9th March 2020 | Guides, iOSiPad Buyers Guide: How to Pick the Right iPadUnderstanding what second-hand iPad you’re purchasing can be confusing. You know what colour and size you want, but software support is an equally significant factor that you could be completely unaware of. We’ve created a handy guide to help you decide precisely what iPad you should purchase.Apple has four ranges of iPad with different performance, screen sizes, and storage. The amount you spend on your used iPad will directly correlate to the age of the iPad and performance. Selecting the correct range will mean you can afford a much newer iPad, and money isn’t spent on unnecessary performance.Something to note is the iPad 4 and older do not support the latest iOS, which could cause some incompatibilities with some apps. However, unless you want it for something like online banking, they are heavily discounted with the lack of iOS support. They’re a great bargain if the iOS version is not essential to you.If you don’t play games, store photos and videos or other similar tasks, you won’t need anything more than 32GB. If your iPad is more of a portable TV to you, 16GB of storage is plenty as you’re not storing a lot on the device. On the other hand, if you do plan on using the iPad for those tasks, 32GB is a recommended minimum as you’ll have to keep deleting apps or photos and videos on a 16GB model.We’ve broken each range down into their most important points. Take into consideration what is most important to you then look at the models in each range to find the right iPad. You could look further into each model and each itteration but we recommend finding the right range then spending as much as your budget permits on the newst model in that range you can afford. Differences between models are generally small and are normally performance, battery and screen quality related.iPadThe original iPadEntry-level performanceStandard screen sizeGreat value for moneyOlder models much cheaper if at risk of breakingModelScreenRelease YearMin iOSMax iOSSiriAirdrop & Hand OffStorageColoursiPad9.7-inch2010iOS 3.2iOS 5.1.1NoNo16, 32, 64 GBBlackiPad 29.7-inch2011iOS 4.3iOS 9.3.6NoNo16, 32, 64 GBBlack, WhiteiPad 39.7-inch2012iOS 5.1iOS 9.3.6YesNo16, 32, 64 GBBlack, WhiteiPad 49.7-inch2012iOS 6.0iOS 10.3.4YesYes16, 32, 64, 128 GBBlack, WhiteiPad 59.7-inch2017iOS 10.3CurrentYesYes32, 128 GBSpace Grey, Silver, GoldiPad 69.7-inch2018iOS 11.3CurrentYesYes32, 128 GBSpace Grey, Silver, GoldiPad MiniMuch smaller screenHighly portable and lightEntry-level performanceGreat for travelling with and for young childrenModelScreenRelease YearMin iOSMax iOSSiriAirdrop & Hand OffStorageColoursiPad Mini7.9-inch2012iOS 6.0.1iOS 9.3.6YesYes16, 32, 64 GBBlack Slate, White Silver, Space GreyiPad Mini 27.9-inch2013iOS 7.0.3CurrentYesYes16, 32, 64, 128 GBSpace Grey, SilveriPad Mini 37.9-inch2014iOS 8.1CurrentYesYes16, 64, 128 GBSpace Grey, Silver, GoldiPad Mini 47.9-inch2015iOS 9.0CurrentYesYes16, 32, 64, 128 GBSpace Grey, Silver, GoldiPad Mini 57.9-inch2017iOS 10.3CurrentYesYes64, 256 GBSpace Grey, Silver, GoldiPad AirMid-level performanceGreat for light video editing and photo editingBetter gaming abilityStandard Screen SizeModelScreenRelease YearMin iOSMax iOSSiriAirdrop & Hand OffStorageColoursiPad Air9.7-inch2013iOS 7.0.3CurrentYesYes16, 32, 64, 128 GBSpace Grey, SilveriPad Air 29.7-inch2014iOS 8.1CurrentYesYes16, 32, 64, 128 GBSpace Grey, Silver, GoldiPad Air 310.5-inch2019iOS 12.2CurrentYesYes64, 256 GBSpace Grey, Silver, GoldiPad ProHigh-level performanceDesigned for professional useRange of screen sizesExpensiveModelScreenRelease YearMin iOSMax iOSSiriAirdrop & Hand OffStorageColoursiPad Pro12.9-inch2015iOS 9.1CurrentYesYes32, 128, 256 GBSpace Grey, Silver, GoldiPad Pro9.7-inch2016iOS 9.3CurrentYesYes32, 128, 256 GBSpace Grey, Silver, Gold, Rose GoldiPad Pro10.5-inch2017iOS 10.3.2CurrentYesYes64, 256, 512 GBSpace Grey, Silver, Gold, Rose GoldiPad Pro 212.9-inch2017iOS 10.3.2CurrentYesYes64, 256, 512 GBSpace Grey, Silver, Gold, Rose GoldiPad Pro11-inch2018iOS 12.1CurrentYesYes64, 256, 512 GB, 1 TBSpace Grey, SilveriPad Pro 312.9-inch2018iOS 12.1CurrentYesYes64, 256, 512 GB, 1 TBSpace Grey, Silver If you’re still unsure what iPad is right for you, ask our team! We’re available on our live chat or give us a call, and we will happily point you in the right direction.