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Best Prime Day iPad deals 2021: iPad Air at all-time-low

Prime Day iPad deals — iPad Air 2020
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If you've dreamed of getting an iPad Air for the lowest price possible, you have only a few hours left. The best Prime Day iPad deals include an all-time low on the most recent version of the iPad Air, but time is running out on Amazon's two-day sales event.

When it comes to Apple's tablets, Amazon is currently slashing $50 to $100 off with its Prime Day iPad deals, but keep other retailers in mind; Best Buy is competing as well with Amazon's Prime Day deals.

There are deals on practically every iPad tablet, from the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad to the new, M1-powered iPad Pros. And since not everyone needs a new iPad (they hold up seriously well over time), we're finding Prime Day iPad deals on accessories, iPad Folio cases and more. 

Our favorite Prime Day iPad Deal is the $80 off sale on the 2020 iPad Air, currently at $519 ($20 off its previous all time low). Yes, Prime Day deals can beat Black Friday prices — offering the new lowest price we've ever seen for this Editor's Choice tablet. 

Now that we're in the final hours of Day 2 of Prime Day, we expect stock levels of several iPad models to run low. You'll need to as flexible as possible when it comes to picking a color, storage configuration and connectivity option. Hopefully, Amazon restocks several of these offers in the closing hours of the sales event, particularly the iPad Pro, which is pretty hard to come by right now.

What other iPad deals can you get right now? We're rounding up the best Prime Day iPad deals and telling you which sales are worth your time. 

Prime Day iPad deals: Top sales now

Prime Day iPad deals — best sales now

iPad Pro 2021

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $799 now $699 @ Amazon
Out of stock:
The new 11-inch iPad Pro packs in all the best features from the larger model, but in a smaller package. That includes the solid performance of Apple's M1 chip, a 11-inch Liquid Retina display, 12MP wide and 10MP ultra wide camera lenses, and support for Wi-Fi 6. The 128GB model is $100 off at Amazon, making this one of the best Prime Day iPad deals you'll find — at least when Apple's high-end tablet is in stock.


10.2" iPad (32GB/2020): was $329 now $299 @ Amazon
Apple's entry-level iPad is perfect for anyone. It features an A12 Bionic CPU, 10.2-inch (2160 x 1620) LCD, 8MP camera, 12MP front camera, and an epic 12:57 battery life. Currently, Amazon has all three colors (gold, silver, space gray) of the 32GB model on sale for $299, which is the cheapest iPad deal available right now. (The 128GB model is also on sale for $395). 

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $519 @ Amazon
Better than Black Friday: The iPad Air sports a larger 10.9-inch display, speedy A14 Bionic CPU, and support for USB-C charging. Plus, with Magic Keyboard support, it's as close to a laptop replacement as you can get. Right now it's at its lowest price ever, but history shows this deal won't last long. The silver iPad Air is out of stock at Amazon as of Tuesday afternoon, but the four other colors remain available.

7.9" iPad mini (64GB/2019): was $399 now $384 @ Amazon
The 2019 iPad mini sports Apple's A12 Bionic CPU, which provides insanely fast performance despite its age. It also packs epic battery life that lasts for just shy of 13 hours on a single charge. iPad deals on this model are rare and it's one of the older iPads in Apple's lineup, but the 64GB model is now $15 off. There is also a $59 discount on the 256GB model down to $489.

7.9" iPad mini (256GB/2019): was $549 now $489 @ Best Buy
If you're having a hard time finding the 64GB version of the iPad mini, why not go up a storage size? You can get the 256GB model at Best Buy, saving $60 off the regular price. 

iPad Accessories

Apple Pencil: was $99 now $94 @ Amazon
iPad deals aren't just for tablets. The Apple Pencil (1st Gen) lets you take notes, sketch, and do much more on your iPad. It supports the iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad mini (5th generation), iPad (6th and 7th generations), iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (1st and 2nd generations), iPad Pro 10.5‑inch, and iPad Pro 9.7‑inch. 

Apple Smart Folio for iPad Air: was $79 now $72 @ Amazon
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.

Apple AirPods Pro: was $249 now $189 @ Amazon
Pair your iPad with Apple's excellent AirPods Pro. The AirPods Pro offer both sweat and water resistance (IPX4 certified) along with built-in noise cancellation. They're currently on sale for $189. 

Apple Magic Keyboard for 12" iPad Pro: was $349 now $329 @ Amazon
Out of stock: The current-gen Magic Keyboard can turn your iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th gen) into a laptop replacement. It attaches magnetically to your iPad and allows you to smoothly adjust it to the perfect viewing angle for you.

Apple Magic Keyboard for 11" iPad Pro: was $299 now $266 @ Walmart
The Apple Magic Keyboard turns your iPad into a legitimate laptop alternative. This model designed for use with the 11-inch iPad Pro, or the iPad Air (4th Gen), is currently more than $30 off at Walmart. It might not technically be a Prime Day deal, but it's a fantastic offer regardless. 

Magic Keyboard for 12.9" iPad Pro (2018): was $349 now $199 @ Best Buy
If you're holding on to an older iPad Pro model, this version of the Magic Keyboard is a perfect fit for the third generation of Apple's high-end tablet. Best Buy has taken $150 off the price.

How to find the best Prime Day iPad deals

Where to find the best deals: Generally speaking, Amazon tends to offer the best Prime Day iPad deals. However, Best Buy is known for price matching Amazon. Oftentimes, Best Buy will also bundle a freebie (such as six free months of Apple Music), which makes Best Buy's deals slightly better. (To date, we've never seen Amazon offer similar iPad bundle deals). 

Check all colors: Amazon tends to give different color iPads different prices. For instance, the base iPad 32GB tablet in space gray might sell for a discounted $299 price, but the silver model might sell at full price. So when looking for Prime Day iPad deals, it's worth checking various colors for the lowest price.

Beware the iPad mini: The iPad mini is one of the oldest iPads in Apple's lineup. There are strong rumors that an iPad mini 6 is on the horizon complete with an M1 CPU. As a result, you might want to wait before buying this model. That said, this is the iPad I personally own and it still runs like new, whether I'm streaming Apple Music, Netflix, or playing Mario Kart. Nevertheless, I'd wait for the new model before making an iPad mini purchase on Prime Day. 

What kind of Prime Day iPad deals to expect

Last years' best Prime Day iPad deal knocked the base 10.2-inch iPad to an all-time price low of $249. So far in 2021, the price hasn't dropped below $299, so we're predicting that it could hit $249 again on June 21. Keep in mind that the base models tend to sell out fast, so you'll have to act quick should you see that sale price. 

Meanwhile, the new M1-powered iPad Pros will likely see price cuts on Prime Day. Walmart has already taken $50 off the Wi-Fi models and Amazon is now taking $100 off the 12.9-inch model. Make sure to keep an eye on Best Buy, which could undercut both retailers by offering freebies with its iPad sales. The retailers tends to bundle free 6-month trials of Apple Music or Apple Fitness Plus with select Apple deals. 

Currently, one of our favorite Prime Day iPad deals slashes the iPad Air to just $539. That's $60 off and its the lowest price we've ever seen for the Air (tying a Black Friday discount we saw last holiday season). 

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As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. With over 10 years of deals-hunting experience, Louis price checks against multiple retailers and searches high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.