Editor’s note: the Black Friday deals are here. If you’re looking to pick up a gift for yourself or someone else this weekend, be sure to peruse our roundup of the best Black Friday laptop deals, as well as our guides to the best Black Friday Apple deals and best Black Friday deals overall.
While some of the best iPad deals are most likely to arrive soon for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you can still find plenty of great discounts at all times of the year if you know where to look. Whether you’re after the high-end iPad Pro or the most affordable entry-level iPad, there’s likely a sale going on somewhere you may be interested in.
Of course, it’s difficult to know exactly where you can find the most notable deals unless you’re scouring the major retailers on a daily basis. But that’s often what our deal hunters at The Verge are doing each and every day, so let us help you out. Below, we’ve listed the best deals you can get on each iPad model that is currently available, including the latest ones equipped with Apple’s powerful M1 chip.
The best iPad (2021) deals
Announced over one year ago during Apple’s iPhone 13 event, the 2021 iPad is Apple’s entry-level tablet that replaced the eighth-gen model from 2020. The ninth-generation iPad starts at $329, just like its predecessor, though the entry-level model has 64GB of storage instead of 32GB. This base configuration with Wi-Fi is currently available at Amazon or Walmart for $299 ($30 off), which is pretty typical but not quite as good as the $60 discount it was recently on.
As for the next bump up in storage, 256GB, it normally costs $479, but Walmart has that configuration with Wi-Fi for $399. This is a very good deal, especially as it normally only drops to $429. If you prefer your iPad to include cellular connectivity, the 64GB LTE-equipped configuration runs $459, and the 256GB variant is $609.
A last-gen model is still worth considering
The 2021 model iPad uses an A13 Bionic processor and a 12MP wide-angle camera with Center Stage, a feature designed for keeping you framed up and centered while on video calls. Many other features carried over from its predecessor, such as the 10.2-inch display, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the home button, and a Smart Connector for connecting a Smart Keyboard.
While the newer 10th-gen iPad just came out, a last-gen model is still worth considering. The new 10.9-inch iPad modernizes the design with a switch to USB-C, uniform bezels with no home button, a side power button with a fingerprint sensor, and a larger display, but it also excises the headphone jack and costs a much steeper $449. That’s not much of an entry-level price, so hopefully, the ninth-gen sticks around and continues to see moderate discounts.
Apple’s entry-level iPad has an A13 Bionic chip and a 12MP front camera that supports Apple’s Center Stage feature. It also is compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, and is the only iPad that still has a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The best iPad Mini (2021) deals
The sixth-generation iPad Mini has a larger screen than its predecessor, along with a top-of-the-line processor, support for USB-C, and options for 5G. It has forfeited its 3.5mm headphone jack and dedicated home button in the process, but overall, it’s a solid device that brings a fully refreshed design to Apple’s small tablet form factor.
The changes and refinements to the new iPad Mini come at a heftier price, however, and the new 64GB Wi-Fi model now starts at $499. Electing for 256GB of storage brings the price up to $649, while the 5G cellular models are $649 for 64GB and $799 for 256GB. These are some big numbers for a small iPad, and the larger iPad Air might be worth considering if you prefer your dollar to go further with more screen real estate. But if you want the latest and greatest from Apple in a smaller format, this is where the action is.
Apple’s revamped iPad Mini ditches the home button and opts for a larger edge-to-edge display. It also comes outfitted with a faster processor, support for USB-C, and a top-mounted power button that moonlights as a Touch ID sensor.
There have been some sizable discounts on the sixth-gen Mini recently, and right now, the 64GB base model is $100 off at Amazon and Best Buy, where it’s $399.99 in any of its four colors. If you’re in need of additional storage, Best Buy also has the 256GB Wi-Fi model for $549.99 — another $100 discount. As for the 5G-equipped variant, which usually sells for $649 and starts with 64GB of storage, it’s available on Amazon in starlight, space gray, and pink for $549.99 ($100 off).
If the prior-generation iPad Mini has given any indication, sizable deals on the 2021 iPad Mini can be light and infrequent, partly because it has such minimal competition in its product segment.
Verge Deals on Twitter /
Join over 50,000 followers and keep up with the best daily tech deals with @vergedeals
The best iPad Air (2022) deals
The latest iPad Air usually costs $599 but is currently available at its best price to date. Amazon has it knocked down by $80 off for the base 64GB Wi-Fi-equipped configuration, bringing the 10.9-inch tablet down to $519.99 in all colors. This is the lowest price on the latest Air, and it matches its recent Prime Early Access Sale deal — yet it’s now available to all.
For those who crave more storage on the new iPad Air, the 256GB configuration is available for $679 from Walmart. That reflects a $70 discount off the usual price of $749, which is near the lowest we’ve seen for this configuration.
The 2022 iteration of Apple’s lightweight tablet is similar in terms of its capabilities when measured against the previous-gen model but still offers a handful of iterative upgrades. The most pronounced improvement is the M1 processor, which offers better performance, and the front-facing 12MP camera comes equipped with Apple’s Center Stage feature that helps to keep a moving subject centered when recording video or during video calls. While it may feel risky to buy an iPad before new ones are announced, it’s not likely the Air will see any changes.
The latest iPad Air retains the iPad Pro-esque redesign of the 2020 model but does away with the A14 Bionic processor in favor of Apple’s lightning-fast M1 chip. It also comes in one of five colors and boasts a 12MP front-facing camera with support for Apple’s Center Stage feature.
The best iPad Pro (2021) deals
The 2021 iPad Pro stood atop Apple’s tablet line, at least until the new M2-powered 2022 iPad Pro models just came out. The slightly older M1 Pros share the same processor as the cheaper iPad Air but still feature standout reasons to opt for a Pro — such as Face ID unlocking and more base storage. Also, if display quality is the most important factor in your purchasing decision, the 12.9-inch 2021 iPad Pro is the way to go. The larger variant of the fifth-gen model makes use of a Mini LED display, which is engineered to produce deeper blacks and better contrast, much like OLED technology. Additionally, both the 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros tout Apple’s fast M1 chip as well as features like Center Stage. They’re still some of the most impressive and expensive iPads to date, with the 11- and 12.9-inch configurations normally starting at $799 and $1,099, respectively.
The new M2 iPad Pros that are replacing the M1 generation start at the same price, and while you can opt for the new spec-bumped versions, it may be worthwhile to get a deal on an M1 while you still can.
The 11-inch, 128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi starts at $799. While we’ve previously seen the price of this model drop to as low as $650, right now, it’s discounted to $699.99 ($100 off) at Best Buy.
If you prefer the larger 12.9-inch model with its striking Mini LED screen, the best deal around right now is on the base 128GB version with Wi-Fi for $899.99 (about $200 off) at Amazon. The next step up for 256GB is a more modest $100 off at Walmart and Best Buy.
Though if you want to go for broke and get much more storage on this big iPad Pro, Amazon extends the more sizable $200 discount to the 512GB and 1TB versions, dropping them to $1,199 and $1,599, respectively. Those are hefty prices for an iPad, but it’s helpful if you need lots of built-in storage to try and make it a laptop replacement (but keep in mind you’ll also need to spend more on additional accessories like a keyboard case).