Best iPad deals October 2021

Deals on Apple’s iPads are more common than you might think. Whether you’re after the new entry-level iPad just introduced for 2021, the high-end iPad Pro, or something in between like the iPad Air or the latest iPad Mini, there’s usually some sort of sale happening somewhere. Of course, it’s difficult to know exactly where you can find those deals unless you’re looking around at all of the major retailers. But that’s often what our deal hunters at The Verge are doing each and every day, so let us help you out.

Below, we’ve listed each iPad model that is currently available, some of which are outgoing models with freshly introduced replacements. While the best deals of the year may be just around the corner with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, here is what is worth your consideration if you’re looking to make a purchase here and now.

Deal highlights

Model Model Year List Price Sale Price Retailers
Model Model Year List Price Sale Price Retailers
iPad (64GB, Wi-Fi) 2021 $329 $299 Walmart
iPad (256GB, Wi-Fi) 2021 $479 $449 Walmart
iPad Mini (256GB, Wi-Fi) 2019 $549 $449 Walmart
iPad Mini (64GB, Wi-Fi) 2021 $499 $474 Adorama
iPad Air (64GB, Wi-Fi) 2020 $599 $539 Amazon
iPad Air (256GB, Wi-Fi) 2020 $749 $650 Walmart Amazon
iPad Pro (11-inch, 128GB, Wi-Fi) 2020 $799 $700 Target
iPad Pro (11-inch, 256GB, Wi-Fi) 2020 $899 $800 Best Buy
iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 256GB, Wi-Fi) 2020 $999 $949 B&H Photo
iPad Pro (11-inch, 128GB, Wi-Fi) 2021 $799 $749 Walmart Amazon
iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 128GB, Wi-Fi) 2021 $1,099 $999 Walmart Amazon

The best iPad (2021) deals

Announced during the recent iPhone 13 event, the 2021 iPad is Apple’s latest entry-level tablet and replaces the outgoing eighth-generation model of 2020. Typically, this would leave the older model ripe for the picking as retailers may drum up some fire sale pricing to get rid of old stock, but at this time, there are no good deals to be found on the eighth-gen model. The ones you can currently find in stock, such as at Best Buy, are full price. Without any significant discounts, you can feel comfortable steering clear of the 2020 version and get the latest and greatest of 2021.

The new, ninth-generation iPad starts at $329, just as its predecessor, though the base model now has 64GB of storage instead of 32GB. You can also still opt for the model with 256GB of storage for $479. If you prefer your iPad to include cellular connectivity, the 64GB, LTE-equipped configuration runs $459 and the 256GB variant $609.

The updates for the 2021 model include a faster A13 Bionic processor and a 12MP ultrawide camera with Center Stage, a feature designed for keeping you framed up and centered while on video calls. Many other features carry over from its predecessor; the new entry-level model has the same 10.2-inch display, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the home button, and a Smart Connector for connecting a Smart Keyboard.

iPad (2021, Wi-Fi)

Apple’s latest, entry-level iPad represents a slight update, with a new A13 Bionic chip and a 12MP front camera that supports Apple’s Center Stage feature.

Walmart is the only retailer currently discounting the new iPad, offering $30 off both Wi-Fi models. The 64GB model is currently available for $299 and the 256GB model is on sale for $449. The retailer extended this 10 percent discount even while the ninth-gen iPad was still on preorder, and it has remained fairly consistent in its availability. Amazon, B&H, and Best Buy all have the new iPad for its normal price at this time.

The best iPad Mini (2019) deals

Apple’s iPad Mini from 2019 has the same 7.9-inch display and design as its previous iterations but with refreshed internal specs for its time. Just like the base iPad, a new iPad Mini was announced during Apple’s recent “California Streaming” event. The new Mini starts at a higher price point of $499, but unfortunately, the outgoing iPad Mini — with its older A12 Bionic processor — is a bit slim on the deals front right now. Most retailers that still have it are selling it at the full price.

iPad Mini (2019, 64GB, Wi-Fi)

The 2019 iPad Mini features the same 7.9-inch display as its predecessors, but it includes an A12 Bionic processor, the same one used in the iPhone XS and iPhone XR generation.

Sales on the basic Wi-Fi model of the 2019 iPad Mini don’t always come around. We have seen the base 64GB recently drop to $299, but the only worthwhile deal to speak of right now is Walmart’s discount on the 256GB unit — it has that model for $449, saving you $100. That drops it lower than the starting price of the new iPad Mini, and it’s a full $200 less if you compare the old and new models on equal footing when it comes to storage. This could be a great opportunity for anyone who needs more storage or prefers the classic home button, Touch ID, or a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.

The best iPad Mini (2021) deals

The fifth-generation iPad Mini has a larger screen, top-of-the-line processor, support for USB-C, and options for 5G. It has sadly forfeited its headphone jack in the process, but overall it’s a solid device that brings a fully refreshed design to Apple’s small tablet form factor.

The changes and refinements to the new iPad Mini come at a heftier price, however, and the new 64GB Wi-Fi model now starts at $499. Electing 256GB of storage brings the price up to $649, while the 5G cellular models are $649 for 64GB and $799 for 256GB. These are some big numbers for a small iPad, and the larger iPad Air might be worth considering if you prefer your dollar to go further with more screen real estate. But if you want the latest and greatest from Apple in a smaller format, this is where the action is.

iPad Mini (2021, Wi-Fi)

Apple’s revamped iPad Mini ditches the home button and opts for a larger, edge-to-edge display that’s reminiscent of last year’s iPad Air. It also comes outfitted with a faster processor, support for USB-C, and a top-mounted power button that moonlights as a Touch ID sensor.

The 2021 iPad Mini just received one of its first notable discounts from Adorama, which is currently offering $25 off the base Wi-Fi model with 64GB of storage. This brings the price down to $474.

If the prior-generation iPad Mini has given any indication, deals on the 2021 iPad Mini might be light and infrequent moving forward, partly because it has such minimal competition in its product segment. We, of course, will keep an eye out for more deals on the new Mini, so be sure to keep checking Verge Deals and subscribe to our newsletter.

The best iPad Air (2020) deals

The 2020 iPad Air has a slightly larger 10.9-inch display compared to the prior model’s 10.5-inch screen and features thinner bezels around it. Apple has relocated the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the power button, too, which is located on the top of the device.

The fourth-generation iPad Air comes in 64GB and 256GB storage configurations. The Wi-Fi models start at $599 and $749, respectively, making the starting price slightly more than the prior gen. The units equipped with LTE start at $729.

iPad Air (64GB, Wi-Fi)

The 2020 iPad Air includes thinner bezels around the display and has relocated the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the power button, which is located at the top of the device.

Fortunately, if you’ve been waiting for a discount on the iPad Air, the 64GB model with Wi-Fi is available for $539 — $60 off the list price — in all of its vibrant colors at Amazon. The 256GB, Wi-Fi-enabled version is also available for a $100 discount at Amazon and Walmart, with your choice of most colors marked down to $650. The one outlier is the green model, which has a more modestly discounted price of $699.

The best iPad Pro (2020) deals

The fifth-generation, M1-equipped iPad Pro came out earlier this year, which means there are many deals to be had on the prior iPad Pro from 2020. The fourth-generation iPad Pro looks nearly the same as the 2018 model, when this design was first established, aside from a dual-lens rear camera array. Unlike the less expensive iPad models, the 2020 iPad Pro ditches the headphone jack and uses a USB-C port instead of Lightning. It also features a high refresh display and Face ID to help you unlock the tablet instead of relying on the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

If you’re looking for the 11-inch, 2020 iPad Pro, it’s currently available on clearance in some configurations at Best Buy, B&H, and Target. As far as the Wi-Fi models go, the 128GB base storage is discounted to $700 at Target — though you may have to pick it up at a brick-and-mortar location near you. The 256GB model is available for $800 at Best Buy in space gray. Best Buy is also selling the 512GB and 1TB variants for $900 and $1,099, respectively.

Some similar discounts extend to the 12.9-inch model at Best Buy and B&H Photo. The 256GB model is $949 at B&H Photo and $1,000 at Best Buy. Lastly, the 512GB model is $1,099 at Best Buy while the massive 1TB is $1,300

iPad Pro (2020, 12.9-inch, Wi-Fi only)

This 12.9-inch Apple tablet from 2020 includes a 120Hz refresh rate display, 4K rendering for video editing apps, and enhanced AR performance. It doesn’t have the M1 processor, however.

The best iPad Pro (2021) deals

The 2020 iPad Pro is great, but if display quality is the most important factor to your purchasing decision, the 12.9-inch 2021 iPad Pro is the way to go. The larger, fifth-generation model makes use of a Mini LED display, which is engineered to produce deeper blacks and better contrast, much like OLED technology. Additionally, both the 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros tout Apple’s blazing-fast M1 chip — the same processor found in the latest Mac computers — as well as new features like Center Stage. They’re the most impressive and expensive iPads to date, with the 11- and 12.9-inch configurations typically starting at $799 and $1,099, respectively.

If the latest model is what you desire, the 11-inch, 128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi is available at Amazon and Walmart for $50 off, bringing the price down to $749. Walmart is also discounting the 512GB and 2TB models to $1,000 and $1,799, respectively. That shaves $100 off the cost of either of those massive storage options.

The desirable Mini LED-equipped 12.9-inch, 128GB model with Wi-Fi is also on sale at Amazon and Walmart for $999, the second-best price we’ve seen on Apple’s high-end tablet to date. You can also snag the 256GB model for $1,099 at Walmart, a $100 discount.

iPad Pro (2021, Wi-Fi)

Apple’s latest iPad Pros feature the company’s own M1 processor and Thunderbolt, however, the 12.9-inch model also touts the best display of any tablet available.

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