There are currently four iPad models on Apple’s official website, based on the 2018 iPad Pro, the third-generation iPad Air, the fifth-generation iPad mini, and the seventh-generation iPad. In addition to the iPad Pro, three others have been updated this year and may be the best time to buy an iPad in the near future.
The reason for this is that, based on Apple’s previous product release cycle, there should be little chance of another update to the iPad product line in the near future; even though Apple is rumoured to have begun planning for the next generation of iPad Pro, the probability of its release this year is also low, but because of this generation of iPad Pro. Has been published for nearly a year of reasons, and now the prices of major channels also compared to the initial price has a certain discount, as consumers we can have the bottom of the “late buy discount” slogan.
So which of the four iPads is the best for you?
The iPad Pro should be the perfect choice if you’re buying the tablet that’s the most popular on the market right now for the word “high-end.”
As part of Apple’s “Pro” family, the iPad Pro, first born in 2015, was born as the biggest Apple Tablet (12.9 inches) of its time, and for the first time targeted content production with the help of accessories such as the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. For the business and education markets.
‘The iPad has disrupted the PC industry and where is the future of the iPad?’ Mr Cook said at the launch. The answer was that the iPad Pro, the most powerful iPad ever released, had the best hardware, the best design and the latest software.
After three years of evolution, the 2018 iPad Pro, launched last year, has re-established the iPad Pro for years to come from a look and positioning.
Almost all of the most advanced Apple technology you can think of will be found on the 2018 iPad Pro, and the eight-year-old “Fruit Three King Kong” has been replaced by an equally wide-border and face ID, and the iPad has entered the era of full screen.
In addition, the rounded design of the iPad in the past has been turned squarely angular on the 2018 iPad Pro, and the entire product looks like the flat iPhone 5, with an extreme 5.9 mm thickness.
With so much of the look changed, the iPad Pro is the only Apple product that I can’t afford to put down when I get it.
Of course, in addition to the most obvious look changes, the 2018 iPad Pro also has the following highlights:
1. Available in 11-inch, 12.9-inch sizes;
2. Due to the full screen design, the machine is actually smaller than previous generations of iPad Pro, which improves portability to a certain extent;
3. Supports ProMotion adaptive refresh rate technology, screen perception is more smooth;
4. Built-in four-speaker system, the external effect is better than the ordinary dual-speaker system;
5. The A12X is the most powerful chip on the iPad today, with multicore performance nearly double that of the A12 bionic chip;
6. With USB-C interface, the extended performance is better;
7. Support for the second generation of Apple Pencil, charging by magnetic suction;
iPad Air and iPad
The iPad Air is slightly smaller than the iPad Pro and is missing features that are exclusive to the iPad Pro, such as ProMotion Adaptive Refresh Rate Technology, a 112X Bionic Chip, A-Speaker System, Full Screen Design, Face ID, usb-C interface.
As a result, the iPad Air is more affordable than the iPad Pro, but it’s still the best choice for those who give up buying the iPad Pro because of shyness. Because the third-generation iPad Air, which is now available with the A12 bionic chip, is much better off than the previous iPad Air A8X, and the screen has been upgraded to 10.5 inches from the “unchanged” 9.7 inches, making it more suitable for multitasking or catch-up.
By contrast, the seventh-generation iPad of The Basics sacrifices a little more.
The first is the screen, which is cut off by the seventh generation of the iPad compared to the iPad Air, which has only been castrated with “ProMotion Adaptive Refresh Rate Technology”:
1. Full laminated display;
2. Anti-reflective coating;
3. Wide color gamut display (P3);
4. The original color display.
One of the personal feelings is the biggest impact is the absence of the “full laminated display”. A “hollow” feel is especially noticeable when your finger is scratched on a seventh-generation iPad, far less than the delicate touch of the real touch screen of the iPad Air or iPad Pro, and simply plastic.
In addition, the 7th generation iPad’s processor uses the A10 Fusion, which is a gap between single-core and multi-core performance and the A12 bionic chip. And these are the compromises that come with lower prices.
It’s up to you to decide what you’re going to do with this iPad. If you use it to catch up, or use it as a laptop in the classroom, this compromise between the screen and the processor may not be so important, and if you buy an iPad for content production, such as mapping, working on different documents, and running a big game, then iPad Air or iPad Pro may be more appropriate.
The iPad mini is an interesting Apple tablet that features a modest 7.9-inch screen, far less than the other three iPads on sale today, all of which have passed the 10-inch mark.
In contrast to the main portable phone, the iPad was aimed at the gap between the phone and the pen and power at the beginning of its launch, jobs once said: “This new product (iPad) must perform well on important applications (key points) to be accepted by the market. It even takes better than a smartphone or pen. ”
The iPad, on the other hand, has successfully opened a new world between a phone and a pen and power with a larger screen, greater battery life, and greater performance.
But isn’t the iPad mini doing the opposite now with a “small screen”, isn’t that the biggest advantage of giving up the big screen directly? At first I thought so, but after a while of experience, the idea didn’t break.
The biggest change to the iPad mini’s 7.9-inch screen compared to the iPad, which can only be “held” with both hands, is the ability to hold hands with one hand and, in cross-screen mode, to complete text input with a virtual keyboard.
The 7.9-inch screen also has the advantage of experiencing some moba games. Because the most common action to play games on those 10-inch iPads is actually “stamps,” when playing moba or fps online games on the iPad mini, it’s more natural and handy to operate the roulette wheel or release your skills.
In other ways, the iPad mini is not doing badly enough. The iPad mini 5 is clearly a lot more progressive than the slight improvements from the iPad mini 2 to the iPad mini 3, with features such as a full-laminate display, anti-reflective coating, and a A12 processor basically matching the higher price of the iPad Air, starting at less than $3,000, and the iPad mini 5 Has the same performance as the iPhone XR (3GB RAM-A12 chip), and although its mold has been in use for seven years, it offers features and experiences that no other tablet product can match within the same price line.
Wi-Fi or cellular?
Basically, the cellular versions of these iPads sold on Apple’s official website are about 1,000 yuan more expensive than the Wi-Fi version, and the value of this thousand yuan is not worth paying for, mainly depending on your needs.
With the popularity of Wi-Fi, it’s getting easier to find a wireless network to use outside the home, which in part has made the cellular version of the iPad less attractive.
In my personal sense of experience, my cellular version of the iPad Pro comes with a “day rental card”, meaning there is no charge for not using the internet, cellular data on the iPad Pro is turned off all year round, only occasionally when you go out without Wi-Fi.
Although the frequency of use is not high, but I think the iPad’s cellular function is a “safe” function to give people a “security”, as to the value of this is not worth 1000 yuan, you have to look at your own “determination.”
But the iPad mini 5 is well worth buying. Because it’s smaller and more portable than other iPads, it should be more likely to take out the door, and there’s naturally more to come up with no wireless networks, and the cellular version doesn’t have to worry about it.
Is the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard a must-have?
No, but these two accessories can make your iPad more “complete.”
All four iPads currently on sale on Apple’s website support Apple Pencil, while all three iPads except the iPad mini support smart Keyboard, but these accessories are not cheap, such as smart for the 7th generation iPad and the third-generation iPad Air The keyboard costs $1,243, while the iPad Pro’s keyboard-style smart double-sided clip even sells for $1,412, which even buys a nice mechanical keyboard.
But compared to a regular Bluetooth keyboard, Apple’s two smart keyboards are more portable than they are, and while its typing feedback may not yet be as good as half the price of a mechanical keyboard, it’s a dust-off in terms of coordination and convenience.
But if your iPad scene is more fixed, the smart keyboard may not be as cost-effective as a cheaper, normal Bluetooth keyboard.
As for Apple Pencil, if you’re a painter or designer, a good-to-hand Apple Pencil will definitely give you the most complete iPad experience, with many of the best-used picture board apps on the App Store, and the iPad should be the best picture board in your hand.