1. Technology
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

The iPad Comparison Chart

Compare All Models of the iPad

By

ipad-mini-highres.png
Apple, Inc.

The iPad has evolved since it was originally announced in January, 2010. The iPad 2 added dual-facing cameras along with a faster processor and improved graphics, but the biggest jump was with the iPad 3, which increased the resolution of the display to 2,048 x 1,536 and added Siri for voice recognition. The release of the iPad 4 represents a super-charged iPad 3, with around twice the processing power. And the iPad Mini was Apple's first 7.9-inch iPad.

The iPad Air and the iPad Mini 2 are the latest in Apple's iPad lineup.  The iPad Air adds a 64-bit A7 chip and a motion co-processor, which helps process signals from the various motion detectors in the iPad.  The iPad Air also adds support for Wi-Fi MIMO,which allows the iPad to use multiple antennas when connecting to Wi-Fi.   The iPad Mini 2 raised the bar for the Mini, adding a Retina Display and using the same A7 chip that powers the Air.

How to Connect Your iPad To Your HDTV

The following chart iterates the differences between the iPad 2, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2 and iPad air, all of which are still in production and can be bought from Apple.

iPad Comparison:

Feature iPad 2 iPad Mini iPad Mini 2 iPad Air
Entry Price: $399 $299 $399 $499
CPU: 1 Ghz Dual-Core Apple A5 1 Ghz Dual-Core Apple A5 1.29 Ghz 64-bit Apple A7 1.4 Ghz 64-bit Apple A7
Motion Co-Processor: None None M7 M7
Resolution: 1024x768 1024x768 2048x1536 2048x1536
Display: 9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit 7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit 7.9-inch IPS LED-backlit 9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit
Graphics: PowerVR SGX543MP2 PowerVR SGX543MP2 PowerVR G6430 PowerVR G6430
Memory: 512 MB 512 MB 1 GB 1 GB
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB 16, 32, 64 GB 16, 32, 64, 128 GB 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Camera: Front-facing: VGA | Rear-facing: 720p Front-facing: 720p | Rear-facing: iSight 5 MP Front-facing: 720p | Rear-facing: iSight 5 MP Front-facing: 720p | Rear-facing: iSight 5 MP
Data Rate: 3G 4G LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
MIMO: No No Yes Yes
Bluetooth: 2.1 + EDR 4 4 4
Siri: NO YES YES YES
Accelerometer: YES YES YES YES
Compass: YES YES YES YES
Gyroscope: YES YES YES YES
GPS: 3G Version Only 4G Version Only 4G Version Only 4G Version Only
Buy Now: Compare Prices Compare Prices    

Older iPad Models:

It can also be helpful to compare older models when you are buying a used iPad. This chart will help you tell the difference between some of the older models using the new iPad Air as a comparison model.

Feature iPad iPad 3 iPad 4 iPad Air
Entry Price: n/a n/a n/a $499
CPU: 1 Ghz Dual-Core Apple A4 1 Ghz Dual-Core Apple A5X 1.4 Ghz Dual-Core A6X 1.4 Ghz 64-bit Apple A7
Motion Co-Processor: None None None M7
Resolution: 1024x768 2048x1536 2048x1536 2048x1536
Display: 9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit 9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit 9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit 9.7-inch IPS LED-backlit
Graphics: PowerVR SGX535 PowerVR SGX543MP4 PowerVR SGX543MP4 PowerVR G6430
Memory: 256 MB 512 MB 1 GB 1 GB
Storage: 16, 32, 64 GB 16, 32, 64 GB 16, 32, 64, 128 GB 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Camera: None Front-facing: 720p | Rear-facing: iSight 5 MP Front-facing: 720p | Rear-facing: iSight 5 MP Front-facing: 720p | Rear-facing: iSight 5 MP
Data Rate: 3G 4G LTE 4G LTE 4G LTE
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
MIMO: No No Yes Yes
Bluetooth: 2.1 + EDR 4 4 4
Siri: NO YES YES YES
Accelerometer: YES YES YES YES
Compass: YES YES YES YES
Gyroscope: No YES YES YES
GPS: 3G Version Only 4G Version Only 4G Version Only 4G Version Only
  1. About.com
  2. Technology
  3. iPad
  4. Hardware and Competition
  5. The iPad Comparison Chart

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.