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

Posted by Jamie on November 7, 2019

Tablets are 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 people and are looking for an upgrade, you’re probably wondering what the newest iPad out right now is.

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 to date. It’s also the best iPad available and has a price tag that matches its Pro status. There are two versions of the iPad Pro, 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, which equates to $100 per inch.

iPad Pro 11″ / iPad Pro 12.9″ Specs

  • Weight: 468g / 631g
  • Dimensions: 9.74″ x 7.02″ x 0.23″ / 11.04″ x 8.46″ x 0.23″
  • Operating System: iPadOS 13
  • Screen size: 11″ / 12.9″
  • Resolution: 2388 x 1668 pixels / 2732 x 2048 pixels
  • Chipset: A12X Bionic
  • Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
  • Battery: 29.37-watt-hour / 36.71-watt-hour
  • Cameras: 12MP rear, 7MP front

The size of the iPad Pro 12.9″ is considerable but so is its power. You could easily replace your desktop or laptop with this tablet, even your phone if you don’t mind carrying it around. With iPadOS 13 delivering excellent performance and the numerous apps offering on-the-go productivity, 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, but aside from the smaller screen and decrease in storage, the performance difference is hardly noticeable (unless you’re playing the latest games, which can sometimes strain the Air).

iPad Air Specs

  • Weight: 456g
  • Dimensions: 9.8″ x 6.8″ x 0.24″
  • Operating System: iPadOS 13
  • Screen size: 10.5-inch
  • Resolution: 2224 x 1668 pixels
  • Chipset: A12 Bionic
  • Storage: 64GB/256GB
  • Battery: 30.2‐watt-hour
  • Cameras: 8MP rear, 7MP front

Reviewers have said battery life is pretty good, even while gaming, so we’ll assume it’s safe to say that battery life is solid. The power of the A12 chipset is superb and even new games have no trouble running at full speed on this modest device.

iPad

The standard iPad got a new update on September 25th, 2019, making it the newest iPad available as of writing. It’s the most popular iPad Apple makes and is probably the only one you’ll need (unless you’re a pro user). It features a 10.2″ screen with excellent color reproduction, fast response times, and bright graphics. The chassis sits nicely in the hand and exhibits Apple’s usual design flair. It’s light, too, at only 483, though not as light as the iPad Air.

iPad Specs

  • Weight: 483g
  • Dimensions: 9.8″ x 6.8″ x 0.29″
  • Operating System: iPadOS 13
  • Screen size: 10.2-inch
  • Resolution: 2160 x 1620 pixels
  • Chipset: A10 Bionic
  • Storage: 32/128GB
  • Cameras: 8MP rear, 1.2MP front

There are hardware compromises over the Air or Pro, such as an older chipset, less storage, and lesser quality cameras. However, compared to the rest of the iPad lineup’s pricing, this tablet is more than up to the challenge, especially with the slick iPadOS 13 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, the screen is top class, and the battery life is supposed to be very decent too.

iPad mini Specs

  • Weight: 304g
  • Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm
  • Operating System: iPadOS 13
  • 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 iPadOS 13 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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