Which iPad should I buy in NZ 2020

Knowing which iPad to buy has been confusing for a long time. And thanks to the powerful specs boost the iPad Air got at Apple’s September 2020 event; things just got even more muddled.

Below, I’ve put all the current iPads’ specs, features and NZ prices into a table to help you see what you are, and aren’t getting, in each iPad model.

Which iPad should I buy in NZ?

Ugh. That’s a tough question. And it’s not one there’s an easy answer for. Which is probably why Apple has released so many different iPads recently.

If you’re just looking for an iPad to give to your child (no judgement here), then I suggest saving some money and opting for the iPad Mini (5th-gen) or iPad (8th-gen) and spending some of that money you’ve saved on a rugged case.

If you’re looking for a laptop replacement, then the iPad Pro used to be the device that Apple had designed specifically for you. However, with the updates the iPad Air (4th-gen) got at the same September 2020 Apple Event, things got more confusing. Again.

Now, with Magic or Smart Keyboard support compatibility, the exact same display, and the improved A14 processor (albeit not the same number of cores). The iPad Air (4th-gen) is the device that I think most people should buy for work. Unless you have a specific need for ProMotion, LiDAR, an extra camera, Face ID, and an extra 0.3-inches/2-inches of display – the iPad Air is the device you should buy for serious work.

Unless you have a specific need for ProMotion, LiDAR, an extra camera, Face ID, and an extra 0.3-inches/2-inches of display – the iPad Air is the device you should buy for serious work.

iPad specs and NZ price comparison table (October 2020)

12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th-gen)11-inch iPad Pro (2nd-gen)iPad Air (4th-gen)iPad (8th-gen)iPad mini (5th-gen)
Screen size12.9‑inch11‑inch10.9‑inch10.2-inch7.9-inch
Display techLiquid Retina displayLiquid Retina displayLiquid Retina displayRetina displayRetina display
Resolution2732 x 20482388 x 16682360 x 16402160 x 16202048 x 1536
Selfie camera7MP7MP7MP1.2MP7MP
Main camera(s)12MP, 10MP ultrawide12MP, 10MP ultrawide)12MP8MP8MP
Apple Pencil2nd-generation2nd-generation2nd-generation1st-genertion1st-genertion
Keyboard supportMagic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Bluetooth keyboardsMagic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Bluetooth keyboardsMagic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Bluetooth keyboardsSmart Keyboard (non-folio) and Bluetooth keyboardsOnly Bluetooth keyboards
PortUSB-CUSB-CUSB-CLightningLightning
ProcessorA12Z BionicA12Z BionicA14 BionicA12 BionicA12 Bionic
Storage128 / 256 / 512GB / 1TB128 / 256 / 512GB / 1TB64 / 256GB32 / 128GB64 / 256GB
Weight641 grams471 grams458 grams490 grams300.5 grams
NZ Price (Wi-Fi)$1,849 / $2,029 / $2,389 / $2,749$1,499 / $1,679 / $2,039 / $2,399$999 / $1,249$569 / $749$679 / $929
Price (Wi-Fi + Cellular)$2,129 / $2,309 / $2,669 / $3,029$1,779 / $1,959 / $2,319 / $2,679$1,219 / $1,469$789 / $969$899 / $1,149
SecurityFace IDFace IDTouch ID built into power buttonTouch ID built into home buttonTouch ID built into home button
Battery10 hours10 hours10 hours10 hours10 hours
Wifi 6YesYesYesNoNo
Headphone jackNoNoNoYesYes
Speakers44222
OtherLIDAR, ProMotion, True ToneLIDAR, ProMotion, True ToneTrue ToneTrue Tone

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