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  • - Hey guys, this is Austin.

  • After years of outdated iPads, there are now fresh models

  • up and down the Apple store, which of course,

  • begs the question, should you buy an iPad in 2019?

  • Apple got a lot right with the first gen iPad.

  • The overall size and form factor, well definitely evolved,

  • they're still actually not that far away

  • from the iPads that we have today.

  • For example, look at battery life.

  • Back when the iPad first launched,

  • it had a pretty impressive 10 hours on a charge.

  • Fast forward nearly 10 years later and surprise, surprise,

  • every single iPad you can buy today

  • still has that exact same 10 hour rating.

  • Things got a lot thinner with the iPad 2,

  • where basics we expect such as cameras were added

  • and it wasn't until the third generation iPad

  • that we got the much needed retina display

  • which was far, far better than what you had

  • on the original 2 iPads.

  • Beyond that though, there really wasn't a lot

  • of evolution on the iPad front, that is until 2012

  • with the introduction of the iPad Mini.

  • This shrunk things down to the form factor

  • that believe it or not, we basically still have today

  • with the current iPad Mini.

  • There were quite a few updates over the next few years

  • including the introduction of the iPad Air.

  • But the big news really was the iPad Pro in 2015.

  • This brought for the first time, a physical keyboard,

  • a much larger 12.9 inch screen as well as the introduction

  • of the Apple Pencil for the very first time.

  • Now the iPad lineup is actually the broadest

  • that it's ever been.

  • You have options all the way from $330 to an eye-wateringly

  • expensive $1,900 for the maxed out version of the iPad Pro.

  • First of all, we have the iPad iPad, which is I guess,

  • the best name for the base model of the iPad.

  • Now sure, you lose out on some of the high-end features,

  • but only $330, this really is my go to answer

  • when most people ask, what's the iPad I should go for?

  • Next up in the line is the newly refreshed 2019 iPad Mini.

  • Now for a while, this was still being sold,

  • but it was way, way out of date.

  • Now thankfully, while it hasn't seen the biggest hardware

  • update, it has seen a major internal upgrade,

  • which really does bring it back up to that 2019 spec

  • that you expect when you're paying $400 for an iPad.

  • At $500, there's the iPad Air.

  • Now this is also refreshed for 2019.

  • It has very similar specs to that iPad Mini.

  • You can really think of this as an upgrade

  • from the iPad iPad, sure it's a little bit more expensive,

  • but you're getting a better display.

  • You're getting support for things such as the smart keyboard

  • and you do get those more modern specs.

  • Last, but definitely not least, we have the big guy.

  • The iPad Pro, now available in not only an 11 inch,

  • but a 12.9 inch size.

  • First of all, you get the best displays on any iPad here.

  • And there are a lot of other major advantages.

  • You've got the much better Apple Pencil support.

  • You've got USB-C, you've got great speakers.

  • Really this is the top of the line,

  • but it definitely costs top of the line prices.

  • It seems like a great time to buy an iPad right?

  • We've got brand new options pretty much from top to bottom.

  • But of course, the real question is

  • why does the iPad still exist and which one should you

  • even consider buying here in 2019?

  • Let's start with the $330 iPad iPad.

  • Now we did an entire video all about this

  • when it came out last year, but as of right now,

  • it doesn't look like it's going to see

  • any kind of major update for 2019.

  • That's not exactly a bad thing though.

  • For most people, this is the iPad that I actually recommend.

  • And there are a lot of reasons for that.

  • Now because I wanted to have a little bit

  • of a bigger scope to this video, I sat down

  • with a few people around the office and I asked them

  • how they used their own iPad iPads.

  • iPad iPads.

  • - So far I have not run into any limitations

  • with using the iPad, you know, the lower end version of it.

  • I feel like I'm not losing anything,

  • but it's just if I had an iPad Pro, it would be,

  • maybe I could have more capabilities.

  • I haven't really lost anything.

  • - I was using that to control the audio for the setup.

  • It's way easier to name the files, the inputs,

  • routing, everything like that on the iPad app

  • versus the touch style on the actual audio recording device.

  • We also use logic to do a backup recording

  • so there's a logic app that I can control

  • the thing from across the room.

  • So most of the time, I use that iPad for just light

  • audio control in our studio.

  • - I've been recently using the beat making

  • program FL Studio and a lot

  • of the plugins,

  • the playlist and different aspects

  • of the program get really congested

  • on the screen, so just being able to drag and drop

  • one of those things onto the screen just so I have

  • another thing to look at, it's really helped me out a lot.

  • So that's I'm mainly using it, not as the main power driver,

  • but to assist my MacBook Pro.

  • - The basics are all here.

  • The screen is decent, although there is a screen gap

  • which you find on those higher end models.

  • And the hardware itself is very similar,

  • as well as you do have the exact same pencil

  • and crayon support from the Mini as well as the Air.

  • Performance really is the only downside.

  • Here you'll find the Apple A10 processor

  • with two gigs of RAM, as opposed to the Apple A12

  • with three gigs of RAM on the higher end Air

  • as well as on the higher end Mini.

  • Now it sounds like a lot on paper, however,

  • in reality, it's not a big deal.

  • So even if you're trying to take your iPad

  • and turn it into a laptop replacement,

  • unless you're doing like hardcore gaming

  • or a lot of very memory intensive programs,

  • the iPad iPad actually works totally fine.

  • And especially if you're using it as a content consumption

  • device, which I assume most people are doing when they're

  • spending $330 on an iPad, it really works completely fine.

  • I think a lot of people get way wound up in all the specs.

  • And while it's nice to have a more powerful device,

  • this is still absolutely no slouch.

  • This is actually a surprisingly straightforward decision.

  • If you're buying an iPad, you should pick up the base model

  • unless you need some of the other higher end features.

  • So sure, if you want a bigger display or smaller display,

  • the Mini and the Pro are both available.

  • If you want the absolute best screen,

  • you want the absolute best keyboard experience,

  • then you can consider upgrading.

  • But for most people, the basic iPad iPad

  • is absolutely the best move.

  • For 330 bucks, it's actually even pretty reasonably priced.

  • - It's been almost four years since the iPad Mini

  • has seen an update, but now in 2019,

  • it's finally offered with more modern specs.

  • Powered by the A12 bionic chip found

  • in this generation's iPhone XR and XS,

  • the Mini is definitely more capable than it's ever been.

  • But performance only tells half the story.

  • Unsurprisingly, form factor and size is why

  • you'd even consider the Mini in the first place.

  • Phones have gotten bigger, this is the iPhone XS Max

  • which is the same vertical length as the iPad Mini screen.

  • But not only that, laptops have gotten much more powerful

  • and thinner and tablets like the higher end iPad Pro

  • have not improved, but have also become

  • more expensive and niche.

  • This new iPad Mini with its updated specs sits

  • right in the middle of all of that.

  • And I think it's honestly the one

  • that people should consider buying the most.

  • First, while it's not as heavy hitting or fully featured

  • as the flagship iPad Pro, you're not compromising much

  • with the 2019 Mini, it runs that same full tablet

  • iteration of iOS, just scaled down to a 7.9 inch screen.

  • It has the same multitasking with the same app management,

  • and even has the same home screen and dock.

  • It's actually comical how small and cramped it is

  • at points, but still very useful.

  • The iPad Mini size also makes it easier to hold

  • and operate than larger iPads if you tend

  • to move around a lot in your day.

  • Hey look, I move around a lot in the day.

  • I move from my chair to my other chair.

  • Here in the office, when we're going over video scripts

  • before a shoot, having something that I can easily take

  • around with minimal thought and even have it fit

  • in my back pocket has become super handy.

  • And if you grab the LTE version like I did for $130 more,

  • having an always connected tiny iPad just opens up

  • tons of use cases which also means I'll be more inclined

  • to keep using it instead of shoving it in my junk drawer

  • after three weeks like every other iPad that I've owned.

  • I especially like that the iPad Mini is still small enough

  • to type with your thumbs, it's such a little usability thing

  • that goes a longer way than I expected.

  • But the real icing on the cake for me,

  • is that it is only $70 more than that iPad iPad,

  • but with updated specs and a better looking screen.

  • That to me is perfect, especially if you're

  • down with the size or even if you're not,

  • but are willing to compromise.

  • - The next step up the ladder is the new iPad Air.

  • And well new might be a slight exaggeration,

  • because this is essentially a mix of a bunch

  • of different parts from previous generation iPads.

  • For example, the design is almost identical

  • to the 10.5 inch previous generation iPad Pro.

  • Now because of this, even though the iPad Pro,

  • the iPad Air and the iPad iPad all have very similar

  • form factors, they have three different screen sizes.

  • The iPad iPad is 9.7, this is 10.5

  • and the iPad Pro is 11 inch.

  • The only real difference here is

  • just how big the bezels are.

  • While the screen size isn't a big difference,

  • the panel itself is nicer here than on the iPad iPad,

  • mostly thanks being laminated to the glass.

  • And it does share the exact same pencil support.

  • So if you plug in a first generation Apple Pencil,

  • it will work just as well, although while I guess

  • this is working just as well.

  • (laughing)

  • What is a bigger deal is the smart connector.

  • Now with this, you can use the exact same keyboard

  • from the 10.5 inch iPad Pro, and what this means

  • is that it is very easy to have

  • a fully wired keyboard on your iPad.

  • Now sure, there are definitely Bluetooth options.

  • And realistically, they're going to be a lot cheaper

  • and give you more functionality.

  • But I like how thin this is.

  • I like the idea that you don't have to worry

  • about syncing, about charging, anything like that.

  • The only problem though, is that $160,

  • this very much pushes the iPad Air into Pro territory.

  • And this kinda comes down to

  • what you actually want to do with your iPad.

  • If you're just using it as a content and consumption device,

  • the software keyboard is totally fine.

  • But for me, I actually want to get some more real work done.

  • So I'm sitting around and I wanna do email,

  • I wanna be able to write up documents,

  • and a keyboard is absolutely essential here.

  • Which really does mean that this is not a negotiable thing

  • when it comes to me using an iPad.

  • So, it's great to have it, but yeah, $160 is a lot

  • for what's essentially a smart cover

  • with kinda basic keyboard attached.

  • Inside, the Air shares the exact same Apple A12 processor

  • from the iPhone XR, the iPad Mini

  • and it is plenty powerful for a system like this.

  • Now sure, if you put it side by side with the iPad iPad,

  • it is more powerful, but in real world use,

  • you're not really going to notice a massive difference.

  • Even that A10 still feels very snappy by 2019 standards.

  • But really, all of this comes down

  • to what you want to do with your iPad.

  • If it is that content consumption device, right?

  • The extra power is always nice, I'm never going to complain