iPad Retina

iPad Retina

Since the iPad Air and iPad mini Retina are so similar in specs and features, this article will only cover the differences between them. If something is not mentioned then that means that a certain spec or feature is identical on both of these devices.

Size, Color, Dimensions and Weight


The iPad Air weighs 1 pound, has a dimension of 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inches and comes in space grey and silver. The iPad mini Retina on the other hand weighs .73 pounds, has a dimension of 7.87 x 5.3 x .29 inches and comes in the space colors as the iPad Air.


The iPad Air 16GB model costs $499, the 32GB model costs $599, the 64GB model costs $699 and the 128GB model costs $799.

In comparison, the iPad mini Retina is available in 16-128GB as well, but is $100 cheaper for each model. That means that the 16GB model will cost $399, the 32GB model will cost $499, and so forth.


Other than the price point and size difference, there is virtually no difference between these devices. Chances are you won’t buy the iPad mini Retina over the iPad Air just because it’s $100 cheaper. Most people will base their decision on what they think of a bigger screen or a smaller screen. If you travel a lot, then the iPad mini Retina would make a lot of sense. If you need a “media center” type of tablet that you can read on, or watch movies in bed, then the iPad Air would be the best option.


It’s just gotten to the point where the iPad mini and iPad models are exactly the same except for size. Even in five years from now the only factor you will have to consider is size. Other than that, you will always be able to rely on the iPad mini models to deliver as much power and battery life as the full iPad.

Photos from Apple.com