With the new iPadOS landing later in 2019, we wanted to take a look at what options would be the best suited for the OS change. We will be sharing details on what iPadOS is and which older iPad models will be getting it. Not all models will get support, but most will and we think the ones featured in this article will offer the best iPadOS experience.
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What’s changed with the new iPadOS?
Before we delve into the best picks, let’s first evaluate what’s changed with the new iPadOS. If you’ve been an iPad user, then you’ll know that over the years, they have become ever more powerful. The latest jump to the new operating system is designed to give extra functionality to this hardware.
Perhaps the biggest change with iPadOS is the introduction of files. With this, you get an app to browse all of your files, whether they are on the cloud or on internal storage. Tablets have become more suitable for productivity over the years, so being able to access your files will provide a lot of benefit. You will also be able to share folders via iCloud and collaborate on projects with others.
Safari has had an upgrade on iPadOS to give it a desktop-like browsing experience. You get a download manager whilst in-browser apps like Google Docs will provide more functionality and a more fluid experience.
A new dark mode has been introduced, which looks absolutely gorgeous, and plenty of more UI changes have been made across the operating system to better suit the experience to a bigger display. There’s a new photos app, new video and photo editing, and even more performance improvements. Overall, everything is just that much better and more suited for a bigger display.
Which iPads are best for iPadOS?
We have picked out what we think to be the two best options for iPadOS below. Before we showcase why, first we have a full list of all iPads that will support iPadOS.
All iPadOS supported iPads:
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro
- 11-inch iPad Pro
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad (6th generation)
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad mini 4
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Air 2
Out of this entire list, we would suggest the new third generation iPad Air and the new iPad Pro, regardless of display size.
The reason for this is that both options offer a large display. The iPad Air has a 10.5 inch retina display, whilst the latest iPad Pro has an 11 or 12.9 inch display. This means that you’ll get the experience that iPadOS was best designed for - a large screen.
The iPad Air is cheaper, starting at £479, but even at that price point you still get enough hardware power to get crisp, clean performance. You get the A12 Bionic chip, one of Apple’s best performing chips, just behind the A12X. However, if you want the absolute best performance for better video or photo editing, or just an even better quality display, then the iPad Pro range may be better suited for iPadOS. The iPad Pro starts at £769 for the 11 inch version and £969 for the 12.9 inch version.
Both versions of the iPad Pro have the A12X Bionic chip, which is currently the best available from Apple. On top of this, all three tablets have support for Apple Pencil.
Summary and Pricing
Want to know how much you can save on the new iPad Air or iPad Pro in anticipation for iPadOS later this year? Take a look at their pricing through Techscheme below. Keep in mind, these prices are for the base models for each iPad.
|iPad Pro 11"
|iPad Pro 12.9"
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