Should you upgrade to the iPad (2017) or iPad mini 4?

Should you upgrade to the iPad (2017) or iPad mini 4?

Considering a back-to-school upgrade of the 9.7-inch iPad (2017) or iPad mini 4? Here’s what you need to know.

The iPad is more affordable than ever, thanks to recent price cuts from Apple to its 9.7-inch and mini line, along with better storage options and great internal tech.

But if you already have an older 9.7-inch iPad or iPad mini, are these latest models worth the upgrade? Let’s take a peek.


If you’re considering the 2017 iPad or iPad mini 4 instead of an upgrade to the iPad Pro, chances are it’s at least in part pricing-related. Apple’s two base-model iPads are the cheapest tablets the company has ever sold, and they’re inexpensive without a huge compromise on great features.

The iPads Pro begin at $649; in contrast, the 2017 iPad starts at $329, and the iPad mini 4 starts at $399. If you’re on a budget, the 2017 iPad or iPad mini 4 are great options to upgrade from a previous iPad.

If you’re still unsure about which model you want for your home, schoolwork, or office, check out our comparison piece before continuing.

Which iPad should you get: iPad, iPad Pro, or iPad mini?


The 2017 9.7-inch iPad sports a 2048×1536 display with a Retina density of 264 PPI (pixels per inch), while the iPad mini 4 has a 7.9-inch 2048×1536 display at 326 PPI — the best pixel density available on an iPad. The mini also has a fully laminated display, which removes the gap between the screen’s pixels and the top glass, along with an antireflective coating for direct viewing in the sun.

In comparison, Apple’s older 9.7-inch iPad, the iPad Air 2, has the exact same display as the 2017 iPad, but it also has the…

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