iPad Screen Resolution – Display Size Information of All iPad Models

Rolling out of Apple iPad back in 2010 brought up a paradigm shift in the form of an entirely new technology gadget category we now adore as tablets. No one even considered that the iPad Screen Resolution would be like what it is today. 

No doubt tablets were in the market before the advent of iPad, but we can all agree on the fact that iPad is a generation apart from the tablet devices that came before it.

One of the most important thing that sets it apart from its early rivals was the beautiful display specs and resolution it came with.

And, the portability, elegance and everything above that was an icing on the cake.

Technology has changed a lot since the original iPad came out and so has the screen resolution.

And if you really care about the sharpness of your iPad display and particularly resolution, but don’t know which one to go for, this post is certainly going to help.

Further Reading: Interested in the Outer Dimensions? Be sure to Check our Post containing iPad Dimensions of all the iPad Models

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In this post, we have collected all the information on all the iPad models with their screen resolution, pixel density and a bunch of other important stuff to help you make an educated buying decision.

If you need help understanding how the screen-size in retina display works, you can check this iPad screen size guide by Kyle.

iPad Screen Resolution (1st Gen)

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iPad 1 was released on April 3 in the year 2010 by Steve Jobs himself, and it was received as a brilliant device right from the presentation. This was further proved by iPad’s sales, that hit the roof with over 300,000 sold in first 24 hours.

This iPad featured Wi-Fi connection with a display size of 9.7” and an anti-scratch coating over a pixel density of 132ppi.

 

Device Name
iPad 1 (1st Generation)
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1219; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1337
Screen resolution
768 x 1024 pixels
Logical Resolution
789 x 592 px
Pixel Density
~132 ppi
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
9.7 in (250 mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
768 x 768

iPad 2 (Second Generation)

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Sporting a thinner profile and about 33% lighter weight, this iPad was also launched by Steve Jobs in the year 2011 following the huge success of the original iPad.

The processor was also enhanced, but the battery remained the same, as it was exceptionally good in the first place. A coating of scratch-resistant and anti-fingerprint was also added in response to feedback given by the original iPad users.

Device Name
iPad 2 (2nd Generation)
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1395; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1396 or A1397
Screen resolution
768 x 1024 pixels
Logical Resolution
768 x 1024 px
Pixel Density
~132 ppi
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
9.7 in (250 mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
2048 x 2048

iPad 3 (3rd Generation)

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This third generation of iPad was launched by Tim Cook in 2012 and its strongest forte is considered to be its powerful dual-core Apple A5x processor.

In addition to that, the ram is also ramped up at 1024 Mb DDR II. But the thing that really set it apart from its predecessor is its amazing retina display with around 50% more pixels from the previous iPad generations.

Device Name
iPad 3 (3rd Generation)
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1416; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1430 or A1403
Screen resolution
2048 x 1536 pixels
Logical Resolution
2048 x 1536 px
Pixel Density
~264 PPI
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
9.7 in (250 mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
2048 x 1536 px


iPad 4 (4th Generation)

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The only marginal thing about this iPad 4 is its slightly enhanced processor of 1.4 GHz dual-core Apple A6x.

In addition to that, this is the first iPad to offer up to 128 GB of storage space without limiting the other lower levels of storage space of 16, 32, and 64 GB.

It was launched in 2013 and remains the latest version in that form and a dimension of 9.7’’.

Device Name
iPad 4
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1458; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1459 or A1460
Screen resolution
2048 x 1536 pixels
Logical Resolution
2048 x 1536 px
Pixel Density
~264 PPI
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
9.7 in (250 mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
2048 x 2048 px

iPad Mini (1st Generation)

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While everyone was busy making bigger tablets following the principle of “bigger is better”, Apple actually made a U-turn and came up with a smaller device in 2012 in the form of a device that would be remembered as the all famous iPad Mini 1.

The device came in with a 7.9 inch (200mm) display with the same LED technology used in the previous iPad’s. Despite its smaller form and minimal resolution, the device was a huge hit among customers, probably because of its high portability and relatively cheap price.

Device Name
iPad Mini 1 (1st Generation)
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1432; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1454 or A1455
Screen resolution
1024 x 1536 pixels
Logical Resolution
768 x 1024 px
Pixel Density
~163 PPI
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
7.9 in (200mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
1936 x 2448 px

iPad Mini 2 (or iPad Mini Retina) Screen Resolution

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Apart from the all-powerful A7 processor, one of the most prominent features of this iPad Mini was its astounding retina display with a 326 PPI pixel density as against the mundane 163 PPI of iPad 1st generation.

On top of it, the iPad Mini Retina also came at a price about $100 less than the previous one, all these reasons factored in to make it a huge sales success.

Device Name
iPad Mini 2 (iPad Mini Retina)
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1489; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1490
Screen resolution
2048 x 1536 pixels
Logical Resolution
768 x 1024 px
Pixel Density
~163 PPI
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
7.9 in (200mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
1164 x 1424 px

iPad Air (5th Generation) Screen Resolution

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The main selling point of this iPad, as the name quite suggests is its insanely lightweight (0.44 pounds) which, along with all the bells and whistles makes it a perfect companion for travel productivity as well as leisure.

Released in November 2013, the iPad Air is clocked in with a 64-bit processor with help of which it is able to crush every benchmark test and the crown itself as a clear and superior update from the previous generations of iPad.

Device Name
iPad Air (5th Generation)
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1474; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1475
Screen resolution
1536 x 2048 pixels
Logical Resolution
768 x 1024 px
Pixel Density
~264 PPI
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
9.7” (250 mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
2542 x 2542 px

iPad Mini 3 (3rd Generation iPad Mini)

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A minor update to the previous iPad Mini 2 retina with almost everything, ranging right from resolution and design to performance remaining the same.

The only update is the inclusion of Touch ID which can be used to lock apps, device and make quick payments using the Apple pay using your fingerprint.

Device Name
iPad Mini 3
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1599; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1600
Screen resolution
2048 x 1536 pixels
Logical Resolution
768 x 1024 px
Pixel Density
~326 PPI
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
7.9 inch (200mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
1164 x 1424 px

iPad Air 2 (6th Generation)

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Released alongside the iPad Mini 3, this iPad, in contrast to iPad Mini is a major upgrade to the previous Air, notably in terms of portability. This was done by gearing up this 6

This was done by gearing up this 6th generation iPad with the first-of-a-kind triple-core processor, making it faster than any iPad device.

The performance and multi-tasking got a further bump with an incorporation of an extra 1 GB RAM. This and its ultra-lightweight and super-portable design makes it dare we say, “the best mid-sized tablet to this day.”

Device Name
iPad Air 2 (6th Generation)
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1566; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1567
Screen resolution
2048 x 1536 pixels
Logical Resolution
768 x 1024 px
Pixel Density
~264 PPI
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
9.7 in (250 mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
1164 x 1424 px

iPad Mini 4 (4th Generation Mini)

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Unlike the 3rd generation iPad Mini, this iPad Mini 4th generation was a huge upgrade, so much so that it coerced Apple into killing its predecessor.

It is the same as iPad Mini in terms of design per se, but the fact that it is implanted with the same processor as that of iPad Air makes it a super powerful mini-giant.

Device Name
iPad Mini 4
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1538; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1550
Screen resolution
2048 x 1536 pixels
Logical Resolution
768 x 1024 px
Pixel Density
~326 PPI
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
7.9 inch (200mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
1262 x 1262 px

12.9 inch iPad Pro (1st Generation iPad Pro)

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In addition to flaunting a beautiful and humongous 12.9-inch retina display, this iPad Pro is also powered by an all-powerful A9x processor, making everything a lot faster.

Furthermore, this iPad Pro comes in with support for Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboards, which unequivocally makes it a perfect companion for artists as well as writers.

Device Name
12.9 inch iPad Pro
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1584; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1652
Screen resolution
2048 x 2732 pixels
Logical Resolution
1366 x 1024 px
Pixel Density
~264 PPI
Aspect Ratio
3:4
Diagonal Size
12.9 in (328 mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
2732 x 2732 px

9.7-inch iPad Pro (1st Generation)

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Sporting all the features of the Pro series, this device was launched in 2016 and aimed at people who want to use the Apple Pencil and smart keyboard without having to shake hands with a bigger frame of the 12.9-inch pro model.

The display features True Tone and decreased bright light glare in addition to boasting a 12MP camera that is compatible with Live Photos.

Device Name
9.7 Inch iPad Pro (1st Generation)
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1673; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1674 or A1675
Screen resolution
2048 x 1536 pixels
Logical Resolution
768 x 1024 px
Pixel Density
~264 PPI
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
9.7 in (250 mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
2584 x 2584 px

The iPad 2017 Screen Resolution

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The feature that makes this iPad stand out from all the other models, besides its subtle name is its price, which is aimed at people who like the iPad experience but don’t have extra dough to shell on the other expensive options.

Released in March 2017, this is the latest iPad and embodies some really good performance tweaks but has an added ½ inch thickness against the slim iPad Air 2.

Device Name
The iPad 2017
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1822; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1823
Screen resolution
1536 x 2048 pixels
Logical Resolution
768 x 1024 px
Pixel Density
~264 PPI
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
9.7 in (250 mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
2584 x 2584 px

10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017)

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The most expensive iPad Pro to date, maybe because of its ability to extend the display while adding only about a ½ inch to the overall form with respect to iPad Air. Following the 2017 lead of minimal bezel, this device is sure pleasing to look at.

The performance is also the best in iPad series but the whopping price of $649 dollars makes you want to think twice if you should give in to that elegance.

Device Name
10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017)
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1701; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1709
Screen resolution
2224 × 1668 pixels
Logical Resolution
768 x 1024 px
Pixel Density
~264 PPI
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
10.5 inches (267 mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
2144 x 2144

12.9-inch iPad Pro 2017 Screen Resolution

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A true tone display that adjusts the colors and saturation according to surroundings for a better viewing experience is included in the second generation of iPad Pro 12.9”.

In addition to that, this feature gives your iPad a theatrical wide color gambit that makes videos and games look that much better.

Device Name
12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd Generation iPad Pro 12.9” 2017)
Device Code
Wi-Fi- A1670; Wi-Fi + Cellular- A1671
Screen resolution
2048 x 2732 pixels
Logical Resolution
1366 x 1024 px
Pixel Density
~264 PPI
Aspect Ratio
4:3
Diagonal Size
12.9 in (328 mm)
Optimal Wallpaper Resolution
1024 x 1366

We hope our post helped you pick up the right iPad model on the basis of iPad screen resolution. If you find any discrepancies in the post, feel free to contact us.