A List of iPad Models and Generations

Which iPad do you have?

The iPad was first introduced in January 2010 and made its debut in April 2010. Since the original announcement, there have been 5 additional iPad generations, a new "Mini" series of 7.9-inch iPad tablets, and most recently, a 12.9-inch iPad "Pro" and its smaller 10.5-inch counterpart.

Do you want to figure out which iPad you have? You can find the iPad model number on the back of the case or in the Settings app under "General" from the left-side menu and "About" from the general settings. Simply match the iPad model to the model numbers listed.  

Are you buying a used iPad? An approximate value price range is listed for each iPad model that is no longer being manufactured for sale at Apple.com. This price ranged is judged as a good value for the entry-level 16 GB WiFi-only model. The actual condition and storage configuration of the iPad should also be taken into consideration. The retail price is listed alongside the newest iPad models. 

How to Buy a Used iPad

The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Apple

The second generation iPad Pro adds the True Tone display that debuted in the 9.7-inch model to the bigger 12.9-inch model.   This gives the world's best tablet compatibility with a theatrical wide color gambit, which will make movies and video look fantastic.  The new True Tone display also operates at 120 Hz to provide smoother graphical transitions and has a 12-megapixel back-facing camera.

CPU: 6-Core 64-bit Apple A10X Fusion
RAM: 4 GB
Display: 12.9-inch True Tone with 2734x2048 resolution
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
Model Numbers: TBA More »

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Apple

The second generation 9.7-inch iPad Pro isn't a 9.7-inch Pro at all.  With a smaller bezel around the display, the newest iPad Pro extends the screen to 10.5 inches while only extending the length of the iPad by half an inch.  This iPad matches the 12.9-inch in power and performance while maintaining a smaller size and cheaper price.

CPU: 6-Core 64-bit Apple A10X Fusion
RAM: 4 GB
Display: 10.5-inch True Tone with 2734x2048 resolution
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB​
Model Numbers: TBA More »

While the world expected an unveiling of a new iPad Pro and perhaps an iPad Air 3, Apple went conspicuously subtle, releasing a slight update to their iPad lineup in the way of the "iPad". The new 9.7-inch iPad may drop the Air name, but it's virtually an iPad Air 2 with a slightly faster processor. The new iPad Air doesn't have the Air 2's lamented screen and gains about a half an inch in thickness, although you probably couldn't tell the difference unless comparing the two side-by-side.  The best new feature: the $329 entry-level price tag.

CPU: 1.85 Ghz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A9 
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1822 (Wi-Fi), A1823 (4G)

Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro is not simply a smaller version of the 12.9-inch Pro. It improves upon the display, adding True Tone and decreased reflection in bright light such as sunlight. It also sports a 12 MP camera that is compatible with Live Photos.

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro also works with Apple's new Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, an advanced stylus for precise drawing.

CPU: Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A9X 
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 9.7-inch with 2056x1536 resolution
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular
Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Model Numbers: A1673 (Wi-Fi), A1674 or A1675 (4G)

The iPad Pro is a super-sized and super-charged iPad. The 12-9-inch display towers over the 9.7-inch iPad air, and it makes the 7.9-inch iPad Mini look like an iPad Tiny. But the iPad Pro isn't just a bigger iPad. It includes Apple's latest A9X processor, which improves processing power by almost twice as much compared to the model in the iPad Air 2. This makes the iPad Pro as fast or faster than most laptops.  The 12.9-inch Pro was also the first iPad to support the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

CPU: 2.26 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A9X 
RAM: 4 GB
Display: 12.9-inch with 2734x2048 resolution
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + Cellular
Storage: 32 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB
Model Numbers: A1584 (Wi-Fi), A1652 (4G)

The iPad Mini 4 was announced during the unveiling of the iPad Pro. Apple didn't spend much time on the Mini 4, but it is a significant improvement over the iPad Mini 3. In fact, the Mini 3 completely disappears from the Apple lineup, leaving only the Mini 2 and the Mini 4 as the smaller iPads for sale.   

The iPad Mini 4 is essentially the same as the iPad Air 2, which provides quite a boost of the Mini 3. This extra processing power also means the Mini 4 should be compatible with all of the latest multitasking features in iOS.

CPU: 1.5 GHz Tri-Core 64-bit Apple A8X w/Apple M8 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1538 (Wi-Fi), A1550 (4G)

The iPad Air 2 marks a distinct departure for the iPad. Previous models always followed the iPhone, with a processor and features that were similar to the latest iPhone. The iPad Air 2 is powered by Apple's first triple-core processor, making it significantly faster than the iPhone 6. It also upgrades the internal memory used to run apps from 1 GB to 2 GB.

CPU: 1.5 GHz Tri-Core 64-bit Apple A8X w/Apple M8 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 2 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1566 (Wi-Fi), A1667 (4G)

The iPad Mini 3 is essentially the same as the iPad Mini 2 with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor tacked on. The Touch ID supports unlocking your iPad with your thumbprint, purchasing apps, and using the new Apple Pay.   

CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A7 w/Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 1 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1599 (Wi-Fi), A1600 (4G)

The iPad Air's jump to a 64-bit processor was initially dismissed as more of a marketing ploy, but as the initial benchmarks were posted, it soon became apparent that the jump was worth it. The iPad Air is around twice as powerful as its predecessor, the iPad 4, and it has the same slim form factor as the iPad Mini.  

CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A7 w/Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 1 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1474 (Wi-Fi), A1475 (4G)

The first iPad Mini was a bit underpowered, sharing the same processor and memory as the iPad 2. The second generation Mini not only jumped in price but also jumped in terms of power. Utilizing the same basic A7 processor used in the iPad Air, the Mini 2 is only slightly less powerful. This makes it essentially an iPad Air for $100 off the price.

The iPad Mini 2 is officially referred to as the "iPad mini with Retina display".

CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit Apple A7 w/Apple M7 Motion Co-Processor
RAM: 1 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1489 (Wi-Fi), A1490 (4G)

The 4th generation iPad was a surprise release during the unveiling of the iPad Mini. This generation of iPad had the same features of the iPad 3 but included a much more powerful processor. Debuting in early November, it also changed the release cycle of the iPad, which had previously seen its releases in the March or April. The early release created some backlash among those who had recently purchased an iPad 3.

CPU: 1.4 GHz Dual-Core Apple Swift (Apple A6)
RAM: 1 GB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
Model Numbers: A1458 (Wi-Fi), A1459 (4G), A1460 (4G MM)

With a 7.9-inch display, the original iPad Mini was slightly larger than competing 7-inch tablets. It was powered by the same processor as the iPad 2, but it included many of the same features as the latest full-sized iPad, including 4G compatibility and superior dual-facing cameras. At $329 for the entry-level model, it was the cheapest iPad.

The original iPad Mini and the second generation "iPad 2" were the two best selling iPad models.  

CPU: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 (Apple A5)
RAM: 512 MB
Display: 1024x768
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1432 (Wi-Fi), A1454 (4G), A1455 (4G MM)

The 3rd generation iPad dropped the numbering system in the official name, although releases were still referred to using this numbering system in the press. The "new iPad" (as it was called during the announcement) included a 2056x1536 resolution "Retina Display," making the highest resolution display for a tablet at its release. It kept the same basic processor as the iPad 2 with updated graphics chip to help power the new display. It was also the first iPad to offer 4G compatibility.

CPU: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 (Apple A5X)
RAM: 512 MB
Display: 2056x1536
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1416 (Wi-Fi), A1430 (4G), A1403 (4G VZ)

The iPad 2 added dual-facing cameras to the iPad, allowing users to snap photos, capture movies and added video conferencing capabilities. The second generation iPad doubled the processing speed, and with games becoming more popular on the iPad, it included a much more powerful graphics processor. The iPad 2 was 33% thinner and 15% lighter than its predecessor. It also gained a gyroscope, making its basic features equal to the iPhone except for voice calling.

CPU: 1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9 (Apple A5)
RAM: 512 MB
Display: 1024x768
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1395 (Wi-Fi), A1396 (3G GSM), A1397 (3G CDMA)

The original iPad was released on April 3, 2010. It included many of the same features as the iPhone and iPod Touch, including the 3-axis accelerometer that enables the device to detect when it is being moved or tilted. The iPad was powered by the same operating system as the iPhone, allowing it to run the same apps in compatibility mode. It also had unique user interface elements that made use of the larger screen. The day before its official release, Netflix announced it would be supporting the tablet with a streaming app built from the ground up for the iPad.

The original iPad still has some uses, but no longer supports operating system updates.  Many apps do not support the first iPad.

CPU: 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 (Apple A4)
RAM: 256 MB
Display: 1024x768
Models: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G
Storage: 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB
Model Numbers: A1219 (Wi-Fi), A1337 (3G)

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