Android smartphones may dominate the market, but when it comes to tablets Apple still looms large over the tablet market. Steve Jobs first introduced the touchscreen tablet as we know it into mainstream consciousness, and in so doing carved out a new niche that blurred the line between portable smart devices and computers. With companies like Samsung, Lenovo, and Amazon, now offering excellent tablets of their own, we’ve gathered the best deals on Apple’s iPad all in one place.
The enduring and growing popularity of tablets and e-readers is a testament to their portability and versatility, with some of the biggest brands jumping into the mix. These touchscreen devices are fantastic for entertainment, web browsing, and other daily tasks where a computer isn’t necessary, and your iPad can also be easily pressed into service as a lightweight workstation with a Bluetooth keyboard.
All techies (and especially Apple fans) know that iOS 11 tech can cost you a pretty penny, but iPads are actually quite affordable in contrast to other Apple products like the iPhone, MacBook, AirPods, and everything else sold at the Apple Store. But why pay full price? You don’t have to wait for Black Friday or Cyber Monday for a great deal to buy an iPad. We’ve done the hard work for you, sniffing out the best up-to-date cheap iPad deals and collecting them all right here. Be sure to take a look at the App Store after you pick one up to find extra Apple Arcade games and services.
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Today’s best iPad deals
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Sometimes, you just can’t beat the original. The standard entry-level iOS Apple iPad is the one that started it all, and although it’s been updated half a dozen times since its first release, the classic design is still hugely popular. The 9.7-inch iPad also remains our favorite all-around tablet, making it the one to get for most iOS folk. The current seventh-generation 2018 iPad models include a built-in speedy 1.85GHz dual-core ARMv8-A CPU and 2GB of RAM. Its 9.7-inch touch display has a crisp high-definition resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. It’s also considerably lighter and less bulky compared to its predecessors, coming in at around the same size as the original iPad Air. It comes in such colors as space gray, black, rose gold, silver, and pink, not to mention it’s loaded with the feature-rich OS 11 mobile operating system. Plus, if you buy it directly from Apple, you can also get the Apple Pencil — for those of you who are more education-focused.
The 9.7-inch iPad is competitively priced and not prohibitively expensive — with free shipping included — the Apple iPad is the best deal you’ll find.
iPad Air deals
Apple surprised pretty much everyone when the company suddenly rolled out a new iPad Air earlier this year despite rumors that line was quietly being retired. The surprise was a very pleasant one: The new iPad Air is so good it almost makes you wonder why you’d bother paying extra for the Pro, and it’s a superb upgrade pick over the standard iPad if you want something better but don’t want to pay $700 or $800 for a tablet. The new Air is similar to the last-gen iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch Retina display, arguably placing it in the “Goldilocks zone” of tablet sizes. It runs on Apple’s newer A12 Bionic chip architecture and 3GB of RAM — very good specs for browsing, watching videos, work, and even mobile gaming. It also has a front-facing camera if you want to FaceTime your loved ones.
The standard 64GB iPad Air goes for $500, making this slim tablet a nice middle option between the standard iPad and the beefier (and pricier) iPad Pro.
iPad Pro deals
The iPad Pro is the larger, beefier sibling of the 9.7-inch iPad, featuring more powerful hardware and a larger display similar to a laptop or some decent Chromebooks. The higher-quality second-generation Pro comes in two sizes: The new version with a 10.5-inch screen (replacing the older Pro, which was the same size as the standard iPad) and one with a 12.9-inch display. With more power and more screen, many opt to add a stylus or some other accessory into the mix to get the most of their new iPad.
Under the hood, both of the current-generation iPad Pro models run on a 2.39 GHz hexa-core processor and 4GB of RAM for snappy performance. The 10.5-inch Pro display has a sharp 2,224 x 1,668 HD resolution, while the 12.9-inch offers an increased 2,732 x 2,048 pixels of screen real estate. Both feature Apple’s stunning proprietary Retina display technology as well as Touch ID for protection.
As the “upgrade model” in the Apple tablet lineup, the 2018 Pro is a bit pricier than the standard cheap iPad with a starting price of $799. The Pro lineup went on sale ahead of Apple’s big September event, though, so you can forget about paying retail with these iPad Pro deals.
iPad Mini deals
With the last-gen iPad Mini 4 having been released in 2014, Apple’s pint-sized tablet was long, long overdue for a refresh – one it finally got earlier this year. The newest iPad Mini 5 (simply called the “iPad Mini,” with Apple dropping the number in the name) was launched without much warning right alongside the new iPad Air.
Our take? It’s a lovely, tiny beast that punches well above its weight, and if you’re in the market for a smaller tablet, the iPad Mini is the only one you should even be looking at. Its 7.9-inch Retina touch display is gorgeous, and it runs on the same snappy A12 Bionic chipset as the iPad Air.
If the larger iPads are too bulky for your tastes, then the Mini is a great alternative choice as an on-the-go multitasking machine that won’t take up a ton of space in your bag. The 2019 iPad Mini launched at $399, but the price is slowly coming down a bit (not at a huge discount yet, but any savings are good), or you can opt for one of the earlier fourth-generation models and save even more cash.
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