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Apple has six iPads to choose from. Here’s how to pick the right one for you

Earlier this week, Apple introduced a redesigned iPad and updates to the iPad Pros. They’ll likely help the company spur sales during the ever-important holiday shopping season. But it also means Apple now sells six different iPads, and you might find it a bit tricky to pick the one that’s best for you or a loved one.

If you’re considering buying a new iPad, that means you need to choose between:

  • The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • The new 11-inch iPad Pro
  • The iPad Air
  • The redesigned regular iPad
  • The iPad mini
  • Or last year’s regular iPad

That might look like a daunting list, so here‘s a guide to help you figure out which iPad best fits your needs, listed in order of the cheapest iPad to the most expensive model.

21 iPad: You just need a tablet

The ninth-generation iPad was introduced in September 2021. It starts at 329 and is the cheapest option in Apple’s current lineup. It has great all-day battery life and is perfect for basic tablet needs like streaming movies, reading, catching up on emails, browsing the internet, scrolling social media and FaceTiming.

It’s the cheapest, but it doesn’t feel like it. This is the iPad I currently use. It’s the right pick for you if you want to save a little money and don’t perform complex tasks like video editing. There are some drawbacks, though.

The screen and cameras aren’t as good as any of the other iPads. It has a dated A13 processor, first introduced in 2019, and it only works with the older Apple Pencil. Apple doesn’t sell a model with support for 5G cellular networks, so you’re stuck on slower networks if you pick that model. This is the “I just need a tablet” tablet.

22 iPad: You just need a tablet but want some newer features

Pick this iPad if you need a great tablet and can spend a little more on the newest entry-level version available. It’s currently available to order online and will be in stores on Oct. 26.

The new entry-level iPad (10th generation) got a major redesign and starts at 449, a bit of a premium over the 329 iPad.

It has a larger 10.9-inch display and no longer has the home button. Now, the power button on top of the iPad has Touch ID capability, so you just tap and hold that button to unlock it.

Another big change is the position of the front-facing camera. It’s now on the long side of the tablet, instead of the short side, which should help you look more centered on the camera during video chats. It also comes in new colors including silver, yellow, pink, and blue.

The new iPad is powered by the slightly older A14 Bionic chip, but it offers faster performance and longer-lasting battery life compared to the cheaper iPad. It has sharper front and back cameras. And, if you need it, you can also buy a 5G cellular version.

But here‘s a drawback you should know about: The new iPad only works with the older Apple Pencil. And that only charges and pairs through the old Lightning port. So, you need to buy a 9 dongle if you want to charge that pencil with the new iPad. It’s silly that Apple didn’t add support for the newer second-generation Apple Pencil, which charges and pairs through magnets on the side of other iPads.

It doesn’t hurt that it’s also available in some fun colors. Yellow iPad, anyone?

iPad Mini: You need a super portable tablet

The sixth-generation iPad mini, which starts at 499, was released in September 2021. If you value portability, this is the pick for you.

This is a great iPad for kids given that has a smaller 8.3-inch screen and weighs just over half a pound. I’ve even seen doctors use it since it fits perfectly in a white coat

Like the new iPad, the mini has a 12-megapixel wide camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide front camera, which work with Center Stage to keep you in FOCUS during video calls. Apple also sells a 5G cellular version of the iPad mini, which means you can download apps, music and movies if you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection. And it has a faster chip than the new entry-level iPad above.

The iPad mini works with the 129 second-generation Apple Pencil, which is more comfortable to use than the dated first-generation version. And it’s convenient to charge. You just stick it to the magnet on the side of the iPad.

iPad Air: The middle of the pack

The latest iPad Air, which starts at 599, debuted in March 2022 with Apple’s M1 chip, which is a big upgrade from the A14 or A15 chips found in the other iPads. It’s a great middle-of-the-road iPad for people who might do some video editing and gaming, but don’t need the better screens, cameras and added processing speed of the M2 chip that’s in the Pro models.

The iPad Air has Center Stage, which helps keep you in the frame during video calls, meaning you can move back and forth around the room while chatting on FaceTime and the camera will follow you.

You can buy a 5G cellular version of the iPad Air, which means you can download apps, music and movies faster when you’re away from Wi-Fi networks.

Like the iPad Pro and iPad mini, the iPad Air works with the 2nd generation Apple Pencil, which is more comfortable to use and charges when it’s attached to magnets on the side of the tablet.

iPad Pros: You need as much power as you can get in a tablet.

The new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros are the highest-end iPads available, with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro offering a brighter and more colorful screen than the 11-inch version. The new models — updated with Apple’s M2 processor and more — are currently available to order online and will be in stores on Oct. 26.

This is the iPad for serious gamers, video editors, photographers, designers (or creatives in general) and anyone who just wants the best iPad on the market. The bigger screen on the 12.9-inch iPad might make it attractive for people who prefer using a tablet instead of a laptop.

The M2 chip is the biggest update with the new iPad Pros. It’s the same processor that was introduced in the MacBook Air earlier this year. Apple said M2 offers about a 15% speed boost over the M1 processor used in last year’s iPad Pro. That might be beneficial for people trying to eke out as much speed as possible while rendering videos. There are some other upgrades, too.

Both new iPad Pro models support Apple’s new hover feature. With hover, the screen can now detect the tip of the Apple Pencil up to 12 millimeters above the surface of the screen. Apple says this will allow artists to sketch with more precision and makes handwriting-to-text conversions faster. The iPad Pro works with the 129 second-generation Apple Pencil.

The 11-inch version starts at 799 with Wi-Fi, while the 5G cellular model starts at 999. The 12.9-inch model starts at 1,099 with Wi-Fi and the 5G cellular version starts at 1,299. If you opt for maximum storage of 2TB, the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro will set you back 2,399.

Apple iPad dimensions – the complete list

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If you are looking for a quick and handy way to check out the dimension of your current iPad and compare it with other models, you have reached the right place.

In the tables below, you will find iPad dimensions in both inches and millimeters, accompanied by information about screen size, release year, and generation number.

For clarity, we have grouped the dimensions by model (for instance, iPad mini or iPad Air), so that you can quickly check out the differences in size. For each iPad series, we have also prepared a handy image that visually presents the dimensions of the latest-generation model.

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Why would you need iPad dimensions, after all? The main reason is to find out whether the case you are going to buy will fit the model you own.

Plus, in online stores like Etsy, you can get a sleeve or cover that’s made to order. The only thing to do is provide the case producer with exact dimensions of your specific model. It’s best to give the dimensions in both inches and millimeters.

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Dimensions of iPad models – the complete list

Apple iPad dimensions

The following table includes dimensions of the basic iPad model, with screen sizes between 9.7 and 10.9 inches.

The latest iPad 10.9 released in 2022 is already included in the list.

You can buy the latest iPad 10.9 in an official Apple Reseller Store on Amazon, where the are approximately 5% lower than in the online Apple Store.

Basic iPad dimensions – all generations

Name – a common name used to describe the iPad model, Generation – official generation number in the iPad model series, Year – a year the model was released, Screen – screen size in inches, H/W/D – height / width / depth

Name Generation Year Screen Inches H/W/D Millimeters H/W/D
iPad 10.9 10th 2022 10.9″ 9.79 × 7.07 × 0.28 248.6 × 179.5 × 7.0
iPad 10.2 9th 2021 10.2″ 9.8 × 6.8 × 0.29 250.6 × 174.1 × 7.5
iPad 10.2 8th 2020 10.2″ 9.8 × 6.8 × 0.29 250.6 × 174.1 × 7.5
iPad 10.2 7th 2019 10.2″ 9.8 × 6.8 × 0.29 250.6 × 174.1 × 7.5
iPad 2018 6th 2018 9.7″ 9.4 × 6.67 × 0.29 240 × 169.5 × 7.5
iPad 2017 5th 2017 9.7″ 9.4 × 6.67 × 0.29 240 × 169.5 × 7.5
iPad 4 4th 2012 9.7″ 9.5 × 7.31 × 0.37 241 × 186 × 9.4
iPad 3 3rd 2012 9.7″ 9.5 × 7.31 × 0.37 241 × 186 × 9.4
iPad 2 2nd 2011 9.7″ 9.5 × 7.31 × 0.35 241 × 186 × 8.8
iPad 1 1st 2010 9.7″ 9.56 × 7.47 × 0.50 243 × 190 × 13

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Apple iPad mini dimensions

Here is the list of dimensions of all generations of the smallest Apple tablet – iPad mini – including the latest model released in September 2021.

You can buy the latest iPad mini 6 in an official Apple Reseller Store on Amazon, where the are approximately 5% lower than in the online Apple Store.

iPad mini dimensions – all generations

Name – a common name used to describe the iPad model, Generation – official generation number in the iPad model series, Year – a year the model was released, Screen – screen size in inches, H/W/D – height / width / depth

Name Generation Year Screen Inches H/W/D Millimeters H/W/D
iPad mini 6 6th 2021 8.3″ 7.69 × 5.3 × 0.25 195.4 × 134.8 × 6.3
iPad mini 5 5th 2019 7.9″ 8.0 × 5.3 × 0.24 203.2 × 134.8 × 6.1
iPad mini 4 4th 2015 7.9″ 8.0 × 5.3 × 0.24 203.2 × 134.8 × 6.1
iPad mini 3 3rd 2014 7.9″ 7.9 × 5.3 × 0.30 200 × 134.7 × 7.5
iPad mini 2 2nd 2013 7.9″ 7.9 × 5.3 × 0.30 200 × 134.7 × 7.5
iPad mini 1 1st 2012 7.9″ 7.9 × 5.3 × 0.28 200 × 134.7 × 7.2

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Apple iPad Air dimensions

As the dimensions of the 4th and 5th-generation model are the same, you will be able to use your old Air 4 case with the newest Air 5 model, released in 2022.

Make sure to check out the latest iPad Air model in an official Apple Reseller Store on Amazon, where the are approximately 5% lower than in the online Apple Store. Plus, you can grab the older model at a discounted price.

iPad Air dimensions – all generations

Name – a common name used to describe the iPad model, Generation – official generation number in the iPad model series, Year – a year the model was released, Screen – screen size in inches, H/W/D – height / width / depth

Name Generation Year Screen Inches H/W/D Millimeters H/W/D
iPad Air 5 5th 2022 10.9″ 9.74 × 7.03 × 0.24 247.6 × 178.5 × 6.1
iPad Air 4 4th 2020 10.9″ 9.74 × 7.03 × 0.24 247.6 × 178.5 × 6.1
iPad Air 3 3rd 2019 10.5″ 9.87 × 6.85 × 0.24 250.6 × 174.1 × 6.1
iPad Air 2 2nd 2014 9.7″ 9.4 × 6.67 × 0.24 240 × 169.5 × 6.1
iPad Air 1 1st 2013 9.7″ 9.4 × 6.67 × 0.30 240 × 169.5 × 7.5

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Apple iPad Pro dimensions (smaller model)

The list includes the latest iPad Pro 11 which was released in October 2022. It has the same dimensions as the previous-generation 11-inch model launched in 2021.

Make sure to check out the latest iPad Pro 11 model in an official Apple Reseller Store on Amazon, where the are approximately 5% lower than in the online Apple Store. You can also grab the older model at a discounted price.

iPad Pro (smaller model) dimensions – all generations

Name – a common name used to describe the iPad model, Generation – official generation number in the iPad model series, Year – a year the model was released, Screen – screen size in inches, H/W/D – height / width / depth

Name Generation Year Screen Inches H/W/D Millimeters H/W/D
iPad Pro 11 4th 2022 11″ 9.75 × 7.03 × 0.23 247.6 × 178.5 × 5.9
iPad Pro 11 3rd 2021 11″ 9.75 × 7.03 × 0.23 247.6 × 178.5 × 5.9
iPad Pro 11 2nd 2020 11″ 9.75 × 7.03 × 0.23 247.6 × 178.5 × 5.9
iPad Pro 11 1st 2018 11″ 9.75 × 7.03 × 0.23 247.6 × 178.5 × 5.9
iPad Pro 10.5 2017 10.5″ 9.87 × 6.85 × 0.24 250.6 × 174.1 × 6.1
iPad Pro 9.7 2016 9.7″ 9.4 × 6.67 × 0.24 240 × 169.5 × 6.1

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Apple iPad Pro dimensions (bigger model)

Here are the dimensions of largest and most advanced iPad model – iPad Pro 12.9. The 2022 generation is already included in the list.

It’s worth considering the latest iPad Pro 12.9 model in an official Apple Reseller Store on Amazon, where the are approximately 5% lower than in the online Apple Store.

iPad Pro (bigger model) dimensions – all generations

Name – a common name used to describe the iPad model, Generation – official generation number in the iPad model series, Year – a year the model was released, Screen – screen size in inches, H/W/D – height / width / depth

Name Generation Year Screen Inches H/W/D Millimeters H/W/D
iPad Pro 12.9 6th 2022 12.9″ 11.04 × 8.46 × 0.25 280.6 × 214.9 × 6.4
iPad Pro 12.9 5th 2021 12.9″ 11.04 × 8.46 × 0.25 280.6 × 214.9 × 6.4
iPad Pro 12.9 4th 2020 12.9″ 11.04 × 8.46 × 0.23 280.6 × 214.9 × 5.9
iPad Pro 12.9 3rd 2018 12.9″ 11.04 × 8.46 × 0.23 280.6 × 214.9 × 5.9
iPad Pro 12.9 2nd 2017 12.9″ 12.04 × 8.69 × 0.27 305.7 × 220.6 × 6.9
iPad Pro 12.9 1st 2015 12.9″ 12.04 × 8.69 × 0.27 305.7 × 220.6 × 6.9

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Apple makes a bunch of iPads these days, and they’re all slightly different with respect to size, dimensions, specs, and design. Here’s a simple size comparison chart to show you how they’re all different…

iPad Size Comparison Chart – Models and Sizes

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The latest iPad Pro models are the 2020 iPad Pro 12.9 and the iPad Pro 11, both of which are detailed above. You can still buy Apple’s older iPad Pro models, though you will have to do it through a third-party refurbished specialist like Gazelle – and you will save around 40% doing this too!

iPad Air Sizes

The iPad Air, launched in 2019, is Apple’s second-tier flagship. Sitting just below the iPad Pro in terms of pricing, the iPad Air is designed to offer a premium iPad experience, just without the imposing price tag of the iPad Pro.

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The iPad Air is designed for pleasure, as a second screen to enjoy content on and the web, whereas the iPad Pro is designed as a work machine that also doubles as an awesome tablet.

The iPad Air, like the iPad Pro, however, does support the Apple Pencil, and you can pair wireless keyboards and mouse devices to it. The iPad Air just lacks some of the performance-punch you’ll find inside the iPad Pro.

iPad Size

The iPad is Apple’s entry-level iPad. It is designed to be cost-effective, powerful, simple to use, and is the one to go for if you’re after a relatively cheap Apple iPad.

The iPad does not pack in the same level of spec or hardware as the iPad Pro or iPad Air. This is why it retails for a lot less. It is still a great device, though, but it’s not quite as powerful as the iPad Air and iPad Pro.

If you’re just looking for a basic iPad, something to browse the web on, respond to emails, and run apps and games on, the entry-level iPad is a great option – it’s cheap, it runs all the same apps and games as the iPad Pro and iPad Air, and it looks gorgeous too.

iPad mini Sizes

The iPad mini is the smallest iPad Apple makes; it has a 7.9in display and is great for those that are looking for a more portable iPad option. The iPad mini will fit pretty much anywhere – from your jacket to a purse. And this makes it a great device for those that travel a lot.

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The iPad mini carries more or less the same specifications and hardware as the standard, entry-level iPad; you have 3GB of RAM, Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset, and up to 256GB of storage, though there is also a 64GB model available which is considerably cheaper.

The iPad mini is a popular choice with consumers that want a smaller second screen, something that is more able and can be used with a single hand. The iPad mini is great for reading books on, browsing the web, playing games, and working/catching up with email on. It also supports the Apple Pencil too, so you can make notes on it as well.

What iPad Should I Buy?

Apple’s iPad comes in many shapes and sizes. You have several models to choose from at the moment: ]

The iPad is Apple’s entry-level iPad; it’s the cheapest option and is ideal for casual users. The iPad Air is designed for tablet users that want a slightly more premium experience than what you get on Apple’s standard iPad.

The iPad Air has better specs, a nicer design, and has more performance. It also costs slightly more too, though when you factor in its performance, this is to be expected.

The iPad mini is an odd one; it’s the smallest iPad Apple makes (it has a 7.9in display) and is only slightly larger than the iPhone 11 Pro Max (that phone has a 6.7in display). The iPad mini is fairly cheap too.

The iPad mini is ideal for users that want portability – the iPad mini will fit easily inside a bag or jacket

If you want a proper work machine, something that can replace your laptop, you’ll want to go with the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro is the most powerful iPad Apple makes; it supports keywords, mouse, and trackpads and, thanks to the latest build of iPadOS, it functions just like a MacBook.

If you want a machine you can work on and consume media on, the iPad Pro is essentially unbeatable. Even when you compare it to other hybrid PCs like Microsoft’s Surface X Pro.

Wrapping Up…

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As you can see from the table and comparison chart above, Apple has made a fair few iPads over the years. The iPad line-up, either its standard models or Pro models, are updated every year, although the iPad Pro models are updated at a slower rate. As of right now, Apple’s latest iPads are as follows:

Latest iPad Models:

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Which iPad Models Have A USB-C Port? Here‘s The Complete List

Apple has been replacing Lightning with USB-C on its iPads since 2018, but which models have the modern port and what can you do with it?

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Apple has been gradually switching from Lightning to USB-C for iPads, but which models feature the new port? While every iPad supports fast charging and data transfers, those with a USB-C port can do it faster. This also eliminates the need to carry multiple data cables and adapters. USB-C on iPads can do more than just that though, and have the ability to connect a variety of devices to make the iPad one step closer to becoming a standalone computing device.

The 2018 iPad Pro was the first iPad to feature a USB-C port. It was available on both the 11-inch (first-gen) and the 12.9-inch (third-gen) models launched that year. Since then, all following iPad Pro models, including the M1 iPad Pro released in 2021, and the M2 iPad Pro announced in 2022, have used a USB-C port. The first iPad Air to get a Type-C port was the fourth-gen model launched in 2020. The iPad Air (fifth-gen) also followed in 2022. The smallest iPad out there, the iPad mini (sixth-gen), adopted Type-C in 2021. Apple finally brought the Type-C port to the standard iPad (10th-gen) in 2022, making it the first model in the lineup to use the interface. With that, the transition from Lightning to USB-C is officially complete on the iPad lineup, and all future models will use the modern port.

What Can You Do With USB-C On iPad?

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There are several advantages of USB-C over Lightning on iPads. Starting with the basics, USB-C can charge iPads at the highest supported speeds. However, Apple does not include the higher-wattage charger in the box, so users will either need to buy one separately or use a charger provided with a Mac. An iPad with USB-C can be connected to a Mac or PC using either a USB-C to USB-C cable (provided in the box) or a USB-C to USB-A cable (purchased separately).

Another game-changing feature that USB-C ports unlock is the ability to connect to external displays and monitors. As per Apple, the iPad Air (fourth-gen) and the iPad mini (sixth-gen) support external displays with up to 4K resolution. The iPad Pro 11-inch (first and second-gen) and the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (third and fourth-gen) can connect to up to 5K displays. Finally, the latest iPad Pros and the iPad Air (fifth-generation) support 6K displays with Pro Display XDR. In addition, iPads with USB-C ports can also connect to devices like televisions, speakers, storage hubs, keyboards, and Ethernet, provided a user has access to the right cable.

Apple sells a variety of adapters on its website to enable these connections, including a USB-C to HDMI, USB-C Digital AV Multiport, USB-C to 3.5mm, and USB-C to SD card adapters. Unfortunately, iPads with USB-C don’t feature a headphone jack, which means users will either need to use a 3.5mm adapter or connect to wireless earphones like Airpods. iPads with USB-C can also charge a range of devices, including iPhones, other iPads, Apple Watches, and some third-party USB devices.

Which iPads Support Thunderbolt?

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Thunderbolt is a powerful connection technology that offers faster data transfer speeds than conventional USB, and the ability to connect external displays and charge other devices. Thunderbolt uses the USB-C interface, which means that while it looks and functions like a USB-C port, it has additional capabilities. Only the iPad Pro 11-inch (third-gen) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (fifth-gen) support the Thunderbolt standard. In addition, they are also compatible with USB 4 accessories.

Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 cable has a lightning bolt symbol to distinguish it from regular USB-C cables. It’s priced at 39, and supports data transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps, DisplayPort video output, and up to 100W fast charging on compatible devices. Alternatively, users can pick up a third-party Thunderbolt cable from brands like Belkin and Anker. iPad Pro users can use this cable to connect to high-resolution external displays.

Does Apple Include A USB-C Charger With iPads?

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Unlike iPhones, Apple includes a charger in the box with its iPads. Users will get a 20W USB-C adapter in the box along with a USB-C to USB-C cable. iPhone users can use the same power adapter to charge their smartphone by just plugging in their Lightning to USB-C cable. It’s worth noting that since Apple includes a USB-C power adapter with iPads, cables with a USB port won’t be compatible with it.

Apple hasn’t officially mentioned how fast iPads can charge, but it does confirm that users can plug in a higher-capacity power adapter, such as the charger that comes with Mac laptops, to fast charge their iPad. Predictably, Apple doesn’t include a fast charger in the box, but given that iPads don’t tend to be daily drivers like an iPhone, that shouldn’t be a problem for most users.

Which iPad model have I got?

Wondering which of the 30 possible iPad models you’ve got? Find out easily with our guide to model numbers, screen sizes, ports, colours and other clues.

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If you’re curious to find out which iPad model you’ve got, either because you’re selling it, or because you want to know if particular software will work on it, you’ve come to the right place. In this article we’ll help you find out which iPad you’ve got.

Apple tends to downplay the version numbers of its tablets, which are rarely prominent on the box. The device you own may have been advertised as just ‘iPad’ in the shop. And it’s a complicated question: there have been a total of 30 iPad models over the years, which we can divide into four sub-brands:

  • iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad 9.7in (5th gen/2017), iPad 9.7in (6th gen/2018), iPad 10.2in (7th gen/2019), iPad 10.2in (8th gen/2020), iPad 10.2in (9th gen/2021)
  • iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Air (3rd gen/2019), iPad Air (4th gen/2020), iPad Air (5th gen/2022)
  • iPad mini, iPad mini 2 with Retina display, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad mini (5th gen/2019), iPad mini (6th gen/2021)
  • iPad Pro 12.9in (2015), iPad Pro 9.7in (2016), iPad Pro 10.5in (2nd gen/2017), iPad Pro 12.9in (2nd gen/2017), iPad 11in (3rd gen/2018), iPad 12.9in (3rd gen/2018), iPad Pro 11in (4th gen/2020), iPad Pro 12.9in (4th gen/2020), iPad Pro 11in (5th gen/2021), iPad Pro 12.9in (5th gen/2021)

But don’t worry! In this article we’ll help you work out which model and generation of iPad you’ve got.

Look in Settings

The easiest way to find out which iPad model you’ve got is to open the Settings app and check in General About. In the top set of entries you’ll see one for Model Name. Easy! The screenshot below, for example, was taken on a fifth-gen iPad Pro 12.9in.

(Warning! The entry for Name, at the top of the menu, may also appear to answer your question. But this can be misleading, because if you set up from a backup it will use whatever you called your last iPad. Note that this field is editable, so tap to enter the correct model name.)

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Below the Model Name there’s a separate entry for Model Number. In fact, tapping this toggles between two numbers, one beginning with an A and the other (probably) beginning with an M. The A number is more useful when determining the identity and specs of a tablet, as we’ll see in the next section.

Check your iPad’s model number

What if your iPad is broken or out of power, or for some other reason you can’t go into the Settings app? We can find out in other ways.

Now, Apple doesn’t simply write the generation and model name on the back of each iPad, because that would be far too easy. But you will find a model number marked there, and you can use this to work out the rest. This model number is the same as the A number that we saw in the Settings app earlier.

On the iPad below, for example, the A number (shown in the zoomed-in inset at the top right) is A1652, which tells us it’s an iPad Pro 12.9in (2015) with cellular.

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Once you’ve found your device’s A number – either by looking on the back, or by checking the Settings app – you can easily tell which iPad it is by checking it against the following table. We’ve included other clues which may help if you can’t find the model number (such as screen sizes, types of ports, colour options and so on), and these are explained in more detail below the table.

iPad model Version number Notes
iPad (also known as iPad 1) A1219 (Wi-Fi version), A1337 (cellular version) Mid-size screen (9.7in diagonally). Old 30-pin port at the bottom. Home button (without Touch ID fingerprint sensor). No camera apertures. Only available with black front (back is silver). Introduced April 2010.
iPad 2 A1395 (Wi-Fi), A1397, A1396 (cellular) Mid-size screen (9.7in). Old 30-pin port. Home button (without Touch ID). Available with black or white front (back is silver). Introduced March 2011.
iPad 3 (3rd-gen iPad or ‘New iPad’) A1416 (Wi-Fi), A1430, A1403 (cellular) Mid-size screen (9.7in). Old 30-pin port. Home button (without Touch ID). Available in black or white. Introduced March 2012.
iPad 4 (4th-gen iPad) A1458 (Wi-Fi), A1459, A1460 (cellular) Mid-size screen (9.7in). Lightning port at the bottom. Home button (without Touch ID). Available in black or white. Introduced November 2012.
iPad 9.7in (2017) (iPad 2017 or 5th-gen iPad) A1822 (Wi-Fi), A1823 (cellular) Mid-size screen (9.7in). Lightning port at the bottom. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey (black). Introduced March 2017.
iPad 9.7in (2018) (iPad 2018 or 6th-gen iPad) A1893 (Wi-Fi), A1954 (cellular) Mid-size screen (9.7in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey. Introduced March 2018.
iPad 10.2in (2019) (7th-gen iPad) A2197 (Wi-Fi), A2200, A2198 (cellular) Mid-size screen (10.2in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey. Introduced September 2019.
iPad 10.2in (2020) (8th-gen iPad) A2270 (Wi-Fi), A2428, A2429, A2430 (cellular) Mid-size screen (10.2in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in gold, silver and Space Grey. Introduced September 2020.
iPad 10.2in (2021) (9th-gen iPad) A2602 (Wi-Fi), A2604 (cellular), A2603 (North America only),A2605 (China) Mid-size screen (10.2in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver and Space Grey. Introduced September 2021.
iPad Air (iPad Air 1) A1474 (Wi-Fi), A1475 (cellular) Mid-size screen (9.7in). Lightning port. Home button (without Touch ID). Available in black or white. Introduced November 2013.
iPad Air 2 A1566 (Wi-Fi), A1567 (cellular) Mid-size screen (9.7in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey. Introduced October 2014.
iPad Air (2019) (3rd-gen iPad Air) A2152 (Wi-Fi), A2123, A2153 (cellular) Mid-size screen (10.5in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey. Introduced March 2019.
iPad Air (2020) (4th-gen iPad Air) A2316 (Wi-Fi), A2324, A2325, A2072 (cellular) Mid-size screen (10.9in). USB-C port. No Home button; Touch ID sensor in power button. Available in blue, green, pink, silver and Space Grey. Introduced September 2020.
iPad Air (2022) (5th-gen iPad Air) A2588 (Wi-Fi), A2589, A2591 (cellular) Mid-size screen (10.9in). USB-C port. No Home button; Touch ID sensor in power button. Available in blue, purple, pink, Starlight and Space Grey. Introduced March 2022.
iPad mini (iPad mini 1) A1432 (Wi-Fi), A1454, A1455 (cellular) Smaller screen (7.9in – about the size of a paperback). Lightning port. Home button (without Touch ID). Available in black or white. Introduced October 2012.
iPad mini 2 (iPad mini with Retina display) A1489 (Wi-Fi), A1490 (cellular) Smaller screen (7.9in). Lightning port. Home button (without Touch ID). Available in black or white. Introduced November 2013.
iPad mini 3 A1599 (Wi-Fi), A1600 (cellular) Smaller screen (7.9in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey. Introduced October 2014.
iPad mini 4 A1538 (Wi-Fi), A1550 (cellular) Smaller screen (7.9in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey. Introduced September 2015.
iPad mini (2019) (5th-gen iPad mini) A2133 (Wi-Fi), A2124, A2126 (cellular) Smaller screen (7.9in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey. Introduced March 2019.
iPad mini (2021) (6th-gen iPad mini) A2567 (Wi-Fi), A2568 (cellular), A2569 (China) Smaller screen (8.3in). USB-C port. No Home button; Touch ID sensor in power button. Available in pink, purple, Starlight or Space Grey. Introduced September 2021.
iPad Pro 12.9in (2015) A1584 (Wi-Fi), A1652 (cellular) Large screen (12.9in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey. Introduced September 2015.
iPad Pro 9.7in (2016) A1673 (Wi-Fi), A1674, A1675 (cellular) Mid-size screen (9.7in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver, gold, Space Grey or Rose Gold (pink). Introduced March 2016.
iPad Pro 10.5in (2017) A1701 (Wi-Fi), A1709 (cellular) Mid-size screen (10.5in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver, gold, Space Grey or Rose Gold (pink). Introduced June 2017.
iPad Pro 12.9in (2017) (2nd-gen iPad Pro 12.9in) A1670 (Wi-Fi), A1671 (cellular) Large screen (12.9in). Lightning port. Home button with Touch ID. Available in silver, gold or Space Grey. Introduced June 2017.
iPad Pro 11in (2018) (1st-gen iPad Pro 11in) A1980 (Wi-Fi), A2013, A1934 (cellular) Mid-size screen (11in). USB-C port. No Home button. Available in silver or Space Grey. Introduced October 2018.
iPad Pro 12.9in (2018) (3rd-gen iPad Pro 12.9in) A1876 (Wi-Fi), A2014, A1895 (cellular) Large screen (12.9in). USB-C port. No Home button. Available in silver or Space Grey. Introduced October 2018.
iPad Pro 11in (2020) (2nd-gen iPad Pro 11in) A2228 (Wi-Fi), A2068, A2230 (cellular), A2231 (China) Mid-size screen (11in). USB-C port. No Home button. Twin camera lenses on rear. Available in black or silver. Introduced March 2020.
iPad Pro 12.9in (2020) (4th-gen iPad Pro 12.9in) A2229 (Wi-Fi), A2069, A2232 (cellular), A2233 (China) Large screen (12.9in). USB-C port. No Home button. Twin camera lenses on rear. Available in black or silver. Introduced March 2020.
iPad Pro 11in (2021) (3rd-gen iPad Pro 11in) A2377 (Wi-Fi), A2459 (cellular), A2301 (mmWave), A2460 (China) Mid-size screen (11in). USB-C port. No Home button. Twin camera lenses on rear. Available in black or silver. Introduced April 2021.
iPad Pro 12.9in (2021) (5th-gen iPad Pro 12.9in) A2378 (Wi-Fi), A2461 (cellular), A2379 (mmWave), A2462 (China) Large screen (12.9in). USB-C port. No Home button. Twin camera lenses on rear. Available in black or silver. Introduced April 2021.

Home button

We’ll start looking now at physical clues. The most obvious is the Home button under the screen (or lack of one).

The iPad Pro models from 2018 onwards, the iPad Airs from 2020 onwards and the iPad mini from 2021 do not have Home buttons, instead offering an almost all-screen design. They look like this:

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If there’s a Home button under the display, you’ve got an iPad Pro from 2017 or earlier, an iPad Air or iPad mini from 2019 or earlier, or a standard iPad. The Home button looks like this:

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USB-C, Lightning or 30-pin dock

Another simple way of telling apart certain iPads – particularly the iPad 3 and iPad 4, which are otherwise pretty much identical – is whether they have a USB-C, Lightning or old 30-pin dock connector at the bottom.

Here are two examples of the USB-C port, the iPad range’s latest connector tech. All of the current models have this, with the sole exception of the ninth-gen iPad (which is still on Lightning).

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And here’s what the Lightning port looks like. It’s subtly different from USB-C, and the most common connector for iPads: 18 out of 30 possible models have this.

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Finally, here’s the old 30-pin dock, which is noticeably wider. This only appeared twice, on the iPad 1 and iPad 2 from over a decade ago.

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Camera setup

Almost all iPads have a single camera lens on the rear, but you may get lucky here: the four most recent Pro models (both sizes from 2020 and 2021) have twin cameras, which can help to identify them.

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The other exception is the very first iPad model from 2010, which hasn’t got a camera at all.

Speaker setup

Every iPad Pro model offers four-speaker audio, with two at the bottom and another two at the top. Whereas the non-Pro models are all limited to two (or fewer).

Unfortunately it can be hard to tell the difference, because some iPads – including the latest versions of the Air and mini – have four speaker apertures, but only two speakers. Other iPads officially only a single speaker but have two apertures. It’s all rather confusing, and unless you’re confident about being able to tell how many speakers are playing, probably not a useful clue.

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G, 4G, 5G or just Wi-Fi

Some iPads are Wi-Fi-only, and some also offer mobile connectivity, as long as you have a SIM. You can quickly tell if your iPad is capable of mobile connectivity by looking for the SIM card slot on the side. If you see one then it’s a Wi-Fi cellular model. If not, then it’s Wi-Fi-only.

The third-generation iPad offered LTE 4G but only in the US. If you wanted 4G here in the UK you had to wait for the iPad 4 which came out later in 2012. If you bought your Wi-Fi cellular iPad at the end of 2012 or after 2013 then chances are you have 4G – even if it’s not offered in your area.

Finally, 5G support was added to the range in 2021. The 5th-gen iPad Pro 12.9in, the 3rd-gen iPad Pro 11in, the 5th-gen iPad Air and the 6th-gen iPad mini all support 5G.

Despite coming out in 2021, the 9th-gen iPad does not.

Storage

You’ll be able to tell how much storage your iPad has by looking on the back of the device; it will be written just below the word iPad. Most iPads offer 32GB, 64GB, 128GB or 256GB, but the Pro models go as high as 512GB or even (if it’s a recent model) 1TB or 2TB.

Alternatively you can go to Settings General About and check beside where it says capacity. If your iPad has 1TB of storage, it must be from the 2018 generation of iPad Pro models or later; if it has 2TB it has to be one of the 2021 Pros, so you just have to measure the screen and find out if it’s the 11in or 12.9in version.

Other than this, there have been such a wide range of storage offerings over the year (with certain offerings discontinued after a while) that it’s much easier to use the model number.

And that’s it – hopefully by now you’ve worked out which model you’ve got. Finding out which iPad you’ve got can be useful when trying to work out if an app is compatible with it, or if you’ll be able to run the next version of iPadOS.

You will also want to know which model it is if you’re thinking of selling your iPad and getting a new one – in which case you’ll also want to check our iPad buying guide and roundup of the best iPad deals.

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