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May 16,2020 • Filed to: iPad Recovery • Proven solutions

Among iPad models, you can easy tell which one is iPad mini. The situation is totally different for iPad 1, iPad 2, the new iPad (iPad 3), iPad with Retina display (iPad 4), iPad Air, and iPad Air 2. This article will tell you how to distinguish iPad models.

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Part 1. Distinguishing between the iPad 1, iPad 2, the new iPad, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air and iPad Air 2

1. Siri is only available on iPad with Retina display

This is the easiest way to distinguish iPad with Retina display (iPad 4) from iPad 2 and the new iPad (iPad 3). Check whether Siri is on your iPad, if it exists, it should be an iPad with Retina display, rather than iPad 2 or the new iPad.

siri on ipad

2. The new connector for iPad with Retina display

Since iPad mini and iPad with Retina display, Apple introduces a smaller connector and thus smaller port on iPad. If you're using a Lightning connector, your iPad is iPad 4, instead of iPad 2 or iPad 3.

ipad connector

Part 2. Differences between the new iPad (iPad 3) and iPad 2

1. Camera Size

A huge improvement was made on the third generation of iPad. The lens is bigger and it has a wider angle and aperture. If you have a vernier caliper, use it to measure the camera diameter of iPad 2 (5.5mm) and the new iPad (6.9mm). If you have 2 different iPads on hand, judge it with your eyes.

ipad cameras

Note that the iPad 3 has been discontinued. It was replaced by the iPad with Retina display on October 23, 2012.

2. Voice Dictation Key

Voice Dictation, Siri's little sister, is an application to translate what you say into words. To distinguish the new iPad from iPad 2, simply check whether the Voice Dictation button is on the keyboard or not. If it's there, your iPad is the new iPad (iPad 3).

ipad voice dictations

Part 3. Using Model Number to Distinguish iPad Models

So here is how to find the model number of your iPad:

apple ipad model number

Part 4. How to distinguish iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3

They look exactly the same externally, so what separates these iPad minis? The processor is 1 GHz dual core ARM Cortex A9 in the 1st gen and 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple Cyclone in the later 2 generations. The graphics is supported by Dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP2 in the 1st generation mini whereas it upgrades to Quad-core PowerVR G6430 in the 2nd and 3rd generations. The 2nd and 3rd generation gets retina display whereas the 1st generation had the normal 1024*768 pixels. The operating system is iOS 8 in all three of them. The camera also is the same 1080p video recording, 5 MP, 30 fps with 5X digital zoom at the back and 1.2 MP in front. The battery gets a slight upgrade in the 2nd and 3rd generation. It goes from 4440 mAH to 6471 mAH.

There is little separating the 2nd generation and the 3rd generation actually. The only noteworthy difference is the finger print scanner in the home button in the 3rd generation.

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