How to choose the new Apple iPad, features and functionality

Here is a complete and comprehensive guide to understand which tablet from Apple is best to buy according to our various needs, economic or work

It is not the Hamletic doubt of being or not being but also the choice of the new iPad is not a joke. Deciding which model of Apple's tablet to buy is not always obvious. The reduction of the range puts us in front of four different options, let's see what features to focus on.

Cupertino has updated its tablet series to meet the different needs of users. And the first question to ask yourself before checking out the features is to ask: what kind of iPad may be best suited to my needs? The first point to analyze is also the most visible one, namely the screen. There are three different sizes. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro, then the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPad, and finally the iPad Mini 4 with a 7.9-inch screen. The resolution of the three smaller models is 2048×1536 pixels, while the 12.9-inch iPad has a resolution of 2732×2048 pixels. Despite this, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the only one of the four to have displays with wide color gamut (P3) and True Tone.

The Screen

In short, if quality is what we care about the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is the most recommended one. Also for the intermediate size and suitable for multiple uses. If instead we are looking for an experience more like a computer certainly the iPad Pro 12.9-inch screen is more recommended. The iPad Mini, on the other hand, is suitable for those who are looking for excellent portability and won't be using the tablet primarily for video editing or multimedia content.


If our intention is to use the Apple tablet for work, surely the aspect to be taken into greater consideration will be productivity. All models have great features in this regard but undoubtedly the two choices in the Pro line have a leg up on the other two options. The A8 processor knocks the iPad Mini out of the running, especially for jobs that require big specs. Speed of execution that the new iPad doesn't lack, thanks to the A9 processor. Of course this definitely drops in graphics jobs where the best, as mentioned, remain the iPad Pro thanks to the A9X CPU. In addition, the Pencil, which helps a lot in the work of graphic designers, is only available on the iPad Pro, as well as the Smart Connector that allows you to connect a keyboard, without keeping Bluetooth active.

Photographic department

We will hardly buy an iPad to make exclusively photos or videos. But this feature, among others, can make the difference when choosing. It may happen, in fact, to have to take photos or record videos, for work or leisure, even with the tablet from Apple. In this sense, the winner by detachment is iPad Pro 9.7-inch. Also because it has been redesigned recently and has the latest components even in the photo department. On the iPad Pro we find a 12-megapixel rear camera with TrueTone flash and maximum aperture f/2.2. While the other models are equivalent with an 8-megapixel camera that reaches a maximum of f/2.4. In short, characteristics that do not go beyond the sufficiency. Much lower frontal cameras (1.2 megapixels), except on iPad Pro 9.7, where we find 5 megapixels. The iPad Pro is the only one able to record in 4K.

Final needs

So, to sum up: which iPad should we buy? If we are looking for an iPad with good features but without too many pretensions in terms of graphics, and with some flaws in the area of the screen, the new 9.7-inch iPad is definitely the most recommended. Also because it has a relatively low price, just over 400 euros. And it is the cheapest of the line. iPad Mini 4 will become a niche model. But that will make happy users fond of this version also because the features are good and because Apple now sells it only in the 128GB version. The Pro line, both the 12.9 and 9.7 inch ones, are choices that we can define "reasoned". Not only for the price, much higher than the other two, but also because they give their best in business areas thanks to superior features.