April 2, 2019
When the original iPad launched almost a decade ago, buying one was as simple as selecting the one model available and being on your way. In 2019, though, there are four to choose from – the iPad 9.7, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPad Pro.
In this guide, we’ll be focusing on two premium models – the iPad Air and the iPad Pro. We’ll explain the differences between them, and show you just where your money goes.
iPad Air vs iPad Pro – Head to Head
The iPad Pro and the Air are both pitched by Apple as its high-end tablets, and while they may seem similar, there are distinct differences between the two. From the connections to processors and cameras, there’s a lot that separates them. And then there’s the 2017 iPad Pro, which Apple still keeps in its line-up, despite having been surpassed.
Here’s a breakdown of the specifications of each iPad in the range:
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In this guide:
- iPad Air or Pro – Which is best?
- iPad Air – A high powered all-rounder
- iPad Pro – Designed with demanding creators in mind
- iPad 9.7-inch – The everyday iPad for the everyday user
- The iPad Air is Better for…
- The iPad Pro has Better Connections
- The iPad Pro 12.9-inch is Better for Designers
- The iPad 9.7-inch is Still Best for Most Users
- Verdict: Which iPad Should I Buy?
A12 Processor, more powerful than the iPad
7MP front camera
Compatible with Smart Keyboard
Steep price increase from standard iPad
Can't compete with Pro on specs
Apple's most powerful tablet
Available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch versions
Compatible with Apple Pencil 2
The impressive specs don't come cheap
Apple's cheapest tablet
Now compatible with Apple Pencil
Excellent battery life
Not suited for demanding users
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