Oldest iPads

25 Oldest iPads Ever Released

With the entry of Apple into the mobile world, we have seen a significant growth in the usage of electronic tablets. The iPad is currently considered to be one of the best tablets. It has become quite popular among many people, but there was a time when people thought that it would never become a reality.

iPads have transformed the way we communicate, play, and learn. This new technology has taken over classrooms and businesses. The Apple iPad has been a massive success and continues to be one of the best selling tablets around. It has made quite a name for itself over the years. There are millions of people who have purchased an iPad, many of whom are avid users.

But what are the oldest iPads? What were they before this generation? This article will talk about the eight oldest iPads that have ever been made and some interesting facts about them.

25. iPad Air 5

Released: March 2022
Storage: 64/256 GB
Discontinued: Currently sold

iPad Air 5photo source: support.apple.com

A USB-C connector is included on the fifth-generation iPad Air for charging, connecting external devices, and utilizing accessories. The interface supports monitors up to 4K resolution and enables quick connections to cameras and external storage. Additionally, it has a 10 Gbit/s data transmission rate (equivalent to 1.25 GB/s, 1.25 billion bytes per second, or ten billion bits per second).

The gadget supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connections. Under ideal circumstances, cellular models can handle sub-6 GHz 5G at peak rates of up to 3.5 Gbit/s.


24. iPad Mini 6

Released: September 2021
Storage: 64/ 256 GB
Discontinued: currently sold

iPad Mini 6photo source: support.apple.com

The 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display, Apple Pencil 2 support, new and powerful A15 Bionic CPU, enhanced cameras, and 5G connection are just a few of the significant upgrades that the iPad mini 6 has. It is referred to as a “complete makeover.” It’s the iPad Mini improvement that enthusiasts have been waiting for.

Additionally, Apple equipped its tiniest tablet with a brilliant screen, great battery life, and the lightning-fast performance of its A15 Bionic CPU featured in the iPhone 13.


23. iPad Ninth

Released: September 2021
Storage: 64/ 256 GB
Discontinued: Currently Sold

iPad Ninthphoto source: support.apple.com

The gold color has been eliminated, and all color options now come with a black screen bezel, even though the design of the ninth generation iPad is the same as that of the seventh and eighth generations. It is equipped with the Apple A13 Bionic processor, which Apple says boosts CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine performance by 20% over its predecessor.


22. iPad Air 4

Released: October 2020
Storage: 64/256 GB
Discontinued: March 2022

iPad Air 4photo source: support.apple.com

Apple received praise for continuing to utilize Touch ID, which is built into the power button, rather than Face ID during the COVID-19 pandemic since Face ID cannot operate while a person is wearing a face covering because it covers half of the face.

The tablet sports a look that is quite similar to the 11-inch iPad Pro and includes several features that were previously available only on the iPad Pro series, such support for Magic Keyboard and the second-generation Apple Pencil (3rd generation).


21. iPad Pro 5

Released: May 2021
Storage: 128, 256, 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB
Discontinued: currently sold

iPad Pro 5photo source: support.apple.com

Apple Inc. created and distributed a range of iPad tablet computers known as the fifth-generation iPad Pro, sometimes referred to as the M1 iPad Pro.

2 The new Apple M1 CPU, 5G compatibility in cellular variants, support for Thunderbolt 3 and USB 4, and a tiny LED Liquid Retina XDR display for the 12.9-inch model are all notable improvements over the previous iteration.


20. iPad Eighth

Released: September 2020
Storage: 32/128 GB
Discontinued: September 2021

iPad Eighthphoto source: support.apple.com

It makes use of the Apple A12 Bionic chip, which according to Apple offers a 40% faster 6-core CPU and a 2x faster 4 core GPU than the processor from the previous iteration.

The Silver and Gold models are the last iPad tablets with white bezels; all iPad (9th generation) tablets have black bezels.


19. iPad Pro 4

Released: March 2020
Storage: 128, 256, 512 GB, 1 TB
Discontinued: April 2021

iPad Pro 4photo source: support.apple.com

The 2020 model has an updated camera system with a 12MP wide camera, a 10MP ultra-wide camera, and a LiDAR scanner for augmented reality, as well as an Apple A12Z processor with an octa-core CPU and GPU, compatibility for Wi-Fi 6, and an enhanced processor.

The third and fourth generation iPad Pro are compatible with the new Magic Keyboard, which was introduced on April 22, 2020. It has a trackpad, illuminated keys, a USB-C connector for pass-through charging, and a cantilever design that lets the iPad Pro “float” over the keyboard.


18. iPad Seventh

Released: September 2019
Storage: 32/128 GB
Discontinued: September 2020

iPad Seventhphoto source: support.apple.com

In contrast to preceding iPad models, which had a 9.7-inch display, the device is the first in the entry-level iPad series to offer a bigger 10.2-inch display size.

This iPad was revealed by Apple together with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. The device will go on sale on September 30, the same year. On September 25, 2019, the iPad began on sale at the Apple Store’s website, with a $329 beginning price in the US.


17. iPad Air 3

Released: March 2019
Storage: 64/256 GB
Discontinued: September 2020

iPad Air 3photo source: support.apple.com

It resembles the 10.5-inch iPad Pro in design, but features a few upgrades including a faster Apple A12 Bionic, a bigger Retina display, more memory (3GB of LPDDR4X), Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, and support for the Apple Pencil (first generation).


16. iPad Mini 5

Released: March 2019
Storage: 64/256 GB
Discontinued: September 2021

iPad Mini 5photo source: macrumors.com

The iPad mini 5 has a significant display update, similar to the iPad Air 3. The screen now has a stronger lighting and now supports P3 wide color (500 nits vs 450 nits). The iPad mini 5 has a powerful anti reflective coating with just 1.8% reflectance in addition to the laminated display and enhanced lighting.

The iPad mini 4’s A8 chip pales in comparison to the A12 Bionic chip with Neural Enginefound in some latest iPhones. The iPad mini 5 gains an extra gigabyte of RAM for a total of 3GB, much as the iPad Air 3.


15. iPad Pro 3

Released: November 2018
Storage: 64, 256, 512 GB, 1 TB
Discontinued: March 2020

iPad Pro 3photo source: wikipedia.org

The newer Apple Pencil pen (second generation) was initially supported by the iPad Pro model in question. Similar to the second generation, the third generation iPad Pro was unique in that it was the first iPad to employ facial recognition (Face ID) to unlock the device in addition to being bigger and pen compatible.

The A12X Bionic CPU, which is more potent than the iPad Pro’s second generation counterpart, the 11-inch model’s bigger display, and storage space up to 1 terabyte[1] are all upgrades. The third-generation iPad Pro debuted a fresh look as well, with a screen with rounded corners and a larger front face area.


14. iPad Sixth

Released: March 2018
Storage: 32/128 GB
Discontinued: September 2019

iPad Sixthphoto source: alloallo.com

With the exception of a few upgrades, such as support for the Apple Pencil and stylus and an improved processor, the Apple A10 Fusion, the hardware of the iPad is almost identical to that of the previous generation.

The iPad is 7.5mm thick, has 2 gigabytes of RAM, and comes with storage capacities of 32 and 128 GB. The iPad lacks a laminated display, unlike the iPad Pro.


13. iPad Pro 2

Released: June 2017
Storage: 64, 128, 256, or 512 GB
Discontinued: October 30, 2018 (12.9 inch) March 18, 2019 (10.5-inch)

iPad Pro 2photo source: support.apple.com

The A10X SoC in the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models has been enhanced to include a 6-core CPU and 12-core GPU. They also have Apple’s ProMotion display technology, which supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision video (with iOS 11 or later), and a True Tone display that is 50% brighter than prior models.

Additionally, all sizes come with 7-megapixel front-facing cameras with Retina Flash and 12-megapixel back cameras with quad-LED True-Tone flash. Both USB 3.0 and USB-C fast charging are supported. Storage options for the second-generation iPad Pro go up to 512 GB. The third-generation iPad Pro replaces the home button with Face ID, making the second-generation iPad Pro the last to have a home button with Touch ID.


12. iPad Fifth

Released: March 2017
Storage: 32/128 GB
Discontinued: March 2018

iPad Fifthphoto source: support.apple.com

Reviews of the iPad have been largely favorable. It garnered high marks for both pricing and battery life, and reviewers lauded the model’s performance, saying it performed substantially faster than earlier iPad models.

It garnered high marks for both pricing and battery life, in addition to being highly lauded for performance, with reviewers claiming that the model was noticeably faster than previous iPad models.

However, it received criticism for lacking a laminated and anti-reflective screen, not supporting the Apple Pencil, and not having a Smart Connector for add-ons like attachable keyboards.


11. iPad Pro 1

Released: November 11, 2015 (12.9-inch), March 31, 2016 (9.7-inch)
Storage: 32,128, 256 GB
Discontinued: June 2017

iPad Pro 1photo source: ebay.com

It was advertised as a notebook replacement for the professional market since it had double the performance of an iPad Air 2. It included the powerful Apple A9X CPU, was the first iPad to support the Apple Pencil, and could run two apps simultaneously. It also  has a 12.9 inch screen.

On March 21, 2016, Apple unveiled the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and on March 31, the device went on sale. It came pre-installed with iOS 9.3 and has a form factor similar to the iPad Air 2.


10. iPad Mini 4

Released: September 2015
Storage: 16, 32, 64, 128 GB
Discontinued: March 2019

iPad Mini 4photo source: notebookcheck.net

The A8 CPU of the iPad mini 4 has a second-generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture, making it capable of running even the most resource-intensive apps. Your experience will be fluid and streamlined whether you’re viewing images, editing videos, or doing both at once. All this while having a battery life of up to 10 hours.

For daily tasks like online browsing, email checking, editing videos and images, making reports, and reading books, the Pad mini 4 has potent built-in applications. And the App Store has even more fantastic applications made to make the most of its Retina display (instead of simply stretching out iPhone apps). You can find an app to help you do anything better, whether it be managing your finances, traveling, gaming, or photography.


9. iPad Air 2

Released: October 2014
Storage: 16/32/64/128 GB
Discontinued: March 2017

iPad Air 2photo source: gsmarena.com

Along with the iPad Mini 3, it was introduced on October 16, 2014, and on October 22 of that same year, it was made available. By the time the 9.7-inch iPad Pro model was released on March 31, 2016, the iPad Air 2 had been demoted to the position of mid-range iPad model, and the iPad Pro of the first generation had taken its place.


8. iPad Mini 3

Released: October 2014
Storage: 16/64/128GB Internal, 1GB RAM
Discontinued: September 2015

iPad Mini 3photo source: support.apple.com

It has a 7.9 inch Retina display with a resolution of 2048×1536 pixels. The new model has an A8 processor with an M7 coprocessor that integrates a Touch ID fingerprint sensor. It also supports Apple’s Touch ID authentication system on the device’s home screen or in apps like Safari and Camera.

The iPad Mini 3 comes with dual cameras (5MP rear camera with f/2.4 aperture) for better low-light photography and an advanced FaceTime HD camera (1.2MP front-facing camera).


7. iPad Air

Released: November 2013
Storage: 16/32/64/128GB Internal, 1GB RAM
Discontinued: March 2016

iPad Airphoto source: support.apple.com

The iPad Air has a 9.7″ Retina display, which makes it more comfortable to read on than other tablets. It’s also incredibly powerful, with a 64-bit A7 processor that can handle anything you throw at it.

The iPad Air features an A7 processor with 64-bit architecture, which means it can run more apps at once than other devices with 32-bit processors. The iPad Air also comes with up to 128 GB of storage, which is enough space for up to 16 hours of video streaming or 12 months’ worth of music streaming, depending on how much you use each day.


6. iPad Mini 2

Released: October 2013
Storage: 16/32/64/128GB Internal, 1GB RAM
Discontinued: March 2017

iPad Mini 2photo source: static2.nordic.pictures

The iPad mini 2 is a portable tablet with a 7.9-inch Retina display and an Apple A7 processor. It has two cameras, both capable of capturing 5-megapixel images and 1080p video at 30 fps. The front-facing camera includes FaceTime HD technology and supports 1080p HD video recording.

The iPad mini 2 runs on a dual-core A7 processor, which provides faster performance than the previous generation’s A6 chip. The iPhone 5S features the same processor as this device but does not have Touch ID enabled yet.


5. iPad 4 with Retina Display

Released: February 2013
Storage: 16/32/64/128GB Internal, 1GB RAM
Discontinued: October 2013

iPad 4 with Retina Displayphoto source: macworld.com

The iPad 4th generation has a 9.7-inch screen display. It has a 1,536 x 2,048 pixel display and is powered by an A6X processor.

The iPad 4th generation offers fast processing speeds to keep up with your projects and allows you to work on multiple projects at once. It also has 1 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of storage space for all of your data. The iPad 4th generation has two cameras: one on the back and one on the front, which allow you to take professional photos or video calls from anywhere in the world.

Did You Know?

The previous 30 pin connector has been replaced with the new Lightning 8 pin mini connector.


4. iPad Mini 1

Released: October 2012
Storage: 16/32/64 GB Internal, 512 MB RAM
Discontinued: 32 & 64 GB: October 22, 2013, 16 GB: June 19, 2015

iPad Mini 1photo source: Allo Allo

The iPad mini 1 is a 7.9-inch tablet that was released in 2012. The iPad mini 1 has a 10-hour battery life, 512 MB of RAM, and up to 64 GB of storage. It also includes an Apple A5 processor.

The iPad Mini 1 includes a 1024 x 768 pixel display, which is slightly lower than the Retina display.

The iPad mini 1 weighs 308 g and measures 7.87 x 5.30 x 0.28 in dimensions.


3. Ipad 3

Released: March 2012
Storage: 16/32/64 GB, 1GB RAM
Discontinued: October 23, 2012

Ipad 3photo source: support.apple.com

The iPad 3 is a powerful tablet that’s perfect for entertainment, productivity, and learning. It’s lightweight and slim, with a sleek design that makes it easy to hold in one hand. The iPad 3 features a high-definition Retina display that makes everything look bright and colorful, even when you’re looking at photos or watching videos.

You can also connect to the internet with Wi-Fi or cellular data plans.

It has a 5 megapixel camera and a front-facing camera, which can be used for video calls. It has a faster processor, the A5X chip, than its predecessors, making it capable of running apps more quickly.

The iPad 3 is a 9.7-inch tablet, powered by the A5X processor. The screen itself is also much brighter and sharper than before—it makes viewing content on your tablet much easier.


2. iPad 2

Released: March 2011
Storage: 16/32/64 GB, 512 MB RAM
Discontinued: June 13, 2016

photo source: xoomtechs.ca

The iPad 2 was released on March 2, 2011. It is thinner and lighter than the original iPad and comes with a front and rear facing camera. The iPad 2 has several new features, such as a new A5 processor.  The battery life is also amazing with 6930 mAh.

Along with the capabilities iOS 4 had given the iPhone, it came pre-installed with iOS 4.3, which also provided a few new functions. Improvements to AirPlay were also made, as well as the Nitro JavaScript engine for Safari, the reintroduction of the hardware orientation lock as a hardware switch option, and Home Sharing for iTunes streaming from OS X to iOS.


1. iPad 1

Released: March 2010
Storage: 16/32/64 GB, 256 MB RAM
Discontinued: March 2011

photo source: igotoffer.com

The iPad 1 is the most classic, and the first and oldest iPad that has ever been made. The 9.7-inch screen is incredibly sharp, and the full-size keyboard makes for easy typing. The A4 processor was fast enough to play games like Angry Birds with ease, and its 6,600 mAh battery lasted for several hours on a single charge.

The iPad 1 was released in 2010 and became the most popular model in the iPad line. The Apple iPad 1 was one of the first tablets to be equipped with an A4 processor and 256 MB of RAM. The iPad 1 was discontinued in 2011. It was succeeded by various models, including the iPad 2, the iPad 3rd Generation (3G), and the iPad Minis.

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