Here’s a complete list – in table format – of all the current and past iPad generations released by Apple

The iPad has been around in one form or another for over a decade. For most tablet users, it is the de facto choice and Apple’s tablet currently owns the lion’s share of the tablet market – around 54.9%.

Over the years, Apple has massively evolved and developed its iPad, culminating in the switch to its M1 chipsets. Its Pro model iPads and, to a lesser extent, its iPad Air branded slates are now essentially touchscreen MacBooks.

Growth for Apple’s iPad has been solid despite other players in the field, most of them Android-based, failing more or less ubiquitously and leaving the market. Google, LG, Motorola, HTC, and Xiaomi have all tried and failed at making tablets work.

Bottom line? If you want the best tablet experience in 2023, you get an iPad. And over the years, there has been many models released from Apple’s Pro to its standard iPad and iPad mini lines. Below is a complete overview of every iPad released to date.

iPad Generations – A Complete List

iPad Pro

ModelSizeReleasedDiscontinuedCapacitiesProcessorOperating System
iPad Pro (1st)12.9″, 9.7″2015-11-11, 2016-03-312017-07-0532, 128, 256 GBApple A9XiOS 9.1 to 16.5.1
iPad Pro (2nd)12.9″, 10.5″2017-06-13, 2017-06-132018-10-3064, 256, 512 GBApple A10XiOS 10.3.2 to 17.x (latest)
iPad Pro (3rd)12.9″, 11″2018-11-072020-03-1864, 256, 512 GB, 1 TBApple A12XiOS 12.1 to 17.x (latest)
iPad Pro (4th)12.9″, 11″2020-03-252021-04-20128, 256, 512 GB, 1 TBApple A12ZiPadOS 13.4 to 17.x (latest)
iPad Pro (5th)12.9″, 11″2021-05-212022-10-18128, 256, 512 GB, 1, 2 TBApple M1iPadOS 14.5 to 17.x (latest)
iPad Pro (6th)12.9″, 11″2022-10-26(current)128, 256, 512 GB, 1, 2 TBApple M2iPadOS 16.1 to 17.x (latest)


ModelSizeReleasedDiscontinuedCapacitiesProcessorOperating System
iPad (1st gen)9.7″2010-04-032011-03-0216, 32, 64 GBApple A4iPhone OS 3.2 to iOS 5.1.1
iPad 29.7″2011-03-112014-03-1816, 32, 64 GBApple A5iOS 4.3 to 9.3.6
iPad (3rd gen)9.7″2012-03-162012-10-2316, 32, 64 GBApple A5XiOS 5.1 to 9.3.6
iPad (4th gen)9.7″2012-11-022014-10-1616, 32, 64 GB128 GBiOS 6.0 to 10.3.4
iPad (5th gen)9.7″2017-03-242018-03-2732, 128 GBApple A9iOS 10.2.1 to 16.5.1
iPad (6th gen)9.7″2018-03-272019-09-1032, 128 GBApple A10iOS 11.3 to 17.x (latest)
iPad (7th gen)10.2″2019-09-252020-09-1532, 128 GBApple A10iPadOS 13.1 to 17.x (latest)
iPad (8th gen)10.2″2020-09-182021-09-1432, 128 GBApple A12iPadOS 14.0 to 17.x (latest)
iPad (9th gen)10.2″2021-09-24(current)64, 256 GBApple A13iPadOS 15.0 to 17.x (latest)
iPad (10th gen)10.9″2022-10-26(current)64, 256 GBApple A14iPadOS 16.1 to 17.x (latest)

iPad Air

ModelSizeReleasedDiscontinuedCapacitiesProcessorOperating System
iPad Air (1st)9.7″2013-11-012016-03-2116, 32, 64, 128 GBApple A7iOS 7.0.3 to 12.5.7
iPad Air 29.7″2014-10-222017-03-2116, 32, 64, 128 GBApple A8XiOS 8.1 to 15.7.7
iPad Air (3rd)10.5″2019-03-182020-09-1564, 256 GBApple A12iOS 12.2 to 17.x (latest)
iPad Air (4th)10.9″2020-10-232022-03-0864, 256 GBApple A14iPadOS 14.0 to 17.x (latest)
iPad Air (5th)10.9″2022-03-18(current)64, 256 GBApple M1iPadOS 15.4 to 17.x (latest)

iPad Mini

ModelSizeReleasedDiscontinuedCapacitiesProcessorOperating System
iPad mini (1st)7.9″2012-11-022015-06-1916, 32, 64 GBApple A5R2iOS 6.0.1 to 9.3.6
iPad mini 27.9″2013-11-122017-03-2116, 32, 64, 128 GBApple A7iOS 7.0.3 to 12.5.7
iPad mini 37.9″2014-10-222015-09-0916, 64, 128 GBApple A7iOS 8.1 to 12.5.7
iPad mini 47.9″2015-09-092019-03-1816, 32, 64, 128 GBApple A8iOS 9.0 to 15.7.7
iPad mini (5th)7.9″2019-03-182021-09-1464, 256 GBApple A12iOS 12.2 to 17.x (latest)
iPad mini (6th)8.3″2021-09-24(current)64, 256 GBApple A15iPadOS 15.0 to 17.x (latest)

Evolution of iPad Models: A Decade of Innovation and Change

Apple’s iPad, since its debut in 2010, has been one of the most visible and easily recognisable brands in tech.

Here’s a quick overview of the evolution of iPad models, highlighting key advancements, and showcasing Apple’s prowess in innovating and setting benchmarks in the tablet industry.

1. The Inception: iPad (1st generation, 2010)

The original iPad was a game-changer, launched as a bridge between a smartphone and a laptop. Boasting a 9.7-inch display, Apple’s A4 chip, and up to 64GB of storage, it introduced the world to a new way of consuming digital content.

2. iPad 2 (2011): A Leap Forward

The iPad 2 was thinner, lighter, and faster. Apple introduced the dual-core A5 chip, front and rear-facing cameras for FaceTime, and the revolutionary Smart Cover accessory.

3. The Retina Display Revolution: iPad (3rd & 4th generation, 2012)

Apple doubled the display resolution, introducing the Retina Display, offering users an unparalleled visual experience. The 4th generation introduced the lightning connector, replacing the 30-pin dock connector.

4. iPad Air Series (2013-2019): Lightness Redefined

The iPad Air was 20% thinner and 28% lighter than its predecessor. Over the years, the Air series incorporated Touch ID, laminated displays, and enhanced processing power with A8X and A12 Bionic chips.

5. iPad mini: Compact Yet Powerful (2012-present)

This series addressed the demand for a compact tablet without compromising on performance. Over iterations, the Mini incorporated Retina Display, Apple Pencil support, and the A15 Bionic chip in later models.

6. The Professional’s Choice: iPad Pro (2015-present)

Aimed at professionals and creatives, the iPad Pro offers features like ProMotion technology, USB-C connectivity, LiDAR scanner, and compatibility with the Apple Pencil (2nd generation). It’s available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes, catering to diverse needs.

7. iPad (5th-9th generation, 2017-present)

These models further democratized the iPad experience, offering a balance of performance and affordability. Features like Smart Connector, A13 Bionic chip, and Apple Pencil support became more accessible to a wider audience.

8. Expanding Capabilities: Software Evolution

The hardware evolution is only half the story. The introduction of iPadOS, separate from iOS, allowed the iPad to offer features like multitasking, enhanced file management, and cursor support, making it closer to a computer experience than ever before.

9. Peripheral Innovations

Beyond the device, accessories like the Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard, and Smart Keyboard Folio have transformed the iPad from a mere tablet to a multi-functional device capable of drawing, writing, and even coding.

Comparing the Generations: A Deep Dive into iPad Evolution

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Over the past decade, Apple’s iPad has been the gold standard for tablets. With every new iteration, Apple has reshaped and refined its iconic device. Here, we dissect the differences across various iPad generations, showcasing the technical leaps and bounds that have marked its storied history.

iPad (1st generation, 2010) vs. iPad 2 (2011)

  • Design & Weight: The iPad 2 was notably slimmer and lighter than its predecessor.
  • Performance: iPad 2 featured a dual-core A5 chip, offering significant speed improvements over the original’s A4.
  • Cameras: While the first iPad lacked cameras, the iPad 2 came with front and rear-facing ones, opening the door to FaceTime.

iPad (3rd & 4th generation, 2012) vs. iPad Air (2013)

  • Display: The 3rd and 4th generation iPads introduced the Retina Display, significantly elevating screen resolution and clarity.
  • Connectivity: The 4th generation transitioned to the lightning connector.
  • Form Factor: The iPad Air marked a major design overhaul—thinner, lighter, with narrower bezels compared to its predecessors.

iPad mini Series (2012-present) vs. iPad Air Series (2013-2019)

  • Size: The mini’s 7.9-inch screen caters to those seeking portability, whereas the Air, with a 10.5-inch display, balances screen real estate and portability.
  • Performance: Over time, both series have seen enhanced performance, with the mini eventually incorporating the A15 Bionic chip and the Air incorporating the A12 Bionic.
  • Features: Both series embraced features like the Retina Display, Touch ID, and Apple Pencil support, but at different stages in their evolution.

iPad Pro Series (2015-present) vs. iPad (5th-9th generation, 2017-present)

  • Target Audience: The Pro is for power users and professionals, offering high-end features. In contrast, the regular iPad targets casual users and educational sectors.
  • Performance: The Pro series has consistently been the performance champion, boasting chips like the A12Z Bionic and features such as ProMotion technology.
  • Peripherals: The Pro series supports the 2nd-gen Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard, transforming it into a quasi-laptop. The regular iPad, while supporting the 1st-gen Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, offers a more basic experience.
  • Size Options: The Pro is available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch variants, providing more flexibility for users.

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Apple now makes several iPads. You have cheap iPads, mid-range iPads, and small iPads. Apple’s iPad is the #1 tablet you can buy. And there is an iPad for all types of users – from casual (the iPad) to professional/power-users (the iPad Pro). Bottom line? If you want a tablet, an iPad is the only way to go… 

Which iPad Model is Best For You? 

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If you’re struggling to figure out which iPad model to buy, I feel you. Picking the right iPad is tricky for a few reasons. The most notable of which, however, usually comes down to cost – some models are more expensive than others. 

Buying the right iPad for your exact needs all comes down to what you plan on doing with it. If you’re looking for something to work on, so, as a productivity tool, you’ll want to go with the iPad Pro – it’s basically a touchscreen MacBook. 

If you’re a more casual user and just want something for chilling on the sofa with at home, go with the basic iPad model – it is great and packs in more than enough features and performance.

The iPad mini, however, in my opinion, is the odd one out in the lineup. It’s not that much bigger than an iPhone 14 Pro Max and, for the most part, doesn’t really give you that big-screen-tablet-experience which is the number reason why people buy tablets in the first place. 

Sure, if you need something smaller and portable, go for it. Like its bigger stable mates, it packs in plenty of tech and has oodles of performance. But the screen is definitely pretty small for a tablet, so for this reason, most users should probably avoid it. 

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