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Black Friday iPad deals — best sales right now

iPad 9 and iPad mini 6
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We expect to see plenty of Black Friday iPad deals in the coming days. Plus, now that the 2021 iPad and iPad mini are widely available, demand for Apple's tablets will only increase. That's where Black Friday iPad deals come into the picture. These discounts will take from $30 to $350 off Apple's entire iPad family. 

In fact, just last week Amazon had the iPad Air on sale for $489. That was $110 off and the best sale ever for this tablet. (The deal is now over). The sale was just an example of the type of Black Friday iPad deals we could see in the coming days. 

While the holiday season may feel like it's far off, the truth is that Black Friday deals will be here sooner than you think. So we're taking a close look at last year's Black Friday iPad deals along with some of 2021's best iPad deals to decipher what kind of discounts we'll see come November. We're also listing the best early deals you can get right now. 

Black Friday iPad deals — best early sales

iPad mini 2021

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. 

iPad 2021 Best Buy

10.2" iPad 2021: up to $400 off w/ trade-in @ Best Buy
The new iPad is proving hard to find. However, Best Buy currently has it in stock at full price. Plus, if you have an old iPad you're willing to part with Best Buy will give you up to a $400 credit if you trade-in your old iPad for the new iPad. For instance, a previous-gen iPad 7 would fetch you a $160 credit.

iPad 2021 Walmart

10.2" iPad (64GB/2021): was $329 now $299 @ Amazon
In and out of stock: 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. Given how popular this iPads is and how quickly it sells out, we recommend buying it the minute it's in stock and on sale. 

10.9" iPad Air

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. This tablet hit an all-time low of $489 earlier this month. Our advice if you can afford to wait: hold out until it hits $499 or lower. 

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2021)

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 is taking $99 off the 128GB model, which makes this one of the best iPad deals you'll find for Apple's new tablet. Walmart also has it on sale for $749.

12.9" iPad Pro (128GB/2021)

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

Black Friday iPad deals — our predictions

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 Black Friday iPad deals can I buy now

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. 

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.