Which iPad to buy in 2019? Tips for your decision making.

The are iPad models for every use case. From the normal iPad 9.7″, which also comes with Apple Pencil (first gen) support, over the iPad mini 5 and the new Air to the two Pro models in 11″ and 12,9″. We will give you some tipps what to look for in an iPad.



When to buy an iPad?


The iPad mini was updated in March 2019 and has Apple Pencil support.


The “normal” iPad 9,7″ got updated in March 2018 and offers Apple Pencil support since then.


The 10.5″ iPad Air was updated in March 2019 and offers Apple Pencil support.


Both iPad Pro models are up to date and the most advanced models. They got updated in October 2018.



We inform you here if it is a good time to buy the product.

green means: up to date
orange means: coming to the end of the product cycle
red means: don’t buy, an update is coming soon









Decision Support for an iPad mini in 2019

The iPad mini 5 has been greatly upgraded by Apple: it comes with an A12 processor (as it is also used in the iPhone Xs) and has got Apple Pencil 1 support in the current version. So it has a lot of processing power, an anti-reflective coating on the display and a good 7 megapixel FaceTime HD camera. This makes it a powerhouse and no longer the cheapest device in the iPad lineup.

iPad mini 4: Compactness costs.

The technically somewhat simpler iPad in 9.7 inch is now the cheapest entry level iPad. The iPad mini is rather a working machine for all those who are looking for a light and portable device on the go that is technically up to date. And that’s the iPad mini without question.



Technical Specifications

iPad mini 4

  • 7,9″ retina display with 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • 64 GB or 256 GB storage space
  • A12 processor and M12 coprocessor
  • Touch ID sensor
  • ac Wifi, 2,4 and 5 GHz
  • 8 Megapixel camera with autofocus
  • integrated stereo speakers
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • cellular models with UMTS and LTE support
  • 7 Megapixel FaceTime HD camera



iPad mini 5 vs. iPad

The cheapest device in the iPad lineup is the iPad 9,7″ with 32 GB memory for almost 350 dollars. The iPad mini 5 comes with at least 64 GB memory. It is 100 dollars more expensive. In return, you not only get twice the memory and the more up-to-date processor, but also an anti-glare display and a better FaceTime HD camera.

So if you want a compact new iPad, you get the latest technology. If you want to save something and prefer a large display, you have to cut back a bit on technology or jump straight to the iPad Air.

Absolutely serious tip: try both and take what appeals to your heart. Both do have Apple Pencil Support.



Decision Support for the “normal” iPad in 2019

Apple’s iPad has a 9.7″ screen and is the founder of a completely new product class. Its current version comes with 2 GB RAM, which makes it very usable as working device. You can open multiple apps simultaneously or handle big pdf documents. It also comes with Apple Pencil support, much so like the iPad Pros. If your budget is limited but you like to draw on an iPad, this is the right device for you.

Support for Apple Pencil.

Apple is now installing the A10 chip in the iPad without name suffix. This makes it the slowest of the lineup. But that’s relative: after all, the processor is also in the iPhone 7 and that’s not really known as slow. Apple rather tried to balance the price/performance of the iPad – and that was well done.



Technical Specifications

iPad mini iPad Air

iPad

  • 32 GB or 128 GB storage space
  • 2 GB RAM
  • A10 processor and M10 coprocessor
  • 8 megapixel camera with autofocus
  • Touch ID sensor
  • ac Wifi
  • 9,7″ display with 2048 x 1536 pixels
  • built in stereo speakers
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • cellular models with UMTS and LTE support



iPad vs. iPad mini 5

The 9,7″ iPad is the cheapest iPad and comes with Apple Pencil Support. It offers the great functionality of an iPad Pro, but at a lower price. It’s no wonder that Apple is promoting this iPad as an ideal machine for learning. It’s fast, affordable and technically up to date.

The iPad mini 5 is technically a bit better with its fully laminated and anti-reflective display and the A12 processor, but is also 100 dollars more expensive. Apple simply did without luxury in the “normal” iPad and still offers good usability and pencil support. But the fact that you don’t get the best selfie camera or the latest processor at this price is to be overlooked with the good overall package.



Decision support for the iPad Air – The big fair priced iPad

The iPad Air is one of the attractive iPads that Apple has in its portfolio. Those who find normal iPad without anti-reflective coating and the processor a few generations behind too economical and who don’t need an iPad Pro can access the iPad Air without hesitation. The display with 10.5″ offers a lot of space, the current A12 so much speed that it should run fast for the next few years. In addition there are 3 GB RAM.

In addition to the inexpensive iPad without name suffix, there are a few very useful things: a laminated display (which not only reflects less but also touches more value), a much better FaceTime camera (very nice if you talk a lot with the family) and a thin and even slightly lighter case that deserves the name Air.

Also included are a display with large color space P3 and True Tone Display. Compared to the good iPad, the iPad Air simply has more to offer in all areas and is more mature. It’s the “normal” iPad in 2019, if your budget is high enough.

Technical Specifications

iPad Air 10,5″

  • 10,5″ Display with 2224 x 1668 pixels
  • 3 GB RAM
  • A12 processor and M12 coprozessor
  • 8 megapixel camera with autofocus
  • True Tone display
  • FaceTime HD camer with 7 megapixels





iPad Air vs. iPad

The two devices are very similar in core, but very different in design. It’s a bit like the difference between first and second class: both bring you to your destination, but during the journey you just do things differently.

The iPad does everything you’ll probably do with it without any problems. You get the work done with it. With the iPad Air you get the work done just a bit more comfortable: the display is a bit bigger, it reflects a bit less, it is faster and has a better selfie camera. It has everything that isn’t absolutely necessary, but makes life a little more pleasant.


Tip: You can currently buy the old iPad Pro 10.5″ at a lower price than the new iPad Air.
Read here why this can be a good alternative.




Decision support for the iPad Pro – The High Tech Tablet

Apple’s iPad Pro is available in 11″ as well as in 12.9 inch diagonal. It is currently Apple’s fastest and newest tablet thanks to the A12X processor. Anyone who pays attention will have noticed that the 2019 models iPad mini and iPad have an A12, but no A12X processor. This one is even faster.

With the Pro models, we already have the iPad Air a TrueTone display with anti-reflective coating, but we are again adding ProMotion technology to the picture quality. This means nothing else than that the frame rate is 120 Hz instead of 60 Hz, so that movements look much more harmonious.

Four speakers, true tone display, smart connector

And what’s more, the devices come with four speakers, which means that even if you hold the iPad Pro horizontally, a stereo feeling is possible because there are always two speakers on the right side.

Of course, the iPad Pro Apple Pencil also offers input options, this time in the 2nd generation. Please note that the Pencil versions are not interchangeable. So you cannot use an Apple Pencil 1 with an iPad Pro and vice versa. Also different: the iPad Pros come with USB-C instead of Lightningport and completely without audio jack.



Technical Specifications

iPad Pro 11″

  • 11″ display with 2388 x 1668 pixels
  • 12 Megapixel camera with autofocus
  • FaceTime HD camera with 7 megapixels


iPad Pro 12,9″ 2

  • 12,9″ display with 2732 x 2048 pixels
  • 12 Megapixel camera with autofocus
  • FaceTime HD camera with 7 megapixels


Identical for both models:

  • True Tone display
  • True Tone flash
  • 64 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB storage space
  • A12X processor and M12 coprocessor
  • four integrated speakers
  • ac and n Wifi with 2,4 and 5 GHz
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • cellular models with UMTS and LTE support
  • new smart connector for accessories
  • Touch ID sensor



iPad Pro vs. iPad Air

As the technical specifications show, the iPad Pro is the peak of the current possible technology. Especially the true tone displays are highlights. The four built-in speakers, which offer stereo sound in every orientation, are another great feature.

If you don’t need all this, you choice can be an also excellent 9.7″ iPad. If you appreciate an nearly perfect display, an amazing sound and the possibility to connect an external keyboard via smart connector, you should buy the iPad Pro.



Where to buy the iPad?

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