Today’s shoppers never seem to get tired of iPad deals. The “standard” iPad is now a 10.2-inch 32GB model, and while the list price is $329, we frequently saw it on sale for under $250 in early 2020. The same size iPad with 128GB of storage now retails for $429, but has been marked down to $330 when iPad deals get heated.
For the sake of comparison, the very first iPad — released in 2010, with a 9.7-inch screen — was priced at $499 with 16GB of storage, or a whopping $699 for 64GB. At the 2020 “Apple Event” on September 15, the company introduced a fancy new iPad Air (available in October) with 64GB of storage for $549. In other words, you get far more for your money when buying an iPad today.
Apple fans have far more in the way of choice with iPads nowadays, too. Your can select among the advanced iPad Pro (11-inch 64GB model for $799 at full price), the ultra-slim and lightweight iPad Air (10.5-inch 64GB, $499), and the fun, super-portable iPad mini (7.9-inch 64GB, $399). In addition to a better selection and more technological capability, shoppers can routinely find far more iPad deals and promotions. While there are always good iPad discounts around Black Friday, Amazon Prime Day, and other major sales events, we’ve also grown accustomed to great iPad sales popping up randomly around the year. We’ll update this story with more of the latest iPad deals as they appear.
Best iPad Deals: Updated October 2020
Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi, 10.2-Inch, 8th Generation
iPad 128GB Wi-Fi, 10.2-Inch, 7th Generation
• From $429.95 at Amazon (list price $429)
Apple iPad mini 64GB Wi-Fi, 7.9-Inch Latest Model
• $349.99 at Amazon (list price $399)
Apple iPad mini 256GB Wi-Fi, 7.9-Inch Latest Model
• $489.99 at Amazon (list price $549)
Apple iPad Air 64GB Wi-Fi, 10.5-Inch, 3rd Generation
• From $497 at Amazon
Apple iPad Air 256GB Wi-Fi, 10.5-Inch, 3rd Generation
Apple iPad Pro 128GB , 11-Inch
• $749.99 at Amazon (list price $799.99)
Apple iPad Pro 128GB , 12.9-Inch
• $949.99 at Amazon (list price $999.99)
Apple iPad Pro 1TB, 12.9-Inch
Apple Pencil, 1st Generation
Apple Pencil, 2nd Generation
So What’s the Best iPad to Buy?
Everyone is different, so there is no one single “best iPad.” The best iPad for you answer depends a lot on your budget and what you want to do with it.
For most people, who mainly want to use their iPad to watch Netflix or stream other content, play some games, surf the web, and keep tabs on email and social media, the basic seventh-generation 10.2-inch 32GB iPad is plenty sufficient. Likewise, the Wi-Fi-only iPad, which connects to the Internet only when logged in to a Wi-Fi network and is cheaper than Wi-Fi + Cellular service models, tends to be the standard that works well for most owners.
If, however, you want more storage or a bigger screen, or you have more advanced usage in mind — say you want to make and edit high-quality videos, or use your iPad for work basically as a substitute laptop — then those needs could steer you into going with an iPad Pro, iPad Air, or a standard iPad or iPad mini with more gigs for storage. To check out more specifics comparing different iPad models, check out their side-by-side specifications at apple.com.
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