Deals on Apple’s iPads are more common than you might think. Whether you’re after the affordable — now outgoing — entry-level iPad from last year, the high-end iPad Pro, or something in between like the iPad Air or iPad Mini, there’s usually some sort of sale 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 often what deal our deal hunters at The Verge are doing each and every day, so let us help you out.
Below, we’ve listed each iPads model that is currently available, some of which are also available refurbished. You should also be aware that Apple is currently running its back-to-school promotion until September 27th, meaning you can snag a free set of AirPods with the purchase of either an iPad Air or iPad Pro. If you prefer the AirPods Pro, you can also upgrade for an additional $90. Either way, you have to be a student who’s eligible to check out through Apple’s educational storefront.
|Model||Model Year||List Price||Sale Price||Retailers|
|Model||Model Year||List Price||Sale Price||Retailers|
|iPad Mini (64GB, Wi-Fi)||2019||$399||$299||Walmart|
|iPad Mini (256GB, Wi-Fi)||2019||$549||$449||Walmart||Amazon|
|iPad Air (64GB, Wi-Fi)||2020||$599||$539||Walmart||Amazon|
|iPad Air (256GB, Wi-Fi)||2020||$749||$650||Walmart||Amazon|
|iPad Pro (11-inch, 256GB, Wi-Fi)||2020||$899||$769||B&H Photo|
|iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 128GB, Wi-Fi)||2020||$999||$849||B&H Photo|
|iPad Pro (11-inch, 128GB, Wi-Fi)||2021||$799||$749||Walmart||Amazon|
|iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 128GB, Wi-Fi)||2021||$1,099||$999||Walmart||Amazon|
The best iPad (2020) deals
The 2020 iPad is Apple’s most affordable tablet, however, it’s now being replaced by the 9th Gen model announced during Apple’s recent iPhone 13 event. If you’re in the market for the new model, preorders are available now, with shipments slated for Friday, September 24th. As you might expect, there are no discounts currently available on the 2021 model, given the tablet has yet to hit store shelves.
If you want to try getting the best possible price on last year’s model, though, know that the 32GB model initially retailed for $329 and the 128GB variant for $429. The new, 64GB model goes for the same price as last year’s 32GB variant ($329), while the 256GB configuration jumps to $479. The 2020 model has the same 10.2-inch display and features the older A12 Bionic processor, a front-facing Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the physical home button, and a Smart Connector for connecting a Smart Keyboard.
Currently, the outgoing base model iPad is a bit hard to come by at many retailers. It is either out of stock or marked as discontinued at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, and B&H. Right now, Apple only offers a refurbished one with 128GB of storage and Wi-Fi for $279, though the new ninth-generation model might be a more compelling proposition if you prefer the benefits of the faster A13 Bionic processor and 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera with Center Stage, a feature designed for keeping you framed up and centered while on video calls. That said, we’ll keep an eye out for any sale opportunities before the 2020 iPads are completely gone,
The best iPad Mini (2019) deals
Apple released the latest iPad Mini in early 2019 with the same 7.9-inch display and design as previous iterations, but with refreshed internal specs. Just like the base iPad, a new iPad Mini was announced during Apple’s “California Streaming” event. While the upcoming, revamped Mini looks promising with its larger screen, top-of-the-line processor, support for USB-C, and 5G option, it also starts at a higher price point of $599. The current iPad Mini has the A12 Bionic processor and normally runs $399 for 64GB of storage and $549 for 256GB. If you want LTE connectivity, the starting price is $529 for the 64GB model.
Sales on the basic Wi-Fi model of the 2019 iPad Mini don’t always come around, though we have seen some recently. The 64GB, Wi-Fi-enabled iPad Mini is available right now for $299 at Walmart in space gray and gold. Amazon does not currently have any 64GB models in stock, but is offering the 256GB unit in silver for $449 while Walmart offers all three colors of the expanded storage option for the same price.
Just like the base iPad, the replacement model looks enticing — and if you’re interested you can preorder it now — though there will certainly be a bigger price delta with the increased starting price of the new iPad Mini and the fact that its predecessor is sure to continue receiving discounts. Also, as of right now, the 2021 model is not available at a discount, which is expected.
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 or 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 all of its vibrant colors at Amazon and Walmart. The 256GB, Wi-Fi-enabled version is available for a $100 discount from the same retailers, with your choice of most colors marked down to $650 at Amazon and Walmart. The one outlier is the green model, which has a more modestly discounted price of $720.
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 $700 at Target — though you may have to pick it up at a brick-and-mortar location near you. The 256GB model is available for $769 at B&H Photo and $800 at Best Buy in space gray. Best Buy is also selling the 512GB and 1TB variants for $950 and $1,150, respectively.
Similar discounts extend to the 12.9-inch model at Best Buy and B&H Photo. If you prefer Wi-Fi only, the 128GB model is discounted to $849 at B&H Photo. The 256GB model is $929 at B&H Photo and $1,000 at Best Buy. Lastly, the 512GB model is $1,150 at Best Buy while the massive 1TB is $1,350
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-generation 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 available at Amazon and Walmart for $50 off, bringing the price down to $749. Walmart is also discounting the 512GB and 2TB models to $1,000 and $1,799, respectively. That shaves $100 off the cost of either of those massive storage options.
The desirable Mini LED-equipped 12.9-inch, 128GB model with Wi-Fi is also on sale at Amazon and Walmart 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 $1,099 at Walmart, a $100 discount.