Apple is an iconic company that has placed millions of its devices in the hands of users across the world.
One of Apple’s most important innovations was its tablet, the iPad. The iPad has evolved and changed throughout the past 9 years. In this article, you will learn all there is to know about the 16 iPad models that have been and continue to be available for purchase.
The first model of this tablet was simply known as the iPad. It became available for purchase in April 2010 and its capabilities included Wi-Fi connectivity and the ability to connect the iPad to a data plan for mobile uses.
Storage options ranged from 16GB to 64 GB.
Apple innovative their 2010 tablet and released the iPad 2 only one year later. The newest tablet from Apple added a dual-facing camera that allowed users to take photos, video chat, and record videos.
In addition, the iPad 2 was lighter and a bit more transportable than the first version of the tablet, making it great for people on the go.
3rd GENERATION IPAD
Apple, by this stage, was ready to improve experience by providing a better picture quality for iPad users. The company upgraded to a 2056 x 1536 retina display and added an updated graphics chip, all to improve user experience.
Since the first iPad, 3G was available for use if the user so chose, but the 3rd generation allowed for 4G usage!
By 2012, convenience and portability were the most important thing for many pieces of technology, including tablets. The iPad Mini was the next step in providing a high-quality piece of technology that would be easy to transport and wouldn’t take up too much room in the users’ bag.
The iPad Mini boasts the same 4G compatibility as the 3rd Generation iPad, and the same processer as the iPad 2, but on a significantly smaller 7.9-inch screen. Facetime HD and iSight cameras were added into the Mini, and the charging cable changed, as well.
4th GENERATION IPAD
Back to the regularly-sized iPads, Apple decided to release the newest iPad at the release event for the iPad Mini. Much changed only a year after the 3rd Generation was made available for purchase, mainly in the way of processing power.
The 4th Generation iPad offered a 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Apple Swift processer and the lightening connector port. All of the other features remained mostly the same. This, of course, made people somewhat angry. They had just purchased the 3rd Generation iPad only to find a new one on the market with a better processer just a year later.
IPAD MINI 2
People were in love with the small stature of the iPad Mini, so Apple took to the drawing board to see how they could improve the Mini. They came out with the iPad Mini 2, which featured the same processor found in the 4th Generation iPad on a 7.9-inch screen.
The new Mini also included an Apple m7 Motion Co-Processor.
Many people loved the weight and transportability of the iPad Mini, but some found the small screen display to be more of a hindrance. So, Apple decided to combine its best aspects from the iPad Mini and the original iPad to create the iPad Air.
The iPad Air featured a larger, 9.7-inch screen, but it was significantly slimmer than a regular iPad. Apple also added a 64-bit processer, making the Air two times as fast as the 4th Generation iPad.
IPAD MINI 3
Apple further innovated its iPad Mini by introducing the iPad Mini 3, which added on a handy fingerprint sensor to put privacy at the forefront of its mission. The Touch ID technology proved to be useful for using Apple Pay, unlocking the device, and for purchasing apps. It was a great way to ensure that someone couldn’t authorize a payment on your behalf simply because they have your password.
IPAD AIR 2
A triple-core processor was introduced into the iPad Air 2, making it much faster than many previous Apple products. More storage and memory options were added as well. The iPad Air 2 was amazing to many during its 2014 release year because it managed to fit many components into its signature slim casing.
The iPad Pro was marketed to artists. Its large, 12.9-inch screen was said to be perfect for sketching. The Pro was also significantly stronger, boasting a A9X processer that doubled the power of the iPad Air 2.
Apple also introduced the Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard during this release.
IPAD MINI 4
Another Mini was released in 2015, again during the release of another Apple product. The Mini 4 has the same processor as the iPad Air 2 with a 2GB space of memory.
IPAD PRO (9.7-INCH)
People loved the features of the original iPad Pro, but the size was too large for many, so Apple release the iPad Pro, which instead featured a 9.7-inch screen. This model added live photo capabilities and a 12 MP camera with flash.
The “the” here makes a lot of difference. This iPad is the 2017-version of the original iPad. The device contained a faster processer and a better camera.
IPAD PRO (10.5-INCH)
A happy-medium device, this Pro device balanced the screen display sizes between the original Pro and the second version. The price was more affordable, and the performance was pretty much the same to that of the 12.9-inch model.
IPAD PRO (2ND GENERATION)
The original, 12.9-inch Pro was tinkered with to create a second generation that had a better color display and a better camera than the first version. It retained its size but was innovated for people who watch shows and videos on their iPads.
IPAD PRO 2018
In October 2018, Apple announced its newest iPad Pro, which includes a liquid retina display, Face ID capabilities, and an A12X bionic chip. The home button disappeared in this version, and the display is much wider.