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How to Find Deals on Apple iPads

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If you've never bought an Apple iPad, you might be confused about which model is right for you. A top-of-the-line iPad Pro could be the first device you gravitate toward, but do you need all of those features, and are there more affordable options that have what you really want?

iPads come in a range of sizes and with a variety of features, and our experts here at DealNews can help you find deals on iPads that fit your budget. We'll go over the different iPad models and accessories available. Once you know what to look for, check out the iPad deals and iPad sales our experts have found below.

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Tips for Buying iPads

Choose the Best iPad Deals for You

Best High-End iPad: If money is no object, look for iPad Pro or iPad Air deals — the latter device has an October 2020 release date — with the following specs:

  • Storage: The iPad Pro is available with up to 1TB of storage for $1,499 (WiFi only) direct from Apple, and the iPad Air maxes out at 256GB for $749 (WiFi only). If iCloud storage suits your needs for occasional photos and your Apple Music library, the smaller storage options (128GB for the Pro, 64GB for the Air) will do. But if gaming is your thing, or you take a lot of videos, you'll want at least 256GB. If cost isn't an issue, 1TB will pretty much guarantee that you'll never run out of storage space.

  • Processor: iPad Pro models boast the A12Z Bionic chip, which Apple touts as being faster than most Windows laptops. However, if you're going for maximum video editing and graphics capabilities, the just-announced iPad Air will be equipped with the new A14 Bionic chip, which will be the fastest processor in Apple's lineup. According to Apple, the new chip accounts for a 40% boost in CPU performance and a 30% improvement in graphics.

  • Display: If productive multitasking on your iPad is a must, go for the 12.9" iPad Pro. Side-by-side app use is easier on the eyes with the larger screen, compared to the smaller iPad Pro (11") and iPad Air (10.9").

  • Camera: Both the iPad Pro and new iPad Air have a 12MP wide camera with ƒ/1.8 aperture. The Air's front-facing FaceTime HD camera has ƒ/2.2 aperture, and so does the Pro's front-facing TrueDepth camera. If you're into selfies, you'll get Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, and Animoji/Memoji on the Pro's front-facing camera.

  • LiDAR scanner: The iPad Pro is the only model available with a LiDAR scanner. It might be overkill for some users, but may come in handy for professionals who need state-of-the-art depth-sensing capabilities.

Best iPad Under $700: If you don't need a budget model, but also don't want to spend a fortune, look for these iPads:

  • New iPad Air: If you use iCloud and storage isn't a big priority, you may want to consider the new 64GB iPad Air, to be released in October. It sells for $599 direct from Apple. The 10.9" display is plenty big for most applications, and due to the device's new A14 Bionic chip, it will actually boast faster processing speeds and better graphics than the Pro model, albeit on a smaller screen. The rear camera is also being upgraded from 8MP to 12MP. These new features make the new Air far superior to the previous model, and well worth the extra $100 to $200 you'll pay over a refurbished 3rd-generation model.

  • Refurbished 3rd-Gen iPad Air: Refurbished 3rd-generation models range from $400 to just over $500 from third-party sellers on eBay and elsewhere. Look for 64GB storage and WiFi-only if you want to be budget-friendly; WiFi + Cellular models cost a bit more. This iPad Air has a 10.5" display, 8MP main camera, A12 Bionic chip, and 64GB/256GB storage options. It doesn't look all that impressive next to the new Air, but if you're looking to save a few bucks, it's still a solid design with ample storage options, a decent selfie camera, Apple Pencil support, and a better screen resolution than the base iPad.

  • Refurbished iPad Pro: The iPad Pro is currently in its fourth generation. If you're not one of the handful of people who need a LiDAR scanner, a 3rd-generation iPad Pro may have all of the features you're looking for. Refurbished 3rd-gen iPad Pro 11" 64GB WiFi-only models can be found from the low $600s from reputable eBay sellers. (Up to 1TB storage models exist.) They feature the ample A12X Bionic chip, 12MP and 7MP cameras, four speakers, five microphones for important business calls, and a Face ID sensor.

Best Cheap iPads: If you want a budget-friendly iPad, these models are by far the most affordable:

  • 8th-generation iPad: It comes in at the same price point as the 7th-gen iPad — $329 for the 32GB WiFi-only model, and $429 for the 128GB WiFi-only model. But it has an upgraded processor, the A12 Bionic, instead of the A10, giving it a faster maximum frequency. It features a 10.2" 2160×1620 Retina display, Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard compatibility, and Touch ID.

  • iPad Mini: The new iPad makes the iPad Mini a head-scratcher. Currently in its 5th generation, the iPad Mini features the A12 Bionic processor and supports Apple Pencil, though the display is only 7.9", and it only supports aftermarket Bluetooth keyboards, not Apple's Smart Keyboard. You might look at its size as a positive for its portability. But at 10.2", the 8th-generation iPad offers plenty of it compared to the 12.9" iPad Pro. The 64GB iPad Mini will set you back $399 from Apple direct, while the 256GB version retails for $549. So you do get more memory than 8th-gen iPad models, but you sacrifice screen size and Smart Keyboard compatibility, and pay a lot more for it.

  • Refurbished iPads: If $329 for the new iPad is still too much, try your luck with refurbished iPads. Many discontinued models are still supported. iPad Air 2 goes for $230 and up on eBay, and 5th- and 6th-generation iPads can be found for under $300. Don't waste your time with the first four iPad generations, iPad Air (1st generation), or iPad Mini through iPad Mini 3. They aren't supported, so they offer little functionality beyond eBook and email reading at a very slow pace. (If that's your thing, it'll only set you back $65 to $85 on eBay, which isn't too bad of a price for a 2011 period film prop.)

Apple iPad Accessories to Get You Started

Apple Pencil Deals

1st-generation Apple Pencil: This device costs $99 new from Apple and is compatible with the 3rd-generation iPad Air, 5th-generation iPad mini, 6th- and 7th-generation iPad, 1st- and 2nd-generation iPad Pro 12.9", and iPad Pro 10.5" and 9.7" models. It pairs and charges with a Lightning connector.

2nd-generation Apple Pencil: It pairs and charges wirelessly, and is compatible with the 3rd- and 4th-generation iPad Pro 12.9", as well as 1st- and 2nd-generation iPad Pro 11" models, and the new 4th-generation iPad Air. It attaches magnetically and allows you to double-tap to change tools. Apple will even engrave it for free.

Apple iPad Keyboard Deals

Apple Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio: iPad Pro models and the 4th-gen iPad Air are compatible with Apple's Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio. Apple's Smart Keyboard, meanwhile, is the choice for the 3rd-generation iPad Air, 7th- and 8th-generation iPad, and iPad Pro 10.5". The keyboards are available directly from Apple and other retailers like Best Buy.

Aftermarket iPad Keyboard Cases: They're typically much less expensive than Apple's offerings. Search Amazon for brands like Proslife and IVSO, and be sure to check for compatibility with your specific iPad model.

Apple AirPods Deals

AirPods: Currently in their 2nd generation, AirPods go for $159 new from Apple, but we've seen open-box models for as low as $90.

AirPods Pro: They're noise-cancelling as well as sweat- and water-resistant, and retail for $249 new at Apple. We've seen them new for as low as $220 from Rakuten and Verizon Wireless.

WiFi iPads vs. WiFi + Cellular iPads

The WiFi-only iPad is sufficient if you'll be using your iPad exclusively at home or in office environments where WiFi is accessible. If you'll be out and about where WiFi isn't always available, and if you'll be making phone calls with your iPad, you'll want to consider the WiFi + Cellular option, which adds to the cost. For example, an iPad Pro 12.9" 128GB WiFi-only model retails for $999 direct from Apple, while the same model with cellular costs $1,149.

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Best High-End iPad
Apple iPad Pro 12.9" 128GB WiFi Tablet (2020)
Store: Verizon Wireless
Price: $1049.99 ($43.75/month over 2 years)
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $100

It's the latest and greatest in iPad technology, and you can save $100 on every model of the iPad Pro 12.9" – we're giving you the price on the 128GB model because it's the cheapest, and that's what we do. You'll be signing up for a 2-year contract, and doing so online cuts the activation fee in half, leaving it at a mere $20. It features an A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine, 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and LiDAR Scanner, 7MP TrueDepth front camera, Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay, 4-speaker audio, five studio-quality microphones, and 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6.



Best iPad Under $700
Apple iPad Air WiFi 10.5" Tablet
Store: Verizon Wireless
Price: from $529.99 ($22.08/mo)
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $100

Another 2-year contract, another $100 discount, this time starting from $22.08 per month. And this time, it's for the iPad Air, which Engadget called "not just the best iPad for most people [but] arguably even Apple's best tablet for the money". It features an A12 processor, 10.5" 2224x1668 Retina display, 8MP rear facing camera, 7MP front facing camera, and Apple iOS 12.



Best iPad Under $300
Apple iPad 10.2" 32GB WiFi Tablet (2020)
Store: Amazon
Price: $299
Shipping: Free shipping
Lowest By: $30

As is ever the case with Amazon's iPad's stock, there isn't any right now – but if you want to order this 2020 model at a $30 discount right now and have it shipped when it's once more available (nominally mid-February, but [twelve thousand question marks]), this is your chance. It features an A12 Bionic chip, 10.2" Retina display, Touch ID, and support for Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard.

Amazon · 1 day ago
$299 $329
free shipping

That's $30 less than Apple's direct price. Buy Now at Amazon

Tips
  • It's in stock January 26 but can be ordered now.
Features
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • 10.2" Retina display
  • support for Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard
  • Touch ID
  • Model: MYL92LL/A
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Amazon · 1 day ago
$559 $599
free shipping

It's $40 under list and the best price we could find. Buy Now at Amazon

Tips
  • It's available in several colors (Green pictured), however some colors may not be in-stock for immediate delivery.
Features
  • 10.9" Liquid Retina display
  • A14 Bionic chip
  • touch ID
  • 12MP back camera and 7MP front camera
  • Model: MYFQ2LL/A
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Groupon · 1 wk ago
$175 $499
free shipping

Save $324 off list price. Buy Now at Groupon

Tips
  • A 90-day Diamond Assets warranty applies.
  • Available in Space Gray.
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B&H Photo Video · 2 wks ago
up to 30% off
free shipping

Save on a variety of Apple devices including laptops, tablets, watches, and more. Shop Now at B&H Photo Video

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  • pictured is the Apple MacBook Air i5 13.3" Laptop (Early 2020) for $999 (most charge $1,249 or more.)
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Verizon Wireless · 2 wks ago
$43.75 per month
free shipping

Save $100 off the retail price. Buy Now at Verizon Wireless

Tips
  • Available in Space Gray or Silver.
  • Order online and get $20 off $40 activation fee.
Features
  • A12Z Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and LiDAR Scanner
  • 7MP TrueDepth front camera
  • Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
  • Four speaker audio and five studio-quality microphones
  • 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6
  • Model: MY3E2LL/A
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Tips
  • Pictured is the Apple iPad Pro 11" 256GB Tablet for $829 ($121 low).
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eBay · 2 wks ago
$749 $899
free shipping

That's an $86 low. Buy Now at eBay

Tips
  • Sold by QuickShipElectronics via eBay.
  • This item is marked as "open-box" which means it's basically new, but may not ship in the original retail packaging.
  • A 1-year QuickShip warranty applies.
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Verizon Wireless · 2 wks ago
$15/mo. $460
free shipping

It's a savings of $100 for qualifying customers. A new line of service and 24 monthly payments are required for this discount. Plus, get 6-months of Apple News+ for free and $20 off $40 activation fee. Buy Now at Verizon Wireless

Tips
  • Several colors available (Gold pictured).
Features
  • 8MP camera
  • iPadOS14
  • Model: MYMR2LL/A
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Verizon Wireless · 2 wks ago
from $22 per month
free shipping

Save up to $100 off the retail price. Shop Now at Verizon Wireless

Tips
  • Available in Silver, Gold, or Space Gray.
  • The 64GB is $22.08 per month.
  • The 256GB is $28.33 per month.
  • It requires that you sign up for one new line.
  • Order online and get $20 off $40 activation fee.
Features
  • 10.5" 2224x1668 Retina display
  • A12 processor
  • Apple iOS 12
  • 8MP rear facing camera
  • 7MP front facing camera
  • Model: MV1V2LL/A
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Apple · 3 days ago
Up to $500 credit w/ eligible trade-in

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Apple · 1 mo ago
Free w/ select new product purchase
Tips
  • Applies to the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV, or Mac.

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Save with Apple Card Monthly Installments
Tips
  • Available for certain Apple products.
  • Subject to credit approval and credit limit.

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Walmart · 1 wk ago
$299 $329
free shipping w/ $35

It's $30 under list price. Buy Now at Walmart

Features
  • A12 Bionic chip
  • 10.2" Retina display
  • support for Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard
  • Touch ID
  • Model: MYL92LL/A

Verified: 01/18/2021 · Save $30 off list · Plus, free shipping w/ $35

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Walmart · 1 wk ago
$559 $599
free shipping w/ $35

It's $40 under list price. Buy Now at Walmart

Features
  • A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • 10.9" 2360x1640 Liquid Retina display
  • 12MP rear camera, 7MP front camera
  • USB-C connector
  • compatible with Magic Keyboard & Apple Pencil
  • Model: MYFP2LL/A

Verified: 01/18/2021 · Save $40 off list · Plus, free shipping w/ $35

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Amazon · 2 wks ago
$559 $599
free shipping

It's $40 under list price. Buy Now at Amazon

Features
  • A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine
  • 10.9" 2360x1640 Liquid Retina display
  • 12MP rear camera, 7MP front camera
  • USB-C connector
  • compatible with Magic Keyboard & Apple Pencil
  • Model: MYFR2LL/A

Used 1 times · Verified: 01/18/2021 · Save $40 off list · Free Shipping

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iPads: The Basics

Everyone wants an iPad, but which one? They come in different sizes, with or without cellular, in a range of storage options, and a variety of specs. Here the basics to help you sort out the iPad model that’s right for you.

Current Generation iPads

iPad Pro

The iPad Pro comes with an 11” display (currently in its 2nd generation) starting at $799 new from Apple, or with a 12.9” display (currently 4th generation) starting at $999 new from Apple. Storage options range from 128GB to 1TB. It’s available with WiFi, or WiFi + Cellular connectivity. It features a liquid Retina display, 10MP ultra wide camera, 12MP wide camera, and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanner to optimize augmented reality apps.

iPad Air

New iPad Air models (currently in their 3rd generation) start at $400 new from Apple. They have a 10.5” Retina display and are available with 64GB and 256GB storage options, and with WiFi or WiFi + Cellular connectivity. It also features up to 10 hours of battery life, WiFi speeds up to 866 Mbps, and 4-core graphics.

iPad

Current iPad models (7th generation) have a 10.2” Retina display and start at $329 new from Apple. They come with either 32GB or 128GB of storage, and with WiFi or WiFi + Cellular connectivity. It supports the full-size Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil (sold separately). It can even pair an Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth, PlayStation DualShock 4 controller, or MFi game controller.

iPad mini

The 5th generation 7.9” Retina display iPad mini starts at $399 new from Apple. It has 64GB or 256GB storage options, and WiFi or WiFi + Cellular connectivity. It supports the Apple Pencil and boasts the A12 Bionic chip, which is up to three times faster than the iPad mini 4.

Refurbished iPads

Buying refurbished is a great way to save money on iPads. You can find deals on current and older generation models that are quite functional. DealNews frequently lists refurbished iPad deals from reputable third-party eBay sellers, as well as from other retailers, and even from Apple directly. Be sure to check for warranty information when buying a refurb. Refurbished iPads direct from Apple typically include a 1-year AppleCare warranty, for example.

One thing to keep in mind when buying refurbished iPads is serviceability. Operating systems in older iPad models cannot be updated. Specifically, upgrades are not available past iOS 9.3.5 for the iPad 2, iPad 3, and iPad mini. Updates are not supported for the iPad 4 beyond iOS 10.3. On the other hand, several previous iPad versions can still be updated and still function beautifully. Be sure to check whether Apple is still servicing the specific model when you’re shopping for older iPad versions.

iPad Accessories

Apple Pencil

The 1st generation Apple Pencil costs $99 new from Apple and is compatible with the 3rd generation iPad Air, 5th generation iPad mini, 6th and 7th generation iPad, 1st and 2nd generation iPad Pro 12.9”, and iPad Pro 10.5” and 9.7” models. It pairs and charges with a Lightning connector.

The 2nd generation Apple Pencil, which pairs and charges wirelessly, is compatible with the 3rd and 4th generation iPad Pro 12.9”, as well as 1st and 2nd generation iPad Pro 11” models. It attaches magnetically and allows you to double tap to change tools. Apple will even engrave it for free.

We’ve seen new, refurbished, and open-box versions of both Apple Pencil generations from Amazon, Google Shopping, and Apple.

Keyboards

iPad Pro models are compatible with Apple’s Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio. Apple’s Smart Keyboard is the choice for the 3rd generation iPad Air, 7th generation iPad, and iPad Pro 10.5”. They’re available directly from Apple and other retailers like Best Buy.

After-market iPad keyboard cases are typically a much less expensive option than Apple’s offerings. Search Amazon for brands like Proslife and IVSO, and be sure to check for compatibility with your specific iPad model.

AirPods & AirPods Pro

AirPods (currently in their 2nd generation) go for $159 new from Apple, but we’ve seen open-box models for as low as $90.

The AirPods Pro, which are noise cancelling as well as sweat and water resistant, retail for $249 new at Apple. We’ve seen them new for as low as $220 from Rakuten and Verizon Wireless.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between the A12 and A12Z Bionic chips?

If processor speed is your main concern when choosing an iPad, you may want to choose a model with the A12Z Bionic chip. It’s available in the current iPad Pro models. The A12Z boasts eight cores in contrast to the A12 (found in the current iPad Air) chip’s six cores. You’ll notice the increased speed over the iPad’s A10 dual-core chip.

Should I get a WiFi version, or a WiFi + Cellular iPad?

The WiFi-only iPad is sufficient if you’ll be using your iPad exclusively at home or in office environments where WiFi is accessible. If you’ll be out and about where WiFi isn’t always available, and if you’ll be making phone calls with your iPad, you’ll want to consider the WiFi + Cellular option.

Which cellular providers have plans for iPads?

All major cellular networks offer plans for iPads in the U.S.

  • Verizon starts at $15/month for 1GB of data.
  • T-Mobile starts at $60/month for unlimited data.
  • Sprint has unlimited data for $15/month, but there’s a $50 monthly charge for standalone tablets without an existing phone line.
  • AT&T starts at $50/month for 10GB of data

What are the best places to shop for iPads?

Apple’s own site is a good place to start, especially if you want to research the features and specs of the various models. Then, check DealNews’ iPads category for the best current deals and sales. Best Buy and Amazon frequently have deals on new iPad models, while eBay frequently lists discounted refurbished and open-box models. Also, shop DealNews’ iPad Accessories category for deals on keyboards, Apple Pencils, cases, and more.