iPad History

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While I’m writing this article, the history of Apple iPads is already 11 years old. With 24 iPads being released and loved by millions worldwide, the history is rich enough to walk through. Having said that, let’s start off with the most recent chapter, the iPad Mini 6.

Devices

Release Date

Current Status

Display Size (inch)

Featured Processor

iPad Mini 6

24-09-2021

Available

8.3

Apple A15

iPad 9

24-09-2021

Available

10.2

Apple A13

M1 iPad Pro 5

21-05-2021

Available

12.9, 11

Apple M1

iPad Air 4

23-10-2020

Available

10.3

Apple A14

iPad 8

18-09-2020

Discontinued on 14-09-2021

10.2

Apple A12

iPad Pro 4

25-03-2020

Discontinued on 20-04-2021

12.9, 11

Apple A12Z

iPad 7

25-09-2019

Discontinued on 15-09-2020

10.2

Apple A10

iPad Mini 5

18-03-2019

Discontinued on 14-09-2021

7.9

Apple A12

iPad Air 3

18-03-2019

Discontinued on 15-09-2020

10.5

Apple A12

iPad Pro 3

07-11-2-18

Discontinued on 18-03-2020

12.9, 11

Apple A12X

iPad 6

27-03-2018

Discontinued on 10-09-2019

9.7

Apple A10

iPad Pro 2

13-06-2017

Discontinued on 30-10-2018 (12.9 model) 18-03-2019 (10.5 model)

12.9, 10.5

Apple 10X

iPad 5

24-03-2017

Discontinued on 27-03-2018

9.7

Apple A9

iPad Pro 1 (9.7)

31-03-2016

Discontinued on 15-07-2017

9.7

Apple A9X

iPad Pro 1 (12.9)

11-11-2015

Discontinued on 15-07-2017

12.9

Apple A9X

iPad Mini 4

09-09-2015

Discontinued on 18-03-2019

7.9

Apple A8

iPad Mini 3

22-10-2014

Discontinued on 09-09-2015

7.9

Apple A7

iPad Air 2

22-10-2014

Discontinued on 21-03-2017

9.7

Apple A8X

iPad Mini 2

12-11-2013

Discontinued on 21-03-2017

7.9

Apple A7

iPad Air 1

01-11-2013

Discontinued on 21-03-2016

9.7

Apple A7

iPad Mini 1

02-11-2012

Discontinued on 19-06-2015

7.9

Apple A5R2

iPad 4

02-11-12

Discontinued on 16-10-2014

9.7

Apple A6X

iPad 3

16-03-2012

Discontinued on 23-10-2012

9.7

Apple A5X

iPad 2

11-03-2011

Discontinued on 18-03-2014

9.7

Apple A5

iPad 1

03-04-2010

Discontinued on 02-03-2011

9.7

Apple A4

iPad Mini 6 (2021)

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Release Date: 24-09-21

Released on 24th September 2021, the 6th generation iPad Mini is the most recent installment. The iPad Mini 6 can be introduced as a device that highlights Apple’s changing focus on small-screen tablets and transforming them into a premium powerhouse. The device with slimmer bezels looks fantastic and is ready to appeal to the masses.

Featuring an 8.3-inch display that operates at an impressive resolution of 2266 x 1488 pixels alongside a pixel density of 326ppi, iPad Mini 6 is meant to deliver a crisp experience. You’ll also find the robust A15 Bionic chipset that comprises a six-core CPU, five-core GPU together with a 16-core Neural Engine, which is enough for providing a stellar performance while gaming and working. The device further bags an updated 12MP camera that is promising for regular video chats.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Bigger display with fewer bezels.
  • Processor upgrade from A12 to A15 Bionic chip.
  • Both the cameras are upgraded to 12 MP
  • Introduction of 4K shooting ability.

iPad 9 (2021)

Release Date: 24-09-21

Alongside the iPad Mini 6, the 9th generation iPad was also introduced to the masses on 24th September 2021. Although it brings back the same old design, the iPad 9 successfully delivers better performance, longer battery life, and a next-level viewing experience.

The tablet comes with a 10.2-inch display operating at 2,160 x 1,620-pixel resolution. The setup is pretty similar to what the previous model had provided, but with the addition of a brilliant feature called True Tone. The 9th gen iPad is powered by an A13 Bionic chip, which can juggle any workload with ease. It might be one of Apple’s entry-level tablets; the endurance capability is just exceptional. 

The battery is one section that stands out the most.  Running for around 12 hours straight, it is safe to say that the device is a marathon runner in its class. The camera is another section that saw a significant update from the predecessor. While the eighth-generation iPad had a disappointing 1.2MP front-facing camera, the iPad 9’s selfie cam is a more enhanced 12MP, f/2.4 lens setup alongside the new Center Stage feature.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • True tone display
  • Processor upgrade from A12 Bionic to A13 Bionic.
  • Storage capacity to up to 256 GB.
  • Camera improvements.

M1 iPad Pro 5 (2021)

Release Date: 21-05-21

The M1 iPad Pro 5 is the latest installment in the flagship line of professional models. With the announcement on 21st April 2021, the device started creating a buzz all around, mainly for what Apple promised to offer. It was then released a month later, on 21st May, and stood firm as one of the most potent iPads of all time. To put it in simple words, the 2021 edition of the iPad Pro is as powerful as any Mac, with top-notch potential and underlying capabilities.

As usual with the iPad Pro models, the 5th Gen device also features two variants, one scaling to 11-inches and the other to 12.9. The device bags a resolution of 2,732-by-2,048-pixel and operates at a refresh rate of 120Hz. Alongside low reflectivity, optimum brightness, and accurate color production, the XDR display on the 12.9-inch variant is sure to offer a new vision.

However, one thing that lists the 2021 iPad Pro as one of the most robust tablets is the processor. Introducing Apple’s M1 chipset for the very first time, the performance is flawless. With the benchmarks scores sitting exactly like Apple’s M1 Macs, you know what I’m talking about. Above that, the rear end of the iPad Pro bags a 12-megapixel, f/1.8 primary camera and also a 10MP, f/2.4 wide-angle camera, together with a LiDAR depth sensor. Talking about the front end, you’ll get a 12MP, 122-degree wide-angle camera, which is an upgrade from the 7MP setup on last year’s models.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

 

  • Introduction of super powerful M1 chipset.
  • Thunderbolt 4.
  • 12 MP TrueDepth camera.
  • Storage capacity to up to 2 TB.

iPad Air 4 (2020)

Release Date: 23-10-20

Scaling at 10.9-inch, the 4th generation iPad Air is the most updated variant so far. Released on 23rd October 2020, the device is indeed a very well-crafted tablet that piles upon the flaws of the last-gen versions in many ways. To be straightforward, the 4th Gen iPad Air doesn’t bring anything new or revolutionary to the table; however, one thing that it does great is making a lot of iPad Pro exclusive features trickle down to something more affordable.

There is nothing much to talk about the design of iPad Air as it seems like sitting under the same roof with the iPad Pro range. However, there is no denying the fact that the iPad Air 4 feels more premium and elegant when compared to the iPad Air 3. The tablet features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with an impressive resolution of 2360 x 1640, which nearly equates to 264 pixels per inch. Besides the display and design, the iPad Air 4 packs impressive performance capabilities with some of the latest internals. With the robust A14 chipset powering the 4th generation Air product, you’ll find your device to be working phenomenally well, whether it is about opening apps or handling multiple tasks at the same time.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display.
  • A14 Bionic chipset.
  • Availability of USB-C.
  • Compatibility with the second generation Apple Pencil.

iPad 8 (2020)

Release Date: 18-09-21

It was 18th September 2020 when Apple released the 8th generation iPad featuring an A12 Bionic chipset. Talking about the basic design, there is nothing new. In other words, the aesthetics definitely makes the 8th generation iPad look like it is a little bit behind the times. However, a touch better processor kept the iPad in the game and listed it as a promising option for anyone looking to own an excellent yet affordable tablet.

The 2020 released iPad’s 10.2-inch display with an impressive 2160-by-1620 resolution still feels pretty good. From being sharp and bright at the same time alongside good color balance, the viewing experience is magnificent. Undoubtedly it resembles aging, but the 8th generation iPad is quick. As already mentioned, the device features the A12 Bionic chip. The processor runs at 2.5GHz, which is capable of providing 40% more CPU performance. Besides, the iPad 8 offers a full 2x increase in graphics performance altogether. With a score of around 1114 for a single-core CPU, the device is way better than the A10 Fusion-based 7th generation iPad.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • 40% faster CPU with A12 Bionic chipset featuring Neural Engine.

iPad Pro 4 (2020)

Release Date: 25-03-20

The Apple iPad industry started the year 2020 with the release of the 4th generation iPad Pro. Coming out on 25th March, the 2020 iPad Pro marked the beginning of powerful tablets that intended to narrow down the ever-existing gap between tablets and laptops. Offering the capability to seamlessly render and run even the high-end apps, the 4th generation iPad Pro is meant to perform more and disappoint less.

The iPad Pro 2020 features a sleek, well-designed tablet that offers a premium feel altogether. The super impressive IPS LCD is massive and efficient at the same time. The display setup is pretty dense, featuring a Quad HD (2732 x 2048) resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. Further, the 4th Gen iPad Pro display shelters a bright, beautiful screen that is a boon for seamless viewing. 

The 2020 iPad Pro is home to an A12Z Bionic chipset, which is genuinely nothing to sneeze at. Powered with 6 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, the device ensures to deal with heavy end tasks effortlessly. The camera setup is also promising as it brings a 12MP f/1.8 main for taking good photos. Apart from that, there also exists a 10MP f/2.4 ultra-wide camera for other utilities.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Improved camera setup with 12 MP wide and 10 MO ultra-wide LiDAR rear cameras.
  • CPU upgrade from A12X Bionic to A12Z Bionic for better performance.

iPad 7 (2019)

Release Date: 25-09-2019

The 10.2-inch iPad Apple, released on 25th September 2019, came as a replacement for the 2018-launched 9.7-inch iPad. Although the device was not significantly different from its predecessor, the 7th-gen iPad was reasonably-priced and featured a comparatively bigger screen, enhanced RAM, and the support for Magic Keyboard. 

Offering a 10.9-inch display operating at a resolution of 2160 x 1620  pixels, Apple tricked to increase the LCD’s resolution while keeping the pixel density the same as its predecessors. Shifting our attention to the performance section, the device contains the A10 Fusion chipset, which powers the iPhone 7 and also the 7th Gen iPod touch. However, the increase in memory from 2 GB to 3 GB of RAM enhances the performance to some extent. The 2019 iPad 7 bags an unchanged 8MP rear camera, and there also exists a 1.2MP selfie camera that I’m afraid is the weakest link.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Introduction of smart connector.
  • Bigger screen size, scaling to 10.2-inches, which was previously limited to 9.7-inch.
  • Improved display resolution, 2160 x 1620 pixels.

iPad Mini 5 (2019)

Release Date: 18-03-2019

The iPad Mini 5, released on 18th March 2019, came out four years after the previous installment. It can be introduced as one of the most powerful small-sized tablets of 2019. It featured a bright 7.9-inch display that was configured to work seamlessly with the Apple Pencil. Apart from that, the chipset used was also promising enough to smoke the performance section. Everything about the iPad Mini 5 makes it hard not to fall in love with the charming little tab.

The design of the 5th installment in the iPad Mini series sadly remained the same; however, some recognizable features made it worth every penny. Right from the 7.9-inch screen size that featured a Touch ID Home button to Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset for looking after multiple tasks at the same time, the iPad Mini 5 stood firm as a super-efficient device. Apple also did calculations and updated the overall camera setup, alongside adding compatibility for the Apple Pencil.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Processor upgrade from the Apple A8 chip to A12 Bionic chip.
  • Change in storage capacities.
  • Highly improved selfie camera (7 MP, 1080p video)
  • True Tone display
  • Compatibility with Apple Pencil

iPad Air 3 (2019)

Release Date: 18-03-2019

The 2019 Apple iPad Air was the third installment in the Air series. Released on 18th March, the 10.5-inch device seemed to sit under the same roof alongside the iPad Pros of that period, lacking some features like Face ID, Type C port, uniform bezels, and more. The device, however, bags serious horsepower, which hides behind the bright laminated screen and is capable of offering productivity like never before.

Featuring a 10.5-inch Retina display operating at a resolution of 1668 x 2224 pixels, the iPad Air 3 starts on a great note. The display featured True Tone elements and an anti-reflective coating, which drives the viewing experience to something pleasing. The device is equipped with the A12 Bionic chipset from Apple, the same robust setup used in iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The overall performance concludes to better speed for heavy apps and seamless multitasking. 

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Apple A12 Bionic chipset.
  • 10.5-inch display.
  • Improved resolution, 2224 x 1668 pixels.
  • Enhanced front facing camera (7MP, f/2.2 aperture)

iPad Pro 3 (2018)

Release Date: 07-11-2018

7th November 2018 was the first time when Apple started introducing an 11-inch iPad Pro alongside the usual 12.9-inch variants. The iPad Pro 11-inch was an excellent addition that easily climbed its way up to being the tablet Apple ever made. Everything was designed to meet the need of professionals, even for those who’re along the creative lines of work. 

Featuring a Liquid Retina display producing images at 2388 x 1668 resolution, the overall viewing experience was just unique. The device was also compatible with Apple Pencil 2, making it a more promising option. Bagging the A12X Bionic processor, the 1TB model, and an improved camera setup, the 11-inch model, was a genuine upgrade from the 10,5-inch predecessor.

Talking about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, there were some significant changes too. Whether we talk about the reductions in footprint despite offering or the introduction of the Liquid Retina display, everything was meant to conclude towards a better beginning. The powerful A12X Bionic chip was also introduced with the massive 1 TB storage option.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Introduction of the 11-inch variants alongside the already existing 12.9-inch models.
  • Liquid Retina edge to edge display.
  • A12X Bionic chip with 64-bit structure.
  • Storage options to up to 1 TB.
  • Improved front camera.

iPad 6 (2018)

Release Date: 27-03-2018

The successor to the 2017 model was the last 9.7-inch iPad to ever release. Released on 27th March 2018, the 6th generation iPad seemed to compete with the overall design of the 2014 launched iPad Air 2. Sadly, the device missed a number of promising elements that included the laminated display, Smart connectors, True Tone, and more. Luckily though, the support for the first generation Apple Pencil was added, and it made quite a bit of difference. 

The iPad 6 came out with a bright screen that offered a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. Thanks to the pixel density of 264ppi, it felt like no efforts had been made in a number of years. On the better side, the device sheltered a perfectly acceptable battery whose performance is equivalent to even the premium iPad Pro.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Chipset upgrade, from A9 to A10 Fusion
  • GPU enhancement.

iPad Pro 2 (2017)

Release Date: 13-06-2017

The 10.5-inch and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro made an appearance at the WWDC in 2017, and the devices were released on 13th June. While the smaller variant saw a spec and design update, the 12.9-inch went under the hood with the same design. Talking about the iPad Pro 10.5, it was introduced with a 20 percent larger display. Apart from that, the design embedded a 40% reduction in bezels as well. Powered by the A10X Fusion processor, a one-step upgrade from its predecessor, the device was a powerhouse at that time.  Accompanied by the M10 motion coprocessor, the iPad Pro 2017 seamlessly rendered everyday tasks. The device also featured multiple storage options that included 64 GB, 256 GB, and 512 GB.

Although the Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch saw no update in the design, several internal upgrades went through for promising causes. The A9X chip was replaced by the A10X Fusion processor, which was also found in the 10.5-inch model. The 2017 iPad Pro marked a better camera setup that featured a 12MP sensor, optical image stabilization on the back, and a 7MP front-facing sensor.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • A comparatively better display.
  • Ability to operate at 120Hz refresh rate.
  • 10.5-inch screen, replacing the initial 9.7-inch model.
  • A10X Fusion chipset for better performance.
  • Improved camera setup (12 MP rear, 7 MP selfie)

iPad 5 (2017)

Release Date: 24-03-2017

The iPad 5 silently appeared into the tablet market in the latter half of March 2017, 24th to be precise. The device is pretty different from the previously launched iPad Air 3 and iPad Pro 2. Although a successor on paper, the device didn’t seem to be a sequel to the 2012 iPad 4. In simple words, the 2017 9.7-inch iPad was more like an amalgam of everything that Apple tablets had seen before. 

Talking about the design, iPad 5 had a look similar to the iPad Air 2, just a little bit on the thicker end. The device sheltered the same “retina” density, which featured in the previous-generation 9.7-inch iPads, that were released back in 2012.  The resolution was marked 2048×1536 pixels alongside 264 pixels-per-inch (PPI). Inside the iPad 5, Apple embedded the A9 SoC, and the same was with an integrated M9 motion coprocessor powered by 2 GB of RAM for better performance.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Processor upgrade, Apple A9 Soc
  • Storage options were limited down to just 32 GB and 128 GB.

iPad Pro 1 9.7-inch (2016)

Release Date: 31-03-2016

Soon after the release of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the smaller variant that measured 9.7-inched came into the scene on 31st March 2016. Although it was assumed to succeed the iPad Air 2, the device eventually got listed among the pro-variants.  Offering the slim aluminum build that ran all throughout, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro was indeed a premium option to own. The device also marked the beginning of a new color option named rose gold.

With a remarkable 2048 x 1536 resolution optimized to work at 264 pixels per inch, the viewing experience was already sorted. However, Apple moved a step ahead and toggled the color gamut to make sure that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro gifts users a 25% greater color saturation as compared to the iPad Air 2. The performance was given charge to Apple’s A9X SOC, which again included the integrated  M9 motion co-processor aligned with 2 GB of RAM.

iPad Pro 1 12.9-inch (2015)

Release Date: 11-11-2015

It was 11th November 2015 when Apple landed the first-ever iPad Pro. Scaling to 12.9-inches, the device started the revolution of flagships in line with professional tablet models. The prime highlight was indeed the massive 12.9-inch display that featured a total of 5.6 million pixels. Other promising specifications that made it rule the tablet market for years included the four-speaker audio setup, an A9X chipset, powered with 4GB of RAM, and more. Everything is meant to provide performance that is near about 1.8x faster than what the iPad Air 2 is capable of.

iPad Mini 4 (2015)

Release Date: 09-09-2015

The successor of the iPad Mini 3, the 4th Gen iPad Mini, came out on 9th September 2015. The iPad Mini 4 is undoubtedly among the best smaller tablet from the house of Apple that sits pretty friendly with everyone’s budget as well. Many would rather say that the device was just the Apple iPad Mini 2 with some features and looks, but overall the Mini 4 deserves better credit.

The prime upgrade was, of course, the chipset that featured an A8 processor alongside an M8 motion coprocessor. Talking about the screen, it features a 7.9-inch display that operates at 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution.  Apart from that, the design and the camera setup are similar to what you get with other previous Minis.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Thinner build
  • It favors the Apple A8 processor for enhanced performance.
  • The 5 MP camera was replaced by the 8 MP shooter that too with a wide aperture.

iPad Mini 3 (2014)

Release Date: 22-10-2014

The third installation in Apple’s iPad Mini series, released on  22nd October 2014, is nothing more than a minor upgrade from its predecessor. As compared to what Apple has provided in the previous years, the Mini 3 was just the same tablet with Touch ID and a new color to look at.

From the dimension of  200 x 134.7 x 7.5 mm and 331g to the Apple A7 chipset, from the battery life, storage option to the 7.9-inch display working at 1,536 x 2,048 resolution, it is just a recreation.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Improved display resolution.
  • Integration of Touch ID home button.

iPad Air 2 (2014)

Release Date: 21-03-2014

21st March 2014, and Apple’s 2nd generation iPad Air was up and running. All thanks to the slim fit design that got its dimension reduced down compared to the 1sy Gen iPad Air, 2014 released soon became famous as the thinnest tablet one could own at the time. 

Whether we talk about the 9.7-inch size or the 1,536 x 2,048 resolution, it is hard to distinguish the successor from the predecessor. However, the iPad Air 2 marked the introduction of an anti-reflective coating. Alongside that, the chipset upgrade to Apple A8X was the most considerable talk of that period. Apart from that, the Touch ID feature was something new with the iPad Air 2 as well.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Comparatively, thinner build.
  • Processor switch from A7 to A8X
  • Integration with M8 Motion coprocessor.
  • Introduction of Touch ID for Apple Pay

iPad Mini 2 (2013)

Release Date: 12-11-2013

12th November 2013, and Apple was ready with the second-generation iPad Mini. The device was flawless in several ways. Whether it be the rich app catalog or the premium built, the Mini 2 was the real deal. The only disappointing thing, though, was the price.

Holding on to the same design, Apple managed to improve the display resolution from 1024 x 768 to 2048 x 1536. The iPad Mini 2 also featured the Apple A7 chipset, which formed the heart of the first-ever Apple iPad Air. Other upgrades of the device from its predecessor included the addition of a 128 GB storage option.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Featured the A7 chipset.
  • Improved display resolution, from 1024 x 768 to 2048 x 1536.
  • Addition of 128 GB storage option.
  • Better battery life.

iPad Air 1 (2013)

Release Date: 01-11-2013

Listed among the oldest tablets from Apple, 2013 released iPad Air is the first installment. Weighing just around 469gm and offering a 9.7-inch display, the device created a considerable buzz among tech enthusiasts.

The iPad Air 1 was a device that was efficient enough to stunningly launch and render pretty much anything from the App Store, and this was made possible due to the presence of the Apple A7 chipset. The heart o the device featured 64-bit architecture that made it capable of faster working. Moreover, the device’s LED-backlit MultiTouch Retina display operating at 2048×1536 resolution and at 264 pixels per inch was one of the most loved features of that time.

iPad Mini 1 (2012)

Release Date: 02-11-2012

The very first iPad Mini came to the scene alongside iPad 4 on 2nd November 2012. Just by the name, Apple made it clear that the tablet would focus more on a diminished size, and the dimensions justified the same. The device measuring 200 x 134.7 x 7.2 mm and weighing somewhere around 308g was considerably smaller and lighter. The very first iPad Mini bagged a 7.9-inch display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. The responsibility of the performance sector was on the shoulders of Apple’s A5R2 processor and was genuinely promising to deal with everyday tasks.

iPad 4 (2012)

Release Date: 02-11-2012

Dated 2nd November 2012 and Apple made a big announcement revealing the 4th iPad alongside the first-ever iPad Mini in the same year when the 3rd generation iPad was released. Sadly, nothing major was new to be excited about. From the same 9.7-inch Retina display to the overall metal build, almost everything sat similar, even the weight. But the new device marked the end of the 30-pin dock connector, and the era of Lightning was initiated.

The 4th generation iPad further bagged the new A6X processor, which was promised to be at least 2x faster than A5X used in the iPad 3. The support for dual-band Wi-Fi, a front-facing camera, and a few other features were also added. The Retina display with a 2048 x 1536 resolution remained the same.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Upgraded front facing camera, from 0.3 MP to 1.2 MP HD
  • A6X chipset for double performance.
  • Introduction of the Lightning connector.

iPad 3 (2012)

Release Date: 16-03-2012

With an improved screen technology known as the Apple Retina Display, the 3rd generation iPad was launched on 16th March 2012. Sadly, like most of the iPad, the design remained the same; however, the new display technology stamped the beginning of an era when the tablet users finally started to live everything on screen in detail. Overall the iPad 3 is an evolutionary product that could have been revolutionary.

Alongside the new improvised display, Apple made sure to tune the performance and take it to the next level. For that very reason, the A5X chip was introduced, and the graphics processor was also upgraded to quad-core. In addition to that, the iPad 3 saw an improvement in camera resolution. While the predecessor was limited to 1 MP, the 3rd Gen iPad brought the 5-megapixels setup. 

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Improved rear camera.
  • Improvised CPU.
  • Higher screen resolution
  • Improved display pixel density.
  • Enhanced RAM

iPad 2 (2011)

Release Date: 11-03-2011

The 2nd Generation iPad, popularly known as iPad 2, appeared on the scene a year after the first-ever iPad (11th March 2011). The device iPad is nearly identical to its predecessor when we talk about the software. For the hardware section, the word improved is more suitable.

The major difference between the 1st Gen and the 2nd Gen iPad is, of course, the 33% slimmer body. Another notable improvement is the introduction of the dual-core A5 chip. The CPU is meant to speed things up and work at a rate that is twice as efficient as its predecessor. The iPad 2’s display, as already mentioned, is similar to iPad 1. Talking about the numbers, the resolution operates at 1024 x 768 pixels while it measures 9.7-inch diagonally.

Major Updates as Compared to the Predecessor:

  • Introduction of shooting options.
  • Better CPU alongside higher RAM for enhanced performance.

iPad 1 (2010)

Release Date: 03-04-2010

3rd April 2010, the day when Apple started writing its name on the history of the tablet industry. Offering a premium aluminum build together with square edges, the new tablet started was on its way to making headlines. The device is the rood that broke the entirely new class of computers in the tech atmosphere.

The majority of the device’s section was taken by the 9.7-inch screen operating at 1024 x 768-pixel resolution. The screen was super capacitive, LED-backlit, and was surrounded by a premium-looking glossy black bezel. The 1st generation iPad featured 1GHz A4 SOC, a single Cortex A8 core chipset coupled with an impressive PowerVR SGX GPU. With variable storage options of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and brilliant 10-hour battery life, the iPad 1 was loved by the bulk.

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