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Best iPad deals for January 2021

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iPad deals aren't slowing down with the new year. And we're more than happy to welcome these offers which make Apple's excellent tablets more affordable to own, as they're more expensive than the competition (with good reason at times). My one piece of advice is that you shouldn't wait. iPad deals move fast, so if you spot a discount you like — buy it. 

Currently, the best cheap iPad deal is the 10.2-inch iPad (32GB) on sale for $299 at Amazon. Meanwhile, you can also get the 10.9-inch iPad Air for $559 at Amazon, which is a historic low for the fantastic Air, making for one of the best iPad deals right now. 

Need more power? We've found bigger iPad deals on the faster iPad Pro 2020 models. The Apple Store rarely discounts its tablets, especially the new models, so take advantage of these cheap iPad deals while they last.

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. If the price goes back to normal retail price, make sure to check other colors to see if the iPad deal is available in another color/model.View Deal

10.9" iPad Air (2020/64GB): was $599 now $559 @ 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 back to its best price yet at Amazon, but history shows it won't last long. It's one of the best iPad deals of the moment. View Deal

10.2" iPad (128GB/2020/LTE): was $559 now $359 @ Best Buy
Those who want the freedom of an LTE-enabled iPad can save $200 by going with Best Buy and Verizon. With a 2-year contract you cut 36% off the 2020 iPad's price. View Deal

Apple iPad Mini (64GB): was $399 now $389 @ 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, so this $10 off deal is the best you'll find right now. View Deal

11" iPad Pro (128GB/2020): was $799 now $759 @ Amazon
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. Add it to your cart to get an extra $29 off and drop the price to $759, which makes for one of the best iPad deals around. View Deal

12.9" iPad Pro (128GB/2020): was $999 now $949 @ Amazon
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 $949, which makes it the second-best 2020 iPad Pro deal we've seen.View Deal

Best iPad deals — refurbs

Refurb Apple iPads: from $329 @ Apple
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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 just $329. 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, but it's also the best value for your dollar. The tablet uses Apple's previous-gen 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

The new 10.2-inch iPad can 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 Air (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. However, 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.

If you want unrivaled power, you'll want to check out the new iPad Pros. They come in 11-inch and 12.9-inch flavors and use Apple's latest A12Z CPU with M12 coprocessor. They're pricey, but you can usually find iPad deals that take up to $50 off these tablets. You can also find cheap iPad deals on the previous-gen iPad Pros (2018 models), which are up to $150 off. 

iPad deals — where to find them