iPad Guide 2021

iPad Guide: The Essential Guide to Buying, Using, and Caring for Your iPad

What you can do with an iPad

iPad can do way more than what a laptop could do nowadays, with the advancement in technology iPad has become much efficient in every sense providing the kind of user experience like never before. In this iPad Guide we will be exploring all the about it

iPad is used mostly by Students, Artists, Creator, Gamers, Businessmen, Senior Citizen, Travellers, Tech Savvy people the list keeps going on to who uses iPad’s now.

iPad has become a powerhouse for Creators and Designer with Design appllications that work flawlessly with it such as Affinity Designer, Adobe Creative Cloud Apps, Adobe Capture CC, iFont Maker, Adobe Illustrator, Paper by WeTransfer, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, Autodesk Sketchbook, and Procreate.

Some other features include

  • Download and Play Games
  • Watch Movies and TV
  • Read E-books
  • Audio and Video Calls
  • Capturing Photos and Videos
  • Create and Record Music
  • Get on Social Media
  • Use as a personal assistant
  • Create, Edit and Delete Spreadsheets, and Presentations
  • Scan and Print documents

The right iPad for you

You probably know this, but there are different iPad models available. In fact, the iPad lineup changes every year. Because of the ever-changing market, it can be difficult to select the best iPad for you. There are 4 main types of iPad available currently which are iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro

But which one? Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the most popular options, plus my opinion on each.

iPad Pro

We kept the best for the first

Technical Specs

Size
11 inch and 12.9 inch

Colors
Silver and Space Grey

Display
Comes with an XDR display

Operating System (OS)
Comes with a full-sized version of the latest iPadOS 14

Processor Chip
Comes with the latest Apple M1 chip

RAM and Storage
8GB RAM on all models with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage 16GB RAM on all models with 1TB or 2TB storage

Camera and Video Recording
Comes with 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide cameras and allows 4K video recording at 24 fps, 25 fps, 30 fps, or 60 fps (Wide)

Speakers
Four audio speakers

WiFi and Cellular
All models come with WiFi capability and only models A2301 and A2379 come with both WiFi + Cellular capability (5G Enabled)

Headphone Jack & Connector
USB‑C connector comes with support for Thunderbolt / USB 4

Battery Life
10 hours

Works With
Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio and Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

iPad Air

Technical Specs

Size
10.9 inch

Colors
Rose Gold, Silver, Space Grey, Green, and Sky Blue

Display
Liquid Retina display

Operating System (OS)
Comes with a full-sized version of the latest iPadOS 14

Processor Chip
Comes with the latest A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine

RAM and Storage
4GB RAM on models with 64GB and 256GB

Camera
12MP back camera and 7MP FaceTime HD camera for high‑quality video calls.

Speakers
Stereo speakers

WiFi and Cellular
Have both WiFi models and WiFi + Cellular (4G LTE cellular) models

Headphone Jack & Connector
USB‑C connector

Battery Life
10 hours

Works With
Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio and Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

iPad (8th Gen)

Comes with 10.2 inch screen, and A12 Apple Bionic processor

Technical Specs

Size
10.2 inch

Colors
Silver, Space Grey and Gold

Display
Retina display

Operating System (OS)
Comes with a full-sized version of the latest iPadOS 14

Processor Chip
A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine

RAM and Storage
3GB RAM with 32GB and 128GB storage

Camera
8MP Wide camera and 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera

Speakers
Stereo speakers

WiFi and Cellular
Have both WiFi models and WiFi + Cellular (4G LTE Cellular) models

Headphone Jack & Connector
Lightning connector

Battery Life
10 hours

Works With
Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil (1st generation)

iPad Mini

Next up is the ‌iPad mini‌, Apple’s March 2019 refresh of this smaller-sized tablet improved its internals and introduced support for the first-generation ‌Apple Pencil‌, making it a capable mid-range tablet with ultra portability.

Technical Specs

Size
7.9‑inch

Colors
Silver, Space Grey and Gold

Display
Retina display

Operating System (OS)
Comes with a full-sized version of the latest iPadOS 14, so everything is optimized for the iPad Pro

Processor Chip
A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine

RAM and Storage
3GB RAM on models with 64GB or 256GB storage

Camera
8MP back camera and 7MP FaceTime HD camera

Speakers
Stereo speakers

WiFi and Cellular
Have both WiFi models and WiFi + Cellular (4G LTE Cellular) models

Headphone Jack & Connector
Lightning connector

Battery Life
10 hours

Works With
Bluetooth keyboards and Apple Pencil (1st generation)

Buying an iPad

Want to buy an iPad? How much does one cost these days? Here’s a breakdown of what are the different types of iPad that are available for you to choose from.

iPad Pro

Starting Price around QR 3190 onwards (It’s worth it)

The only real iPad is the iPad Pro. It’s not an inexpensive option, but you get what you pay for. Faster performance and graphics.

iPad Air

Starting Price around QR 2000 onwards

iPad (8th Gen)

Starting Price QR 1249 onwards

Its the most affordable choice of that for when compare to iPad Pro and iPad Air models.

iPad Mini

Starting Price QR 1400 onwards

Its the least expensive of all the above, and like the name suggests its comparitvely smaller in size when compared to other iPads but bigger than an iPhone.

Making the most of your iPad

If you own an iPad or planning on getting your hands on one, you might need to check out these cool features iPad holds

LiDAR Scanner → Helps you in capturing the environment around you in creating an Augmented reality of it on your screens (Only available on the latest 11 inch and 12.9 inch iPad Pro

Advanced Privacy → The new Hide images from public viewing can be done by clicking on the share button on the top of the screen, once inside goto sharing destinations and under the differenct actions choose Hide.

Remote Data Wiping → Use iCloud to remotely wipe your missing iPad, to ensure your private data remains private.

Multiple Apps → iPad Pro can run two apps at the same time

Screen Extender → Can be used as a second screen for a computer

There are many more cool features that are waiting yet to be explored by you

Here are some additional cool gadgets that are must haves while you get your hands on the new iPads

Magic Keyboard → Magic Keyboard provides a remarkably comfortable and precise typing experience and is easily connectable to iPad Pro

Apple Pencil → Apple Pencil comes in two types 1st generation and 2nd generation which makes it easier to sketch, draw, color, take notes and is as easy to use like holding a regular pencil

Smart Folio Keyboard → The Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Pro and iPad Air is a comfortable keyboard with two convenient viewing angles and no charging or pairing required, simple attach the keyboard and type away

Smart Keyboard → A full-size keyboard that is fully portable and can connect easily to an iPad Pro with the Smart Connector.

Caring for your iPad

Keep your iPad shiny, clean and ready for more. Here’s how to keep it working at its best.

Performance of your Battery Life

In iPad the batteries are designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at 1000 complete charge cycles

  • Update to the latest software, always make sure your device is using the latest version of iOS (or iPadOS).
  • Do not fully charge or discharge the iPad, keep the charge around 50% on an average for long term use
  • Switch off your iPad when not in use
  • Keep your iPad in cool and moist free places
  • Enabling the Low power mode will help you iPad to stay longer at lower percentage of charges
  • Make sure to turn on the Auto Brightness feature to extend battery life
  • Switch off the Background App refresh which disable apps to refresh in the background
  • Battery life can be optimized by switching off the Location service by disabling the permission setting for individual apps or by turning off Location services completely from the Privacy setting
  • Disabling or Decreasing the amount of push notifications as it frequently wakes the screen consuming battery
  • Optimize battery by turning on the Airplane mode, you wouldn’t be able to make or receive calls during this time
  • While charging iPad with your computer make sure to keep the computer plugged in or it may drain the battery of your device

iPad Warranty & Service

Always make sure while buying a new iPad you get the proper warranty from an Apple Authorised Service Center, we at Trend Qatar provides you with One year Warranty & Service from Authorised service providers in Qatar

Conclusion

If you are still not convinced if iPad is for you and you are someone who needs to see whats under the hood before you make yoru decision, fear not we have got you covered.

At Trend, your choice matters the most and we have made it easy for you to choose the right iPad with our Product Comparison Tool. Still not satisfied and having doubts in choosing the right iPad for you, feel free to reach out to our Product Experts to give you the help you need to make the right choice