iPad Air 2019 vs. iPad Pro 2018 vs. iPad 2018: Specs Comparison

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iPad Air 2019 vs. iPad Pro 2018 vs. iPad 2018

Apple announced two new iPads on Monday.

It includes a new Pencil-enabled iPad Mini, there’s a 10.5-inch iPad Air that, for the most part, is the now discontinued older 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 2017. Starting at $499 (£479, AU$779), the new iPad Air is built around a 10.5-inch Retina display like the 2017 Pro but has an updated A12 Bionic processor like the one powering the iPhone XS.

In addition to the processor change, the Air has a handful of other changes from the 2017 iPad Pro, such as a lower-resolution 8-megapixel rear camera that records video in 1080p, instead of 4K; and two speakers, instead of the Pro’s four. The Air supports the first-gen Apple Pencil as well as a Smart Keyboard for the Air that looks like the one sold for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro — not the newer Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2018 iPad Pro models.

The 2019 iPad Air fits in between the regular iPad announced this time last year and the 11-inch iPad Pro that appeared toward the end of 2018. Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.


iPad 2018 iPad Air 2019 (10.5) iPad Pro 2018 (11)
Availability See it at Amazon See it at Apple See it at Amazon
Display resolution 9.7-inch; 2,048×1,536-pixel resolution 2,224×1,668-pixel resolution 2,388×1,668-pixel resolution
Pixel density (ppi) 264 ppi 264 ppi 264 ppi
Rear camera 8-megapixel with 5-element lens 8-megapixel with 5-element lens 12-megapixel with 5-element lens
Video recording 1080p 1080p 4K
FaceTime front-facing camera 1.2-megapixel 7-megapixel 7-megapixel
Processor A10 A12 A12X
Dimensions 9.4×6.6×0.29 inches 9.8×6.8×0.24 inches 9.7x7x0.23 inches
Weight 1.03 lbs (Wi-Fi); 1.05 lbs (LTE) 1 lbs (Wi-Fi); 1.02 lbs (LTE) 1.03 lbs (both models)
Battery Up to 10 hours strenuous use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular Up to 10 hours use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular Up to 10 hours strenuous use over Wi-Fi; up to 9 hours over cellular
Headphone jack Yes Yes No
Connector port Lightning Lightning; Apple Smart Connector USB-C; Apple Smart Connector
Apple Pencil-compatibility Yes; original Apple Pencil Yes; original Apple Pencil Yes; 2nd generation
Unlock with Touch ID Touch ID Face ID
SIM card support for cellular model Nano-SIM; included Nano-SIM; eSIM Nano-SIM; eSIM
Works with Smart Keyboard Folio? No; works with Bluetooth keyboard Works with Smart Keyboard Yes
Audio Two-speaker Two-speaker Four-speaker
Capacity and price: Wi-Fi models $329 (32GB) / $429 (128GB) $499 (64GB) / $649 (256GB) $799 (64GB) / $949 (256GB) / $1,149 (512GB) / $1,549 (1TB)
Capacity and price: LTE models $459 (32GB) / $559 (128GB) $629 (64GB) / $779 (256GB) $949 (64GB) / $1,099 (256GB) / $1,299 (512GB) / $1,699 (1TB)

Apple introduces new products in March all the time. At last year’s event, Apple gave a new edition of its entry-level iPad in addition to some education-friendly software initiatives. That today’s announcement was made by press release suggests that the company wants to keep the focus of next week’s event on its new video streaming service.

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