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Best iPad deals for May 2022

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iPad deals are starting off with a bang this month. Multiple iPads are at all-time price lows right now. Plus, now that the iPad Air 2022 is widely available, we're seeing more iPad deals than usual. In fact, Apple's new tablet is already seeing its first dollar-off price cut. 

Just remember, iPads are always in high demand, so as a result they tend to sell out fast. For instance, the base 10.2-inch iPad can be in stock in the morning and sold out by the afternoon. 

As a result, we're recommending you snatch up any iPad deals you see right now before models run out of stock. So what are the best cheap iPad deals right now? We're here to show you the best Apple deals available. (Also, make sure to check out our guide to the best AirPods sales and MacBook deals).

Today's best iPad deals at a glance

Currently, the best cheap iPad deals are at Amazon. The retailer has practically every iPad on sale. For instance, Amazon has the 8.3-inch iPad mini (64GB/2021) on sale for $409. That's $90 off and the second-best deal we've seen on this excellent tablet. (If you don't see this price, try selecting a different color tablet). Likewise, Amazon has the new 10.9-inch iPad Air (64GB/2022) on sale for $559. That's $40 off and an excellent deal for this M1-powered iPad. These iPad deals are coming in and out of stock, so make sure to get them while they're available. 

Memorial Day and iPad deals

We're now approaching mid-May and that means iPads deals are getting more aggressive. Memorial Day sales are driving the price of the iPad lower than ever. Already retailers like Amazon and Best Buy taking from $50 to $100 off Apple's top-rated tablets. Make sure to follow our guide to the best Apple Memorial Day sales for the best discounts this month.

Best iPad deals and sales 

8.3" iPad mini (64GB/2021): was $499 now $409 @ Amazon

8.3" iPad mini (64GB/2021): was $499 now $409 @ Amazon
The 2021 iPad mini features an all new thin-bezel design, a larger 8.3.inch Liquid Retina display, A15 Bionic CPU, 12MP wide camera, and USB-C connectivity. It also works with the Apple Pencil 2. The base Wi-Fi model is $90 off its regular price. 

10.2" iPad (64GB/2021): was $329 now $309 @ Amazon

10.2" iPad (64GB/2021): was $329 now $309 @ Amazon
The 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. Deals on this base model are rare, so snatch this up while you can. The 256GB model is also on sale for $429 ($50 off) at Amazon. 

iPad Air (64GB/2022): was $599 now $559 @ Amazon

iPad Air (64GB/2022): was $599 now $559 @ Amazon
The 2022 iPad Air is now powered by Apple's M1 processor, which features an 8-core CPU that delivers up to 60% faster performance than the previous-gen iPad Air. Other new features include a 12MP ultra wide front camera that supports Center Stage and 5G support (cellular models only). The tablet features a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display (2360 x 1640), 12MP wide (rear) camera, USB-C charging, and Magic Keyboard support. 

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $469 @ Amazon

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $469 @ Amazon
Despite being a generation old, the 2020 iPad Air sports a large 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. By comparison, Best Buy has it on sale for $549.

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $799 now $749 @ Amazon

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $799 now $749 @ Amazon
The 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. Amazon has the 128GB model at its lowest price to date, which makes this one of the best iPad deals you'll find for Apple's pro tablet.

12.9" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $1,099 now $999 @ Amazon

12.9" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $1,099 now $999 @ Amazon
Editor's Choice deal: Apple's top of the line iPad just got a massive price cut. For a limited time, Amazon has the new iPad Pro 12.9-inch tablet on sale for $1,011. That's $88 off and its second-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. The new Apple M1 CPU also means it's the fastest iPad ever. 

12.9" iPad Pro (256GB/2021): was $1,199 now $1,099 @ Amazon

12.9" iPad Pro (256GB/2021): was $1,199 now $1,099 @ Amazon
Need more storage space?  Amazon has the 256GB model on sale for $1,099 which is $100 cheaper than Apple's price. 

Best iPad deals — accessories

ZAGG iPad cases/keyboards: up to 85% off @ Amazon

ZAGG iPad cases/keyboards: up to 85% off @ Amazon
Amazon is taking up to 85% off select ZAGG iPad cases and keyboards. After discount, prices start as low as $19. It's one of the best iPad deals we've seen on these accessories. 

Apple Smart Folio: was $79 now $73 @ Amazon

Apple Smart Folio: was $79 now $73 @ 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 Smart Keyboard for iPad: was $159 now $139 @ Amazon

Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad: was $159 now $139 @ Amazon
It's a modest price cut as far as iPad deals are concerned, but Amazon has the Apple Smart Keyboard on sale for $139, which is $19 off its regular price. The keyboard is compatible with the iPad (7th and 8th generation) as well as the iPad Air (3rd generation). 

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio: was $179 now $169 @ Amazon

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio: was $179 now $169 @ Amazon
The Apple Smart Keyboard Folio offers a great typing experience for your iPad Air (4th Gen) or iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd Gen). The lightweight cover can also protect the front and back of your iPad. 

Best iPad deals — refurbs

Refurb Apple iPads: from $419 @ Apple

Refurb Apple iPads: from $419 @ Apple
Low inventory:
Refurb iPads make for great iPad deals. We especially like the refurb iPads from the Apple Store because they come with the same 1-year warranty you'd get from a new factory-sealed iPad. Currently, refurb iPads deals at the Apple Store start at $339. 

Which iPad should I buy?

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

The 10.2-inch iPad is the tablet for everyone. The mainstream tablet is not only the most affordable iPad, but it's also the best value for your dollar. The tablet uses Apple's A10 Fusion chip. That shouldn't be a deal breaker though. While the A10 Fusion chip is indeed dated, it still packs enough power for streaming movies and playing some Apple Arcade

It can also be used for sketching and drawing, thanks to its Apple Pencil (1st gen) support. For the first time, you can also pair the 10.2-inch iPad with Apple's Smart Keyboard. Check out our iPad 2021 review to see why we love Apple's latest tablet.

True to its name, the 2021 iPad mini 6 is the smallest tablet in Apple's lineup. But don't let its size fool you — the new iPad mini is one powerful tablet. The 2021 iPad mini features an all new thin-bezel design, a larger 8.3.inch Liquid Retina display, A15 Bionic CPU, 12MP wide camera, and USB-C connectivity. It also works with the Apple Pencil 2. 

If you want unrivaled power, you'll want to check out the iPad Air or iPad Pros. The latter come in 11-inch and 12.9-inch flavors and use Apple's new M1 CPU. 

Guide to finding the best iPad deals

Where to find the best deals: Generally speaking, Amazon tends to offer the best iPad deals. On any given day of the week you'll typically find discounts that run the gamut from $50 to $200 off. Other retailers like Best Buy, B&H Photo, and Walmart tend to offer similar prices. However, it's rare that they undercut Amazon's iPad deals. 

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

Check older models iPad Air: The new iPad Air 2022 is here. However, if you don't need M1 power, the previous iPad Air is usually up to $100 off, which is substantial savings. So it's always worth checking older iPad models (when available) to save some extra cash.

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.