The iPad is a touchscreen device that runs on the iPad OS operating system. On iPad, you can browse the internet, indulge in movies and TV shows, take handwritten notes, sketch, and draw. Stay connected through emails, scan and print documents, enjoy immersive video games, groove to your favorite music, and participate in video calls and much more.
A lot of things you can do on a laptop and a smartphone you can also do on an iPad. What sets iPads apart is their ability to use Apple Pencil on the touchscreen to take handwritten notes or draw.
iPads come in different sizes. The smallest iPad is 7.9 inches small, and the biggest iPad is 12.9 inches big. iPads are about the size of a book. You can control it by tapping, swiping, and scrolling on the touchscreen.
In this article, I will go through iPad components, iPad Models, technical specifications, accessories, and and answer some of the most common questions
iPads’ essential components are the body, touchscreen, camera, volume buttons, and ports. It’s worth noting that newer iPad models have evolved beyond the traditional home button design, adapting to a button-less interface
There are 4 iPad models: iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro. Each of these models has multiple generations and comes in different sizes. With each release, they are updated with new specifications and features.
- iPad offers a balance of performance and affordability. Ideal for everyday tasks and entertainment.
- iPad Mini is a compact, lightweight, and capable device, perfect for those on the go.
- iPad Air has a sleek design with enhanced performance. It’s well-balanced with power and portability for users needing more performance.
- iPad Pro is Apple’s flagship tablet with high-performance hardware and a Liquid Retina display. It’s the best choice for professionals and digital artists.
Each iPad model has different specifications; even for the same models, you can choose different specifications like storage capacity and cellular connectivity.
iPads usually consist of these specs:
Operating System – all iPads will have iPadOS, but older iPads will no longer be capable of upgrading to the latest iPadOS. Usually, Apple supports iPads for 5-6 years.
Display Size – iPads are from 7.9 inches to 12.9 inches big. Even the same models come in different sizes, e.g., you can buy an iPad Pro 11 inches or an iPad Pro 12.9 inches.
Display Types – Most iPads have LCD screen tech, but not all displays are the same. There are iPads with Retina Display, Liquid Retina Display, and Liquid Retina XDR Display. The iPad Pro models also have 120hz ProMotion technology. Pixel resolution, PPI density, and refresh rate will depend on the iPad model.
Chipset(SoC) – each iPad model has a different chipset. With each new iPad generation, it’s upgraded to a newer generation to improve performance. There are chips like M1, M2, A13 Bionic, A14 Bionic, A15 Bionic.
Cameras – iPad cameras come with different megapixels (MP) and lens configurations, with the iPad Pro featuring a more advanced camera system, including ultrawide lenses, offering enhanced capabilities for photography and videography compared to standard iPad models.
Ports – all the latest iPads are equipped with USB Type-C Ports, but older iPads used to have Lightning ports. iPad Pro models have support for Thunderbolt USB-C.
Cellular – When purchasing an iPad, you have the option to choose between WiFi-only or WiFi+LTE models, with the latter option increasing the overall price. It’s worth noting that all the latest iPads are compatible with 5G cellular networks. You can choose between nano-SIM or eSIM.
Storage & RAM – iPads offer various storage and RAM capacities, with prices increasing for higher storage options. The latest iPad models typically start with 64GB of storage, reaching up to an impressive 2TB. RAM configurations range from 4GB to 16GB.
Battery – iPad models have different sizes of batteries, but due to the well-balanced hardware and software, all iPads are capable of around 10 hours of battery life.
- Stylus/Apple Pencil – Allows you to draw, sketch, navigate, and take handwritten notes on your iPad.
- Keyboard – Allows you to type faster on iPad. Turns your iPad into a laptop, sort of. There an official iPad keyboard from Apple, called Magic Keyboard.
- Cases & Covers – Protects from scratches, smudges, fingerprints and even drops. There are different types of cases from different materials and for different use cases.
- Screen Protectors – Protects from glare, smudges, fingerprints, and scratches and makes your iPad feel like paper when you are using Apple Pencil.
- Stands – An iPad accessory that holds your iPad securely, giving you a hands-free experience. Often referred to as iPad holders. There are even specific stands for beds, desks, etc.
- Sleeves – Protective cover, where to keep your iPad when you re not using it.
- Powerbanks – Portable external battery solutions designed to charge iPads on the go.
- Trackpads – input devices that enable users to navigate and interact with their iPads using cursor-like control. Regular mouse alternative.
- USB-C Hubs – Allows you to connect multiple accessories to an iPad at the same time. Like keyboards, mice, SD cards, microSD cards, monitors, etc. Gives the iPad more ports like USB-A, HDMI, headphone jack, etc.
- Headphones/Earbuds – iPads have great audio, but headphones can give you that noise cancellation.
- External Hard Drives – You can connect external hard drives and thumb drives and keep files there. You can watch movies from external hard drives to iPad and check files and documents.
Are iPads Tablets?
Yes, iPads are tablets, and they are the most popular tablet computers in the world. Just like iPhones are smartphones, iPads are tablets.
Differences Between iPads and Tablets
iPads run the iPadOS operating system, and other tablets run, depending on the manufacturers, Android, ChromeOS, FireOS, Windows, etc.
- iPads have longer OS support than other devices.
- iPads offer exclusive apps that are not available on other ecosystems.
- iPads are easier to use for all generations of people.
- iPads are more consistent in comparison to other tablets. This means they don’t change sizes and dimensions that often, and you can use older accessories with newer iPads.
I'm a writer and editor in iPads & Android Tablets, Windows Tablet section. I'm passionate about technology, especially about tablets. I'm on a mission to assist people in discovering their ideal tablets. In addition, I'm dedicated to producing helpful how-to guides and sharing top-notch tips and tricks. In my early carrier I founded and became and editor at worldoftablet and have been a guest author at many other tech blogs. In wolfoftablet I'm focusing on iPads, Tablets, Apple Pencil, Apps, Reviews, Buyers Guides and Tablet Accessories. In free time I like to play games on my PS5 or iOS.