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!
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.
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.
- Along with the latest A14 Bionic 6-core chip which provides a 40x boost increase to the CPU — this device can connect to the new Apple magic keyboard with an integrated trackpad making it more portable and making it your new laptop alternative.
- The new iPad Air can connect to the latest Apple Pencil 2 which makes it easy for notetaking and for creating artwork.
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.
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.
- It isn’t a powerhouse like the iPad Air or the iPad Pro but for the retail price of $329 or $309 under the Educational Program, it’s enough to do light to medium multitasking work, use your favorite video streaming service, play video games by connecting your PlayStation or Xbox controller and the weight is only 1.08 pounds which makes it extremely portable for traveling.
- This device is for the average user that probably already owns a laptop and wants a simple and compact tablet to watch, play, and do light work which is perfect for an affordable price!
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.
- I would consider this option if you’re using it to read articles/e-books, need more space for note-taking or quick on the go tasks.
- The hardware design hasn’t been upgraded and still has the large bezels and honestly, for the $399 price tag I would skip this one and go straight for the iPad 10.9-inch.
- Nonetheless, this iPad is definitely for a niche group of consumers who value very compact size over price.
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.
- The Liquid Retina display, immersive edge-to-edge screen, responsive Face ID, 8-core graphics processor, and all-day battery truly becomes a well-rounded multitasking monster of a device.
- Just like the iPad Air — this device can provide fluid performance for 4K video editing, but with the iPad Pro’s new LiDAR sensor, professionals can create 3D designs and infuse their work with augmented reality.
- The screen is even brighter than the new MacBook Pro 2020 laptops since it offers a 600 nits brightness screen to the device.
- Anything can be done on this device — from intense photo editing, multitasking on heavy professional apps, playing fluid video game graphics, quick notetaking with the Apple Pencil 2, creating animations, audio podcasts, and so much more!
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.
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!