Back in 2010, you could get any iPad you wanted, provided you wanted the only 9.7-inch iPad Apple made… But, over the years, Apple has expanded the lineup to include the 7.9-inch iPad mini and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Just recently, they’ve even added a 10.5-inch iPad Air and 11-inch Pro.
So, now, the iPad is spread across 5 different models and price points, and that’s not even counting options like cellular or storage or even finish that makeup all the different SKU. (That’s industry slang for stock keeping unit, but whatever.) My point is, you have a lot of options now and it can seem complicated, maybe even overwhelming if you’re looking to upgrade or buy-in for the first time.
But it’s actually really simple to hone down on the one and only iPad that’s perfect for you.
The iPad Flow
OK, so, picking your next iPad. Apple used to do grids but I prefer flows. You start at the beginning and you stop where it makes sense.
- If you just want an iPad you can take pretty much anywhere and do pretty much anything with, then you have the new normal, the new baseline, the new 10.5-inch iPad Air, starting at $499.
- If you absolutely have to have an iPad but you just can’t or won’t pay that much for it, then you have the 9.7-inch iPad — no adjective added, starting at $329
- If maximum portability is most important to you, and you’re not only willing but eager to give up some screen size to get it, then there’s the 7.9-inch brand new iPad mini, starting at $399.
- If you want more power and performance but still a good amount of portability, and premium is no problem, then there’s the newly redesigned 11-inch iPad Pro, starting at $799.
- And if you demand not only power and performance but the biggest screen you can get, you can go all the way up to the newly redesigned 12.9-inch iPad Pro, starting at $999.
That’s still five stops on the flow, with room to fuss with the options in between them, so if you still need help making up your mind, let’s dive a little deeper.
iPad Air 10.5: The new normal
If you need an iPad and that’s all you really know or care about, if you’re just starting out with tablets or looking to upgrade after a few or many years, if you just want to be able to do everything that an iPad can do, from reading to watching to communicating to working to playing, get the new iPad Air.
It’s got a 10.5-inch, wide gamut, Retina display, with TrueTone ambient color temperature matching, which is slightly bigger than the original iPad. It also comes with Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset, the same one in iPhone XS, 3GB of memory, a Lightning connector, Touch ID biometric fingerprint sensor, two stereo speakers, a 7 megapixel, 1080p front-facing camera and an 8 megapixel, wide color f/2.4, also 1080p rear camera.
You can get it in sliver, space gray, or Apple’s current coppery gold, with 64 or 264GB of storage, and with just Wi-Fi or with Wi-Fi and cellular, so you can connect or share that connection from anywhere.
It’s also compatible with the 1st generation Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, and Apple Smart Keyboard for drawing and typing……Read More>>