Since the iPad’s debut in 2010, Apple has released dozens of its famous tablet, often with fancy names to denote different screen sizes or processing power. But it’s never really clear which iPad is the latest to come out, which can make shopping (or reselling) a bit difficult.
How to Check Which iPad You Own
Apple has released numerous versions of the iPad series and some models are almost indistinguishable from each other. Still, it is useful to know which iPad you own before buying a case or selling it to a friend. That’s why Apple has a handy iPad ID on the support page, but isn’t there an easier way?
The fastest way to identify your iPad is to look up the model number on Google. Go to ‘Settings’, open the ‘General’ tab and press ‘About’ to check the model number of your iPad. You should see your model number at the bottom of the About page. Google it to see which iPad you own. If your iPad is broken or turned off, you can also find the model number on the back near the charging port.
The model number of an iPad tells you what type of iPad it is, what year it is from, and whether it has cellular support or not. If you need to check your iPad’s storage, go back to the About page and look for the word Capacity. You can also find your iPad’s storage on the back, next to the printed model number.
iPad 10.2-inch (8th generation, 2020)
Apple’s entry-level iPad is the perfect tablet for the average person. It’s thin and light, but has a beautiful Retina display, a powerful A12 Bionic processor and a fantastic 10 hours of battery life. You really can’t go wrong for under $ 400.
Released in 2020, the 8th generation iPad runs on an A12 Bionic chip and has a comfortable 10.2-inch screen. It still uses a Home button with Touch ID and charges via Lightning cable.
The 2020 iPad looks identical to its predecessor, the 2018 iPad. The only way to tell them apart is to look at the model number. Like the 2018 iPad, the 2020 iPad only works with the 1st generation Apple Pencil and does not have the hardware needed for the 2nd generation Apple Pencil.
Here are all previous versions of the standard iPad:
- iPad (2010)
- iPad (2nd generation) (2011)
- iPad (3rd Gen) (2012)
- iPad (4th generation) (2012)
- iPad (5th generation) (2017)
- iPad (6th generation) (2018)
- iPad (7th generation) (2019)
The latest iPad
iPad Mini 7.9-inch (5th generation, 2019)
At just 7.9 inches, the iPad Mini is the smallest tablet in Apple’s repertoire and a great option for those who need a smaller iPad. It’s perfect for media consumption, mobile gaming, Zoom calls, and scribbling, and it’s a great travel companion.
Released in 2019, the 5th generation iPad Mini runs on the powerful A12 Bionic processor and can handle the same tasks as the standard iPad. It still has a Home button with Touch ID and charges via Lightning cable.
The iPad Mini from 2019 is difficult to identify because it looks identical to the iPad Mini from 2015. It supports the 1st generation Apple Pencil, but does not have the hardware necessary to work with the 2nd generation Pencil.
Here’s a list of all older iPad Minis:
- iPad Mini (2012)
- iPad Mini (2nd generation) (2013/2014)
- iPad Mini (3rd Gen) (2014)
- iPad Mini (4th generation) 2015)
The latest iPad Mini
iPad Air 10.9-inch (4th generation, 2020)
You can’t go wrong with an iPad Air. The 10.9-inch edge-to-edge display is perfect for media consumption or gaming, and the A14 Bionic processor is an absolute powerhouse that can run any professional or creative iPadOS app. The iPad Air is the best tablet for someone who needs the power of an iPad Pro without all the expensive frills.
Released in 2020, the 4th generation iPad Air is a fantastic device very similar to the iPad Pro. It has an edge-to-edge display, a sturdy A14 processor and a USB-C port for faster charging and better support for USB accessories. Still, the 2020 iPad uses Air Touch ID instead of Face ID, and has a much smaller rear camera array than the iPad Pro.
The 2020 iPad Air is relatively easy to spot. It’s the first iPad Air with an edge-to-edge display (no Home button: Touch ID is in the power button), it has a USB-C port, and it’s the only iPad with fun colors like green and blue. It is also the first iPad Air to support Apple Pencil 2 and Magic Keyboard.
Here’s a list of older iPad Airs:
- iPad Air (2013)
- iPad Air (2nd generation) (2014)
- iPad Air (3rd generation) (2019)
iPad Pro 11-inch and 12.9-inch (2nd and 4th generation, 2020)
The iPad Pro is a powerhouse with every bell and whistle imaginable. The A12Z Bionic processor can run professional apps like a champ, the massive Liquid Retina display with a 120Hz refresh rate is great for media consumption or creative applications, and the LiDAR sensor makes it an advanced augmented reality system. This is the Cadillac of iPads, and while most people should stick with the smaller, cheaper iPad Air, the Pro is for that person who just wants it all.
Released in 2020, the 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation) stand out for their advanced A12Z Bionic processor and large, iPhone-like camera bump. The 2020 models of iPad Pro are also unique for their Wi-Fi connectivity and 6 GB of RAM, which translates to faster streaming or browsing speeds and better multitasking. Like the 2020 iPad Air and 2018 iPad Pro, the latest iPad Pro has a USB-C port for faster charging and wider accessory support.
The 2020 iPad Pro is easy to spot because it is the only iPad with a large, square camera array. It supports 2nd generation Apple Pencil and has built-in magnets for Magic Keyboard support.
Here’s a list of all previous versions of the iPad Pro:
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2015)
- iPad Pro 9.7-inch (2016)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) (2017)
- iPad Pro 10.5-inch (2017)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) (2018)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (2018)