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Best iPad deals: Save $50 on an iPad Air, $100 on an iPad Pro and more

December is here, and you can find discounts on iPads for those on your holiday shopping list asking for a new tablet.

Looking to give someone a tablet for the holidays? The newest iPads are not currently on sale, but you can save on a powerful iPad Pro and the sleek iPad Air on Amazon right now. The 11-inch iPad Pro is between $10 and $120 off -- depending on storage -- and you can save between $100 to $150 on the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro. We aren't seeing any discounts on the new entry-level iPad, the redesigned iPad Mini or the baseline iPad Air at the moment, but you can save $50 on the step-up iPad Air model with a 256GB SSD.

iPads are currently in high demand. Apple unveiled new iPad Pros in the spring, which were the first non-Macs to receive Apple's M1 chip. Earlier this fall, Apple rolled out the ninth-gen 10.2-inch iPad and the sixth-gen 8.3-inch iPad Mini. The ninth-gen iPad features the A13 Bionic chip, a better front-facing camera, Apple's True Tone display and a bump in storage capacity. The sixth-gen 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.

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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 $299
8.3-inch iPad Mini, 6th gen (64GB) $499 $499 $459
10.9-inch iPad Air (64GB) $599 $599 $500
11-inch iPad Pro (128GB) $799 $789 $700
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 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 added Center Stage to keep your mug in the frame during video calls. Amazon's $30 discount from a few weeks ago is gone, and we don't see any price breaks from other retailers at the moment for the new, ninth-gen iPad.

Read our iPad 9th gen 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 from the old, fifth-gen Mini. Without any discounts currently available, Apple is the best place to go for the new iPad Mini. (Hey, free engraving.)

Read our iPad Mini review.

 

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Apple's 10.9-inch iPad Air with 256GB of storage is $50 off at Amazon in rose gold. The baseline model with 64GB of storage has been discounted by $39 off and on recently but is currently selling for its list price.

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 previous $49 discount for the baseline 128GB model has dried up, leaving us with only a slight $10 price break right now. Bigger discounts -- up to $120 -- are available on the higher-capacity models.

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 at Amazon and Walmart. The baseline model with 128GB storage has a $100 discount to hit the lowest price we've seen yet. And you can save up to $150 on higher-capacity models from Amazon.

Read our iPad Pro 2021 review.