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So how many different iPads are there anyway?

by Danny Zepeda | March 31, 2018March 31, 2018 1:00 pm PST

In case you were under a rock this week, Apple announced a new iPad. The new iPad is exactly what it sounds like, a newer 9.7-inch iPad, but it now has Apple Pencil support and upgraded internals. However, even though it does have Apple Pencil support, that does not make it an iPad Pro.

That brings up a very fair question: How many different iPads are there anyway?

Apple has never aimed to make its iPad line-up clear. There’s the iPad, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, new iPad, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, iPad mini and iPad mini 4. It goes on and on in a stream of confusing similar names. So if you wonder exactly how many iPads there are, you are not alone.

The answer is actually quite simple: there are only four iPads being sold by Apple. Hard to imagine with all those different iPads Apple has announced over the years, but right now, Apple’s iPad line-up is the simplest it has been in a long time. Here are the four different iPads Apple sells.

12.9-inch iPad Pro

  • Biggest iPad available
  • Supports Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard
  • Wi-Fi model starts at $649 (64GB)
  • LTE model starts at $929 (64GB)

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the biggest and most expensive iPad you can buy. It shares just about every specification with its smaller brother except its size. Apple’s super sized iPad Pro comes with the Retina display and True Tone technology, Apple Pencil support, Smart Keyboard support and 12MP camera. 

10.5-inch iPad Pro

  • Supports Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard
  • Wi-Fi version starts at $649 (64GB)
  • LTE version starts at $779 (64GB)

This is the smaller version of the iPad Pro with all the bells and whistles in case the 12.9-inch version is just too big for you.

New 9.7-inch iPad

  • Newest and cheapest iPad available
  • Supports Apple Pencil
  • Wi-Fi model starts at $329 (32GB)
  • LTE model starts at $459 (32GB)

Apple announced the new 9.7-inch iPad this week with updated specs (A10 Fusion chip) and a few new features (Apple Pencil support). In true Apple fashion, the upgraded model of the 9.7-inch iPad is now called the New 9.7-inch iPad. That’s not confusing at all. This is the iPad for most people. Not only does it boast impressive specs, but it also comes in at the lowest price point of $329.

For some reason, it’s even cheaper than the iPad mini 4 (see down below) even though it offers better specs and a bigger display. You’re very funny Apple.

iPad mini 4

  • Smallest iPad available
  • Last updated in 2015
  • Wi-Fi model starts at $399 (128GB)
  • LTE model starts at $529 (128GB)

The iPad mini 4 is the forgotten iPad. Announced in 2015, it hasn’t been updated since. If you are considering buying an iPad, you should stay clear of this one. Save yourself $70 (for the Wi-Fi model) and buy the 9.7-inch iPad. What you sacrifice in storage you’ll make up in the vast display.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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