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Select the iPad of interest for complete technical specs on the particular device.

For specs on the all iPad models -- not just the current ones -- click the "All iPad Specs" tab above.

iPad Q&As:

Ever since it was founded in 1996, has answered Mac questions sent in by readers. Likewise,'s iPad Q&A and iPad Troubleshooting & Repair Q&A answer iPad-related questions with the same precise attention to detail.

Click on each tab for the five most frequently asked iPad questions in each category.

Five of the top iPad Q&As covering the differences between models include:

  • What are the main differences between the bewildering array of current iPad mini and iPad Air models? Which is ideal for me?
  • What are all the differences between the iPad Air and the iPad Air 2? Which should I buy?
  • What are all the differences between the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3? Which is the better value?
  • What are all the differences between the original iPad mini (1st Gen) and the iPad mini 2? Is the older model worth the savings?
  • What are all the differences between the iPad Air (5th Gen) and the iPad 4th Gen? Is one of these older models still worth considering?

Five of the top iPad Q&As covering performance and features include:

  • How fast are the iPad Air and iPad mini Retina (2nd Gen) compared to one another? How fast are they compared to their predecessors?
  • Can the iPad be used to type documents? Can it open and save Microsoft Office files? Can it open and save PDF files?
  • How do you print directly from the iPad without transferring files to a computer first? Is it possible?
  • How do you connect an iPad to a television or projector to display photos or video? What formats and resolutions does it support? What are the video out differences between iPad models?
  • Can you connect a camera to the iPad to transfer photos? How do you connect a camera to transfer photos? Does it have an SD card slot? Does the iPad work with the iPod Camera Connector?

Five of the top iPad Q&As covering troubleshooting and repair include:

  • How can I unlock my iPad if I forgot the passcode?
  • How do I fix my iPad if it will not turn on, turn off, or wake up?
  • How do I reboot or restart a "frozen" or "hung" iPad? How do I reboot or restart a "frozen" or "hung" app or otherwise "force quit" an app?
  • How do I replace the headphone/audio jack in the original iPad and the iPad 2?
  • How do I replace the battery in the original iPad and the iPad 2?

If your question is not answered above, be sure to see's complete iPad Q&A and iPad Troubleshooting & Repair Q&A as well as the official iPad manuals. If none of those answer your question, try unofficial forums for community support.

iPad Instruction Manuals:

The official instruction manuals from Apple for each iPad are linked in PDF format below. The iPad itself can view PDFs without difficulty, and a PDF program likely is already installed on any other computer or device you may use to view this site, but if not, you will need to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The model number is a specific identifier listed on the back toward the bottom of each iPad in tiny print. If your iPad will boot, you also easily can identify it by launching the "Settings" app and then selecting General > About > and scrolling to Model. This "Model," which also is referred to as an "Order Number" should look like MD328LL. Type this number into's Ultimate iLookup for an exact match.

For additional methods to identify a specific model, please refer to iPad Identification.

iPad (Specs) Model No Instruction Manual
iPad Wi-Fi (Original) A1219 Apple Manual
iPad Wi-Fi/3G/GPS (Original) A1337 Apple Manual
iPad 2 (Wi-Fi Only) A1395 Apple Manual
iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/GSM/GPS) A1396 Apple Manual
iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/CDMA/GPS) A1397 Apple Manual
iPad 2 (iPad2,4) A1395 Apple Manual
iPad 3rd Gen (Wi-Fi Only) A1416 Apple Manual
iPad 3rd Gen (Wi-Fi/AT&T/GPS) A1430 Apple Manual
iPad 3rd Gen (Wi-Fi/Verizon/GPS) A1403 Apple Manual
iPad 4th Gen (Wi-Fi Only) A1458 Apple Manual
iPad 4th Gen (Wi-Fi/AT&T/GPS) A1459 Apple Manual
iPad 4th Gen (Wi-Fi/Verizon & Sprint/GPS) A1460 Apple Manual
iPad mini (Wi-Fi Only) A1432 Apple Manual
iPad mini (Wi-Fi/AT&T/GPS) A1454 Apple Manual
iPad mini (Wi-Fi/Verizon & Sprint/GPS) A1455 Apple Manual
iPad Air (Wi-Fi Only) A1474 Apple Manual
iPad Air (Wi-Fi/Cellular) A1475 Apple Manual
iPad mini 2 (Retina/2nd Gen - Wi-Fi Only) A1489 Apple Manual
iPad mini 2 (Retina/2nd Gen - Wi-Fi/Cellular) A1490 Apple Manual
iPad mini 2 (Retina/2nd Gen, China) A1491 Apple Manual
iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi Only) A1566 Apple Manual
iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi/Cellular) A1567 Apple Manual
iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi Only) A1599 Apple Manual
iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi/Cellular) A1600 Apple Manual
iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi/Cellular, China) A1601 Apple Manual

If the manual does not provide the info you need, be sure to read's answers to frequently asked questions and search iPad forums, as well.

iPad Forums:

From time-to-time even the most detailed answers and the instruction manual do not address a specific iPad issue. Other times, it is ideal to get a variety of feedback from those with hands on experience regarding a particular product or accessory. In these instances, unofficial iPad forums should be able to help.

A selection of active iPad communities include:

Apple (Official) iLounge Forums Everything iCafe iMore Forums
ModMyi Forums iPadForums Whirlpool Forums MacTalk iPad

To improve the likelihood that the iPad community will be accepting, be sure to:

  1. Search a particular forum -- as well as other forums -- prior to posting a message. Many questions may have been addressed previously, and you don't want to look foolish or lazy.
  2. When you post your message, include links to relevant information about your inquiry from the forum itself and elsewhere around the web (like, so the existing community will know that you have made an effort to address the problem or obtain feedback independently before posting.

Those who follow these simple rules are likely to be welcomed members of the community. It's always a good idea to review the specific forum rules before posting, too.

iPad Reviews:

A handful of quality reviews for all iPad models are below for your convenience. For the iPad Air and iPad mini 2nd Gen, video reviews also are below.

The well-known iLounge has in-depth reviews for the iPad Air and iPad mini 2nd Gen that include usage info, battery life, performance, and more. The same site also has detailed reviews for the original iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3rd Gen, iPad 4th Gen and iPad mini.

AnandTech provides the site's trademark "thorough" reviews for the iPad Air and iPad mini 2nd Gen geared toward those interested in hardcore technical details. AnandTech has reviews for the original iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3rd Gen, iPad 4th Gen, and iPad mini, too.

ArsTechnica likewise provides multi-page reviews of the iPad Air and iPad mini 2nd Gen purporting to offer "everything you wanted to know" about each device. Ars also provides reviews for the original iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3rd Gen, iPad 4th Gen, and iPad mini.

Although they're not as lengthy, for those who prefer a more concise take, the WSJ also has quality reviews of the iPad Air and iPad mini 2nd Gen in addition to reviews for the original iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3rd Gen, iPad 4th Gen, and iPad mini.

iPad Video Reviews:

Video reviews for the latest iPad models -- the iPad Air and iPad mini 2nd Gen -- follow.

The first video, from Zollotech, covers the iPad Air, and the second video, from JTechAppleTV, covers the iPad mini 2nd Gen. You also may be interested in the comprehensive written reviews listed above for all iPad models.

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