While the best iPad deals come around during major sales events like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Amazon Prime Day, 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 and M2 chips.
The best iPad (2021) deals
Announced alongside the iPhone 13, 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. The base configuration with Wi-Fi is currently available at Best Buy for a new low of $249.99 (about $80 off) or a somewhat close second at Walmart for $269 ($60 off).
As for the next bump up in storage, 256GB, it normally costs $479, but Walmart and Best Buy have that configuration with Wi-Fi for $399 and $399.99, respectively. 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 model normally runs $479 (though Best Buy has it for about $80 off), and the 256GB variant is $609 (though both Best Buy and Amazon are selling it for $529.99).
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.
Although the newer, 10th-gen iPad came out in October, the last-gen model is still worth considering. The latest 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 from 2021 has an A13 Bionic chip and a 12MP front camera that supports Apple’s Center Stage feature. It’s also compatible with the first-gen 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 at times, and right now, Best Buy has the 64GB base model for $399.99 ($100 off). If you’re in need of additional storage, Amazon and Best Buy have the 256GB Wi-Fi model for $549.99 — another $100 discount. As for the 5G-equipped variant, Best Buy has each of them for $100 off, which drops the 64GB model to$549.99 and the 256GB version to $699.99. They normally sell for $649 and $799, respectively.
If the prior-generation iPad Mini has given any indication, the biggest discounts on the 2021 iPad Mini will be infrequent and fleeting, partly because it has such minimal competition in its product segment.
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The best iPad Air (2022) deals
The latest iPad Air usually costs $599, but we’ve seen it dip as low as $520 on occasion. However, right now, the best deal is at Walmart, where you can pick up the base 64GB Wi-Fi model for $40 off, bringing the 10.9-inch tablet down to $559 in all colors. For those who crave more storage, the 256GB configuration is available for $679 at Walmart ($70 off). That may not be the lowest price we’ve seen on the higher-capacity model, but it remains a very good deal.
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.
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 (2022) deals
The latest generation of iPad Pros looks a whole lot like the prior model from 2021, as the changes are primarily on the inside. The new Pros still come in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes, with the better-looking Mini LED panel once again reserved for the larger model, though both now pack Apple’s newer M2 CPU for even better processing power.
Striking resemblance to the prior generation aside, there are a few reasons to opt for a Pro over something like an Air, such as Face ID unlocking and additional base storage. If display quality is the most important factor in your purchasing decision, the 12.9-inch version is the way to go, as its Mini LED display achieves deeper blacks and better contrast, much like an OLED panel.
Aside from that, as well as a nifty new hover feature that shows where your second-gen Apple Pencil’s tip will land before you touch the screen, they’re very similar to the older models from 2021. The 128GB base models even start at the same price — the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models retail for $799 and $1,099, respectively, and go up from there. As for 5G cellular versions, the 11-inch starts at $999, and the 12.9-inch starts at $1,299.
While some steep discounts and closeout sales on the 2021 iPad Pros have led to them selling out pretty much everywhere, there are some deals starting to appear on Apple’s newer, high-end tablets of 2022.
Right now, for instance, you can get the 11-inch M2 iPad Pro with 128GB of storage for $769 ($40 off) at Amazon or B&H Photo. Or, if you prefer the larger 12.9-inch model with the Mini LED display, Amazon is selling the M2 tablet for$1,069.99 (about $30 off). That’s as good as it gets for now, though we did once see the 12.9-inch get a sweet $100 discount for a brief window of time. Perhaps now that we’re in the new year, we’ll see more substantial discounts across both models.
Apple’s latest iPad Pro comes with the faster M2 processor and supports Wi-Fi 6E but otherwise shares the same design as its predecessor. The larger 12.9-inch model sports a higher-quality Mini LED panel than the 11-inch version.