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iPad 4 vs iPad 9th Gen

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Apple released the iPad (4th generation) in November 2012 and released the iPad (9th generation) in September 2021. The iPad (4th gen) features include a 9.7” Retina display, a dual-core Apple A6X chip, and up to 128GB of storage. The iPad (9th gen) features a 10.2” Retina display with True Tone, an Apple A13 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, and up to 256GB of storage.

Price Comparison

iPad 4 vs iPad 9th Gen Pricing

iPad 4 prices start at $45, which is cheaper than the iPad 9th Gen low price of $198.

Specs Comparison

The iPad (4th gen) features and specs include a 9.7” Retina display, dual-core Apple A6X chip, up to 128GB of storage, Lightning connector, and a home button. Additional specs for the 4th gen iPad include WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a built-in speaker, a microphone, a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera on the front, and a 5MP iSight camera on the back. In comparison, the iPad (9th gen) features and specs include a 10.2” Retina display with True Tone, Apple A13 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, up to 256GB of storage, Lightning connector, a home button with Touch ID for device security, and support for the first generation Apple Pencil. Additional specs for the 9th gen iPad include WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, a 3.5mm headphone jack, stereo speakers, dual microphones, an 8MP wide-angle camera on the back, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera on the front with Center Stage.

Size

Size iPad 4 iPad 9th Gen
Width 174 mm 6.9 inches
Height 251 mm 9.9 inches
Depth 8 mm 0.3 inches
Weight 487 g 17.2 ounces

Measurements for the 4th generation iPad are as follows: 9.50” (H) x 7.31” (W) x 0.37” (D) with a 9.7” display size. The WiFi-only iPad (4th gen) weighs 1.44 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.46 pounds. Measurements for the 9th generation iPad are as follows: 9.8” (H) x 6.8” (W) x 0.29” (D) with a 10.2” display size. The WiFi-only iPad (9th gen) weighs 1.07 pounds and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.09 pounds.

Camera

Camera iPad 4 iPad 9th Gen
Primary 8.0 MP
Resolution 3264x2448

The iPad (4th gen) features a 5MP iSight camera on the back and a 1.2MP Facetime HD camera on the front. The iPad (9th gen) features an 8MP wide-angle camera on the back and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle camera with a 122-degree field of view on the front. The front-facing camera on the 9th gen iPad also supports Center Stage.

Screen

Display iPad 4 iPad 9th Gen
Resolution 1620x2160
Screen Size 259 mm 10.2 in
Pixels Per Inch ppi 265 ppi

The iPad (4th gen) has a 9.7-inch LED-backlit multi-touch Retina display with a native resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 264 pixels per inch and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. The iPad (9th gen) features a 10.2-inch LED-backlit multi-touch Retina display with a native resolution of 2160 x 1620 at 264 pixels per inch, a maximum brightness of 500 nits, and True Tone. The 9th generation iPad display also has a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating and support for the 1st generation Apple Pencil.

Battery

Battery iPad 4 iPad 9th Gen
Capacity mAh 8686 mAh
Longevity hours 9 hours
USB Lightning

The iPad (4th gen) has a 42.5-watt-hour battery and charges with a Lightning to USB cable. The iPad (9th gen) has a 32.4-watt-hour battery and charges with a Lightning to USB cable. The battery capacities of the 4th and 9th gen iPads can offer up to 10 hours of battery life when on WiFi, and up to 9 hours of battery life when on Cellular.

Processing

Processor iPad 4 iPad 9th Gen
CPU Apple A13 Bionic APL1085 / APL1W85 (T8030)

Color Choices

iPad 4

Available in 2 colors:

  • Black
  • White

Which iPad 4 color should you buy?

iPad 9th Gen

Available in 2 colors:

  • Gray
  • Silver

Which color iPad 9th Gen is the most popular?

iPad 4 vs iPad 9th Gen Colors

The iPad 4 and iPad 9th Gen have completely different color choices. The iPad 4 offers two color choices: Black and White. The iPad 9th Gen sports two different color choices: Silver and Gray.
Swappasaurus

The 4th generation iPad is Silver on the back, with an option to get a White or Black bezel on the front. The 9th generation iPad is available in Silver or Space Gray. The iPad (9th gen) only offers Black bezels on the front.

Storage Options

iPad 4

Choose from 4 storage options:

  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB

Which iPad 4 storage should I buy?

iPad 9th Gen

Choose from 2 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB

Which storage iPad 9th Gen is the most popular?

iPad 4 vs iPad 9th Gen Storage

The iPad 9th Gen introduces one new storage option not found on the iPad 4: 256GB. Both the iPad 4 and iPad 9th Gen share one storage option: 64GB. However, the iPad 9th Gen does not have options for 32GB, 128GB, and 16GB, as seen on the iPad 4.
Swappasaurus

The iPad (4th gen) is available with 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of storage, and the iPad (9th gen) is available with 64GB or 256GB of storage.

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