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A List of iPad Models / Generations

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The iPad was first introduced in January, 2010 and made its debut in April, 2010. Since the original announcement, there have been 4 different iPad generations released in addition to the new 7.9-inch iPad Mini. Want to figure out which iPad you have? You can find the iPad model number on the back of the case and match it up to the model numbers listed.

The History of the iPad

iPad (1st Generation)

The Original iPad
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The original iPad was released on April 3, 2010. It included many of the same features as the iPhone and iPod Touch, including the 3-axis accelerometer that enables the device to detect when it is being moved or tilted. The iPad was powered by the same operating system as the iPhone, allowing it to run the same apps in compatibility mode. It also had unique user interface elements that made use of the larger screen. The day before its official release, Netfix announced it would be supporting the tablet with a streaming app built from the ground up for the iPad.

CPU: 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 (Apple A4)
RAM: 256 MB
Display: 1024x768
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1219 (Wi-Fi), A1337 (3G)

iPad 2 (2nd Generation)

iPad 2
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The iPad 2 added dual-facing cameras to the iPad, allowing users to snap photos, capture movies and added video conferencing capabilities. The second generation iPad doubled the processing speed, and with games becoming more popular on the iPad, it included a much more powerful graphics processor. The iPad 2 was 33% thinner and 15% lighter than its predecessor. It also gained a gyroscope, making its basic features equal to the iPhone except for voice calling.

CPU: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 (Apple A5)
RAM: 512 MB
Display: 1024x768
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1395 (Wi-Fi), A1396 (3G GSM), A1397 (3G CDMA)

iPad (3rd Generation)

iPad 3
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The 3rd generation iPad dropped the numbering system in the official name, though releases were still referred to using this numbering system in the press. The "new iPad" (as it was called during the announcement) included a 2056x1536 resolution "Retina Display", making the highest resolution display for a tablet at its release. It kept the same basic processor as the iPad 2 with updated graphics chip to help power the new display. It was also the first iPad to offer 4G compatibility.

CPU: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 (Apple A5X)
RAM: 1024 MB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1416 (Wi-Fi), A1430 (4G), A1403 (4G VZ)

iPad (4th Generation)

iPad 4
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The 4th generation iPad was a surprise release during the unveiling of the iPad Mini. This generation of iPad had the same features of the iPad 3, but included a much more powerful processor. Debuting in early November, it also changed the release cycle of the iPad, which had previously seen its releases in the March or April. The early release created some backlash among those who had recently purchased an iPad 3.

CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Apple Swift (Apple A6)
RAM: 1024 MB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1458 (Wi-Fi), A1459 (4G), A1460 (4G MM)

iPad Mini (1st Generation)

iPad Mini
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With a 7.9-inch display, the original iPad Mini was slightly larger than competing 7-inch tablets. It was powered by the same processor as the iPad 2, but it included many of the same features as the latest full-sized iPad, including 4G compatibility and superior dual-facing cameras. At $329 for the entry level model, it was the cheapest iPad.

CPU: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 (Apple A5)
RAM: 512 MB
Display: 1024x768
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1432 (Wi-Fi), A1454 (4G), A1455 (4G MM)
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