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Compare the Apple iPad (2018) to the Apple iPad Air 2019

The Apple iPad Air 2019 is one of Apple's new tablets. This means that there's another option besides the iPad Pro, iPad, and iPad Mini. So it could be tricky choosing the right iPad. Can't decide between the Apple iPad (2018) and the latest Apple iPad Air 2019? In this article, I'll explain the differences between these 2 tablets.

Apple iPad Air (2019) 64GB WiFi + 4G

10.5-inch standard Retina Display | Multitasking with 2 apps at the same time | Compatible with Apple Pencil
699,-
in stock
  • Thanks to the A12 processor, you can multitask without any problems, and you can use multiple apps at the same time.
  • Thanks to the Apple Pencil 1 support, you can highlight words, make handwritten notes, and draw next to texts.
  • This iPad Air (2019) is 6.1mm thick and weighs 464 grams, so it easily fits in your bag and you can take it anywhere.
  • You can't expand the storage capacity with a memory card.
  • It doesn't include an Apple Pencil.

Apple iPad (2018) 32GB WiFi + 4G

9.7-inch Retina screen | Internet via WiFi and SIM card | 32G storage capacity
489,-
temporarily sold out
  • Thanks to the Apple Pencil support, you can highlight words, make handwritten notes, and draw next to texts.
  • With the Apple A10 Fusion chip, you can navigate apps more quickly, edit 4K footage, or play demanding games.
  • The 4:3 aspect ratio is great for reading and browsing.
  • You can't expand the storage capacity with a memory card.
  • It doesn't include an Apple Pencil.

Compare the Apple iPad (2018) to the Apple iPad Air 2019

Apple iPad (2018) Apple iPad Air (2019)
Screen 9.7-inch Retina display 10.5-inch Retina display
Processor A10 Fusion chip A12 Bionic chip
Unlock Touch ID Touch ID
Compatibility Apple Pencil Apple Pencil 1 Apple Pencil 1
Camera 8-MP 8-MP
FaceTime camera 1,2-MP 7-MP
Storage capacity 32 and 128GB 64 and 256GB
Colors Silver, Space Gray, and Gold Silver, Space Gray, and Gold

The processor

Apple iPad (2018)

Apple iPad (2018): use 2 apps simultaneously without problems

The Apple iPad (2018) is equipped with the A10 Fusion chip. This chip's performance is 40% faster than that of its predecessor, the A9 chip. You can quickly switch between apps, and I can easily use 2 apps simultaneously. The A10 Fusion chip also gives improved 4G support. This doubles download speeds from 150 megabits per second to 300Mbps. That means pages will load faster.

iPad Air 2019

Apple iPad Air 2019: edit photos and videos without interruptions

The A12 Bionic processor of the Apple iPad Air 2019 is even faster than that of the Apple iPad (2018). With the A12 processor, I can effortlessly work in different apps simultaneously, and I can edit photos and videos without delays. We also see this chip in the latest iPhone Xs smartphones. The A10 chip of the Apple iPad (2018) is found in the iPhone 7, so it's a lot older and slower than the A12 Bionic chip.

The screen

Apple iPad (2018) display

Apple iPad (2018): with Apple Pencil 1 support

The Apple iPad (2018) has a 9.7-inch Retina display and supports Apple Pencil (1st generation). This make the iPad extremely versatile. I can draw and sketch on the display for all my creative moments. I can also use it for my work or studies by highlighting words and making handwritten notes, turning the iPad into my own notepad. The screen doesn't support True Tone and doesn't have an anti-reflective coating.

iPad Air 3 display

Apple iPad Air 2019: True Tone, anti-reflective coating, and suitable for Apple Pencil 1

The Apple iPad Air 2019 also has a Retina display. The display is a little bigger though, as it's 10.5 inches. The screen also supports True Tone, which makes the colors look true-to-life in any circumstances. In addition, the display of the iPad Air 2019 is laminated, so the glass plate is placed exactly on the screen. The anti-reflective coating allows me to also use the iPad Air 2019 outside in bright sunlight. The iPad Air 2019 is also suitable for the Apple Pencil 1.

Other differences

iPad Air 3

Of course, the iPad Air 2019 is flatter (6.1mm vs 7.5mm) and lighter (456 grams vs 469 grams) than the iPad (2018). The iPad Air 2019 also supports Apple's Smart Keyboard, thanks to the Smart Connector. The Apple iPad (2018) only works with Bluetooth keyboards. On top of that, the 7-megapixel selfie camera of the iPad Air 2019 is a lot better than the 1.2-megapixel selfie camera of the iPad (2018). The Apple iPad Air 2019 comes in 64GB and 256GB versions, while the Apple iPad (2018) has either 32GB or 128GB of storage capacity.

Conclusion

Both tablets support Apple Pencil (1st generation) and feature Touch ID. There are still some improvements in the iPad Air 2019 that make me prefer the iPad Air 2019 over the iPad (2018), though. The screen's better, the processor is a lot faster, and the tablet is thinner and lighter. The A12 Bionic chip is so powerful that I'm sure that I'll be using the Apple iPad Air 2019 for the coming years without it becoming too slow.



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