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iPad Air vs iPad Air 3rd Gen

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Apple released the iPad Air (1st gen) in November 2013, and released the iPad Air (3rd gen) in March 2019. The iPad Air (3rd gen) has several improvements including a larger 10.5” display with True Tone, an Apple A12 Bionic chip, Touch ID, an improved front and rear camera, and support for the 1st gen Apple Pencil.

Price Comparison

iPad Air vs iPad Air 3rd Gen Pricing

iPad Air prices start at $44, which is cheaper than the iPad Air 3rd Gen low price of $155.

Specs Comparison

The iPad Air (1st gen) specs include a 9.7” Retina display, an Apple A7 chip, up to 128GB of storage, a Lightning connector, a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera on the front, and a 5MP wide-angle camera on the back. In comparison, the iPad Air (3rd gen) specs include a 10.5” Retina display with True Tone technology, an Apple A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, up to 256GB of storage, a Lightning connector, a 7MP FaceTime HD camera on the front, and an 8MP wide-angle camera on the back. The iPad Air (3rd gen) also features Touch ID in the home button and supports the 1st generation Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard.

Size

Size iPad Air iPad Air 3rd Gen
Width 174 mm 6.9 inches
Height 251 mm 9.9 inches
Depth 6 mm 0.2 inches
Weight 464 g 16.4 ounces

The iPad Air (1st gen) measures 9.4” (H) x 6.6” (W) x 0.29” (D) and the iPad Air (3rd gen) measures 9.8” (H) x 6.8” (W) x 0.24” (D). The iPad Air (1st gen) features a 9.7” display size, and the iPad Air (3rd gen) features a 10.5” display size. The WiFi-only iPad Air (1st gen) weighs 1 pound and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.05 pounds. To compare, the WiFi-only iPad Air (3rd gen) weighs 1 pound and the WiFi + Cellular model weighs 1.02 pounds.

Camera

Camera iPad Air iPad Air 3rd Gen
Primary 8.0 MP
Resolution 3264x2448

The 1st gen iPad Air features a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera on the front and a 5MP wide-angle camera on the back. In comparison, the 3rd gen iPad Air features a 7MP FaceTime HD camera on the front and an 8MP wide-angle camera on the back.

Screen

Display iPad Air iPad Air 3rd Gen
Resolution 1668x2224
Screen Size 267 mm 10.5 in
Pixels Per Inch ppi 265 ppi

The iPad Air (1st gen) features a 9.7-inch LED-backlit multi-touch Retina display with IPS technology. The display supports a native resolution of 2048 x 1536 at 264 pixels per inch, the full sRGB standard, an SDR max brightness of 400 nits, and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating. The iPad Air (3rd gen) features a 10.5-inch LED-backlit multi-touch Retina display with IPS technology. The display supports a native resolution of 2224 x 1668 at 264 pixels per inch, wide color (P3), and an SDR max brightness of 500 nits. Additional features for the iPad Air (3rd gen) include True Tone, an anti-reflective coating, and a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.

Battery

Battery iPad Air iPad Air 3rd Gen
Capacity mAh 8134 mAh
Longevity hours 9 hours
USB Lightning

The iPad Air (1st gen) is equipped with an 8,820 mAh battery and the iPad Air (3rd gen) is equipped with an 8,134 mAh battery. The 1st gen and 3rd gen iPad Air both use the Lightning connector paired with a Lightning to USB cable for charging, and the battery capacities of both models are capable of providing up to 10 hours of battery life when on WiFi or up to 9 hours of battery life when on cellular.

Processing

Processor iPad Air iPad Air 3rd Gen
CPU Apple A12 Bionic APL1081 / APL1W81 (T8020)

Color Choices

iPad Air

Available in 2 colors:

  • Gray
  • Silver

Which iPad Air color should you buy?

iPad Air 3rd Gen

Available in 3 colors:

  • Gold
  • Gray
  • Silver

Which color iPad Air 3rd Gen is the most popular?

iPad Air vs iPad Air 3rd Gen Colors

The iPad Air introduces one new color not found in the iPad Air 3rd Gen color palette: Gold. Both the iPad Air and iPad Air 3rd Gen share two colors: Silver and Gray.
Swappasaurus

The iPad Air (1st gen) and the iPad Air (3rd gen) are available in Space Gray and Silver. The Space Gray models feature a black bezel on the front and the Silver models feature a white bezel on the front. The iPad Air (3rd gen) is also available in Gold with a white bezel on the front.

Storage Options

iPad Air

Choose from 4 storage options:

  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB

Which iPad Air storage should I buy?

iPad Air 3rd Gen

Choose from 2 storage options:

  • 64GB
  • 256GB

Which storage iPad Air 3rd Gen is the most popular?

iPad Air vs iPad Air 3rd Gen Storage

The iPad Air 3rd Gen introduces one new storage option not found on the iPad Air: 256GB. Both the iPad Air and iPad Air 3rd Gen share one storage option: 64GB. However, the iPad Air 3rd Gen does not have options for 32GB, 128GB, and 16GB, as seen on the iPad Air.
Swappasaurus

The iPad Air (1st gen) is available in 16GB, 32GB, and 128GB storage configurations. The iPad Air (3rd gen) is available in 64GB and 256GB storage configurations.

Reviews

iPad Air

9 reviews 4.6 stars

iPad Air 3rd Gen

22 reviews 4.9 stars

iPad Air vs iPad Air 3rd Gen Reviews

Users rate the iPad Air with 4.6 stars, compared to the iPad Air 3rd Gen with 4.9 of 5.0 stars.

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