Deals on Apple’s iPad are more common than you might think. Whether you’re after the affordable iPad, the high-end iPad Pro, or something in between like the iPad Air or iPad Mini, there’s usually some sort of price cut happening somewhere. 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. But that’s what we’re doing each day when we hunt for deals, so let us help you out.
Below, we’ve listed each of the current iPads available for purchase. Most of the time, there’s some sort of discount happening on a new or refurbished model. When there is a deal we think worth telling you about, we’ll let you know, along with any info you need to keep it in context. If there isn’t a current deal, we’ll tell you how much the most recent sale price was for, so you’ll know when to take the plunge.
Just to let you know up top, Apple’s back-to-school promotion has already kicked off, meaning you can snag a free set of AirPods with the purchase of either an iPad Air or iPad Pro. Granted, you have to be a student who’s eligible to check out at Apple’s educational storefront. If you prefer the AirPods Pro, you can also upgrade for an additional $90.
The 2020 iPad is Apple’s most affordable tablet, usually costing $329 for the model with 32GB of storage or $429 for the model with 128GB of storage. Each has a 10.2-inch display and features the A12 Bionic processor, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and a Smart Connector for connecting a Smart Keyboard.
Apple released the latest iPad mini in early 2019, equipped with the same 7.9-inch display and design as previous iterations, but with refreshed internal specs. It has the same A12 Bionic processor found in the base iPad, along with Wi-Fi support. Apple sells 64GB and 256GB models of the iPad mini, with prices set at $399 and $549 respectively. If you want LTE connectivity, the starting price is $529 for the 64GB model.
Sales on the basic Wi-Fi model are rare, but if you want to buy the 64GB iPad mini right now, it is available for $369 in space gray and rose gold at Walmart. There is also a sale on the 256GB model, which is currently available at Amazon for $490 in rose gold.
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. It has relocated the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the power button, located on the top of the device.
The fourth-gen iPad Air model comes in 64GB or 256GB storage configurations. The Wi-Fi models start at $599 and $749, respectively, making the starting price slightly more than last year’s models. The model that supports LTE starts at $729.
Fortunately, if you’ve been waiting for a sizable discount on the iPad Air, the 64GB model with Wi-Fi is available for $499 — $100 off the list price — in all colorways at Amazon and Best Buy. Both retailers are also currently knocking $100 off the 256GB model with Wi-Fi (Amazon, Best Buy), with the former taking an additional $10 off the rose gold configuration.
The fifth-gen, M1-equipped iPad Pro is now widely available, which means there are plenty of deals to be had on the 2020 iteration of the iPad Pro. The fourth-gen iPad Pro looks a lot like the 2018 model, aside from its 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 a Lightning port. 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 multiple configurations at Best Buy and Target. As far as the Wi-Fi models go, the 128GB model is discounted to $700 at Target, and the 256GB model is available for $800 at both Target and Best Buy. The latter retailer is also selling the 512GB and 1TB variants for $1,000 $1,200, respectively.
The same $100 discount at Best Buy applies to the 12.9-inch model, too. If you prefer the Wi-Fi model, the 128GB model is discounted to $900, the 256GB model to $1,000, the 512GB model to $1,200, and the 1TB model to $1,400.
The 2020 iPad Pro is great, but if display quality is the most important thing to you, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the way to go. The larger, fifth-gen model makes use of a Mini LED display, which is engineered to bring about 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 — and new features like Center Stage, a software innovation that zooms and pans to keep you centered in the frame while participating in video calls. They’re the most impressive and expensive iPads to date, with the 11- and 12-inch configurations typically starting at $799 and $1,099, respectively.
If you do want the latest model, however, the 11-inch, 128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi is available at Amazon for $50 off, bringing the price down to $749. The 12.9-inch model with Wi-Fi is also on sale at Amazon for $999, the second-best price we’ve seen on Apple’s high-end tablet to date.