Which iPad is Right for You?

Apple recently launched its new iPad line-up this month with upgraded specs, new hardware designs with some surprisingly affordable prices. But with all of these new choices which one works best for your day-to-day usage?

I’ll be helping you break it all down and help you make a purchasing decision!

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Apple unveils all-new Fall 2020 iPad line-up during their virtual Apple Event | Photo by Apple

Listen before we begin I would like to say if you have recently purchased the latest iPad Pro 11-inch there are still some exclusive features only on these devices like Face ID, the 120Hz refresh rate screen, ProMotion, and a LiDAR sensor that aren’t provided on the iPad Air.

However, the capabilities and power of the new iPad Air does not fall short and for the retail price of $599 or $549, if purchased through their educational program, many will consider getting the iPad Air over the iPad Pro.

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iPad Air (4th generation) Sky Blue announced at Apple’s Event on September 15th | Photo by Apple

Why you should consider the iPad Air (4th generation):

  • If you’re a student and looking for a device to take notes for classes while multitasking this is probably the most affordable, efficient, and powerful device that’ll handle all of your projects. The bezel-less screen provides enough real-estate for your tasks and enough power for 4k video editing, photo editing on Adobe Photoshop, and other heavy demanding professional apps.

Although, the iPad Pro 12.9-inch would be the more preferable option for professional artists because of the extra screen real-estate. The screen size would be utilized more effectively and in-turn becomes an investment.

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iPad 10.2-inch (8th generation) starts at $329 or $309 with Educational discount | Photo by Apple

Why you should consider the iPad 10.2-inch (8th generation):

  • This device is for users who crave portability and enough functionality for their light day-to-day usage. It brings the A12 Bionic chip, up to 10 hours of battery life to surf the web, can connect to the smart portfolio keyboard, and the first generation Apple pencil. On the downside, the storage starts at 32GB, and the maximum capacity is 128GB but with a $2.99 monthly iCloud subscription you’re able to have 200GB of storage for your pictures and applications.

Why you should consider the iPad Mini:

  • This small less than a pound device packs a 10-hour battery life has a 7.9 Retina display with True Tone and offers the A12 Bionic chip.
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iPad Pro 11-inch & 12.9-inch 2020 model with Apple’s latest full-size Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) | Photo by Apple

Why you should consider the iPad Pro 11-inch & 12.9-inch 2020:

  • This iPad Pro was launched back in March but the specs outperform all of the iPads mentioned above. It is truly meant for professionals and the specs are powerful enough to outperform PC laptops according to Apple.

But let me tell you — the hefty starting price of $799 or the educational price starting at $749 truly makes you double-take your purchasing decisions.

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New Logitech Folio Touch Keyboard Case with Trackpad for iPad Air (4th generation) | Photo by Apple

Final thoughts — Purchasing any iPad in 2020 can become overwhelming because there are so many great options out there now. iPads have surpassed the point of being a simple tablet that is used only for watching Netflix on your bed. They are now more powerful than some PC laptops and some iPads are capable of handling any task thrown at it but you’d have to purchase all of these accessories from additional adaptors, wireless mouse, trackpad keyboards, Apple Pencils in order to truly utilize the full potential of any iPad.

If you’re prepared for all of these expenses and understand what your day-to-day lifestyle functionality needs are then you’re prepared to purchase your new iPad!

Upcoming Journalist writing about her interests and her insightful experiences. Production Assistant at MSNBC news.

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