Which iPad is right for me?

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Onto the good stuff! With the release of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 last fall, there are now five different iPad models being produced by Apple at a wide range of different prices. The number one question for customer this month is “What’s the difference?” The new iPads differ from their predecessors in a few ways, including size, functionality and design. Let’s start with the iPad Air and its new version, the iPad Air 2.

To begin with, the iPad Air 2 is 18% thinner than its predecessor at only 6.1mm thick. This means unfortunately that the many cases developed for the previous generation don’t quite fit, and we are still awaiting the development of new ones for the latest iPad. However it’s now even lighter and easier to hold.

The new Air also comes with a fingerprint sensor for Touch ID, allowing you to unlock the iPad and purchase apps and content from the different iTunes stores. You also get a new A8X, a generational jump from the old A7X that promises 40% better performance and 250% better graphics performance for games and so forth.

Finally there is also a new camera offering 8 megapixels over the previous 5. The new iPad Air 2 is only offered in 16, 64 and 128 sizes, eschewing the 32 GB but offering a higher storage model for the same equivalent price. Overall it’s a great upgrade option for people with older iPads or gamers and designers who need the faster graphics chip.

The differences between the iPad mini 3 and the mini 2 are a little more subtle. In fact, there is really only one key difference: the Touch ID sensor. The two models share the same dimensions, display and processor, so unless entering your passcode is a particular trouble for you, the mini 2 is a great deal now that its pricing has been reduced.If you’re really scraping the bargain bin, the original iPad mini is also still available, though it lacks a high-resolution retina display and uses an old A5 processor.

We hope that helps clear things up about how the new iPads work! As always, if you have any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions for future newsletters, please hit reply and let us know. Thank you for reading Mac Tips!