With Black Friday nearly here, it’s a great time to score a deal on all kinds of iPads. Whether you’re after the high-end iPad Pro or the affordable entry-level iPad, there are all kinds of discounts on offer right now in the form of early Black Friday deals — with possibly more to come on the day-of and then after on Cyber Monday. Be sure to check out all of our Black Friday and Cyber Monday coverage to let us help you find the best-of-the-best for all tech deals.
As for current deals on iPads, we’ve listed here the biggest discounts that you can get right now on each iPad model, including the latest ones equipped with Apple’s powerful M1 and M2 chips.
The best iPad (2021) and iPad (2022) deals
Announced alongside the iPhone 13, the 2021 iPad is Apple’s aging entry-level tablet that still makes a fine device for doing the basics today. The ninth-gen model starts at $329 with 64GB of storage. The base configuration with Wi-Fi is available at Amazon and Target for $229.99 ($100 off), which is its best price ever.
As for the 256GB model that normally costs $479, Amazon is selling it for $360.98 ($118 off) when you click the on-page coupon. This is the absolute best deal ever on a tablet that used to only drop to $429. If you prefer your iPad to include cellular connectivity, the 64GB model is currently on sale at Amazon for $369.99 ($70 off) instead of $459. Lastly, the 256GB variant is also available at Amazon for $519.99 ($90 off) when you click the on-page coupon. It’s all-time lows pretty much across the board here in ninth-gen iPad land.
A last-gen model is still worth considering
The last-gen iPad uses an A13 Bionic processor and a 12MP wide-angle camera with Center Stage, a feature designed to keep you framed up and centered while on video calls. The tablet also carries over a number of features 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 about a year ago in October 2022, the last-gen model is still an excellent tablet with a better value. 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 excises the headphone jack and costs a much steeper $449. That’s not much of an entry-level price, so hopefully the ninth-gen model sticks around and continues to see moderate discounts.
The base configuration of the 10th-gen iPad is on sale right now for $349 ($100 off) at Amazon, Target, and Best Buy. As for the 256GB version that normally costs $599, Amazon, Best Buy, and Target are currently offering it for $499 ($100 off). These are decent deals for the 10th-gen model, but they’re not quite the value offered by previously steeper discounts, the heavily discounted ninth-gen model, or the better features you get by stepping up to the iPad Air.
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.
Amazon and Best Buy are selling the 64GB base model of the iPad Mini for $399.99 ($100 off), which matches its previous all-time low. If you’re in need of additional storage, Amazon has the 256GB Wi-Fi model in starlight and pink for $539.99 ($110 off). As for the cellular model, the 64GB model with 5G is on sale for $549.99 ($100 off) at Amazon.
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The best iPad Air (2022) deals
The latest iPad Air usually costs $599, but right now, it’s on sale for $499.99 ($100 off) at Amazon and Best Buy. The Air is our top iPad recommendation for most people thanks to its speedy M1 processor, modern design, and midrange price — with this current deal on the base model matching its all-time low. For those who crave more storage, the 256GB variant is available for $649.99 ($100 off) from Amazon.
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 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.
The 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 model starts at $999, and the 12.9-inch model starts at $1,299.
Sadly, even early Black Friday deals can’t seem to do much for the prices of the 11-inch iPad Pro M2 models . The lowest price you can get is a Wi-Fi model with 128GB of storage for $749 ($50 off) at Best Buy and B&H Photo. Otherwise, the 5G cellular version with 256GB of storage is $999 ($100 off) at B&H Photo — which is at least pretty good.
If you prefer the larger 12.9-inch model with its lovely Mini LED display, B&H Photo is selling the M2 tablet for $999 ($100 off). Jumping up to the 512GB model in space gray nets you the next best deal, another $100 discount at Amazon or B&H Photo — making the fairly beefy iPad $1,299 instead of $1,399.
Source: The Verge