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The best iPad deals: $30 off the brand new 10.2-inch model and more

The 128GB version of the iPad that Apple unveiled on Tuesday is already on sale.

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It's the big one.

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Apple took the wraps off a new 10.2-inch iPad on Tuesday (in addition to the new iPhone 11Apple Watch Series 5 and plenty of other stuff). The new tablet picks up where the sixth-generation iPad left off, starting at $329, but adds a slightly larger display and dock connection. And the 128GB version is already on sale, at Amazon, for $29 under its $429 list price.  

But that's not all. Amazon is once again matching its all-time low of $799 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro -- a superb deal on the Cadillac of tablets.

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If you're considering picking up a new iPad, there are two things to keep in mind. First, the "new" 2019 iPad is pretty much identical to its 2018 predecessor -- except for the slightly larger screen and keyboard dock connector. Otherwise, they're virtually identical. Second, beyond Amazon's current $29 markdown on the 128GB version of the new model, we can't predict exactly how retailers will price them once the 10.2-inch iPad starts shipping on Sept. 30.

It's quite possible that the 9.7-inch model will disappear in the coming weeks. It's technically discontinued. But that hasn't stopped other Apple products from living long, productive lives on the shelves of third-party retailers. One potential scenario: Those retailers could further cut the price of the old 32GB model to $220 and discount the new 32GB 10.2-inch model to $280. (This is all conjecture.) Or perhaps the entry-level 10.2-inch model picks up where the entry-level 9.7-inch model left off, settling in to a permanently discounted price of $250 price by Black Friday. Bottom line: Definitely don't pay more than $250 for the 32GB version of either of them.

Otherwise, the current deals on the newer iPad Mini and iPad Air remain negligible, and we'd recommend waiting for the next round of discounts to come through before buying either one of them. And finally, Apple is currently offering a deal of its own -- to students, at least: Buy an iPad Pro or iPad Air and pick up a free pair of Beats headphones. The deal is available to current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff and homeschool teachers of all grade levels.

Note that we're focused on the Wi-Fi versions of the iPad here. Using LTE on a tablet is cool but, for most people, not worth the additional cost -- for the device and the monthly service -- especially when you can easily tether your phone for free. 

Apple iPad discounts, compared

Model List price Best price (current) Best price (all-time)
iPad 2019 (128GB) $429 $400 $400
iPad 2018 (32GB) $329 $249 $229
iPad 2018 (128GB) $429 $329 $299
iPad Mini 2019 (64GB) $399 $385 $359
iPad Air 2019 (64GB) $499 $469 $449
iPad Pro 11 (64GB) $799 $674 $649
iPad Pro 12.9 (64GB) $999 $799 $799

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The brand-spanking-new 10.2-inch iPad has a new, larger screen and more Pro-level features. And it's already on sale at Amazon, for $29 off the 128GB model. 

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Apple has now discontinued the 2018 9.7-inch iPad -- but the 32GB model is still available for $250 at plenty of stores, including Amazon and Walmart. That's not a bad deal on a great entry-level tablet. But it's quite possible that we'll see even larger discounts in the future.

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The smallest model in the current iPad lineup comes with the smallest discount. You can find the iPad Mini at most retailers for $385 -- that's $14 off the Apple Store list price.

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The iPad Air sits between the entry-level 9.7-inch iPad, which is usually on sale for about $250, and the 11-inch iPad Pro, which starts at $799 and has a more powerful A12X processor. Bear in mind that Apple is currently offering a free pair of Beats headphones to students when they buy an iPad Pro or iPad Air, however, which again could be the better deal.

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Amazon has ramped up its discount on the slightly smaller iPad Pro, offering the 64GB base model for $674. As mentioned above, Apple is currently offering a free pair of Beats headphones to students when they buy an iPad Pro or iPad Air, which could be the better deal for some.

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The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the Cadillac of Apple's tablet lineup and, arguably, the entire tablet category. Amazon's deal matches the lowest price we've seen to date (note that the discount is applied at checkout). But Apple is currently offering a free pair of Beats headphones to students when they buy an iPad Pro or iPad Air.

Originally published last month. Regularly updated to reflect new prices.