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Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad has the best balance of power and affordability for most people.
But the Air is best for those seeking a better screen and more performance without the Pro’s price.
The iPad Pro is only worth the money if you want an iPad with a giant screen for productivity.
Apple is the uncontested king of tablets. The iPad is the most popular tablet in the world, with Apple beating Samsung and Lenovo by claiming 36.5% of the global tablet market.
Apple’s tablet lineup is varied and surprisingly affordable. On the high end, Apple recently announced an update to the iPad Pro lineup which adds the powerful M1 chip, as well as 5G capability to the iPad for the first time, while maintaining the $799.99 price for the 11-inch model.
At $329.99, the 10.2-inch iPad is the cheapest iPad Apple has ever sold, but it’s quite powerful and supports the Apple Pencil, making it a great choice for anyone in need of a general purpose tablet.
Students can also score a free pair of standard AirPods when buying a new iPad until September 27, although the 10.2-inch iPad and iPad Mini are excluded from this offer.
Other iPads offer higher performance and more features and functionality, all of which come at higher prices. But all current models will be able to run the newly-announced iPadOS 15 – which adds enhanced multitasking abilities, system-wide Quick Notes, and bigger widgets for the home screen- when it debuts in the fall.
Here are the best iPads in 2021:
Best iPad overall: 2020 10.2-inch iPad
Best mid-range iPad: 2020 iPad Air
Best small iPad: 2019 iPad Mini
Best iPad for pros: 2021 iPad Pro
Best iPad stylus: Apple Pencil
Best iPad keyboard: Logitech K780
Updated on 7/21/21 by Sarah Lord: Added details about what to expect from Apple’s next-generation iPads and the best time of year to buy an iPad.
The best iPad overall
The 2020 10.2-inch iPad offers the best balance of value, performance, and features, and is the best deal for most people.
Price: Start at $329
Display: 10.2-inches, 2160 x 1620 resolution
Processor: A12 Bionic
Battery Life: Up to 10 hours
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Pros: Incredible price for an iPad, slick aluminum design, Touch ID for security and Apple Pay, gorgeous screen, supports the Apple Pencil
Cons: Low resolution front camera, very little storage at base price
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Source:: Business Insider