The Ultimate iPad Buying Guide For 2020

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It’s that time of year again where Apple releases its new tech for the year, including the greatly anticipated iPhone 12 and the new generation of iPad Air and iPad Pro. With so many different types of iPad out there it can be a little confusing to know which is which, so here at forward2me we have put together the ultimate buying guide for iPads in 2020 to help you get your head around them.

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iPad Pro

Available: now

Features: 

  • Liquid Retina display with ProMotion
  • A12Z Bionic chip
  • Compatible with Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio
  • Compatible with Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

With all the same power capabilities of a laptop computer, if not quicker, the iPad Pro 2020 has had some major changes. It now uses Apple’s famous Retina display technology to create an excellent vivid picture, along with ultra-low reflectivity and true tone technology. The new camera includes multiple lenses, like a 10MP ultra-wide camera to go alongside the 12MP wide camera. The A127 Bionic chip also allows the iPad Pro to outpace a number of PC laptops, making it an excellent option for those choosing between a tablet and a laptop, especially with the new magic keyboard and mouse functionality.

Base prices for the iPad Pro 2020 start at £769 but climb quickly depending on storage space and the screen size, as it’s available in both 11inch and 12.9inch.

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Apple

Currys PC World

iPad Air

Available from: October 2020

Features:

  • 10.9 inch Liquid Retina display
  • Touch ID
  • A14 Bionic chipset
  • Apple Pencil support
  • Magic keyboard support
  • A range of colours

When it returned in 2018, the iPad Air had some great features, but in 2020 they have taken it to another level. Boasting a 10.9 inch display that’s akin to the iPad Pro as well as a more powerful chipset than the more premium iPad, the new iPad Air is an excellent tablet to pick up.

With a 7 megapixel front camera and 12 megapixel rear camera, this tablet has some serious firepower for those who are into their photography, especially with the two storage options to choose from, 64gb and 256gb.

You’ll find the iPad Air 2020 available to pre-order for £579 on the Apple site and Currys PC World.

iPad

Available: October 2020

Features:

  • Retina display
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • 32GB or 128GB
  • Compatible with Smart Keyboard
  • Compatible with Apple Pencil (1st generation)

The iPad is Apple’s original tablet offering but in 2020 it’s had a bit of a facelift. Capable of completing any day to day task with the ultra-fast A12 Bionic chip, the iPad combines tremendous capability with unmatched ease of use and versatility. A perfect size for learning on too, the 10.2” Retina display, allows you to take notes and get creative with ease.

Available in 32GB or 128GB versions, the iPad starts at £329 from various retailers:

Apple

Currys PC World

Argos

iPad Mini

Available: Now

Features: 

  • Retina display
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • Home/Touch ID sensor
  • 8-megapixel camera with HD recording capabilities
  • Compatible with Bluetooth keyboards
  • Compatible with Apple Pencil (1st generation)

The iPad mini just got mightier! Featuring a thin, light and portable design in 7.9” that makes it the perfect on-the-go companion for those that want the power of a computer in their pocket but don’t want to lug the weight of one around. With up to 10 hours of battery life, you’ll be able to work or play all day on one single charge. 

Available in 64GB and 256GB versions, the iPad mini starts at £399 from various retailers:

Apple

Currys PC World

Argos
 

Other Tech Guides

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