Apple has released its first iPad back in 2010, when there weren’t many manufacturers who dared to enter the tablet market. Last year, there were launched two tablets: iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro 12.9, and over a week ago was unveiled the 9.7-inch version of the original iPad Pro. We have in total five iPads to compare below and we’ll tell you a few things about their specs and features.
iPad Mini 2
It’s price starts at $269 and if you’re very pretentious about its performance, then you’ll settle for an Apple A7 chipset with a dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone (ARM v8-based) processor that is backed by a PowerVR G6430 (quad-core graphics) GPU and 1GB of RAM, and you’ll select between four variants of internal memories: 16/32/64/128 GB. Its dimensions are 200 x 134.8 x 7.5mm and the tablet isn’t the lightest, as it weights 331 grams (WiFi) / 441 grams (3G/LTE), but it has the same screen size and resolution as its predecessor: 7.9-inch, supporting 2048 x 1536 pixels at 326ppi. Features such as Touch ID, Apple Pay and slow motion video capability are missing from this device, while its cameras have resolutions of 5MP (rear) and 1.2MP (front).
iPad Mini 4
The screen is now fully laminated and benefits from an anti-reflective coating, while the body became taller, slimmer and lighter, as it measures 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm and it weights 299 grams (WiFi) / 304 grams (3G/LTE). This tablet was released in September 2015 with a newer chip: Apple A8 with a dual-core 1.5 GHz Typhoon processor and a PowerVR GX6450 (quad-core graphics) GPU, which is paired with 2GB of RAM, but the variant with 32GB of storage has been removed and the rear camera was upgraded to 8MP, supporting burst mode and slo-mo video. Its price starts at $399.
iPad Air 2
It costs $399 as well, but for this price you’ll get a 9.7-inch tablet with a fully laminated display also protected by an anti-reflective coating, its physical dimensions are 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 mm, resulting in a weight of 437 grams (WiFi) / 444 grams (3G/LTE). It’s powered by an Apple A8X triple-core 1.5 GHz Typhoon processor backed by a PowerVR GXA6850 (octa-core graphics) GPU and 2GB of RAM, and has the same cameras as the iPad Mini 4.
iPad Pro 12.9
It costs $729, but it’s worth every cent, because it’s the most powerful tablet Apple has released until now, as it features the latest Apple A9X chipset with a dual-core 2.26 GHz (Twister) processor, a PowerVR Series 7 (12-core graphics) GPU and 4GB of RAM, but it offers only two variants of internal memories: 32/128 GB. This tablet is pretty large and heavy, as it measures 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm and weights 713 grams (WiFi) / 723 grams (LTE), but it supports an Apple Pencil, just like Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets. The cameras are no different from those on the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4.
iPad Pro 9.7
This is the latest tablet released by Apple and it’s the smaller variant of the 12.9-inch model, but the only thing it has in common with it is the processor. It’s not as fast as its big brother, because it houses only 2GB of RAM, but it compensates with the 256GB storage option and the pair of cameras “stolen” from the iPhone 6S: 12MP (back) and 5MP (front). The starting price for this model will be $599.