iPad mini (5th generation)7.9", 2048x1536Apple A12iOS 12, iPadOS 15300.5FingerprintLightningApple Pencil, eSIM for 4G2019-03-01 00:00:00
iPad mini 47.9", 2048x1536Apple A8iOS 9, iPadOS 15298.8FingerprintLightning4G-ready2015-09-01 00:00:00
iPad mini 37.9", 2048x1536Apple A7iOS 8, iOS 12331FingerprintLightning4G-ready2014-10-01 00:00:00
iPad mini 2 (iPad mini Retina)7.9", 2048x1536Apple A7iOS 7, iOS 12331-Lightning4G-ready2013-09-01 00:00:00
iPad mini7.9", 1024x768Apple A5iOS 6, iOS 9308-Lightning4G-ready2012-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Air (4th Generation)10.9", 2360x1640Apple A14iPadOS 14, iPadOS 15458Fingerprint (Side)USB Type-CApple Pencil, eSIM for 4G2020-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Air (3th Generation)10.9", 2224x1668Apple A12iOS 12, iPadOS 15456FingerprintLightningApple Pencil, eSIM for 4G2019-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Air 29.7", 2048x1536Apple A8XiOS 8, iPadOS 15437FingerprintLightning4G-ready2014-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Air9.7", 2048x1536Apple A7iOS 7, iOS 12469-Lightning4G-ready2013-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Pro 11 inch (3rd Generation)11", 2388x1668Apple M1iPadOS 14, iPadOS 15466Face IDUSB Type-CApple Pencil 5, eSIM for 2G2021-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Pro 11 inch (2nd Generation)11", 2388x1668Apple A12ZiPadOS 13, iPadOS 15471Face IDUSB Type-CApple Pencil 4, eSIM for 2G2020-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Pro 11 inch (1st Generation)11", 2388x1668Apple A12XiOS 12, iPadOS 15468Face IDUSB Type-CApple Pencil 4, eSIM for 2G2018-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Pro 10.5 inch10.5", 2224x1668Apple A10XiOS 10, iPadOS 15469FingerprintLightning4G-ready, Apple Pencil2017-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Pro 9.7 inch9.7", 2048x1536Apple A9XiOS 9, iPadOS 15437FingerprintLightning4G-ready, Apple Pencil2016-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Pro 12.9 inch (5th Generation)12.9", 2732x2048Apple M1iPadOS 14, iPadOS 15682Face IDUSB Type-CApple Pencil 5, eSIM for 2G2021-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Pro 12.9 inch (4th Generation)12.9", 2732x2048Apple A12ZiPadOS 13, iPadOS 15641Face IDUSB Type-CApple Pencil 4, eSIM for 2G2020-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Pro 12.9 inch (3rd Generation)12.9", 2732x2048Apple A12XiOS 12, iPadOS 15631Face IDUSB Type-CApple Pencil 4, eSIM for 2G2018-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Pro 12.9 Inch (2nd Generation)12.9", 2732x2048Apple A10XiOS 10, iPadOS 15677FingerprintLightning4G-ready, Apple Pencil2017-09-01 00:00:00
iPad Pro 12.9 inch12.9", 2732x2048Apple A9XiOS 9, iPadOS 15713FingerprintLightning4G-ready, Apple Pencil2015-09-01 00:00:00

Once you’ve got you iPad, it’s also worth checking out our roundups of the best iPad cases and the best iPad stands, so you can make the most of your iPad with peace of mind.

Where You Can Buy A Genuine Apple iPad

The iPad can be purchased at Apple Store Online, the Apple Store, electronics retailers,  carriers, online stores as well as offline stores. When trying to purchase one, please also note that Apple’s genuine products are not usually discounted, so don’t fall for fake products.

Reference site: Apple Support 1, Apple Support 2, Wikipedia

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