Apple iPad vs iPad mini vs iPad Air vs iPad Pro! Which One Should You Buy?

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iPad vs iPad mini vs iPad Air vs iPad Pro

After the launch of the new iPad mini and iPad, Apple once again sold the new iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro at the same time after 2019. What are the differences between the four models? Which series of iPad is best for me? What are the key points to consider before purchasing? The following is an analysis of the problems that will be faced when purchasing an iPad, so that the money can be spent precisely on the edge.

iPad vs iPad mini vs iPad Air vs iPad Pro. These 4 Apple iPads are positioned differently

At present, on Apple’s official website, iPad is still divided into four series: iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro, and according to different specifications and functions, it can correspond to different user groups. Among the models currently sold on the website, Except for the iPad Air, which will be launched in 2020, the rest of the iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Pro will be launched in 2021. In particular, the iPad and iPad mini will only be launched in Taiwan in November this year. And with the upgrade and evolution of each generation, the product positioning of the four series is also more clear. Let’s also understand all iPad features and positioning.

iPad is the first choice for entry

Since the release of the first iPad in 2010, the iPad launched this year is the ninth generation. Although there is no special indication on the purchase page of Apple’s official website, if you search for “Identify iPad model”, you can see iPad (9th generation) , and in the comparison of all iPad models, it can also be seen that each series of iPads will be marked with the generations. In terms of product positioning, the iPad belongs to the entry level, with a 10.2-inch screen. It is promoted and applied in general digital courses, e-books and digital content. Therefore, it does not require strong specifications. The most important thing is to support Apple Pencil and smart keyboard. You can choose to use handwriting or keyboard input flexibly.

Apple iPad
▲ The iPad launched this year is already the ninth generation, with a 10.2-inch screen, positioned as an entry-level option, and supports Apple Pencil and smart keyboards.

iPad mini for Maximum Portability

The iPad Mini launched this year is a new generation model launched after 2019. It was launched two years later. Both the appearance and specifications have been greatly upgraded, and it has also been well received by the market. Especially as the market is generally trending towards large-sized tablets, this year’s iPad mini is comparable in size to the past, with a screen from 7.9 inches to 8.3 inches, allowing users who like small-sized tablets to gain portability while taking into account the portability. larger screen size. In addition, it is equipped with the A15 bionic chip used in the iPhone 13 series this year, which is higher than the iPad Air. It can be said to be a small and powerful new positioning. 

Apple iPad Mini
The newly launched iPad mini has brought a lot of upgrades and changes in terms of appearance and specifications. It can be said to be a small and powerful new positioning.

The Mainstream Choice for iPad Air

The iPad Air launched in September last year can be called the fourth-generation iPad Air. At the time of its release, it brought many surprises like this year’s iPad mini. Earlier, it was equipped with a 5-nanometer A14 bionic chip, and launched space gray, silver, rose gold, green, and sky blue, a total of five colors. In addition, like the iPad Pro, it supports the second-generation Apple Pencil and the smart keyboard, which can also be used in a more laptop-like mode. 

Apple iPad Air
▲In addition to the design elements of the iPad Pro, it has launched space gray, silver, rose gold, green, sky blue, a total of five colors. Compared with the iPad Pro, it emphasizes cost-effectiveness.

iPad Pro True Flagship

Positioned in the iPad Pro series with performance comparable to laptops, it is naturally the most powerful series in terms of specifications, performance, and technology among the four major iPad series. Currently, there are two sizes of 11-inch and 12.9-inch. This year, it will be replaced by MacBook, iMac, and Mac mini.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro uses the Apple M1 chip, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro also uses the Liquid Retina Display XDR display, which is mini LED display technology, which improves the display capability of the screen. In addition, it is equipped with a 12-megapixel front camera and Thunderbolt connection. port, 5G network…etc. In terms of product positioning, it is naturally more professional imaging, AR computing, and drawing workers.

Apple iPad Pro
▲ The iPad Pro launched this year is equipped with the Apple M1 chip and has two sizes of 11 inches and 12.9 inches, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro adopts mini LED display technology, and the product is positioned at a more professional level.

6 key features of iPad mini: 8.3-inch Full Screen, A15 Bionic Chip, Touch ID is the most eye-catching

Following the launch of the fifth-generation iPad mini in 2019, the sixth-generation iPad mini was finally launched this year. It was also a rather surprising product at Apple’s press conference this fall. Globally its went on sale in November, and the market was also in short supply. , let’s take a look at the features of this iPad mini and see what’s fascinating about it.

Feature 1 : 8.3 -inch full-screen design

The new iPad mini has a big change in appearance, with the same design style as the iPad Air, so it looks like a smaller version of the iPad Air. The fuselage is designed with right-angled edges, with rounded corners, and is available in pink, starlight, purple, and space gray. At present, in addition to the iPad, the iPad Pro is also the same design language. In addition, it is equipped with a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina full-screen display, and applies a narrow bezel design, with symmetrical frame vision, making the screen larger and the body more miniature.

The screen ratio has also been changed from the previous 4:3 to 3:2. There will be no black borders when watching videos, but when browsing web pages, the width of a page that can be viewed becomes smaller. In addition, the screen maintains an IPS panel and a 60Hz refresh rate, as well as P3 wide color gamut, 500 nits brightness, true color display technology, anti-reflective screen coating, and a full-plane fit design.

ipad mini 8.3 inch screen
▲ The appearance of the new iPad mini is slightly smaller than the previous generation, but because of the full-screen design, the screen size is 8.3 inches, and it provides four colors, which is purple.

Feature 2 : A15 Bionic Chip

Equipped with the A15 bionic chip, which is the same chip as the iPhone 13 series, it has a 6-core CPU (2 performance cores, 4 energy-saving cores), which can be said to be a leap upgrade compared to the previous generation A12 bionic chip. However, although Apple does not indicate whether the A15 chip is different, the Geekbench 5 test software shows that the iPad mini’s chip is A15 Bionic 2.92GHz, while the iPhone 13 chip is A15 Bionic 3.23GHz, which is known as frequency reduction. There is a difference of about 2~8% in the performance score of Geekbench 5.

geekbench 5 score of ipad mini
▲ Viewed on Geekbench 5, the A15 bionic chip on the iPad mini is 2.92GHz. 

Feature 3 : Power button integrated with Touch ID

Due to the full-screen and narrow bezel design, the Home button is also removed to make the screen look bigger. However, it does not provide the Face ID function, but integrates Touch ID into the power button. The response speed is quite fast, and the finger can be successfully identified without letting down which direction. Currently, among the entire series of iPads, only iPad Air and iPad are available. mini provides this feature.

power button with touch id
▲ Under the full-screen design, Touch ID is integrated into the power button, and you can unlock or pay with just a touch.

Feature 4 : The Front Camera Provides Character Centering aka Center Stage

The front-facing camera of the new iPad mini has been upgraded to a 12-megapixel, ultra-wide-angle specification with a 120-degree viewing angle, and supports the “Character Centering” function available on the iPad Pro. When the user moves, the camera lens will automatically follow the shot, allowing the user to Keep it in the middle of the screen, and when other characters join, the camera will automatically zoom out, so that the screen can display multiple people at the same time. 

As for the main camera, it has also been upgraded to 12 million pixels, and adopts Focus Pixels and f/1.8 aperture, and also supports 4k/60fps recording specifications. In addition, the light source sensor has also been moved to a corner position, which can prevent the camera from being blocked by hands when holding the device in landscape orientation.

Center Stage
 In addition to upgrading the front camera with a 12-megapixel and 120-degree wide-angle, it also supports the “Character Centering” function. The lens will follow the camera at any time to keep the person in the center of the screen.
Light Sensor
▲ The light source sensor is also moved to a corner position to prevent the camera from being obscured by hands when holding it horizontally.

Feature 5 : 5G and USB Type-C Port

The new iPad mini launches Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi+5G mobile network versions, and at the same time uses USB Type-C as the input and output ports, which can be used to connect other devices, and even connect to the camera to browse photos, and can support the fastest 5Gbps The data transfer speed is 10 times faster than the previous generation version. Therefore, in addition to the Lightning port for iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro, and iPad Air are fully equipped with USB Type-C ports, and they are also equipped with 20W USB-C power supply Adapter.

ipad mini 5g
 iPad mini has Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi+5G mobile network versions to choose from, and the 5G version of the SIM slot card is the same color as the body.
ipad mini usb typec port
 Change the Lightning port to USB Type-C port, which is convenient for connecting other devices, such as USB flash drives and cameras, and can bring faster transmission speed than the previous generation.

Feature 6 : Support the Second Generation Apple Pencil

The previous-generation iPad mini supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, and the new iPad mini is upgraded to support the second-generation Apple Pencil. Although the two generations of Apple Pencil have integrated several pressure sensors inside, which can sense the angle, strength and direction of writing, write various thick and thin lines by hand, and even simulate the feeling of calligraphy, but the appearance is very different, but the second The new generation of Apple Pencil has become shorter and lighter, only about 16.5 cm, the barrel is changed to matte, and has a flat design on one side, which can be used to attach to the iPad mini, firstly to charge, and secondly to reduce the chance of loss, and Provide shortcut keys to customize shortcut functions.

2nd generation Apple Pencil
The new iPad mini supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which can be magnetically attached to the side of the fuselage for quick Bluetooth pairing and charging.
Double Sided Clip
 A smart double-sided clip can be purchased, which automatically wakes up the device when opened, and goes to sleep when closed, and can also be used as a stand. 

4 Key Features of Apple iPad

At the press conference this fall, the new iPad was also announced together with the iPad mini. It should be the ninth-generation iPad. The changes are not big. The main upgrades are the core specifications, capacity, and cameras. Among the full range of iPad products , to win on price.

Feature 1 : 10.2 -inch Retina True Tone Display

The new iPad maintains a 10.2-inch Retina display, but adds TureTone True Tone display technology, which allows the screen color to automatically adjust according to changes in ambient light, providing more comfortable viewing conditions. As for the design of the fuselage, it is the same as the previous generation. The fuselage is made of 100% recycled aluminum, and the magnets also use recycled rare earth elements, emphasizing more environmentally friendly production. In addition, only two colors of silver and space gray are available.

Apple iPad 10.2 inch
The new iPad maintains a 10.2-inch Retina display, but adds TureTone original color display technology, which is available in silver and space gray.

Feature 2 : Equipped with A13 bionic chip

The core specification is that it is equipped with an A13 bionic chip, which claims to have a 20% increase in performance compared to the previous generation model equipped with an A12 bionic chip, and under the A13 bionic chip, the iPad can be used to play games, drive various drawing apps, or use iPad OS 15. It can be smoother when using functions such as “Original Text”. As for the capacity part, it has been upgraded from the previous generation’s maximum 128GB to 256GB, and Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi plus 4G versions have been launched.

Feature 3 : The Front Camera Supports Center Stage

The front camera adopts the same 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera as the iPad mini, and supports the “people centering” function, which is suitable for video conferences, shooting operations and other situations. The lens will automatically move with the subject to focus. The main camera is 8 million pixels, but it also supports AR augmented reality and document scanning functions, which is also a sufficient configuration for the student group.

center stage on iPad
▲ In addition to upgrading the front camera to 12 million pixels, it also supports the “Character Centering” function. The lens will follow the shot at any time, keeping the person in the center of the screen.

Feature 4 : Support Smart Keyboard

The new iPad still supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, which must be paired and charged with the iPad through the Lightning port. There is no magnetic design on the body, so you have to carry an additional Apple Pencil at any time. In addition, it can also be used with a smart keyboard, so that the iPad can be turned into a laptop mode, which is convenient for use when a large amount of text needs to be input, but these are additional costs that must be purchased.

iPad Smart Keyboard
▲ Choose a smart keyboard combination to make the iPad more conducive to typing for a long time.
apple pan on ipad
▲ If you want to handwrite graffiti, you can buy the first-generation Apple Pencil and pair and charge it with the iPad through the Lightning port.

iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro Core Specifications

The differences between iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro can also be seen from the core specifications. The entry-level iPad uses the A13 bionic chip carried by the 2019 iPhone 11, while the flagship iPad Pro uses the MacBook. As for the M1 chip used, the iPad Air and iPad mini use A14 and A15 bionic chips respectively according to the time of launch, which were the mainstream specifications at that time.

In addition, although they all use a combination of performance cores and energy-saving cores, the number of cores is different, and the core part of the GPU is also different, so the performance performance will also be different. Among them, after upgrading the A13 bionic chip, the iPad has more neural network engines than the previous generation, which is helpful for high-performance computing or photography, and also brings smoother operations. In terms of memory, in addition to the maximum 16GB memory provided by the iPad Pro, the iPad is 3GB, and the iPad Air and iPad mini are 4GB, which also reflects the positioning of the product.

iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro Core Specifications

 

iPad

iPad mini

iPad Air

iPad Pro 12.9 inches

Processor

A13 Bionic Chip

A15 Bionic Chip

A14 Bionic Chip

M1 chip

Number of CPU cores

6

6

6

8

GPU core count

4

5

4

8

Neural network engine core

8

16

16

16

Memory

3GB

4GB

4GB

16 GB

Storage Space

64GB

128GB

256GB

512GB

1TB

2TB

Safety Certificate

Touch ID (Home button)

Touch ID (top power button)

Touch ID (top power button)

Face ID

Bluetooth

4.2

5.0

5.0

5.0

Mobile Network

Gigabit class 4G LTE

5G

Gigabit class 4G LTE

5G

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi 5; 2.4GHz and 5GHz

Wi-Fi 6; 2.4GHz and 5GHz

iPad mini and iPad Air have little difference in performance, but iPad mini is better in gaming

Through the popular Geekbench 5 and AuTuTu tests, it is not surprising that the scores ranked from low to high are iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro respectively. Among them, the iPad mini is equipped with a down-clocked A15 bionic chip. The single-core and dual-core CPU scores in Geekbench 5 are comparable to the iPad Air equipped with the A14 bionic chip, but the difference in the AnTuTu score is higher, which is similar to the iPad mini. It is related to the 5-core GPU, so the iPad mini has an advantage in executing high-performance games.
As for the A13 bionic chip of the iPad, because it is a product launched in 2019, the performance performance is also weak, and the iPad Pro has become the performance champion of course, and the M1 chip structure is different.
Geekbench score of ipad
antutu score of ipad mini

iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro screen specifications

 

iPad

iPad mini

iPad Air

iPad Pro

screen size

10.2 inches

8.3 inches

10.9 inches

11 inches

12.9 inches

Resolution

2160×1620

2266×1488

2224×1668

2388×1668

2732×2048

Display class

Retina

Liquid Retina

Liquid Retina

Liquid Retina

Liquid Retina XDR

pixel

264ppi

326ppi

264ppi

264ppi

brightness

500nits

500nits

500nits

600nits

P3 wide color gamut

TrueTone True Tone Display Technology

✓    

✓    

ProMotion auto-adaptive update rate technology

Full flat fit

Anti-Reflection Coating

full screen design

■Note: The iPad Pro 12.9-inch full screen has a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits and a peak brightness (HDR) of 1,600 nits.

Should you buy an iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, or iPad Pro ?

In the whole series of iPad positioning, iPad is the entry, iPad mini and iPad Air are the mainstream, iPad Pro is the flagship, and the four series of iPads on the official website are all new models, with different specifications and overlapping, which makes many people think I am full of doubts when buying an iPad. The following also lists the problems that are often encountered when purchasing.

Is the bigger the screen the better ?

Before purchasing a tablet, you usually decide the screen size you need, and buying an iPad is no exception. After all, the size of the screen will directly affect the visual experience when watching. At present, in addition to the iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro all use The full-screen design maximizes the screen size, so the 10.9-inch iPad Air and 11-inch iPad Pro are actually the same size as the 10.2-inch iPad.

In addition to the difference in size of the screen, the screen specifications and display technology must be further checked. For example, except for the iPad, other models support the P3 wide color gamut and add anti-reflection coating. Among them, the iPad Pro series has the highest 120Hz picture update rate, and ProMotion automatic adaptive update rate technology, when playing 120Hz images, it will be smoother, and the full screen peak brightness (HDR) is 1,600 nits, which is also relatively bright in the sun. Can see clearly.

ipad size
▲ Judging from the size of the magazine, although the 10.2-inch iPad provides a larger screen than the 8.3-inch iPad mini, in addition to the size, there are also screen specifications that affect the imaging capabilities.

Is the iPad enough?

The iPad, which is positioned in the entry-level series, has the cheapest price and the lowest entry threshold, but is also most often asked when purchasing it. But the question of whether it is enough, in fact, you have to think about your usage needs in reverse. If you just need a large-screen tablet to surf the Internet, browse photos, watch videos, etc., there is no heavy performance requirements, such as 3D drawing, RAW file editing. Graphics, multitasking, and not pursuing the latest models in the market, with budget as the main consideration, then the iPad will be a good entry-level model.

And this year, the iPad will also increase the storage space to 64GB, but the price is the same as the price of the iPad 32GB launched in 2020, which is also a price reduction in disguise. As for the performance, although it is not the best, it is capable of performing real-time computing of general AR applications, and the 10.2-inch screen is very suitable as an entry-level choice for large-screen mobile devices. After all, elders and children need a large screen. Instead of watching a small mobile phone for a long time.

ipad performance
 There is little difference in performance between iPad Air and iPad mini, but iPad mini has an advantage in executing high-performance games, and is also known as the most powerful game console.

iPad Mini or iPad Air? Which one you should Buy

Although the iPad Air and iPad mini were not launched at the same time and have different processors, the two products use the same design language in design. The iPad Air is 10.9 inches and the iPad mini is 8.3 inches. It can also be said that the iPad mini is like an enlarged version of the iPad Air. Although the A15 chip of the iPad mini performs better in GPU performance, in terms of overall performance, it will not affect the general daily use.

The use situation should be considered when purchasing. Books, videos, playing games, the iPad mini at 297 grams will be a good fit. As for the larger screen of the 10.9-inch iPad Air, if it can accept a carrying weight of 460 grams, you can enjoy the visual experience of a large screen, and even when used at a fixed point, it can be extended to a second screen.

Should you buy iPad Pro ?

This year, Apple will push the iPad Pro to a higher standard flagship position, equipped with the self-developed M1 chip, and the performance test performance has grown significantly. This is not to say that the iPad Air and iPad mini are not good enough, but the performance of the iPad Pro has grown. Too much. In addition, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro also uses the Liquid Retina Display XDR display, which is mini LED display technology, to further improve the display capability of the screen.

Therefore, if you usually need a tablet to watch videos, take notes, read, etc., or even for slightly advanced editing needs, iPad Air is actually competent. As for more advanced 4K video editing, 3D drawing, AR computing, etc. , and even use the LiDAR optical radar scanning system, you can consider choosing the iPad Pro.

How to Choose Storage Capacity and Price?

Now the capacity of the iPad series is easy to remember. The iPad, iPad mini, and iPad Air only have two specifications of 64GB and 256GB. As for the iPad Pro, there are 128GB~2TB, a total of five options. The price this year is generally cheaper than last year, because the basic capacity is changed from 32GB to 64GB, which is the concept of increasing the amount without increasing the price. If you have the need to store pictures and are not good at organizing files, it is recommended to choose 256GB capacity.

In addition, although this year’s M1 version of the iPad Pro has a 2TB version, the price of other capacities is also cheaper than the previous generation, and it is equipped with 8GB memory below 512GB storage space, while the 1TB and 2TB storage space models have the largest The configuration of 16GB of memory is also the highest specification configuration over the years. Of course, the price is also the highest. The selection still has to be decided by considering the budget.

iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, iPad Pro Price

 

iPad

iPad mini

iPad Air

iPad Pro

 

10.2 inches

8.3 inches

10.9 inches

11 inches

12.9 inches

64GB

Wi-Fi version

$329 US

$499 US

$599 US

Wi-Fi+Mobile Internet Version

$459 US

$649 US

$729 US

128GB

Wi-Fi version

$799 US

$1099 US

Wi-Fi+Mobile Internet Version

$999 US

$1299 US

256GB

Wi-Fi version

$479 US

$649 US

$749 US

$899 US

$1199 US

Wi-Fi+Mobile Internet Version

$609 US

$799 US

$879 US

$1099 US

$1399 US

512GB

Wi-Fi version

$1099 US

$1399 US

Wi-Fi+Mobile Internet Version

$1299 US

$1599 US

1TB

Wi-Fi version

$1499 US

$1799 US

Wi-Fi+Mobile Internet Version

$1699 US

$1999 US

2TB

Wi-Fi version

$1899 US

$2199 US

Wi-Fi+Mobile Internet Version

$2099 US

$2399 US

■Note: Both iPad mini and iPad mobile network versions support 5G specifications.

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