iPad colors: Which should you buy?

iPad (2022) with keyboard
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This year's iPad is one of the hottest Apple products of the year. It's also one of the best iPads overall. The lineup includes four models, including the traditional silver, alongside new versions of blue, pink, and yellow. 

As expected, each iPad (2022) model is the same except for the color. However, they all feature an all-new 10.9-inch display, updated front and rear-facing cameras, and, for the first time, Touch ID within the Sleep/Wake button, which is how it has been on the two most recent iPad Air models. 

The iPad (2022) features an A14 Bionic chip, which Apple states brings a 20% increase in CPU and 10% improvement in graphics compared to the iPad (2021), which features an A13 Bionic chip. There's also support for the first-generation Apple Pencil, although, thanks to the tablet's USB-C port, this requires a dongle to charge.

If you're looking at this iPad model, we strongly suggest also looking at the iPad Air (2022) and reading about the many similarities between the two models. Most folks will probably be much happier with the iPad (2022), which is much cheaper, although making a comparison nonetheless is essential.  

iPad 2022 colors compared

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When it comes to color choices for this year's iPad, it all comes down to whether you want to stand out. If you don't, you might be surprised to find out there's only one choice you'll probably be happy with. However, if you're a little more daring, there are three choices, each with pros and cons. 

iPad (2022) in blue

iPad (2022) in blue

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Reasons to buy

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Call it power blue
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It stands out and will distinguish it from other iPad models

Reasons to avoid

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Could be too dark a blue for some users
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Will it hide scratches in the long term? 

This is the third blue iPad to arrive after the iPad Air (2020) and iPad Air (2022). There have also been various blue iPhones over the years. The blue presented here is much lighter than the one found on the current iPad Air but is very close to what's being offered on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus. 

The biggest concern here is whether the lightness of the blue color could make regular-use scratches stand out over time. You should also ask yourself whether this blue hue is too light for your tastes. 

iPad (2022) in pink

iPad (2022)

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Reasons to buy

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The model that will stand out the most

Reasons to avoid

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It's pink, and no one will convince you to purchase this model if you aren't into that color
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Will you grow tired of this color? 

Yes, pink is a bold choice. However, it won't be for everyone. Both the iPad Air (2020) and iPad Air (2022) offer models in pink. However, this is a much darker pink than the ones presented on the other two. This pink looks much closer to red, which could probably make it attract more people. 

If you're the type of person that wants to stand out, this is the iPad of the year to get. It will turn plenty of heads and show the world you have a brand-new iPad. 

iPad (2022) in silver

iPad (2022) in Silver

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Reasons to buy

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Call me traditional
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When you don't want to stand out, choose this model

Reasons to avoid

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Traditional for some, blah blah for others
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Washed out look, no?

Apple made it somewhat simple to decide which color iPad to buy this year — assuming you aren't looking for a hue that stands out. With no space gray model with this generation, your only choice is this silver model. Similar to the silver color found on the iPad Air (2022), this choice won't ruffle any feathers, nor will it turn many heads. 

When you don't want to make a splash, say hello to the iPad (2022) in silver. 

iPad (2022) in yellow

iPad (2022) in Yellow

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Reasons to buy

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Big Bird would be pleased
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Let the heads turn

Reasons to avoid

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Another bold, maybe too bold choice

Finally, there's the iPad (2022) in yellow. If you're the type of person that wants something really brand new, this is your iPad, as there has never been a yellow iPad until now. 

This could be the most controversial of the color choices available for the iPad (2022). And think carefully about whether you'll be happy with the choice a few years from now. The answer might be a resounding no. 

Find your color

The most colorful regular-sized Apple tablet to date, the iPad (2022) comes in bright shades of blue, pink, and yellow alongside traditional silver. The silver model is for you if you consider yourself nowhere near flamboyant and hate when people look at you.

Is being fashionable vital to you? Then, it's time to consider the other three offerings. Pink and yellow are bold choices, but neither may stand the test of time. Finally, the blue iPad (2022) is beautiful, but the shade might be too light for some users. 

Whatever color you decide, the iPad (2022) is a terrific choice. Although much more expensive than the previous iPad, this year's model comes with a fresh design and many new features that make it worth it for most would-be buyers. Happy shopping!

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.