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Best iPad deals for September 2021

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iPad deals are looking strong this month. Plus, with the new 2021 iPad and iPad mini just announced by Apple, retailers are offering some of the best cheap iPad deals we've seen so far. The only problem is they're selling out fast. 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 come courtesy of Amazon. The retailer has the 10.9-inch iPad Air (64GB/2020) on sale for $499. That's the cheapest price we've seen for this tablet and it's one of the best iPad deals ever. If you want the new 2021 iPad, Walmart has the 10.2-inch iPad (64GB/2021) on sale for $299. That's $30 off and the first dollar-off discount we've seen for Apple's base tablet.

Best iPad deals and sales 

10.2" iPad (64GB/2021): was $329 now $299 @ Walmart
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 is the first major retailer to offer a discount on Apple's new tablet. View Deal

10.2" iPad 2021: up to $400 off w/ trade-in @ Best Buy
Got an old tablet 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, the previous-gen iPad would fetch you a $160 credit. It's one of the best iPad deals we've seen on Apple's new tablet. View Deal

8.3" iPad mini 2021: was $499 now $459 @ Amazon
The new iPad mini is the star of Apple's September keynote. It 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. Amazon has it on sale for $459, which is $39 off. View Deal

8.3" iPad mini 2021: up to $400 off w/ trade-in @ Best Buy
If you have an old iPad to trade, Best Buy will give you up to a $400 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. View Deal

7.9" iPad Mini (256GB): was $549 now just $449 @ Amazon
Yes, it's showing its age, but the 2019 iPad Mini is still a terrific tablet. It houses 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. The 256GB model is now at its lowest price ever. View Deal

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $499 @ Amazon
Lowest price ever: 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 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).View Deal

10.9" iPad Air (256GB/2020): was $749 now $649 @ Amazon
Rarely discounted, Amazon currently has the 256GB iPad Air on sale. This is 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 @ 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.View Deal

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. View Deal

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. View Deal

10.2" iPad (32GB/2020): was $329 now $299 @ Walmart
Out of stock:
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, retailers like Amazon and Best Buy are out of stock of this tablet. View Deal

Best iPad deals — accessories

Apple Pencil: was $99 now $89 @ 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 75% 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 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 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. 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

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). 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 12" iPad Pro: was $349 now $199 @ Best Buy
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. View Deal

Apple Magic Keyboard for 11" iPad Pro: was $299 now $289 @ 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. View Deal

Best iPad deals — refurbs

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).View Deal

Best iPad deals — Back to School

Buy an iPad Pro M1: get free AirPods @ Apple
The Apple Back to School sale is officially live. Currently, students and teachers who buy an iPad Pro M1 will get a free pair of AirPods with their purchase. In addition, they'll pay special education pricing for their iPad Pro. After discount, iPad Pro M1 prices start at $749 for the 11-inch iPad Pro M1. It's one of the best iPad deals if you're shopping for back to school. Deal ends September 27. View Deal

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 sale in 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 $100 off. 

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. That said, in the case of the new iPad Pro 2021 tablets, Walmart was taking $50 off a few models, whereas Amazon has yet to offer them on sale. 

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 one of the oldest iPads 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.