Among tablet brands, Apple is on the forefront and few manufacturers can compete. The iPad sets the bar high in terms of both design and performance.
It's one of the best tablets money can buy.
In fact, Apple could raise the bar even higher with the launch of more iPads at its October 2019 event.
Sister site Laptop Mag named the iPad Air Editor's Choice for its big beautiful display, long battery life, and fast A12 Bionic chip. From Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro to the recently refreshed 7.9-inch iPad Mini, there's an iPad for every budget and need.
Back-to-school deals and semiannual clearance sales in full swing, so various retailers are currently discounting Apple's stylish tablets.
Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart traditionally have the iPad deals. And if the model you want isn't on sale, just wait a few days and chances are it will be.
However, not all iPads are created equal. Some are great for consuming media, whereas others are powerful enough to double as or even replace a laptop.
Below you'll find the best iPad deals you can score right now.
Apple 10.5" iPad Air 2019: was $499 now $469 @ Amazon
This iPad Air packs a 10.5-inch Retina display, an A12 Bionic processor, and 64GB of storage. At just one pound in weight, the iPad Air lives up to its name.View Deal
Apple iPad 9.7-inch (2018)
Display: 9.7-inches |Pixel Resolution: 2048 x 1536 |CPU: A10 Fusion Chip |Storage: 32GB/128GB |Battery: 10 hours |Rear Camera: 8MP |Front Camera: 1.2MP |Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inches | Weight: 1.03 pounds | Features: Touch ID, Apple Pencil 1G | Review: Apple iPad (2018)
The iPad (2018) is Apple's most sought after tablet. Its 9.7-inch display is perfect for everything from gaming to watching movies. In terms of power, its A10 Fusion chip sprints passed its Android-based competitors offering a smooth experience no matter what you're doing. We were even able to transcode a 4K video using Adobe Premiere Clip in just 51 seconds, whereas transcoding the same video took 2.5 minutes on the Snapdragon 845-based Galaxy S9. This iPad also offers Apple Pencil support (1st gen), which makes it great for drawing and sketching. The iPad (2018) also happens to be Apple's most affordable tablet. 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.
Apple iPad Air (2019)
Display: 10.5-inches |Pixel Resolution: 2224 x 1668 |CPU: A12 Bionic Chip |Storage: 64GB/256GB |Battery: 10 hours |Rear Camera: 8MP |Front Camera: 7MP |Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.24 inches |Weight: 1 pound | Features: Touch ID, Apple Pencil 1G | Review: Apple iPad Air (2019)
The newly revamped iPad Air 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. It 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. We were able to smoothly open multiple apps and Safari tabs all while listening to music with Apple's Music app. Simply put, 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.
Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2018)
Display: 11-inches |Pixel Resolution: 2388 x 1688 |CPU: A12X Bionic Chip |Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB |Battery: 10 hours |Rear Camera: 12MP |Front Camera: 7MP |Dimensions: 9.74 x 7.02 x 0.23 inches |Weight: 1.03 pounds | Features: Face ID, Apple Pencil 2G
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 as well, 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).
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2018)
Display: 12.9-inches |Pixel Resolution: 2732 x 2048 |CPU: A12X Bionic Chip |Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB |Battery: 10 hours |Rear Camera: 12MP |Front Camera: 7MP |Dimensions: 11.04 x 8.46 x 0.23-inches |Weight: 1.39 pounds |Features: Face ID, Apple Pencil 2G | Review: Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch
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).
iPad Pro 10.5-inch (2017)
Display: 10.5-inches |Pixel Resolution: 2224 × 1668 |CPU: A10X Fusion Chip|Storage: 64GB//256GB/512GB| Battery: 10 hours |Rear Camera: 12MP |Front Camera: 7MP |Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.24 inches |Weight: 1.03 pounds | Features: Touch ID, Apple Pencil 1G | Review: Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch
If you want a big-screen iPad without the high cost, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is your best bet. It lacks the blazing performance of the new iPad Pros, but it's still more than capable for streaming, gaming, and anything else you can throw its way. It packs an A10X Fusion chip, which offers super-fast speeds for gaming, photo editing, and performing some laptop-like tasks.
Apple iPad Mini (2019)
Display: 7.9-inches |Pixel Resolution: 2048 x 1536 |CPU: A12 Bionic Chip |Storage: 64GB/256GB |Battery: 10 hours |Rear Camera: 8MP |Front Camera: 7MP |Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.24-inches |Weight: 0.66 pounds |Features: Touch ID, Apple Pencil 1G | Review: Apple iPad Mini (2019)
Don't let its small size fool you. The new iPad Mini 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 reproduced 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.
iPad Mini 4 (2015)
Display: 7.9-inches |Pixel Resolution: 2048 x 1536 |CPU: A8 Chip |Storage: 128GB |Battery: 10 hours |Rear Camera: 8MP |Front Camera: 1.2MP |Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.24-inches |Weight: 0.65 pounds |Features: Touch ID | Review: Apple iPad Mini 4 (2015)
Apple no longer sells the iPad Mini 4, but some retailers still have it in stock. Don't pay full price for this tablet as it can usually be found for $299 or less, which is a solid price considering you get 128GB of storage. As an added note, I own this iPad and find that even though its now 4 years old, it still does everything I want it to do. Mortal Kombat X plays smoothly, Netflix looks great, and I've never hit/noticed any lag when using iOS 12. Yes, my iPhone XS absolutely dusts my iPad Mini 4 when it comes to performance, but for casual use, the iPad Mini 4 is an excellent value pick.
ESR iPad Air 2 Folio Case: was $12.99 now $4.99 @ Amazon
Designed for the iPad 2 and iPad 6, this protective smart case features a folio design for viewing and typing configurations. It also supports auto wake and sleep when you open or close the case, respectively and gives you access to all the tablet's buttons and functions. It's 62% off until August 15. View Deal
ESR iPad 11" Yippee Folio Case: was $13.99 now $3.99 @ Amazon
This premium protective case fits the 2018 iPad Pro has a folio design for viewing and typing stand modes. It supports auto sleep/wake and doesn't obstruct the tablet's camera, buttons or ports. From now until August 15, it's 72% off. View Deal
Apple Pencil (1st Gen): was $99 now just $94.88 @ Amazon
The Apple Pencil lets you write and draw fluidly on your iPad just as you would on a notepad or sketchpad. It works with the latest iPad Air 3, iPad, iPad Pro, and iPad mini.
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