Which iPad to crack in 2020?

As always, the range of Apple iPad reigns supreme in the tablet market after leaving the competition completely behind. It must be said that the tablets of the American giant all have optimal performance, combining better autonomy than its challengers, a clear and precise display as well as access to countless applications via the App Store.

In addition, after Apple announced the iPadOS last year, the apple brand has slowly and methodically released updates with features that set it apart from the iPhone and keep it even closer to a Mac.

In the middle of this profusion of offers, it can however be difficult to find your way around to find the iPad that really meets your needs (and your finances). This is why the editorial staff of ZDNet has put together a guide for you to help you find the iPad of your dreams through a small homemade selection to consume without moderation.

iPad (seventh generation)

Apple iPad 10.2 inch (iPad 7) – Best prices:

  • 10.2 inch screen
  • A10 Fusion chip
  • Up to 128 GB of storage
  • TouchID

The proven tablet from Apple, the basic model of the iPad undoubtedly has the best value for money of all the dedicated offers from Apple. You get the same functionality as the Pro and Air models (which are sold much more expensive), while having a larger screen, around 10.2 inches.

This iPad is based on the Apple A10 Fusion chip, with 32 or 128 GB of storage and has either standalone Wi-Fi support, or Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.

Apple hasn’t extended its facial recognition hardware beyond the iPad Pro, so the iPad still has a Home button with Touch ID. It does, however, have a smart connector to add Apple’s smart keyboard, allowing you to turn it into a laptop rather than a tablet. And, of course, it supports Apple’s pencil. All for a very affordable price. Something to crack without asking questions!

iPad Air

Apple iPad Air – Best prices:

  • 10.5 inch
  • A12 Bionic processor
  • Up to 256 GB of storage
  • Touch ID

In the middle of the range of iPads marketed by Apple is the iPad Air. The American giant has combined in this ergonomic tablet some of the features of the standard iPad and the iPad Pro, giving it specifications such as a 10.5-inch screen, while leaving the home button in place.

Support for Apple’s smart pens and keyboards is available, and storage space is double that of the standard iPad, with options ranging from 64 GB to 256 GB. equipped with an A12 Bionic processor, which brings some of the power of the iPad Pro range to a slightly smaller and less expensive device.

iPad Pro

Apple iPad Pro (2020) – Best prices:

  • 11 or 12.9 inch
  • A12Z processor
  • Up to 1 TB of storage
  • Face ID

The iPad Pro is the most expensive and most powerful tablet in the range concocted by Apple. Its design is completely different from that of the standard iPad or the iPad Air. Instead of a Lightning port for charging, synchronization and accessories, you will find a USB-C port. The “Home” button has disappeared, replaced by Apple’s Face ID facial recognition technology. And, unlike the iPhone, you can use Face ID with the iPad in portrait or landscape orientation.

This iPad Pro is divided into two sizes: 11 inches or 12.9 inches, with a storage capacity ranging from 128 GB to 1 TB. The prices are also very varied, from 800 euros for the 11 inch and 1218 GB model, up to 1,500 euros for the 1 TB 12.9-inch model. The iPad Pro uses Apple’s A12Z processor, making it the most powerful iPad available today.

The iPad Pro also supports the second generation Apple pencil, with a magnetic dot on the side to charge it. The Smart Connector is located on the back of the iPad Pro, allowing you to use it with the recently launched Magic Keyboard, which includes backlit keys and a trackpad, or Apple’s Smart Keyboard. The iPad Pro, combined with the iPadOS, is as close as possible to a laptop without the need to buy one.

iPad Mini

Apple iPad mini 2019 (5th generation) – Best prices:

  • 7.9 inch
  • A12 Bionic processor
  • Up to 256 GB of storage
  • Touch ID

If you are looking for something smaller and more manageable, the iPad Mini is definitely for you. Powered by the A12 Bionic processor, the 7.9-inch tablet has the same functions as the rest of the Apple tablet family thanks to a fairly recent update.

The iPad Mini will work with the first generation Apple pencil, which will allow you to draw or take notes in supported applications. With the upcoming release of iPadOS 14, Apple Pencil support expands with a new doodle feature that lets you write in text boxes, with the tablet converting your handwriting to real text.

iPad (sixth generation)

Apple iPad – Best prices:

  • 9.7 inch
  • A10 Fusion processor
  • Up to 128 GB
  • Touch ID

For those who still own one of the original models of 9.7-inch iPad, with cases and accessories galore, go to the Apple store where you will find the sixth generation of iPad still on sale. It was released for the first time in March 2018, but make no mistake, it can still work with the latest operating system and do everything you need for a tablet.

The inventory of the Apple Refurbished store fluctuates constantly, but for now, the 128 GB model with Wi-Fi and Cellular is available in silver, space gray and gold for still modest amounts. What offer you a nice dose of pleasure at a low price.


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