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The best iPad deals of October 2021

The best iPad deals right now
Apple iPad Air (2020) (Image credit: Laptop Mag)

If you're bargain shopping for the best iPad deals right now, good news. We're currently seeing ongoing discounts on Apple's latest and previous-gen tablets

While pricing for Wi-Fi only iPads range from $329 to $1,000, our hand-selected iPad deals will ease the strain on your wallet. 

For example, you can buy the latest12.9-inch iPad Pro for $999 from Amazon. It normally costs $1,099, so that's $100 in savings and its lowest price ever. This is one of the best iPad deals we've seen all year.

The iPad in this deal has a 12.9-inch (2732 x 2048) Liquid Retina display, an A12Z Bionic CPU, 256 GB of storage, a new dual camera system with LIDAR scanner, and Wi-Fi 6 support. 

Apple's family of tablets have something for everyone. The lineup includes the10.2-inch iPad, the lightweight 10.9-inch iPad Air, the powerful 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the compact 7.9-inch iPad mini

If you don't want to want to wait for Black Friday, you can still score an iPad for less. From the 2021 iPad Pro to the 2019 iPad mini, here are the best iPad deals you can get right now. 

Black Friday 2021 falls on November 26 and we expect to see the best iPad deals of the year. Be sure to bookmark our Black Friday 2021 deals hub for the best retail holiday discounts. 

Best iPad deals right now

Best iPad deals

iPad Pro 2021 (12.9-inch)

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Apple iPad Pro M1 (2021)

Apple's most advanced tablet

Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Weight: 1.5 lbs. | Screen Size: 11-inches/12.9-inches | Resolution: 2732 x 2048 | CPU: M1 | Rear Camera: 12MP + 10MP | Front Camera: 12MP | Features: Magic Keyboard, Apple Pencil support support | Battery: Up to 10.5 hours

Bright, vivid XDR display
Ridiculously fast M1 chip 
Thunderbolt 3, USB4 and 5G support

Pricing for the latest 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Apple M1 chip starts from $799 and $1,099, respectively. Apple's most advanced tablet yet, the 2021 iPad Pro packs 50% more CPU power than the previous-gen iPad Pro.

Over its predecessor, the 2021 iPad Pro packs enhanced 8-core CPU and GPU performance. The base model features a Retina XDR Display, Apple M1 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. 

As detailed in our iPad 12.9-inch 2020 review, we like its super-fast performance, brilliant display and improved cursor control. After intense testing, we gave the iPad Pro a rating of 4.5 out of 5-stars and our Editor's Choice award. 

Boasting portability, speed and a stunning display, the iPad Pro is one of the best tablets you'll own. With Apple Pencil (2nd generation) Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio support, it serves as a versatile laptop alternative. 

Apple iPad 10.2-inch (2020)

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Apple iPad 10.2-inch (2020)

The best iPad for the money

Storage: 32GB/128GB | Weight: 1 lbs. | Screen Size: 10.2-inches | Resolution: 2160 x 1620 | CPU: A12Z Bionic w/ M12 | Rear Camera: 8MP | Front Camera: 1.2MP | Features: Smart Keyboard support | Battery: Up to 10 hours

Fast A12 Bionic chip 
Beautiful Retina display
Apple Pencil 1 and Smart Keyboard support
Accessories are expensive add-ons

The 8th Generation 10.2-inch iPad is Apple's least expensive tablet. With prices starting at $329, the base model 2020 iPad packs a 10.2 inch (2160 x 1620-pixel) Retina display, A12 Bionic CPU, and 32GB of storage. 

There's also an 8MP camera with 1080p at 30 fps video recording on board, complemented by a 1.2MP front camera.

Performance-wise, it's 40% faster than the 7th-gen iPad's A10 chip. Apple's Neural Engine processing delivers twice the graphics power for immersive video streaming and gaming

In terms of design, the 2020 iPad retains the thick bezel 10.2-inch display and Touch ID sensor below the display. It also has a Lightning connector instead of the USB-C port found on iPad Air and iPad Pro.

iPad Air (2020)

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Apple iPad Air (2020)

Apple fastest tablet yet

Storage: 64GB/256GB | Weight: 1 lbs. | Screen Size: 10.9-inches | Resolution: 2360 x 1640 | CPU: A12Z Bionic w/ M12 | Rear Camera: 12MP | Front Camera: 7MP | Features: Magic Keyboard support | Battery: Up to 10:29 hours

A14 Bionic chip delivers excellent performance
Sleek design with thin bezels
Apple Pencil 2 and Magic Keyboard support
No Face ID or headphone jack
Accessories are expensive add-ons

The redesigned iPad Air is the best tablet for most people. It features a modern chassis, fast performance and long battery life. What's more, it supports Apple's best accessories which makes it an iPad Pro alternative.

In our iPad Air (2020) review, we praised its sleek, thin-bezel design and loud, clear speakers. We also liked the tablet's good battery life, which lasted 10 hours and 29 minutes in our Laptop Mag battery test. We gave the iPad Air a high rating of 4.5 out 5 stars and the Editor's Choice award for its excellent performance. 

Design-wise, the iPad Air resembles an iPad Pro more than an entry-level iPad. The tablet's redesigned form factor boasts slimmer display bezels than its predecessor. This smaller footprint provides a more immersive viewing experience.

iPad Pro 2020

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Apple iPad Pro (2020)

Mouse support and LiDAR scanner

Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | Weight: 1.04 lbs. | Screen Size: 11.-inches | Resolution: 2388 x 1668 at 264 ppi | CPU: A12Z Bionic w/ M12 | Rear Camera: 10MP/12/MP | Front Camera: 7MP | Features: Trackpad support** | Battery: Up to 10 hours

Fast A12Z Bionic performance
iPadOS's new and improved cursor control
Magic Keyboard support
Short charging cable
No portrait or Night mode on primary cameras

The iPad Pro 2020 offers blazing speed, long battery life and (finally) mouse support. It sports a new dual camera system which features an ultra-wide lens and a LiDAR scanner for a more responsive AR experience.

As we note in our iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2020) review, we loved its fast A12Z Bionic chip performance and brilliant display. Its upgraded cursor control is also impressive and we gave the 12.9-inch iPad Pro a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and the Editor's Choice award. 

It's easy to mistake the 2020 iPad Pro for its predecessor since they're nearly identical. Just about the only thing that separates them design-wise is the square camera bump on the newer model. 

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Apple iPad 10.2-inch (2019)

Bigger screen and Smart Keyboard support

Storage: 32GB/128GB | Weight: 1.07 lbs. | Screen Size: 10.2-inches | Resolution: 2160 x 1620 at 264 ppi | CPU: A10 Fusion w/ M10 | Rear Camera: 8MP | Front Camera: 1.2MP | Features: Touch ID** | Battery: Up to 10 hours

Larger screen 
Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support
Same A10 CPU as predecessor

The 10.2-inch iPad supports Apple Pencil (1st gen) which makes it ideal for creators who want to sketch or draw from anywhere. It's also the first of its kind to support Apple's Smart Keyboard for when you want the familiar feeling of a laptop.

Released in late 2019, the iPad 10.2-inch replaces the 6th generation 9.7-inch iPad. Like its predecessor, it packs an A10 Fusion processing chip for Web browsing, streaming and gaming. 

The base model 10.2-inch iPad is priced at $329 and hit an all-time price low of $229 ($100 off) over the holidays. Meanwhile, the 128GB model also got a $100 price cut which brought it down to $329 on Cyber Monday. 

Apple iPad Air 2019

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Apple iPad Air 10.5-inch (2019)

The perfect iPad for avid iOS gamers

Storage: 64GB/256GB | Weight: 1 lb. | Screen Size: 10.5-inches | Resolution: 2224 x 1668 at 264 ppi | CPU: A12 Bionic w/ M12 | Rear Camera: 8MP | Front Camera: 7MP | Features: Touch ID** | Battery: Up to 10 hours

Thinnest and most powerful iPad
Excellent for iOS gaming
Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support
Pricey for a tablet

The redesigned Apple iPad Air (2019) has everything you look for in an iPad--it's insanely thin and has a beautiful design. With its 10.5-inch screen, it's perfect for  gaming, drawing, multitasking, and content streaming. 

Its A12 Bionic CPU delivers plenty of speed for photo-editing apps like Procreate and Pixelmator Photos. You can also do more-traditional laptop tasks with it. 

Apple iPad Mini

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Apple iPad Mini 7.9-inch (2019)

Don't let its small size fool you

Storage: 64GB/256GB | Weight: 0.66 lbs. | Screen Size: 7.9-inches | Resolution: 2048 x 1536 at 326 ppi | CPU: A12 Bionic w/ M12 | Rear Camera: 8MP | Front Camera: 7MP | Features: Touch ID** | Battery: Up to 10 hours

Now sports a powerful A12 Bionic CPU
Now features Apple Pencil support
Outdated design

Don't judge its pint size, the Apple iPad Mini (2019) is the most powerful compact tablet around. It's powered by Apple's new A12 Bionic processor, so gameplay is ultra-smooth on this tablet. In real-world testing, we easily juggled a few apps on screen at once and I enjoyed fluid gameplay in Injustice 2  on this iOS 12 iDevice. 

The iPad Mini may be the smallest of the bunch, but the tablet's 7.9-inch screen delivers bright and vivid images. In our lab, we found that the iPad mini's display reproduces an excellent 135 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which is more than the iPad mini 4 (99.8 percent). 

Unfortunately, the iPad Mini doesn't go on sale that often and when it does, it only gets a modest discount. The 64GB model hit an all-time price low of $323 ($77 off) in a 24-hour Rakuten flash sale in September 2019. Amazon or Walmart are currently taking $15 off the iPad Mini. If you're after the 256GB model, it's usually $30 off at the aforementioned retailers. 

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch

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Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2018)

Laptop-like power at a premium price

Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | Weight: 1.03 lbs. | Screen Size: 11-inches | Resolution: 2388 x 1668 at 264 ppi | CPU: A12X Bionic w/ Neural Engine + M12 | Rear Camera: 12MP | Front Camera: 7MP | Features: Face ID | Battery: Up to 10 hours

Laptop-like power
Apple Pencil (2G) and Smart Keyboard support
Could soon be replaced by new model

The Apple iPad Pro 11-inch tablet is engineered with serious power users and professionals in mind. So if you're a creative who works with massive 4K video files or you spend lots of time editing high-resolution JPEGs, this is the tablet you want. 

It's powered by Apple's A12X Bionic CPU, which is the A12's big brother. This current-gen chip features four performance cores as well as four high-efficiency cores. It's coupled with a refreshed GPU that delivers double the graphics performance of the A10X processor which lives inside the now discontinued 10.5-inch iPad Pro. 

Unlike its siblings, the iPad Pro supports Apple Pencil Gen 2 which has new touch gestures like double tapping. It attaches to the side of your iPad for convenient charging. We've seen good deals knock anywhere from $50 off the base model to $250 off the high capacity 512GB/1TB models. 

Hilda Scott

Hilda Scott uses her combined passion for gadgets and bargain shopping to bring you the best prices on all things tech. She has a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from Hunter College and 11 years of tech and entertainment journalism. Her work has been featured on Tom’s Guide, iTechPost,, Parlemag, Enstars, and Latin Times. When she's not scouting for the best deals, Hilda’s catching up on her favorite TV shows and pro-wrestling matches.