Here are the best iPad deals right now

Here are the best iPad deals right now
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While the best iPad deals come around during major sale 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 that 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.

It is possible that these deals may get even better once Amazon Prime Day 2023 rolls around on July 11th and 12th. The major sales event for the summer does often see iPad prices hit their all-time lows, but that’s not guaranteed. If you can wait for that, it probably doesn’t hurt to hold out. If not, here’s the best you can get right now.

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-generation iPad starts at $329 with 64GB of storage. The base configuration with Wi-Fi is available at Amazon for $249.99 ($80 off) at checkout.

As for the 256GB model that normally costs $479, Walmart and Amazon are selling that configuration with Wi-Fi for $399 while Best Buy has it for $399.99. This is a very good deal, especially since the tablet used to only drop to $429. If you prefer your iPad to include cellular connectivity, the 64GB model is currently on sale at Best Buy for $399.99 instead of $459. The 256GB variant is also available at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart for $529.99 ($79 off), matching its lowest price to date.

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.

A 9th gen iPad on a wood table viewed from the top downA 9th gen iPad on a wood table viewed from the top down

Apple’s entry-level iPad from 2021 has a 10.2-inch screen, 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.

Although the newer 10th-gen iPad came out in October, 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.

There’s sadly not much in the way of deals on the base configuration of the 10th-gen iPad right now, as it’s only about $23 off in pink at Amazon. As for the 256GB version, it normally costs $599, but Amazon is offering it silver for $539.99 ($60 off) at checkout — which is, surprisingly, a new low price. Unless you want that specific model or you need one urgently, it may be best to hold off for better deals. It may be a fine tablet, but even with this deal, it’s understandable that you might want to save more on the older ninth-gen model or step up to something a little nicer, like the iPad Air.

A 10th-gen iPad in an Apple Smart Folio on a wood table.A 10th-gen iPad in an Apple Smart Folio on a wood table.

Apple’s 10th-gen iPad is the spiritual successor to the older ninth-gen model. Though in exchange for its revised design, landscape-oriented webcam, USB-C port, larger 10.9-inch screen, and faster processor, it ditched the headphone jack and got more expensive.

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.

Amazon and Walmart are currently selling the 64GB base model of the iPad Mini in pink for $399.99 ($100 off), which matches the lowest price on Apple’s smaller iPad. If you’re in need of additional storage, Amazon and Walmart also have the 256GB Wi-Fi model in starlight for $599 ($50 off), which is a decent deal but nothing out of the ordinary. As for the cellular models, there’s a surprisingly good deal on the 256GB model with 5G (in pink only, mind you) — Amazon has it for $629, which is a whopping $170 off and a new all-time low.

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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 $551 ($48 off) in blue at Amazon or for $559 in all colors at Walmart. That’s not the all-time best deal on the 10.9-inch tablet, but it’s about halfway there. The Air is our top iPad recommendation for most people thanks to its speedy M1 processor, modern design, and midrange price. For those who crave more storage, the 256GB variant is also available for $679 ($70 off) at Amazon and Walmart.

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 iPad Air standing on a red table in front of a white background.The iPad Air standing on a red table in front of a white background.

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 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.

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.

A 12.9-inch space gray iPad Pro face down on a wooden table, viewed from the top down.A 12.9-inch space gray iPad Pro face down on a wooden table, viewed from the top down.

The 2022 iPad Pro touts a faster M2 processor, a new hover feature with the second-gen Apple Pencil, and support for Wi-Fi 6E. However, its design remains unchanged from the 2021 model.

Right now, the 11-inch M2 iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and 128GB of storage is $70 off at Amazon. Stepping up to the 256GB model — which, if you’re getting a Pro, you may want to do anyway — nets you a $50 discount at Amazon, dropping the price to $849.99. Likewise, if you get the 256GB model with 5G connectivity, it’s $50 off at Amazon, dropping the price to $1,049 instead of $1,099.

If you prefer the larger 12.9-inch model with its lovely Mini LED display, Amazon is selling the M2 tablet for $1,049 ($50 off). However, if you want more storage, Amazon has a better value on the 256GB model at $1,099 ($100 off). And if you want a cellular connection for carrying out all the cool Pro tasks, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 5G and 128GB of storage is also receiving a $100 discount at Amazon, which knocks it down to $1,199.99.

A 2022 Apple iPad Pro in a Magic Keyboard case on a wooden desk.A 2022 Apple iPad Pro in a Magic Keyboard case on a wooden desk.

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.

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