The year's best iPad deals are on the horizon. With early Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals starting to surface, we expect to see retailers offering their best iPad deals in the days to come. In fact, early Walmart Black Friday deals are already offering record price lows on Apple's iPads.
From the compact iPad mini to the new 10.2-inch iPad, no Apple tablet will escape the holiday season unscathed. So we're sharing our secrets on how to find the best iPad deals. Plus, we'll also break down the differences between Apple's tablets so that you get the iPad that not suits your budget and your needs.
Generally speaking, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart offer the best iPad sales. On any given day you can find the base iPad Mini, iPad, and iPad Air from $15 to $30 off, whereas the the step-up models (with more storage) are usually $40 to $100 off.
Meanwhile, the base iPad Pros are (on a good day) at least $50 off. The models with higher storage capacity can range from $150 to a whopping $300 off.
We expect retailers will double down on their 9.7-inch iPad deals, which to date has not dropped below $229 ($80 off) for the base model. Could we see a 9.7-inch iPad for $199 this holiday season? It's no longer a pipe dream. In fact, Walmart is taking $130 off the 128GB model.
That said, if you can't wait till iPad Black Friday deals arrive, here are the best iPad deals you can find now on every iPad.
Best iPad Deal of the Week
Apple iPad 10.2" (2019): was $329 now $299
The new 10.2-inch iPad replaces the 9.7-inch iPad as Apple's everyday tablet. It packs the same CPU, but now sports a larger display, support for Apple's Smart Keyboard, and significantly better battery life. The 128GB model is also $30 off.View Deal
Best Apple 10.2-inch iPad Deals
Now with a larger screen and Smart Keyboard support
Storage: 32GB/128GB | Weight: 1.07 lbs. | Screen Size: 10.2-inches | Resolution: 2160 x 1620 at 264 ppi | CPU: A10 Fusion w/ M10 | Rear Camera: 8MP | Front Camera: 1.2MP | Features: Touch ID** | Battery: Up to 10 hours
The 10.2-inch iPad is Apple's newest tablet. Announced during its iPhone 11 keynote, the new tablet replaces the 6th-gen 9.7-inch iPad. However, like its predecessor, the new 2019 iPad uses the same A10 Fusion chip, which although dated, 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 iPad with Apple's Smart Keyboard.
Because it's still new, the 10.2-inch iPad has seen modest price cuts so far. The base model has dropped to $299 ($30 off), whereas the 128GB model has dropped to $399 ($30 off). However, we predict both will be cheaper when Black Friday deals begin. Expect to see at least $40 off the base model and as much as $50 off the 128GB model.
Best Apple 9.7-inch iPad Deals
Older, but likely to see steeper price cuts
Storage: 32GB/128GB | Weight: 1.03 lbs. | Screen Size: 9.7-inches | Resolution: 2048 x 1536 at 264 ppi | CPU: A10 Fusion w/ M10 | Rear Camera: 8MP | Front Camera: 1.2MP | Features: Touch ID** | Battery: Up to 10 hours
If you're looking for the cheapest iPad possible, the 9.7-inch model is for you. Now that it's no longer Apple's flagship, retailers will be dropping its price to clear stock. Like the new 10.2-inch model, it sports the same A10 Fusion chip, so it's not less powerful. Truth be told, outside of the bigger screen and Smart Keyboard support, the 2018 iPad and the new 10.2-inch iPad are near identical.
The base model can frequently be found at $249 ($80 off), whereas the 128GB model is typically $100 off at stores like Amazon and Walmart. Last Black Friday, the base model hit $229, which is the cheapest it's ever been. We predict the base model may hit $199 this year (don't expect that deal to last long if it does), whereas the 128GB model will see the same $100 off discounts its enjoyed most of this past summer.
Best Apple 10.5-inch iPad Air Deals
The perfect iPad for avid iOS gamers
Storage: 64GB/256GB | Weight: 1 lb. | Screen Size: 10.5-inches | Resolution: 2224 x 1668 at 264 ppi | CPU: A12 Bionic w/ M12 | Rear Camera: 8MP | Front Camera: 7MP | Features: Touch ID** | Battery: Up to 10 hours
The newly revamped Apple iPad Air (2019) packs everything we love about Apple's iPads into an insanely thin, gorgeously designed tablet. Its colorful 10.5-inch screen offers a great canvas for gaming, drawing, multitasking, and streaming movies.
The iPad Air sports Apple's A12 Bionic CPU, which provides plenty of speed for photo-editing apps like Procreate and Pixelmator Photos. This processor can also handle more-traditional laptop-like usage as well. In our tests, we were able to smoothly open multiple apps and Safari tabs all while listening to music with Apple's Music app.
If you can afford it, this is the best mid-size tablet around. Bargain hunters take note: The iPad Air gets modest discounts. The cheapest we've seen it is $449, which is $40 off.
Best Apple 7.9-inch iPad Mini Deals
Don't let its small size fool you
Storage: 64GB/256GB | Weight: 0.66 lbs. | Screen Size: 7.9-inches | Resolution: 2048 x 1536 at 326 ppi | CPU: A12 Bionic w/ M12 | Rear Camera: 8MP | Front Camera: 7MP | Features: Touch ID** | Battery: Up to 10 hours
Don't let its small size fool you. The new Apple iPad Mini (2019) is the most powerful small tablet you can find. It packs Apple's new A12 Bionic Chip, which means games like Injustice 2 will fly on this tablet. In fact, the new iPad Mini offers similar performance to that of the iPhone XS (which uses the same processor).
The 7.9-inch display is the smallest in Apple's iPad family, but it still offers super vivid and bright images. In fact, the iPad mini's display reproduces an excellent 135 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which is an improvement over the iPad mini 4 (99.8 percent). By comparison, the much cheaper Amazon Fire HD 10 hit 104 percent.
I personally own this tablet (I previously owned the iPad Mini 4) and the reason I recommend it is for its raw power and portability. Whether I'm playing Mario Kart, PUBG Mobile, or Mortal Kombat — games fly on this tablet. And it's small enough that I can take it to bed and use it to watch Netflix (without feeling like I'm holding a giant oversized tablet).
The only downside is that the iPad Mini doesn't see many steep discounts and when it is on sale — you better act fast. The 64GB model hit an all-time low of $323 ($77 off) for 24 hours via Rakuten. Otherwise, you'll find it on sale on Amazon or Walmart for $15 off. The 256GB model is usually $30 off via the same stores.
Best Apple 11-inch iPad Pro Deals
Laptop-like power at a premium price
Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | Weight: 1.03 lbs. | Screen Size: 11-inches | Resolution: 2388 x 1668 at 264 ppi | CPU: A12X Bionic w/ Neural Engine + M12 | Rear Camera: 12MP | Front Camera: 7MP | Features: Face ID | Battery: Up to 10 hours
The 11-inch iPad Pro is Apple's tablet for serious professionals. If you work with 4K video or spend most of your time editing high-res images, this is the tablet for you.
Unlike the iPad Air, it sports Apple's A12X Bionic CPU, which is the A12's big brother. The current-gen CPU packs four performance cores and four high-efficiency cores, and it includes a new GPU that offers twice the graphics performance of the A10X processor inside the (now expired) 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
Make no mistake, this iPad is excellent for gaming and viewing movies, but it's specifically designed for heavy duty tasks. Unlike its smaller brothers, the iPad Pro offers Apple Pencil Gen 2 support. The new Apple Pencil offers support for new touch gestures, like double tapping, and attaches to the side of your iPad for charging. Despite being a high-end tablet, the 11-inch iPad Pro is usually on sale. A good deal will take from $50 off (base model) to $250 off (512GB/1TB models).
Best Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro Deals
Apple's top-of-the-line tablet
Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | Weight: 1.39 lbs. | Screen Size: 12.9-inches | Resolution: 2732 x 2048 at 264 ppi | CPU: A12X Bionic w/ Neural Engine + M12 | Rear Camera: 12MP | Front Camera: 7MP | Features: Face ID | Battery: Up to 10 hours
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is Apple's top-of-the-line iPad. Like its 11-inch counterpart, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro packs Apple's A12X Bionic CPU, so again this iPad is meant for pros and creatives who require laptop-like performance from their tablet.
On Geekbench 4, a benchmark that measures overall performance, the iPad Pro 12.9-inch turned in a multicore score of 17,995, which smokes scores from the Surface Pro 6 with its Core i5 CPU (13,025) and even the Core i7-powered Dell XPS 13 (14,180). No other tablet comes close to the performance offered by Apple's iPad Pros. A good deal will take from $50 off (base model) to $250 off (512GB/1TB models).
However, keep in mind that we could see new iPad Pro models during the rumored Apple October 2019 event. That could drive down prices of the current models. So if you can afford to wait till the end of the month, you might wind up with a cheaper iPad Pro — or with one that sports a better CPU than the current models.
Looking for other Apple gear? Check out our guides to the best Apple deals.