iPad vs iPad Air vs iPad Pro vs iPad mini: iPad Buying Guide

With four different models in various sizes and prices ranging from $329 to nearly $2,000, there are plenty of iPad options to choose from. That’s a good thing, but how do you decide which one to buy? Use our handy iPad buying guide to get the right Apple slate for your needs and budget.

iPad Models Compared

The iPad lineup is made up of four families: the iPad Pro, the iPad mini, the iPad Air and the regular, 10.2-inch iPad. But as you drill down to the individual models, you’ll find plenty of variety in specs, features and price. Here’s a quick breakdown.

iPad Pro12.9-inch iPad Pro11-inch iPad Air (2020) iPad (2020) iPad mini (2019)
Best For Laptop Replacement, Professional Artists Laptop Replacement, Professional Artists Productivity, Media Consumption, Gaming Media Consumption, Gaming Reading, Email, Social Media, Gaming
Starting Price $999 $799 $599 $329 $399
Screen 12.9 inches (2732 x 2048) 11 inches (2388 x 1688) 10.9-inch (2360 x 1640) 10.2 inches (2160 x 1620) 7.9 inches(2048 x 1536)
Battery Life 10:16 (tested) 10 hours (claimed) 10 hours (claimed) 10:00 (claimed) 12:40 (tested)
Processor A12Z Bionic A12Z Bionic A14 A12 Bionic A12 Bionic
Storage 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 64GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB 64GB, 256GB 32GB, 128GB 64GB, 256GB
Cameras(Rear / Front) 12MP and 10MP/7MP 12MP, 7MP 12MP/7MP 8MP, 1.2MP 8 MP. 1.2 MP
VideoRecording 4K 4K 4K 1080p 1080p
Color Options Silver, Space Gray Silver, Space Gray Silver, Space Gray, Rose Gold, Green, Sky Blue Silver, Space Gray, Gold Silver, Space Gray, Gold
Touch ID Face ID Face ID Yes Yes Yes
Pencil Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dimensions 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches 9.7 x 7 x 0.2 inches 9.7 x 7 x 0.2 inches 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inches 8 x 5.3 x 0.2 inches
Weight 1.53 pounds 1.4 pounds 1 pound 1.03 pounds 0.66 pounds

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