iPad Air 2019 vs iPad 2018

Which one is best for you?

Name iPad Air 2019 iPad 2018
Image iPad Air (2019)
Buy the iPad Air 2019
iPad (2018)
Buy the iPad 2018
Display 10.5-inch Retina display 9.7-inch Retina display
Size and weight Height: 250.6mm
Width: 174.1mm
Depth: 6.1mm
Weight: 464g
Height: 240mm
Width: 169.5mm
Depth: 7.5mm
Weight: 478g
Rear camera 8MP 8MP
Front camera 7MP 1.2MP
Video recording 1080p HD video 1080p HD video
Processor A12 Bionic chip
A10 Fusion chip
Battery Up to 10 hours of browsing, video watching or listening to music using Wi-Fi Up to 10 hours of browsing, video watching or listening to music using Wi-Fi
Security technology Touch ID Touch ID
Storage 64GB, 256GB 32GB
Connectors Lightning Lightning
Compatible with Apple Pencil (1st generation)
Smart Keyboard
Apple Pencil (1st generation)
Buy now Buy the iPad Air 2019 Buy the iPad 2018

iPad Air (2019) and iPad (2018) have similar displays and camera specs, but iPad Air has a couple of additional display and camera features. It also has a faster, more efficient processor and supports Smart Keyboard.


Both iPad Air (2019) and iPad (2018) feature stunning Retina displays that highlight the most intricate details in videos and imagery. iPad Air has a 10.5-inch display, and iPad (2018) has a slightly smaller 9.7-inch display.

iPad Air has a higher resolution to show dazzling detail across its larger display, and an anti-reflective coating that makes it easier to view content in strong light.

But both models have the same 264 pixel density – so they show text and images in the same sharp definition.


iPad Air (2019) features Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, and iPad (2018) has the A10 Fusion chip. Both deliver the power and efficiency you need to lose yourself in your favourite apps – but the A12 Bionic chip delivers even faster processing, faster graphics and more efficient battery power.

Both are designed to power your gaming, streaming, editing and working on the go, with up to 10 hours’ battery life on a single charge.


iPad Air (2019) and iPad (2018) have the same camera specs – an 8-megapixel rear camera that captures panoramas, Live Photos and more.

Their video camera specs are also very similar – both record in Slo-mo and Time lapse, both feature a 3x video zoom and more. Where they differ is iPad (2018) features body and face detection that makes sure everybody’s face is in focus in your group pictures.