When Apple released a new iPad on Tuesday, the company also simplified the iPad lineup: instead of four iPad models, there are now three. This makes it easier to decide which iPad to buy, though there are still a lot of factors to consider. Let’s take a look at the major features you should think about when picking an iPad.


If you want to carry your iPad around with you, then size is an important consideration. Here’s a breakdown of each iPad.



Just looking at the iPads, it’s difficult to discern any difference in the screens besides their sizes. All of the iPads use LED-backlit displays with Multi-Touch support and fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. But there are a few features that are found in some models and not in others that may not be obvious.

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If color accuracy and detail is vital to your work, then you want the 9.7-inch iPad Pro with its P3 wide color and True Tone. If you really want the bigger screen of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, you won’t get the P3 support, but there is a way to use iOS’s Night Shift to act like True Tone.

The iPad lacks the laminated display and antireflective coating found in the other iPads, so you might have issues with glare. You might consider an iPad mini 4 instead, especially if you plan to be outdoors a lot, or if you are going to use the device where lighting is influential in the environment, like a photo studio.

Smart Connector

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iPad Pro with Apple’s Smart Keyboard

The iPad Pro is the only iPad outfitted with a Smart Connector, which is used to connect devices like keyboards.

Apple’s Smart Keyboard uses the Smart Connector to connect to the iPad Pro. The Smart Keyboard for 12.9-inch iPad Pro is $169 (available on Amazon), and the Smart Keyboard for 9.7-inch iPad Pro is $149 (available on Amazon). Third parties like Logitech also make keyboards that use the Smart Connector.

You can still use a keyboard with the iPad and iPad mini 4, but since these iPads don’t have a Smart Connector, Bluetooth is used to connect to a keyboard. So, you can use any Bluetooth keyboard, but you may want to get a keyboard case that’s designed specifically for the iPad or iPad mini 4 for extra comfort.

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