With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, the best iPad deals of the year are just around the corner, yet we’re already starting to see some solid discounts for those who can’t wait to grab one now. Whether you’re after the new 2021 entry-level iPad, the high-end iPad Pro, or something in between like the iPad Air or the latest iPad Mini, there’s a sale going on somewhere you may be interested in. Of course, it’s difficult to know exactly where you can find those deals unless you’re looking around at all of 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 each iPad model that is currently available, some of which are outgoing models with freshly introduced replacements.
|Model||Model Year||List Price||Sale Price||Retailers|
|Model||Model Year||List Price||Sale Price||Retailers|
|iPad Mini (256GB, Wi-Fi)||2019||$549||$360||Best Buy|
|iPad Air (64GB, Wi-Fi)||2020||$599||$539||Amazon|
|iPad Air (256GB, Wi-Fi)||2020||$749||$650||Amazon|
|iPad Pro (11-inch, 128GB, Wi-Fi)||2020||$800||$750||Best Buy|
|iPad Pro (11-inch, 256GB, Wi-Fi)||2020||$900||$750||Best Buy|
|iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 256GB, Wi-Fi)||2020||$1,099||$949||B&H Photo|
|iPad Pro (11-inch, 128GB, Wi-Fi)||2021||$799||$749||Walmart|
|iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 128GB, Wi-Fi)||2021||$1,099||$999||Walmart||Amazon|
The best iPad (2021) deals
Announced during the September iPhone 13 event, the 2021 iPad is Apple’s latest entry-level tablet and replaces the outgoing eighth-gen model from 2020. Typically, this would leave the older model ripe for the picking as retailers may drum up some fire sale pricing to get rid of old stock, but at this time, there are no good deals to be found on the eighth-gen model. The ones you can currently find in stock, such as at Best Buy, are full price. Without any significant discounts, you can feel comfortable steering clear of the 2020 version and get the latest and greatest of 2021.
The new, ninth-generation iPad starts at $329, just as its predecessor, though the base model now has 64GB of storage instead of 32GB. You can also still opt for the model with 256GB of storage for $479. If you prefer your iPad to include cellular connectivity, the 64GB, LTE-equipped configuration runs $459 and the 256GB variant is $609.
The updates for the 2021 model include a faster A13 Bionic processor and a 12MP ultrawide camera with Center Stage, a feature designed for keeping you framed up and centered while on video calls. Many other features carry over from its predecessor; the new entry-level model has the same 10.2-inch display, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the home button, and a Smart Connector for connecting a Smart Keyboard.
We’ve previously seen Walmart discounting both Wi-Fi models of the new iPad by $30. Although at the moment they’re sold out, there’s a possibility we could see a similar discount again as we approach Black Friday. However, if you can’t wait until then, Best Buy is selling the Wi-Fi versions of the 64GB full-priced while taking $30 off of the 256GB. Both models come with free six-month subscriptions to Apple Music and Apple News Plus. Note these freebies are only available to new subscribers, however.
The best iPad Mini (2019) deals
Apple’s iPad Mini from 2019 has the same 7.9-inch display and design as its previous iterations but with refreshed internal specs for its time. Just like the base iPad, a new iPad Mini was announced during Apple’s recent “California Streaming” event that starts at a higher price point of $499. Meanwhile, the base 64GB outgoing iPad Mini with its older A12 Bionic processor now is on sale starting at $360 at Best Buy instead of its typical $400. We have previously seen the 64GB recently drop to $299, so it’s possible this price could only decrease on Black Friday.
You can also buy the 256GB variant for $495 instead of $550, which is around $150 cheaper if you compare the old and new models on equal footing when it comes to storage. This could be a great opportunity for anyone who needs more storage or prefers the classic home button, Touch ID, or a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.
The best iPad Mini (2021) deals
The fifth-generation iPad Mini has a larger screen, top-of-the-line processor, support for USB-C, and options for 5G. It has sadly forfeited its headphone jack 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 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. Right now, Best Buy will also throw in six months free of Apple Music when you purchase the iPad Mini full-priced from them.
If the prior-generation iPad Mini has given any indication, however, deals on the 2021 iPad Mini might be light and infrequent moving forward for the most part, partly because it has such minimal competition in its product segment.
The best iPad Air (2020) deals
The 2020 iPad Air has a slightly larger 10.9-inch display compared to the prior model’s 10.5-inch screen and features thinner bezels around it. Apple has relocated the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the power button, too, which is located on the top of the device.
The fourth-generation iPad Air comes in 64GB and 256GB storage configurations. The Wi-Fi models start at $599 and $749, respectively, making the starting price slightly more than the prior gen. The units equipped with LTE start at $729.
Fortunately, if you’ve been waiting for a discount on the iPad Air, the 64GB model with Wi-Fi is available for $539 — $60 off the list price — in space grey and sky blue at Amazon. The 256GB, Wi-Fi-enabled version is also available for a $100 discount at Amazon with your choice of many colors marked down to $650 at checkout.
The best iPad Pro (2020) deals
The fifth-generation, M1-equipped iPad Pro came out earlier this year, which means there are many deals to be had on the prior iPad Pro from 2020. The fourth-generation iPad Pro looks nearly the same as the 2018 model, when this design was first established, aside from a dual-lens rear camera array. Unlike the less expensive iPad models, the 2020 iPad Pro ditches the headphone jack and uses a USB-C port instead of Lightning. It also features a high refresh display and Face ID to help you unlock the tablet instead of relying on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
If you’re looking for the 11-inch, 2020 iPad Pro, it’s currently available on clearance in some configurations at Best Buy, B&H, and Target. As far as the Wi-Fi models go, the 128GB base storage is discounted to $750 at Best Buy. The 256GB model is available for $900 at Target in both color configurations. Best Buy is also selling the 512GB and 1TB variants for $950 and $1,005, respectively. Best Buy will also throw in six-month Apple News Plus and Apple Music subscriptions for free.
Some similar discounts extend to the 12.9-inch model at Best Buy and B&H Photo. The 256GB model is $949 at B&H Photo and $1,000 at Best Buy. Lastly, the 512GB model is $1,100 instead of $1,300 at Best Buy while the massive 1TB is $1,300 instead of $1,500.
The best iPad Pro (2021) deals
The 2020 iPad Pro is great, but if display quality is the most important factor to your purchasing decision, the 12.9-inch 2021 iPad Pro is the way to go. The larger, 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 blazing-fast M1 chip — the same processor found in the latest Mac computers — as well as new features like Center Stage. They’re the most impressive and expensive iPads to date, with the 11- and 12.9-inch configurations typically starting at $799 and $1,099, respectively.
If the latest model is what you desire, the 11-inch, 128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi is selling at Amazon in silver for $700 – a record low – instead of $799, and Walmart has it for $749. Walmart is also discounting the 512GB option with Wi-Fi in space gray to $950, a healthy $150 off the list price of the larger storage model.
The Mini LED-equipped 12.9-inch, 128GB model with Wi-Fi is also on sale at Amazon and Walmart in both colors for $999, the second-best price we’ve seen on Apple’s high-end tablet to date. You can also snag the 256GB model for $1,149 at Walmart, a $50 discount.