Smartphones and tablets have transformed so many aspects of our lives in recent years, from how we do our work to even how we relax on the sofa at home.
The days of IT revolving around desktop computers seem like the distant past – and much of that is of course down to the emergence of innovations like the iPad.
Apple’s tablet device has been nothing short of a global phenomenon. Statista.com suggests that the company had sold around 425 million of the products worldwide up to the fourth quarter of 2018. In addition, sales of the systems were thought to have generated in the region of $19 billion of revenue in 2018 alone.
However, if you do not own an iPad yet, it can be tough to know where to start in terms of buying one. With that in mind, we have pulled together a few key suggestions on iPads to consider if you’re seeking one for a specific purpose.
1. Best for business
The iPad Pro is our top pick in this category, with much of our reasoning being down to the fact that Apple itself has described the device as the “ultimate mobile workstation”.
The official site details how files can be printed and sent wirelessly, while the USB-C port offers plenty of connectivity for devices including an external display. Anyone who wants to feel buttons under their fingertips can also add on the Magic Keyboard, which features a trackpad and backlit keys ideal for working at any time of day.
2. Best for gaming
Mobile gaming has enjoyed plenty of success in recent years. So many different genres are thriving on handheld devices, from the puzzles of Candy Crush to the intense action of Call of Duty. Slot games are also readily available in the format, with Mr Vegas Online Casino for example offering a range of titles including Reactoonz on a fully-optimized site.
But, if you’re seeking the best possible gaming experience on an iPad, which model should you opt for? Earlier this year, Macworld.co.uk concluded that the best option was the iPad Air, with the site adding that its A12 Bionic chipset was ideal for the purpose.
3. Best for design
A recent announcement related to the Apple Design Awards really put a spotlight on how iPads are thriving when it comes to art and design at the moment. Animation app Looom featured among the winners, alongside the likes of the CAD app Shapr 3D.
Beautifully designed. Wonderfully innovative. Congratulations to this year’s Apple Design Award Winners! 🏆
Check them out below. pic.twitter.com/ifBUv28XDY
— App Store (@AppStore) June 29, 2020
The iPad Pro may again be a strong option in this category, although you could potentially consider any model which supports the Apple Pencil. 9to5Mac.com includes a list of devices which are known to be compatible with the first and second generation versions of the tool.
A starting point
iPads come in many different shapes and sizes these days, so it is not always easy to spot the model which is right for you.
However, we hope the suggestions above prove to be a good starting point as you begin your own research into the device which will best suit your needs.