There are 4 different models of the iPad currently available – here’s how they differ

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  • With four different models and several generations, it’s not always clear what the newest iPad is, so we’ve broken it down for you.
  • The newest iPad and iPad Air launched in 2020, like the latest iPad Pro launched in 2021. The latest iPad Mini was released in 2019.
  • You can also check out our full buying guide for more advice on which iPad to buy.
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There’s a huge variety of Apple iPads to pick from, and not all stores make it clear which model is the latest — not only plenty of different models but also plenty of different generations.

There are four different models of the iPad currently available: the straight-up iPad, the iPad Mini, the iPad Air, and the iPad Pro. Among the four of them, there are several different generations.

Keep reading to find out which iPad is newest:

10.2-inch iPad 8th generation (2020)

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The standard iPad is in its 8th generation, and latest model came out in September 2020.

It boasts a 10.2-inch touchscreen, an A12 Fusion processor and an embedded M10 co-processor, as well as 32GB of storage space on the basic model. It’s certainly enough to get you through your basic needs, though you may want to upgrade to a bit more storage space if you’re planning on using the iPad to download a lot of videos, store many pictures, or play a lot of games.

At Apple’s $499 price, this is the cheapest current iPad you can buy.

Like the most recent iPad Mini, the most recent iPad also offers first-generation Apple Pencil compatibility. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support mouse input.

iPad Air 4th generation (2020)

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The iPad Air is in its 4th generation and was released in September 2020. It has a large 10.9-inch Retina touchscreen and a powerful A14 Bionic processor.

This iPad is a sleeker, more powerful, and up-to-date version of the standard iPad. Priced to start at $899, it’s pricey but fair given what it offers, and also offers support for the Apple Smart Keyboard with a trackpad and Apple Pencil. This is the iPad you want if you seek a little more power than the straight iPad but not quite as extra as the iPad Pro below.

iPad Mini 5th generation (2019)

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The most recent iPad Mini is the 5th-generation and was released in March 2019. It features a 7.9-inch touchscreen, as well as an A12 Bionic processor and 64GB of storage in the most basic model.

You’ll be well-equipped to download plenty of games and movies, and this Mini also offers Smart Keyboard and first-generation Apple Pencil stylus support. It’s more expensive than the 10.2-inch iPad at $599 — a price that some might justify for its extra portability.

iPad Pro 5th generation (2021)

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The iPad Pro is the most luxury tablet in Apple’s iPad series. Because it has the performance of a luxury laptop, the Pro models are pricey, but the Pro is made for those who want something that’s more than merely a tablet.

Released in May 2021, this new generation of iPad Pro model shares a few similarities with the 2020 model, like rear cameras with LiDAR depth sensing, Liquid Retina Display, the 2nd-generation Apple Pencil, and that fancy Magic Keyboard accessory with a built-in trackpad. It’s also the only iPad that comes in two sizes with 11-inch and 12.9-inch models.

The biggest upgrade for the latest iPad Pro model is that it comes with the new Apple M1 chip, 5G connectivity, and Thunderbolt 3 support, bringing it even closer than ever to superseding your laptop.

The 11-inch iPad Pro asks for $1,199 to start, whereas the 12.9-inch model starts at $1,649.

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