iPad Models Compared: Is It Time for an Upgrade?

If you’re an Apple devotee, you probably do your best to keep up with all the latest news on the tech giant’s products. The company’s impressive track record in tablets speaks for itself. However, it never hurts to take a closer look and review previous offerings to compare them to what’s happening now. Whether you want to buy a new tablet or not, it’s a good idea to keep up with your favorite brand’s progression. If you note a new spec or two that appeals to you, it might set you right into shopping mode.
Let’s look at everything from cameras, storage, space, and the best extended tablet warranty option.

Previous iPad Models

A September 2019 Apple Insider article took a closer look at three popular models of iPads: 2018, 2019, and 2020 releases, respectively. Each one had its own unique offerings. There are also iPad Air and Minis in the mix to consider, offering their own unique features and benefits to customers with varying needs.
Let’s take a look at each one.

The 2018 iPad

Also known as the 6th Generation iPad, the 2018 model launched for $329, featuring the following specifications and features:
  • Storage capacity of 32GB and 128GB
  • 9.7-inch screen size
  • Dimensions of 9.4×6.6×0.29
  • 2048×1536 at 264 dpi
  • A10 Fusion processor
  • 1st generation Apple pencil
  • Up to 10 hours of battery life
  • 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera
  • Video at 1080p

The 2019 iPad

This 7th generation iPad also launched at a relatively low price of $329 in 2019. Some improvements over its predecessor include:
  • 10.2-inch display screen
  • 2160×1620 at 264dpi
  • Smart connector
  • Larger dimensions at 9.8×6.8×0.29

The 2020 iPad

The 2020 8th generation iPad once again launched at the friendly $329 price point. Let’s see what improvements Apple made to this iteration:
  • A12 Bionic processor with Neural Engine

The iPad Mini 2020

For people looking for a smaller device, the iPad Mini is the perfect solution. The $399 price point doesn’t hurt either. Here are some of the top highlights of the iPad Mini:
  • 7.9-inch LED-backlit with TrueTone
  • A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • Comes with a motion processor
  • 2048×1536 screen resolution
  • 64GB and 256GB storage capacities
  • 8 MP, 1080p video rear camera
  • 7 MP with Retina Flash front camera
  • Features a 1st generation pencil

The iPad Air 2020

Known for its thinner and lighter design, the iPad Air never goes out of style or favor for Apple lovers. Take a few minutes to review iPad Air’s offerings:
  • Starting price at $599
  • A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • 2360×1640 screen resolution
  • 10.9-inch IPS LED-backlit with TrueTone
  • 64GB and 256GB storage capacity options
  • 12 MP wide, 4K video support rear camera
  • 7 MP with Retina Flash front camera
  • 2nd generation Apple pencil

Apple Focuses on the Finer Points and Improvements

Apple tries to maintain the same basic physical size for its core iPad products, making relatively few changes to stay on brand and keep customers happy. Much of the time, customers want refinements to the products they love versus massive overhauls that change the foundation of the products.
Apple often focuses on improving features like screen size, as seen with the 2019 leap from the standard 9.7-inch screen size to the 10.2-inch screen. The greater screen resolution and pixel density took the viewing experience to the next level.

The New iPad Pro

The 2021 iPad was just announced on April 20th and is officially available for pre-order on April 30th. Aesthetically speaking, there is not much change. However, dig into the specs and you’ll find a pair of very impressive tablets.
Similar to previous releases, the iPad Pro comes in two sizes: the 11-inch model starts at $799 and the 12.9-inch model starts at $1,099. Both sizes can pack up to 2 TB of storage, which is a huge upgrade. They also boast the new M1 chip and 5G cellular connectivity.
Engadget points out the new 12-megapixel ultra-wide front camera has a feature called Center Stage. It will make sure that you’re always in the middle of the screen during video calls. Additionally, the 12.9-inch iPad has a new Liquid Retina XDR display.

Remember to Protect Your iPad With an Upsie Extended Warranty

Apple products are high-quality, and thus come at a higher price than other tablets. Protect your investment so that it lasts until you choose to buy an upgrade. You never want to feel forced to buy a new tablet because your warranty doesn’t cover various damages, such as those caused by drops or spills or others caused by internal failures. With an Upsie extended tablet warranty, you’re covered and can enjoy your iPad without worry.

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