Best iPad Deals: Save $40 On the New iPad Air, $100 On an iPad Pro     – CNET

Best iPad Deals: Save $40 On the New iPad Air, $100 On an iPad Pro – CNET

The most recent addition to Apple’s iPad lineup is the iPad Air that was released this past spring, bringing an update to the only iPad that missed a refresh in 2021. The new iPad Air features Apple’s M1 chip, found in the company’s iPad Pros, along with 5G and a wider-angle, front-facing camera with the Center Stage autofocusing video feature. What it didn’t get was expanded storage: The new iPad Air models offer the same 64GB and 256GB capacities as the current versions at the same prices. You can save $40 right now at Amazon on the new iPad Air, which is only $9 less than the biggest discount we’ve seen for it.

The most affordable iPad remains the ninth-gen iPad, and it’s even more affordable right now at its current $20 discount at Amazon and Walmart. The 10.2-inch iPad features the A13 Bionic chip, Apple’s True Tone display, an improved front-facing camera and an increase in internal storage. 

The small iPad Mini has a big $90 discount right now at Walmart. Like the ninth-gen iPad, the sixth-gen iPad Mini was released last fall. It features an 8.3-inch display, the A15 Bionic chip, a USB-C charging port for a quick charge and a power button with Touch ID. 

The 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros are now the oldest of Apple’s tablets. They were the first non-Mac devices to be made with Apple’s own M1 chip when they hit the scene last spring. You can save $70 on the baseline 11-inch model and $100 on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model. Bigger discounts are available on the higher-capacity Pro models.

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Here are the biggest price breaks right now for Apple’s latest iPads. We update this list as new deals emerge and old ones expire, so be sure to check back for the best price.

iPad discounts, compared

Model List price Best price (current) Best price (all-time)
10.2-inch iPad, 9th-gen (64GB) $329 $309 $299
8.3-inch iPad Mini, 6th-gen (64GB) $499 $409 $400
10.9-inch iPad Air (64GB) $599 $559 $550
11-inch iPad Pro (128GB) $799 $729 $699
12.9-inch iPad Pro (128GB) $1,099 $999 $950

Note that “all-time” means the best price that we’ve seen at an Apple-authorized retailer in the product’s lifetime.

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The basic, 10.2-inch iPad didn’t receive a design overhaul like its Mini cousin, but it does serve up a faster processor, a better front-facing camera and an improved display compared with the previous, eighth-gen iPad. The biggest addition is the storage, which was doubled to 64GB on the base model and to 256GB on the step-up model. Other than that, the change you’ll most likely welcome in this age of FaceTime and Zoom calls is the front camera going from 1.2 megapixels to a wider-angle 12 megapixels. It’s also gained Center Stage to keep your mug in the frame during video calls. 

It’s $20 off at Amazon and Walmart, which is only $10 less than its all-time-low price of $299 during Amazon Prime Day. If you want more storage for photos, videos, projects, apps and more, you can snag the 10.2-inch, 9th-gen iPad with 256GB of storage for just $429 at Amazon. That’s $50 less than from the Apple Store.

Read our 9th-gen iPad review.

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The iPad Mini received a complete overhaul. The new design has rounded edges, thin bezels and no home button. The power button on the side now has Touch ID, and the Lightning port has been replaced by a USB-C charging port. It runs on the new A15 Bionic chip (same as the iPhone 13) and serves up an improved and slightly larger 8.3-inch display and better cameras than the old, fifth-gen Mini. Stock is thin right now at Amazon and discounts are slim, but you can get it for $409 at Walmart right now — that’s $90 less than you’d pay it at Apple.

Read our iPad Mini review.

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The new 10.9-inch iPad Air features Apple’s M1 chip, found in the company’s iPad Pros, along with 5G and a wider-angle, front-facing camera with the Center Stage autofocusing video feature. What it didn’t get was expanded storage — the new iPad Air models offer the same 64GB and 256GB capacities as the current versions at the same prices. CNET’s iPad expert Scott Stein still recommends the less expensive 10.2-inch iPad for most people, but sees this iPad Air as a solid step up. Despite being available for just a few months, the new iPad Air is already on discount. You can save $40 at Amazon on the 64GB baseline model in some colors and $30 in the others.

Read our iPad Air 2022 review.

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The new 11-inch iPad Pro features Apple’s M1 chip and is available with storage capacities ranging from 128GB to 2TB. Most retailers are selling the baseline 128GB model at or above Apple’s $799 list price, but you can save $70 on the space gray model at Amazon right now. It reached a peak discount of $100 during the Prime Day sale last week. If you are willing to spend more for more storage space, you can also save on some of the higher-capacity models at Amazon.

Read our iPad Pro 2021 review.

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