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Best iPad deals for May 2021

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iPad deals are rapidly dropping in price. Now that Apple's new iPad Pro 2021 tablets have been announced, retailers are looking to clear out old iPad inventory. For shoppers, that means a fresh batch of cheap iPad deals. We've even spotted iPad deals on Apple's 2021 tablets. So what are the best iPad deals of the moment? We're here to show you which sales are worth your time. 

Best iPad deals and sales at a glance

Currently, the best cheap iPad deals are from Verizon. The carrier is taking $100 off any iPad with trade-in. (You'll need to purchase an LTE-based iPad to get this deal). If you prefer a Wi-Fi only tablet, Amazon also has the 10.9-inch iPad Air on sale for $559. It's just $20 shy of its all time price low and one of the best iPad deals of all time. Amazon also has epic iPad deals on the iPad Pro 2020 models, both of which are at their lowest price ever. So make sure to bookmark our page for the best cheap iPad deals you can get right now. 

iPad deals and Memorial Day

Memorial Day is rapidly approaching. Often referred to as the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day is an excellent time for iPad deals. Memorial Day sales can take from $50 to $200 off select iPads. Given how popular the holiday is, there's a high chance we might see more iPad deals on Apple's new 2021 iPad Pros. Make sure to follow our Apple Memorial Day sales guide for the latest iPad deals. 

Best iPad deals and sales 

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 has the 32GB model on sale for $299, which is the cheapest iPad deal available right now. But hurry, because iPad deals on the base model sell out very fast. The 128GB model is also on sale for $395.View Deal

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $555 @ Amazon
The new 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 second-lowest price ever, but history shows this deal won't last long. It's one of the best iPad deals of the moment. (If you don't see the $555 price, try different color models). View Deal

10.9" iPad Air (256GB/2020): was $749 now $699 @ Amazon
Rarely on sale, Amazon also has the 256GB iPad Air on sale for $699.99. That's the cheapest price we've seen for the higher capacity model and one of the best iPad deals this week. View Deal

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $799 now $749 @ Walmart
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. Walmart is taking $50 off pre-orders, which makes this one of the best iPad deals you'll find for Apple's new tablet. View Deal

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2020): was $799 now $699 @ Amazon
Lowest price ever: Those who push their iPad to the limit will want to get the 2020 iPad Pro. Not only does it tear through work with Apple's insanely fast A12Z Bionic CPU, but its edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display (which features 120Hz Pro Motion technology) offers super smooth visuals. Yes, there are new M1-based iPad Pros coming soon, but this is too good of an iPad deal to miss. It's at its lowest price ever. (If Amazon sells out, Best Buy offers the same price).View Deal

12.9" iPad Pro (128GB/2020): was $999 now $799 @ Amazon
Lowest price ever: The 2020 iPad Pro packs an unbeatable A12Z Bionic CPU, dual 12MP/10MP rear cameras, 7MP front camera, and a stunning 12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina display with ProMotion. Amazon has it on sale for $899, but add it to your cart and you'll get an extra $100 off during checkout for a final price of $799.99. That's one of the best iPad deals we've ever seen for this model.View Deal

12.9" iPad Pro (256GB/2020): was $1,099 now $989 @ Amazon
Need more storage capacity? The 256GB model is now $109 off. That's one of the best iPad deals we've seen for this larger capacity model. View Deal

7.9" iPad mini (64GB): was $549 now $479 @ Amazon
The 2019 iPad mini sports Apple's A12 Bionic CPU, which provides insanely fast performance. It also packs epic battery life that lasts for just shy of 13 hours on a single charge. It's not often on sale, but the 256GB model is now $69 off.View Deal

Best iPad deals — accessories

Apple Smart Folio for iPad Air: was $79 now $39 @ Amazon
The Apple Smart Folio (for 10.9-inch iPad Air)  is 51% off at Amazon. That's the cheapest price we've seen for this case. The case protects the front and back of your iPad Air and can also be used for propping up your iPad. View Deal

Apple Smart Folio: 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.View Deal

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. View Deal

ZAGG iPad cases/keyboards: up to 70% off @ Amazon
Amazon is taking up to 70% off select ZAGG iPad cases and keyboards. After discount, prices start as low as $34.99. It's one of the best iPad deals we've seen on these accessories. View Deal

Apple Smart Keyboard for iPad: was $159 now $149 @ Amazon
It's a modest price cut as far as iPad deals are concerned, but Amazon has the Apple Smart Keyboard on sale for $149, which is $9 off its regular price. The keyboard is compatible with the iPad (7th and 8th generation) as well as the iPad Air (3rd generation). View Deal

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. View Deal

Apple Magic Keyboard for 11" iPad Pro: was $299 now $199 @ Amazon
The current-gen Magic Keyboard can turn your iPad Air (4th gen) or iPad Pro 11-inch (1st or 2nd 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. It's now $100 off.View Deal

Apple Magic Keyboard for 12" iPad Pro: was $349 now $249 @ Amazon
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. It's on sale for $249.View Deal

Best iPad deals — refurbs

Refurb Apple iPads: from $329 @ 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, there are no refurb iPads deals at the Apple Store. However, they have the Apple Pencil 2nd-gen for $109 ($20 off).View Deal

iPad deals — 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 new iPad (2020) review to see why we love Apple's latest tablet.

True to its name, the iPad mini is the smallest tablet in Apple's lineup. It houses Apple's A12 Bionic chip with an M12 coprocessor. (That's the same CPU found in the iPhone XS family). It happens to be the tablet we own and we love it for everything from streaming Netflix to playing Mario Kart. However, keep in mind that it's long overdue a refresh from Apple. Once it's been refreshed, there will likely be better iPad deals on this tablet. 

If you want unrivaled power, you'll want to check out the new iPad Air or iPad Pros. The latter come in 11-inch and 12.9-inch flavors and use Apple's new M1 CPU. They will be available for pre-order on April 30 and will go on sale during the second half of May. As for the 2020 iPad Pros, you'll find great iPad deals on those tablets. The base models are currently up to $80 off. 

Who has the best iPad deals right now?

Generally speaking, Amazon tends to offer the best iPad deals. On any given day you'll typically find discounts that run the gamut from $50 to $150 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. One thing to keep in mind is that iPad deals at Amazon sell out fast. In addition, Amazon tends to give different color iPads different prices. For instance, the base iPad 32GB tablet in black might cost $299, but the white model might sell at full price. So when looking for iPad deals at Amazon, it's worth checking various colors and storage capacities.