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Best iPad deals for December 2021

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iPad deals are extremely difficult to pin down this month. Now that the holiday season is here, iPads are selling out fast. For instance, the base 10.2-inch iPad is seeing shipping dates that go as late as January (when you find it in stock). 

Meanwhile, iPad deals on the 10.9-inch iPad Air are practically non-existent. The tablet hit $489 in September, but is now selling for its list price of $599. (If you're lucky and fast enough to grab that deal). 

As a result, we're recommending you snatch up any iPad deals you see right now before other models run out of stock. So what are the best cheap iPad deals right now? We're here to show you which sales are worth your time. 

Today's best iPad deals at a glance

Currently, the best cheap iPad deals are on the larger iPad Pro models. For instance, you can get the 11-inch iPad Pro (128GB/2021) on sale for $749 at Amazon. The retailer also has the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (128GB/2021) is also on sale for $999. That's $50 and $100 off, respectively. Other models, such as the base iPad, iPad Air, and new iPad mini are either out of stock or selling at list price. Moreover, it doesn't appear that any of the iPads can ship in time for Christmas. However, we recommend you keep checking as Amazon's stock situation could change. 

Best iPad deals and sales 

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

10.2" iPad (64GB/2021): $329 @ Amazon
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. Walmart offers the same price. This iPad is coming in and out of stock

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $539 @ Amazon

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $539 @ Amazon
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 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 sale price, try choosing different color models). Walmart offers the same price if Amazon sells out.

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

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2021): was $799 now $749 @ Amazon
Editor's Choice deal: 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. 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 new 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 $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. 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 @ Walmart

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

8.3" iPad mini 2021: up to $460 off w/ trade-in @ Best Buy

8.3" iPad mini 2021: up to $460 off w/ trade-in @ Best Buy
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 for the new iPad mini. For instance, the previous-gen iPad mini would fetch you a $175 credit. 

Best iPad deals — accessories

Apple Pencil: was $99 now $79 @ Amazon

Apple Pencil: was $99 now $79 @ 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. 

ZAGG iPad cases/keyboards: up to 80% off @ Amazon

ZAGG iPad cases/keyboards: up to 80% off @ Amazon
Amazon is taking up to 80% 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 $74 @ Amazon

Apple Smart Folio: was $79 now $74 @ 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 Folio for iPad Air: was $79 now $74 @ Amazon

Apple Smart Folio for iPad Air: was $79 now $74 @ Amazon
The Apple Smart Folio (for 10.9-inch iPad Air)  is on sale at Amazon. The case protects the front and back of your iPad Air and can also be used for propping up your iPad. 

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 $309 @ Apple

Refurb Apple iPads: from $309 @ 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 $309. However, they have the Apple Pencil 2nd-gen for $109 ($20 off).

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 2021 iPad mini 6 is the smallest tablet in Apple's lineup. But don't let it's 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.

Beware the iPad Air: The iPad Air is now the oldest iPad in Apple's lineup. There are also strong rumors that it could be updated with an iPad Air 5 complete with a new A15 Bionic CPU and OLED display. As a result, you might want to wait before buying this model. 

Louis Ramirez

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.