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Best cheap iPad deals in January 2020

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Cheap iPad deals aren't just for the holidays. Though we're now in the final week of January, there are still plenty of cheap iPad deals you can take advantage of. In fact, one of our favorite iPad deals from the previous year is back at Amazon and Best Buy.  

Currently, both retailers are taking up to $100 off the 10.5-inch iPad (Wi-Fi models only). After discount, you can get the base iPad 10.5-inch tablet (32GB) on sale for $249.99 ($79 off) or the 128GB model for $329.99 ($100 off). It's one of the best iPad deals we've seen since Christmas. 

If you need more power, the iPad Air is on sale for $459 at Amazon. That's $40 off, which is more than its usual $20 to $30 off. Unlike the base 10.5-inch iPad, the iPad Air uses a super-fast A12 Bionic chip, which races through any app you throw its way.  It's the iPad to get if you plan on doing heavy gaming with your iPad.  

Generally speaking, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart are our go-to stores for cheap iPad deals. However, Walmart's iPad prices are pretty anemic at the moment. (They're actually charging full price for most models). So we're rounding up the best iPad deals below so you'll never have to pay full price again. 

Today's best cheap iPad deals

Apple 10.2-inch iPad

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1. 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

Larger screen 
Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support
Same A10 CPU as predecessor

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 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 10.2-inch iPad with Apple's Smart Keyboard. 

Over the holidays, the base 10.2-inch iPad dropped to an all-time price low of $229 ($100 off). Typically, however, the base model sells for $299 ($30 off), but we suggest holding out till you see it at $249 or lower. Likewise the 128GB model dropped to $329 ($100 off) on Cyber Monday. Because they're the most popular iPads, both models are frequently on sale on any given day of the week. 

Apple iPad 2018

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2. 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

Cheapest iPad you'll find
Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support
Uses old A10 CPU

The 9.7-inch iPad is getting harder and harder to find. It sports the same A10 Fusion chip found inside the new 10.2-inch iPad. 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. 

However, we've noticed more deals on the 10.2-inch iPad than on the 9.7-inch model. So unless you find the 9.7-inch model at an incredible price (we'd recommend $229 or lower), you're better off getting the newer 10.2-inch iPad when it goes on sale for $249 or less. 

Apple iPad Air 2019

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3. 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

Thinnest and most powerful iPad
Excellent for iOS gaming
Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support
Pricey for a tablet

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 usually gets modest discounts of around $30. Anything larger than that is a rare — and excellent — iPad deal. Over the holidays, Best Buy and Target took $100 off the base iPad Air. That type of iPad pricing is not likely to resurface till the next major retail holiday — Amazon Prime Day.

Apple iPad Mini

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4. 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

Now sports a powerful A12 Bionic CPU
Now features Apple Pencil support
Outdated design

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 on those rare days when it's on sale — you better act fast. Back in September, 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. 

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch

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5. 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

Laptop-like power
Apple Pencil (2G) and Smart Keyboard support
Could soon be replaced by new model

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).

Apple iPad Pro 12.9

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6. 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

Amazing display
Apple Pencil (2G) and Smart Keyboard support
Base model almost costs the same as a MacBook Air
Could soon be replaced by new model

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).

Looking for deals on other Apple gear? Check out our guides to the best Apple deals.