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Black Friday iPad deals 2021 — best sales still available

iPad 9 and iPad mini 6
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The Black Friday iPad deals continue to be apparent and elusive at the same time. This game of whack-a-mole for aluminum tablet deals But while many hunt for Cyber Monday iPad deals, we're still maintaining this page. Unfortunately, some iPads are still deal-proof, while others have hundreds-off discounts from major vendors. We'll blame the supply chain, as Amazon and Best Buy are having trouble keeping the iPad in stock.

So far we've mostly seen the best Black Friday iPad deals on the iPad Pro models, both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch. And while we saw the iPad mini 6 at its lowest price ever, that deal's since disappeared in less than two hours. We're waiting for deals on the new 10.2-inch iPad, which could happen very soon. 

There are also iPad accessory deals to help you spruce up your new or older Pad. Those include a new deal on the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard, a pretty rare item to see on sale.

Now that Black Friday is over, we'll be keeping an eye out for Cyber Monday iPad deals, so bookmark that page if you are still hoping to shop. 

Best Black Friday iPad deals today

Black Friday iPad deals — best sales still in stock 

10.2-inch iPad deals

10.2" iPad 2021 (256GB): $479 plus savings w/ trade-in @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
The new iPad is proving hard to find. But Best Buy currently has the 256GB model back in stock, and you can get a deal on it if you have an old iPad you're willing to part with Best Buy will give you up to a $460 credit if you trade-in your old iPad (opens in new tab) for the new iPad. For instance, a 32GB iPad 7 with Wi-Fi would fetch you a $160 credit.

10.2" iPad (256GB/2021): $479 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
In Stock soon: The 256GB iPad 2021, upgraded for performance, is on backorder Amazon, but you can still order one now. It's still scheduled to ship by mid-December, even with free delivery.

10.2" iPad (64GB/2021): $329 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
In stock soon: The new 2021 iPad features Apple's A13 Bionic CPU, a new 12MP front camera, and 64GB of storage (instead of 32GB like its predecessor). You also get support for Center Stage, which uses machine learning to adjust the front-facing camera during FaceTime video calls. Available for sale--unlike everywhere else--but not delivering until early January.

iPad mini deals

8.3" iPad mini 2021 Wi-Fi/Cellular: was $21.66/month, now $18.33/month at Verizon (opens in new tab)
Save $100: Verizon is currently offering a Wi-Fi + cellular iPad mini for just $18.33 per month on a 30-month plan, which works out at $549 in total. That may look small, but it adds up to an overall savings of $100 over the standard price of $649 (a $35 activation fee, though, is tacked on). You can get another $200 back by trading in a device too. Back-ordered until January 2022.

8.3" iPad mini 2021: $499 plus savings w/ trade-in @ Best Buy (opens in new tab)
If you have an old iPad to trade, Best Buy will give you up to a $460 credit if you trade in your old iPad (opens in new tab) for the new iPad mini. For instance, the previous-gen iPad mini would fetch you a $175 credit. 

iPad Air deals

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $579 @ B+H Photo (opens in new tab)

Sales on the iPad Air have gotten pretty rare, and this $20 off Black Friday deal likely won't last. At the moment, only the Space Gray version is discounted, with the others costing the regular price.

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $589 @ Adorama (opens in new tab)
Okay, this isn't a huge deal, but any savings are hard to come by on the 64GB iPad Air 2020 right now. It's got a 10.9-inch display, a green chassis, nimble A14 Bionic CPU and (finally) USB-C charging. 

10.9" iPad Air (Cellular/256GB/2020): was $869 now $849 @ B+H Photo (opens in new tab)
Tricking out an iPad always gets pricey, but this deal takes $50 off the total price of a high-capacity LTE-capable iPad Air. We love the iPad Air for offering much of what makes the iPad Pro great (Magic Keyboard support, edge-to-edge screen and more). Currently only found on Sky Blue model.

iPad Pro deals

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $799 now $788 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The new 11-inch iPad Pro sports Apple's M1 CPU for record-breaking speed and performance. It features a stunning 11-inch Liquid Retina display with 120Hz Pro Motion, TrueTone, and P3 wide color. You also get 12MP wide and 10MP ultra-wide cameras and Wi-Fi 6 support. Just bear in mind there's low stock as the tablet is selling fast. 

11" iPad Pro (128GB + Cellular/2021): was $999 now $899 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Editor's Choice deal: What if you wanted the above iPad to get internet when you're on the go? Wi-Fi isn't omnipresent yet, but Amazon's also slashed $100 off this iPad Pro with cellular service.

12.9" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $1,099 now $999 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Editor's Choice deal: Apple's premium iPad just got a massive price cut. Amazon has the new iPad Pro 12.9-inch tablet on sale for $999. That's $100 off and its cheapest price ever. It features a stunning 12.9-inch Liquid Retina mini LED display (2732 x 2048) with 120Hz Pro Motion, TrueTone, and P3 wide color. You also get 12MP wide and 10MP ultra-wide cameras and Wi-Fi 6 support. Plus, the new Apple M1 CPU means it's the fastest iPad ever. You can order now, but delivery won't be until January 2022.

12.9" iPad Pro (512GB/2021): was $1,399 now $1,299 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Need even more power and storage? This configuration of the iPad Pro 2021 has 512GB storage and packs the powerful M1 chip, a mini-LED display, and 5G support. Discounted by $100, it's one of the best Black Friday iPad deals if you require power and lots of storage. 

iPad accessories

Apple Pencil (2nd gen): was $129, now $99 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The perfect accessory for the new iPad Pro models, the 2nd-generation Apple Pencil helps you draw, sketch, take notes and more on your tablet. Support for double-tapping lets you easily change tools without setting it down, while the flat edge attaches magnetically for charging and pairing.

Apple Pencil (1st gen): was $99, now $79 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
If you use an older iPad Air, mini or Pro, or any base iPad model, this is the Apple stylus you need. It doesn't feature the advanced features of the second generation Pencil, but it's still a high-quality stylus for handwriting and drawing on your tablet.

Apple Magic Keyboard for 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021): was $349 now $300 (opens in new tab)
Compatible with the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro, this model of the Apple Magic Keyboard doesn't have as great a sale, but any discount here is still surprising. To get the full savings  make sure to click to save $29.99 at checkout.

Apple Smart Folio: was $79 now $74 @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
The Apple Smart Folio (for 10.9-inch iPad Air/4th Gen) protects the front and back of your iPad Air. It also automatically wakes your iPad when opened and puts it to sleep when closed.

ZAGG iPad cases/keyboards: up to 70% off @ Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon is taking up to 70% off select ZAGG iPad cases, screen protectors, and keyboards. After discount, prices start as low as $19. It's one of the best Black Friday iPad deals we've seen on these accessories. (iPhone accessories are also on sale at the same link).

Black Friday iPad deals — shopping tips

iPad 2021: The iPad 9 is the latest tablet to join Apple's iPad family. It sports a new A13 Bionic CPU that promises to deliver 20% faster performance than its predecessor. It also includes an upgraded 12MP front camera with support for the iPad Pro's Center Stage technology. The new iPad also features double the storage capacity of its predecessor starting at 64GB and 256GB. The iPad 9 has already seen multiple price cuts. Both Walmart and Amazon have had it on sale for $299, which is $30 off. However, last year retailers like Amazon and Best Buy offered the then just-released iPad for a low of $249. That means the iPad 9 could drop as low as $249 come Black Friday 2021. If it does, expect that Black Friday iPad deal to sell out fast. (It's already hard to find in stock).  

iPad mini 2021: Although Apple increased the price of the iPad mini by a staggering $100, the iPad mini 6 received a multitude of upgrades starting with a redesign that includes an edge-to-edge screen. It also sports a larger 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with 2266 x 1488 resolution. (The older iPad mini has a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display). The new tablet also gets a current-gen A15 Bionic CPU, which is the same processor powering the new iPhone 13. According to Apple, the new CPU should provide a 40% jump in performance when compared to the previous iPad mini. Price-wise, the iPad mini has already seen price cuts that take $39 off. We predict there will be a lightning sale that knocks a full $100 off the base model. This could very well be the best Black Friday iPad deal of the season. 

iPad Air: The iPad Air hit an all-time price low of $489 on October 8. The deal lasted just a few hours. Prior to that, it was on sale most of the summer for $499. That means any Black Friday iPad deals for this tablet will have to match or beat this $489 price point. That said, we don't foresee this tablet getting significantly cheaper than $489 during the holidays. 

iPad Pros: Apple's professional tablets will see massive price cuts this holiday season. The base 11-inch iPad Pro is regularly $50 off, whereas the base 12.9-inch iPad Pro can usually be found for $999 ($100 off). Expect Black Friday iPad deals to take from $100 to $350 off various configurations of these tablets. The base models should see at least $100 off, whereas the higher $350 discounts will go toward the higher capacity models. 

What retailers offer the best Black Friday iPad deals?

History has shown that Amazon offers the best Black Friday iPad deals every year. Last year, the retailer dropped the price of the base iPad to $249. We expect to see a similar discount for the current-gen iPad. Naturally, competitors like Best Buy and Walmart could price match Amazon's deals, which tend to sell out fast. 

Amazon: from $30 to $60 off select iPads (opens in new tab)
Best Buy: up to $329 off any iPad with trade-in (opens in new tab)
Target: shop all iPad accessories from $121 (opens in new tab)
Walmart: previous-gen iPads from $79 (opens in new tab)

Which iPad should I buy on Black Friday?

Apple's iPad family is now bigger than ever. Currently, these are the models that Apple offers:

The 10.2-inch iPad is the most popular iPad for a reason. It's Apple's mainstream model that's both affordable and offers good bang for your buck. The tablet uses Apple's A13 Bionic processor, giving faster performance that makes the tablet more capable for iPadOS' multitasking tricks. It's also going to make your next round in Apple Arcade a bit smoother.

Our iPad Air (2020) review explains why that tablet is the best iPad for most people. It's a lot like the iPad Pro, but its starting price is $200 less. Those perks start with thin bezels and the flat-edge design, but it's also got the support for the top Apple accessories — the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil that's much easier to charge and the Magic Keyboard which is an actual delight to use. Although it's now the oldest iPad in Apple's lineup, it's still an excellent tablet for most users. 

Apple's iPad mini is the smallest tablet in Apple's lineup (as its name implies). It's not light on power though, as the new 2021 model sports an A15 Bionic chip, which on paper makes it as fast as the new iPhone 13. Beloved by many, its portable size makes it ideal for reading, as well as writing emails and browsing social media. And don't worry, its screen is still great enough to watch some of the best Netflix shows.

Power users, though, will want the iPad Pro. It's available in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes. The new tablets are powered by Apple's M1 CPU, which means you'll get record-breaking speeds out of them. 

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.