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New iPads 2022: All the Apple tablets we expect this year

There’s a huge range of iPads on the market right now all vying for your attention, and all deserving it for different reasons.

Whether you want a tablet that’s premium or lightweight, there’s one for you — and likely even more on the way. So here’s the full list of iPads that have been announced already in 2022, or are rumoured to be on the way.

iPad Air

One of the key products announced at Apple’s Peek Performance event in March 2022 was the new iPad Air 5.

The biggest upgrade to found was focussed on performance, as this tablet now packs the muscular Apple M1 chip. This the same chipset you’ll find in the pricier iPad Pro range, and in multiple Mac machines like the 24-inch iMac.

There’s now a 5G option available alongside the Wi-Fi only version, and the other key upgrade is the adoption of Center Stage for the front-facing camera, which should keep you and your callmates in the frame when you’re using FaceTime.

However, if you’d been hoping for a screen upgrade in 2022 then unfortunately you’ll be disappointed. This updated model has the same 10.9-inch LCD panel as the iPad Air 4, and you’ll have to wait until at least the next generation if you want to see one with an OLED display.

See below for the announced and specifications of the new iPad Air:

So far this is the only iPad that Apple has released in 2022, but read on for what other models we expect to see and the rumoured upgrades that they could offer.

iPad Pro

A new version of the iPad Pro may not have been announced just yet, but it’s widely expected to make its debut sometime in 2022 (with the exact launch window being unclear at this point).

While the new iPad Air was treated to the Apple M1 chip, it’s thought that this premium tablet may be one of the first devices to run on the next-generation M2 chip, which hasn’t yet been released or even announced yet but is expected to once again pack a raft of performance upgrades that will set this tablet in a league above the competition.

On top of that, more questions are centred around the display. Last year saw a big change, as the larger 12.9-inch model of the iPad Pro received a mini-LED screen. This year, we’re wondering whether the 11-inch version will be upgraded to match its bigger brothers, or whether the whole range will get OLED panels instead.

Industry analyst Ross Young has indicated that the screens will remain unchanged, as the 12.9-inch is “doing really well” so the manufacturer “doesn’t need to do one at 11-inches”, at least for this year.

Another leak has suggested that the next iPad Pro might pack wireless charging, and come with a redesign.

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There’s also a chance we could see a new entry in the main iPad series for 2022. Details that we have come across so far seem to imply fairly minimal changes over the iPad 9, with the tenth generation allegedly retaining the same design again, but we can apparently expect to see 5G connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6, and an upgraded A14 processor according to the tipster @dylandkt (reported by Gizmo China).

iPad Mini

Seeing as an iPad Mini was released just last year, it’s unlikely (but not impossible) that we’ll see another one in 2022. This product generally has a lifecycle of longer than one year, so it might be 2023 until we see the seventh-generation iPad Mini.

That’s all we know so far, but be sure to keep checking back to this page for all the latest iPad news, rumours, and announcements as they arrive.

Next iPad and iPad Pro: USB-C Ports, M2 Chips and What Else to Expect

You should hold off on buying an iPad right now. New models could be around the corner.

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Apple already upgraded its back-to-school targeted MacBook Air with a new M2 chip. a better camera and an improved display. There are also new iPhones. But Apple’s iPad lineup is still due for a full 2022 upgrade.

The midrange iPad Air got an M1 chip back in the spring, but the entry-level iPad and the iPad Pro should be next on deck (along with new M2 MacBook Pros ).

Last month, Apple introduced the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. new Apple Watches including the Ultra. and the revised Airpods Pro.

Meanwhile, iPad expectations keep looming: iPadOS 16 hasn’t even arrived yet.

If you’ve been waiting for new iPad models, here’s what to expect.- possibly as soon as this month.

Entry-level iPad: New design, plus USB-C

The entry-level iPad could get a significant upgrade, based on the latest reports from Mark Gurman and 9to5Mac. The current entry-level ninth-gen iPad still has a Lightning port and an original circular Touch ID home button, but the design might finally change to match the iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro models. That could mean flatter edges, a curved-corner display, USB-C charging and maybe a side-placed Touch ID button, almost like a budget version of the iPad Air.

The base iPad could get the A14 chip that was in the last-gen iPad Air, which would be an upgrade from the A13 that’s in the current iPad, but short of the M1 that’s on the Air and Pro models. If that’s true, it could also mean the basic iPad won’t be able to use the extra Stage Manager multitasking modes for monitors in iPadOS 16.

It’s not much of a surprise, since the entry iPad adopted the previous iPad Air’s body design in a similar way a few years ago. Moving to USB-C charging feels overdue.

This could also allow the entry iPad to work with the second-gen Pencil, and possibly with Apple’s line of Magic Keyboard cases.

9to5Mac’s report also says the entry iPad could get optional 5G cellular, which would be an upgrade over LTE options on current models.

The entry iPad’s price could possibly increase, though, which is something to watch out for. 2022 has already had product price upticks due to inflation. and the same could happen for the most affordable iPad.

iPad Pro: Overdue improvements

The iPad Pro, meanwhile, hasn’t seen a refresh since spring 2021. when it added 5G, an M1 chip and a Mini LED display for the larger 12.9-inch version. Signs point to October for a new model.

Reports also point to the Pros getting the M2 chip that recently launched in the MacBook line, which seems like the most obvious move. Other things that might and might not change:

Will iPads finally fix the camera placement?

My biggest iPad request, besides revamping the OS extensively to make it a better Mac alternative, is fixing the front camera placement. Zoom meetings on iPads in landscape mode (which is how they mostly orient themselves if you use any sort of keyboard case) have their cameras placed off to the side.

While Apple’s zoom-in Center Stage camera tech helps a bit, it doesn’t address eye-contact issues.- I usually look like I’m staring off into space during my Zooms on an iPad. I’d love a camera switch to the longer edge, but who knows if that’s in the cards this year. Apple didn’t shift the camera placement for its latest iPad Air, so it feels unlikely.

An improved Magic Keyboard? Unclear

Apple’s two-year-old Magic Keyboard is useful but has shortcomings: It lacks a row of function keys, it’s expensive and can’t fold back into a folio-type orientation for reading or sketching. It’s unlikely Apple would make the case less expensive, but I’d love to see an upgraded model with function keys, and maybe even added USB-C/Thunderbolt ports. Right now, no reports indicate this will happen.

A new Pencil?

Apple’s Pencil is also pretty old now, and the second-gen model, while solid, is pretty long and awkward to store. Would Apple ever consider a more compact Pencil, or one that could tuck away more easily into the iPad Pro’s design? Another programmable touch-sensitive function or two on the side would also be helpful. Again, no reports have popped up on this either.

MagSafe possible

Some rumors have pointed to the Pro tablets adding wireless charging. Could it be MagSafe? MagSafe has popped up in Apple’s recent MacBook Pros, iMacs and iPhones. The one weird thing about MagSafe so far is that every instance has involved a different type of charger. Would Apple make the iPad Pro MagSafe yet another unique accessory, separate from the iPhone and MacBook versions? Apple’s magnetic Smart Connector for iPads already offers this type of snap-on charge accessory function for devices like the Magic Keyboard, although Smart Connector-compatible accessories remain few and far between.

Will the display tech be the same?

The 12.9-inch 2021 iPad Pro was the only model to have a step-up Mini LED display, similar to the recent MacBook Pros, offering deeper blacks and more dynamic contrast. The 11-inch model still might not get Mini LED this year. Instead, the 11- and 12.9-inch iPads could be getting OLED displays in some future year’s upgrade.

Screen size: Not likely to change

A larger display for the iPad Pro may still be a few years away. A report from MacRumors suggests that two of Apple’s suppliers are preparing OLED displays in larger sizes (up to 15 inches) for future iPad models. However, these bigger Pro tablets aren’t expected to arrive until 2023 or 2024.

Dynamic Island? Doubtful

Apple’s showiest feature on the iPhone 14 Pro is its clever animated notification system called Dynamic Island. built around a new pill-shaped cutout in the display. While Dynamic Island is a brilliant idea, the current iPad Pro models with Face ID don’t have any display cutouts at all: The camera and sensor are invisibly tucked into the thicker bezels. For that reason alone, I don’t think Dynamic Island would make an iPad appearance.

Battery life

To me, iPads are fine. But the iPad Pro’s more power-intensive nature, and its keyboard cases, could mean a useful battery upgrade is in the works. In my experience, the 2022 iPad Air’s battery life tends to use its charge up faster than the M1 MacBook Air does. The MacBook Air now outperforms the iPad in battery performance, and maybe in 2022 the iPad Pro could catch up.

Right now, you might be best holding off on buying an iPad if you can. But in the meantime, here are some guidelines for choosing between the current iPads.

OLED iPad Pro: What the rumors say and why Apple is making the switch

Apple is planning to overhaul its iPad lineup with OLED displays starting sometime next year. This transition will come with some changes in terms of features, prices, and more. Here’s everything we know about Apple’s plans for OLED iPads, and why it’s choosing to make this change now.

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Why OLED?

As rumors of OLED iPads have gained traction, many people have wondered why Apple is planning to transition to OLED just a few years after releasing the first iPad Pro with mini-LED. As we’ve explained in the past, mini-LED is an alternative to OLED that is worse in some ways and better in others.

Mini-LED screens are made up of thousands of small LEDs that are arranged in multiple dimming zones. This allows mini-LED displays to reach higher brightness levels than OLED, but the black levels are still better on OLED displays. This is because the pixels themselves are the things producing the light, so when those pixels need to be black, they can be turned off entirely.

When the first 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED was released in 2021, many of the reviews referenced something called “blooming.” This effect happens when non-black UI elements are backlit, and that light then spills out into the black UI. This is a drawback compared to OLED, where, again, black pixels are turned off entirely rather than dimmed.

With that in mind, however, there’s one big drawback to OLED: burn-in. Burn-in is caused by a static image remaining on the display for long periods of time. When this occurs, a visible mark of that image remains on the screen regardless of what you’re watching.

Even though mini-LED, which Apple currently uses in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and MacBook Pro, is superior to LCD panels, experts still say that OLED is still the best there is. The self-lighting pixels achieve far better image quality than mini-LED dimming zone technology. Burn-in remains a concern, but there are things that can be done in software to mitigate those concerns.

As we outlined above, there are some drawbacks to OLED, including burn-in and brightness levels. Young says, however, that Apple is planning a unique approach to OLED to help address some of those concerns.

Top comment by Doug

It simply makes no sense! As others have pointed out, OLED has advantages in more light controlled environments and LED have the brightness benefits that help with brighter lit areas. Ask your self which is more important on a mobile device? Even if Apple mistakenly assumed you could always find a good place to watch your OLED iPad, the idea that the quality difference between OLED and mini LED display could be worth nearly twice the end price of the entire unit? What percentage of users would make that choice?

The iPad is already having a hard time finding a price point that avoids direct comparisons between buying it and a keyboard and just buying a laptop. At these it makes you have to choose between 1 of these or 2 of the previous gen or 1 of these vs a MacBook pro! We aren’t there yet.

According to Young, Apple will use an OLED display technology referred to as “tandem stack.” This technology can increase brightness, improve the longevity of the display, and reduce power consumption by around 30% compared to traditional OLED panels. These devices are also rumored to feature variable refresh rate displays to further improve efficiency.

OLED iPad Pro pricing

Finally, how much will the first OLED iPad Pro cost? Early rumors suggest it’ll be expensive. Not only are OLED panels more expensive than LCD and mini-LED, but Apple is also planning to use the most advanced version of OLED panels on the market.

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A recent supply chain report from The Elec suggested that Apple is currently targeting a 1,500 starting price for the 11-inch iPad Pro with OLED and a 1,800 starting price for the 12.9-inch version. This would be a significant price increase compared to the current iPad Pro lineup. As it stands today, the 11-inch iPad Pro starts at 799, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at 1,099.

Whether or not the new iPad Pros are that expensive remains to be seen. A price increase of some sort, however, seems likely.

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The best iPads in 2023: which Apple tablet should you buy?

Apple’s iPad is undoubtedly one of the most popular tablets on the market right now. There are several different models to choose from, but no matter which one you go with, you’ll be getting one of the best tablets out there. Still, Apple provides an abundance of choice here, and with so many different versions — and nearly annual updates — it can be tricky to know which one is the best to get.

All of Apple’s iPads are pretty great, and they’re each designed with a slightly different audience in mind, so it’s hard to pick a single one as the best. That’s why we’ve broken the list down by categories; after all, there’s an ideal iPad for nearly every situation. Whether you’re looking for the best overall iPad, the best iPad for a budget, something in the middle of the pack, or even the best small iPad, we’ve got you covered.

iPad Air (2022)

Best iPad overall

  • High-performance M1 processor
  • Slim and light
  • Software suitable for work or play
  • Large, colorful, and sharp screen
  • Wide array of quality accessories
  • Center Stage works well

Why should you buy this? The iPad Air (2022) offers pro performance for less.

Who’s it for? Anyone who is looking for the best all-around tablet from Apple at a reasonable price.

The honor for best overall iPad goes to the iPad Air (2022). This is the sweet spot in the iPad lineup. It’s a fantastic choice that should satisfy the needs of most people, with a wealth of performance and features at a surprisingly affordable price.

Firstly, the iPad Air (2022) packs in Apple’s powerful M1 chip — the same one that debuted in the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro in 2020. Though Apple has moved on to the M2 now for its Macs and higher-end iPad Pro (2022), the M1 is still blazing fast in terms of performance, with an eight-core CPU split up into four performance cores and four efficiency cores. That means you get crazy power while also being power efficient. The eight-core GPU delivers incredible graphics, and the 16-core Neural Engine and 8GB of RAM equate to fast processing and rendering, which is noticeable when performing tasks like photo and video editing. It’s already arguably more power than most people need on a tablet, but it also means you’ll be able to enjoy top performance for years to come.

Though the iPad Air lacks Face ID, you still have a gorgeous 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display that takes up the majority of the front due to thin bezels. Visually, it’s nearly indistinguishable from the more expensive iPad Pro. For biometric authentication, the iPad Air (2022) continues the trend of using a Touch ID sensor in the side button. The iPad Air also has the same Smart Connector and magnetic side charger as the iPad Pro, allowing for compatibility with the same accessories, such as the Magic Keyboard to turn your iPad into a pseudo-laptop, and the second-generation Apple Pencil to provide a fantastic digital canvas for artists.

While no iPad will ever hold a candle to the iPhone for taking pictures, the iPad Air (2022) is equipped with a high-quality 12MP main camera that gets the job done. significantly, the front-facing 12MP camera provides great quality for video calls and also includes Apple’s Center Stage feature that keeps the FOCUS on you when you’re moving around, and automatically expands the view when friends and family gather around.

The iPad Air uses USB-C for charging, and a full charge should last around 10 hours using Wi-Fi, or nine hours if using cellular data on the Wi-Fi Cellular model. It’s not the best battery life ever, but it should last through a full workday.

The iPad Air (2022) starts at 600 for 64GB on the Wi-Fi model, but you’re likely better off taking the next step up to the 256GB version, which sells for 749. The iPad Air (2022) delivers great value since it offers all the performance features that most iPad users will ever need at a significantly lower price than the more premium — and power-user-focused — iPad Pro.

iPad (2021)

Best iPad on a budget

  • Great battery life
  • Powerful internals
  • Big upgrade to the front-facing camera
  • Amazing software support
  • Base storage more acceptable at 64GB
  • Display doesn’t get bright enough
  • Lightning port in 2021
  • Slow Touch ID sensor

Why you should buy this? The iPad (2021) may be the previous generation, but it still offers great performance with a very affordable price tag.

Who’s it for? Someone who wants one of the best tablets on the market from Apple without spending a lot of money.

If you’re on a budget, the ninth-generation iPad (2021) is a great pick. While it’s the previous generation of the base model iPad, it’s still a very reliable and solid choice — and you get a lot of bang for your buck.

iPad (2021) has a spacious 10.2-inch Retina display that still looks beautiful when you use it. And if you still prefer having a home button for Touch ID, you get it with the classic design of the iPad (2021). It comes with the A13 Bionic chip, so though it’s a little dated (the A13 launched in the iPhone 11 in 2019), it’s still quite fast and capable when it comes to performance for the average user, thanks to iPadOS 16. It starts at 64GB of storage, which should be enough for most people who just want a basic iPad for doing things like checking email, sending messages, FaceTime calls, and perhaps some games.

While the rear camera is just a mere 8MP, the front-facing camera did get some upgrades over the previous iteration. It’s now 12MP instead of the paltry 1.2MP of its 2020 predecessor, and it also has Center Stage, so you’ll always be in the frame on video calls and look good doing so.

This is the last iPad that uses Apple’s Lightning connector. Once fully charged, the iPad (2021) should last around 10 hours on the Wi-Fi model or nine hours with the Wi-Fi Cellular version. Still, for just 329, the iPad (2021) offers good power and performance for those who don’t need anything too fancy.

iPad mini (2021)

Best small iPad

  • Big enough to perform most tasks
  • Compact enough to travel easily
  • Powerful performance
  • Loud speakers
  • USB-C
  • Screen is not bright enough
  • Too small for content creation
  • No headphone jack

Why you should buy this? You want an iPad, but in a smaller, compact size.

Who’s it for? Anyone who prefers a smaller size tablet.

Apple’s iPad mini has traditionally gone a few years between updates. The latest 2021 refresh brought it back into line with iPad Air, which led the way with a big redesign in 2020.

The iPad mini (2021) gains a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display and eliminates the home button found in its predecessor. Like its larger sibling, the iPad Air, it skips Face ID in favor of a Touch ID sensor in the side button. The Lightning connector has been replaced with USB-C for charging, and a full charge should last around 10 hours.

The iPad mini (2021) packs in an A15 Bionic chip, which is the same processor that powers the iPhone 14 lineup, as well as the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. The A15 delivers plenty of power and fast performance, so the iPad mini will be able to handle whatever you may throw at it, including photo and video editing, as well as graphic-intensive games.

The best part about the iPad mini (2021), though, is the size. It’s the smallest iPad that Apple offers, so it’s much more compact and portable than its brethren. But even though it’s small, it’s still very much mighty. iPad mini (2021) supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, and you can always pair it up with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to turn it into a lightweight workhorse.

It is a little pricey at 500 for the smaller size, but if that’s what you’re going for, then you just can’t beat the iPad mini (2021).

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2022)

Best big-screen iPad

  • Sleek and modern design
  • Bright, vivid, gorgeous display
  • Wild performance from the M2 chip
  • Apple Pencil hover feature
  • iPadOS 16 is super robust
  • Stage Manager needs more work
  • Lackluster, awkward front camera
  • Prohibitively expensive

Why should you buy this? The iPad Pro is extremely powerful and offers a huge screen.

Who’s it for? Gamers, power users, creatives. Anyone who wants a big screen to do their thing.

Few people are going to need it, but we know a lot of people are going to want it. The iPad Pro 12.9-inch is the iPad to get if you need the largest screen possible. The 12.9-inch display has a 2732 x 2048 resolution, but the real improvement in the display lies in the underlying tech. 2022’s big iPad uses a mini-LED panel — what Apple calls a Liquid Retina XDR Display. With 10,000 custom-designed mini-LEDs grouped into 2,500 local dimming zones that can be individually controlled, it can output stronger colors and deeper blacks than any other tablet on the market. This means a display that not only looks gorgeous but can also meet the demanding needs of professional photo and video editors who need precision color accuracy.

That big screen is also backed up by some serious power. Like its smaller sibling, the 11-inch iPad Pro, the 12.9-inch model is running Apple’s M2 chip, the same laptop-grade processor that powers Apple’s latest MacBook Air lineup and the 13-inch MacBook Pro. All of this extra power and the large screen means the iPad Pro 12.9-inch can handle nearly anything a modern laptop can do, up to and including some hefty video editing. And when that’s all over, you can use that power to play some pretty great iPad games as well.

The iPad Pro 12.9-inch is the iPad to grab if a big screen and top performance are what you need out of your iPad. The larger size means it won’t be as portable or easily stowed away as the 11-inch model, but if you need room to breathe, you’ll welcome those extra 1.9 inches. The same warnings apply as with the smaller iPad Pro, though, and adding the extra (and desirable) accessories will push up the price of the already expensive 12.9-inch iPad Pro into MacBook territory. However, even with that in mind, this iPad is undoubtedly the best iPad if you want a tablet that will heighten your enjoyment of games, movies, and more.

iPad (2022)

Best mid-range iPad

  • Updated, modern design
  • Wonderfully vibrant colors
  • Larger display is fantastic
  • A14 chip is plenty powerful
  • Strong battery life
  • USB-C is finally here
  • The headphone jack is gone
  • Non-laminated screen
  • Apple Pencil situation is a mess
  • Huge price increase
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Why should you buy this? The iPad (2022) is Apple’s latest entry-level tablet, offering a nice bridge between last year’s iPad (2021) and the pricier iPad Air (2022).

Who’s it for? Someone looking for an affordable tablet for everyday use that offers good bang for the buck.

If you’re looking to spend a bit more on an iPad that’s still easy on the wallet, Apple’s iPad (2022) is worth considering. It’s a great option for folks who like the newer iPad design with an edge-to-edge screen but don’t need all of the bells and whistles that the iPad Air (2022) has to offer.

It packs in Apple’s A14 chip — the same one used in the iPhone 12 — which offers more than enough performance for all but the most demanding power users, and most folks will be hard-pressed to find a speed difference between this and the latest M2-equipped iPad Pro. Like the iPad Air (2022), it features a more expansive 10.9-inch screen and a Touch ID sensor in the side button.

While the iPad (2022) is no slouch in the performance department, it’s a bit more basic when it comes to the display and accessory support. You don’t get the higher-quality, anti-reflective laminated display found on the higher-end models, but it also offers a unique landscape camera that’s great for video calling, with the same Center Stage feature found on the rest of Apple’s iPad lineup to make sure that your video calls stay focused on you.

There’s also support for the first-generation Apple Pencil and a Magic Keyboard Folio, but these differ from the more advanced versions made for the iPad Air and iPad Pro. That won’t be a problem for most folks, but it’s worth keeping in mind if you’re planning to do any serious drawing or looking for a more full-featured laptop replacement.

The iPad (2022) starts at 449 for a 64GB version, making it an affordable and well-rounded tablet for families and everyday casual use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Much like iPhones, iPads are well-made devices and built to last, at least compared to certain other tablets. Apple will roll out software updates for them on a regular basis, while it will also support them with updates for a good few years. This means an iPad bought today will probably be supported long past the point at which you start looking to upgrade to a newer model.

If this is your first time buying an iPad, but you’ve previously owned iPhones, you’ll be reassured to know that iPadOS is nearly identical to iOS. The main difference between the two operating systems is that iPadOS is built more for multitasking, with such features as Split View and Slide Over, or the new Stage Manager feature in iPadOS 16, which make it easy to use multiple apps at once or quickly swipe between apps. Another difference is that iPadOS’ Safari is billed as desktop class, in that many popular web apps (e.g. Google Docs) work better on it than on the iOS version.

If you’re coming to an iPad for the first time from Android, you may initially be daunted by iPadOS. However, one of the main selling points of iPadOS (and iOS) is its streamlined simplicity. The OS is logically laid out and structured, and while some complain about the closed-in lack of customizability, the security and cohesion it offers are worth the trade-off for most users.

One other thing to bear in mind is that if you’re coming from Android, you may not be able to transfer all of your data over to your new iPad. Apple states that you can transfer over your contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, email accounts, and calendars, although not all apps may be transferable, while some messaging apps may not let you transfer over all of your data.

As we noted above, some of the accessories available for the iPad may be a bit pricey. The Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro and iPad Air, for example, costs 299, while the second-generation Apple Pencil costs 129. This heaps on an additional cost to already expensive tablets, and you may also find that making that initial investment in Apple products locks you into the Apple ecosystem insofar as Apple accessories are compatible only with Apple devices. That said, Apple’s products usually are high-quality and highly reliable, so you’ll almost always get your money’s worth, but they’re also not the only options available. You can use an iPad with any Bluetooth keyboard, and there are also plenty of options for alternative styluses that are great for casual use.

Yes, you can indeed print from an iPad. Check out our guides on how to print from an iPhone for everything you need to know. It works the same way on an iPad.

They may not be smartphones, but you can make phone calls with iPads — just not directly. Even though Apple offers iPad models with cellular support, this is used solely for transferred data when you’re away from Wi-Fi. It can’t be used for calling or texting. Instead, you can make use of Wi-Fi calling, which involves routing Wi-Fi calls through your iPhone — if your carrier supports it, that is.

You can also use FaceTime on an iPad to make video or audio calls, and there are also a wealth of third-party apps, such as Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp, and Zoom, that can be used to call folks who also use these services. Most voice-over-IP apps on the App Store can also be used with the iPad, so if you really want to use your tablet to make calls to traditional phone numbers, it may be worth considering one of the best VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services.

The iPad includes Apple’s Messages app, which can be used to send iMessage to other Apple devices over your Wi-Fi or cellular data connection. You can also send and receive standard SMS/MMS text messages on your iPad, but only if you also have an iPhone. Even the cellular-capable iPad models don’t offer SMS/MMS capabilities — iPad cellular service is for data only — so traditional text messages are routed through your iPhone via iCloud, and they’ll use the phone number from your iPhone.

Of course, there’s also the usual assortment of third-party messaging apps that you can use with your iPad, from Messenger to WhatsApp.

We rigorously test all the iPads we receive, living with them for extended periods of time to learn just how they perform in real-world settings. This means working on them, playing games, watching TV and movies, reading e-books, taking photos, capturing video, and using all of the latest and most demanding apps. In other words, we use them exactly as you would use them, and while we naturally value innovative and quirky features, we also love tablets that simply get the basics right. Using them regularly also means we learn the particularities of each iPad we test, including their weakness and strengths, allowing us to make informed recommendations.

As you can see, there’s not really a one-size-fits-all iPad since Apple split it up into multiple models. However, the iPad Air comes closest to the best all-around iPad, so we recommend that one for those who want pro power for less. Otherwise, those on a tight budget should consider the iPad (2021), and those who want a small or big iPad should go for the iPad mini (2021) or 12.9-inch iPad Pro, respectively.

No matter which model you go with though, an iPad is one of the best tablets on the market. Apple will continue to provide support for these through iPadOS software updates for at least several years after your purchase. So whether you pick up a base-level iPad or go big with the Pro, it’ll be a great choice either way. The model you want to buy just depends on your needs.

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