The Apple iPad was first released in 2010 – a time when there were minute number of manufacturers that even tried to get involved with the tablet market. Apple, last year, unveiled the iPad mini 4 and the iPad Pro 12.9. And, last week, it released the 9.7 version of its iPad Pro.
With so many iPads to choose from, which one is the best one for users’ needs?
iPad Mini 2
When it comes to iPad Mini 2, users get the Apple A7 Chipset that offers a dual-core 1.3 GHz Cyclone processor and is supported by the PowerVR G6430 GPU and 1GB of RAM.
There are four types of internal memories users will choose from 16, 32, 64 and 128GB. It’s not a light tablet, weight 331 grams (Wi-Fi) and 441 grams (3G/LTE) with 200 x 134.8 x 7.5mm in size. It offers the same screen resolution and size as the previous model – 7.9-inch that supports 2048 x 1536 pixels.
Some of the features seen with this model include Apple Pay, Touch ID, 1.2 MP front camera and 5MP back camera.
iPad Mini 4
The screen of this tablet is completely laminated with an anti-reflective coating. The body of the tablet is lighter, thinner and taller with a measurement of 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm and weighing 304 grams (3G/LTE) and 299 grams (Wi-Fi).
It had a September 2015 released, and offered a newer chip: the Apple A8 with dual-core 1.5GHz Typhoon processor and PowerVR GX6450 that’s been combined with 2GB of RAM. It no longer offers the 32GB storage variant, but its rear camera got an upgrade to 8MP, which can support slo-mo and burst mode video.
iPad Air 2
The iPad Air 2 is a 9.7-inch tablet that comes with a completely laminated display and protected by its anti-reflective coating. The physical dimensions are 240 x 169.5 x 6.1mm with a weight of 444 grams (3G/LTE) and 437 grams (Wi-Fi).
The tablet gets its power from the Apple A8X triple-core 1.5GHz Typhoon processor that the PowerVR GXA6850 GPU backs. It also offers up 2GB of RAM. The rear and front cameras of this tablet is similar to the iPad Mini 4.
iPad Pro 12.9
This is one of Apple’s most powerful tablet available to the public. It features the Apple A9X chipset (the latest it offers) along with a 2.26 Twister processor, 4GB of RAM and PowerVR Series 7.
It also has two types of internal memories: 32 GB and 128 GB. It’s a big, heavy tablet with a measurement 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm with a weight of 723 (LTE) and 713 (Wi-Fi). Similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro tablets, this tablet supports the Apple Pencil.
Its cameras are similar to the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4.
iPad Pro 9.7
Apple’s latest released tablet is the iPad Pro 9.7, and it’s just a smaller version of its 12.9-inch model. The only common aspect between them is the processer. While it’s not as quick as the other model (2GB of RAM only), it compensates with its 256GB of storage. The cameras have been “stolen” from the iPhone 6S: 5MP on front, 12MP on back.
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