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Best Apple iPad deals: New iPad, iPad Mini now available, save $100 on an iPad Pro

You can now order the new iPad and iPad Mini models Apple introduced last week, and get an iPad Pro with Apple's new M1 chip for as little as $749.

The new entry-level iPad and redesigned iPad Mini that Apple announced last week are now available to order with estimated shipping dates of mid- to late October. The ninth-generation, 10.2-inch iPad features the A13 Bionic chip, a better front-facing camera, Apple's True Tone display and a bump up in storage capacity. The sixth-generation iPad Mini debuts a new design with rounded edges, the A15 Bionic chip, an 8.3-inch display, a power button with Touch ID and a USB-C charging port.

It's been a big year already for the iPad. In April, Apple unveiled new iPad Pros, which were the first non-Macs to receive Apple's M1 chip

With the new iPad and iPad Mini just released, you can expect to pay full price for these new machines. Perhaps we'll see the first discounts for these models as the holiday shopping season draws near. The new 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, however, are on sale along with the iPad Air. Right now, you can save $50 on the 11-inch iPad Pro, $100 on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and $99 on the iPad Air at Amazon. (For the iPad Air, there's an initial discount plus additional savings at checkout to reach the $99 in savings.)

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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 $329 $329
8.3-inch iPad Mini 6th gen (64GB) $499 $499 $499
10.9-inch iPad Air (64GB) $599 $500 $500
11-inch iPad Pro (128GB) $799 $749 $749
12.9-inch iPad Pro (128GB) $1,099 $999 $999

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 than the previous, eighth-gen iPad. The biggest addition, however, is the storage increasing from 32GB to 64GB on the baseline $329 model and from 128GB to 256GB on the step-up $479 model. Other than the storage doubling, the feature users will welcome the most in this age of FaceTime and Zoom calls is the front camera going from 1.2 megapixels to a wider-angle 12 megapixels and adding Center Stage to keep your mug in the frame during video calls.

Read our iPad 9th gen review.

 

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The iPad Mini received a complete overhaul. The new design features rounded edges, thin bezels and no home button. The power button on the side now does 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 from the old, fifth-gen Mini.

Read our iPad Mini review.

 

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Apple's 10.9-inch iPad Air with 64GB of storage is $99 off at Amazon, which is the largest discount we've ever seen for the Air. There's an initial discount, plus an additional savings at checkout to drop the price to $500. For most people, a 64GB drive is skimpy and will fill up fast. You can also save $99 on the 256GB model.

Read our iPad Air review.

 

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The new 11-inch iPad Pro features Apple's M1 chip and comes with storage capacities ranging from 128GB to 2TB. The baseline 128GB model costs $799 from Apple and is currently $50 off at Amazon. Some of the higher-capacity models are discounted between $70 and $100.

Read our iPad Pro 2021 review.

 

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You can save $100 on the larger, 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the M1 chip. The baseline model with 128GB storage has a $100 discount to hit the lowest price we've seen yet. Discounts are scarce, however, on the higher-capacity models.

Read our iPad Pro 2021 review.