What is the Newest iPad Out Right Now?[June 2019]

Posted by Jamie on June 10, 2019

The tablet is synonymous with iPad. Apple has been so influential in the tablet market that many people swap the names around interchangeably. For some, there is only iPad and other tablets don’t even exist. If you’re one of these and are looking for an upgrade, what is the newest iPad out right now?

You have a few iPads to choose from in 2019. The iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad and iPad Mini. All offer something a little different.

iPad Pro 12.9

The iPad Pro is the newest iPad. It is also the best and most expensive. There are two versions, the iPad Pro 11 with an 11 inch screen and the iPad Pro 12.9 with, you guessed it, a 12.9 inch screen. Of the two, the larger screen wins out every time. It’s a full Retina screen with awesome color reproduction, excellent clarity and superb detail. The 12.9 is $200 more expensive than the 11, so that’s $100 per inch in real terms.

  • Weight: 632g
  • Dimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9 mm
  • Operating System: iOS 12
  • Screen size: 12.9-inch
  • Resolution: 2048 x 2732 pixels
  • Chipset: A12X Bionic
  • Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
  • Battery: 9,720mAh
  • Cameras: 12MP rear 7MP front

The size of the iPad Pro 12.9 is considerable but so it’s the power. You could easily replace your desktop or laptop with this, your phone even if you don’t mind carrying it around. With iOS 12 delivering excellent performance and the numerous apps offering productivity too, it’s well worth checking out. Battery life may be a challenge with heavy use but you can’t have everything!

iPad Air

The iPad Air sits between the standard iPad and the Pro. It’s a small, light tablet with a decent amount of power for its size. The 10.5 inch Retina screen works very well, has excellent clarity and is suitable for work or play. It is significantly cheaper than the iPad Pro and aside from the smaller screen and potentially less storage, the performance difference is hardly noticeable in anything less than the newest games.

  • Weight: 456g
  • Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 mm
  • Operating System: iOS 12
  • Screen size: 10.5-inch
  • Resolution: 1668 x 2224 pixels
  • Chipset: A12 Bionic
  • Storage: 64GB/256GB
  • Cameras: 8MP rear 7MP front

Apple hasn’t provided the specs for the battery but reviewers have said battery life is pretty good even when gaming so we will have to go with that. Aside from the battery, the power of the A12 chipset is superb and even new games have no trouble running at full speed on this modest device.


The standard iPad was released in 2018 so is not the newest iPad. It is the most popular with most people though so is worth featuring here. The 9.7 inch screen is as good as you would expect with excellent color reproduction, fast response and bright graphics. The chassis sits nicely in the hand and exhibits Apple’s usual design flair. It’s light too at only 469g making it easy to hold for long periods.

  • Weight: 469g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm
  • Operating System: iOS 12
  • Screen size: 9.7-inch
  • Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Chipset: A10 Bionic
  • Storage: 32/128GB
  • Cameras: 8MP rear 1.2MP front

There are hardware compromises over the Air or Pro with an older chipset, less storage and lower quality cameras. However, compared to its contemporaries, at the price it is at, this tablet is more than up to the challenge, especially with the slick iOS 12 driving the experience.

iPad mini

The iPad mini is a newer iPad, having been released this year. It’s a small device with a 7.9 inch screen and fits nicely into the hand. If portability is important and you definitely want a tablet over a phone, you could do worse than buy an iPad mini. The build quality is excellent, screen is top class and battery life is supposed to be very decent too.

  • Weight: 304g
  • Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm
  • Operating System: iOS 12
  • Screen size: 7.9-inch
  • Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Chipset: A12 Bionic
  • Storage: 64GB/256GB
  • Battery: 5,124mAh
  • Cameras: 8MP rear 7MP front

The iPad mini is only slightly larger than a phone so will work for some but not others. With some decent hardware including Apple’s newest A12 chipset, the mini has power aplenty. With iOS 12 providing the usability, a decent battery, superb Retina screen and these modest dimensions it’s hard to fault the iPad mini.

Which iPad should you buy?

For once, the decision on what Apple device to buy is very straightforward. If you want power and aren’t concerned with price, nothing compares to the iPad Pro. If budget is an issue but you don’t want to compromise too much, the iPad Air is a solid bet. The iPad is all tablets to all people and sits firmly in the middle ground. The iPad mini is ideal for those who want something larger than a phone with Apple Pencil compatibility.

All but the iPad mini will work with Apple’s Smart Keyboard Cover so you’re covered there too.

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