Today Best Buy is offering a $100 discount on this year’s iPad Air, bringing it to the lowest price we’ve ever seen, $400. Many retailers have been selling it for $469 during the past few months — a price that was $30 lower than the one you’d find at the Apple Store — but the additional $70 markdown makes the iPad Air a much more palatable option.
That noted, this year’s 10.2-inch model is the best choice for most people — especially when it’s on sale. And it’s on sale today. It has an A10 processor, Pencil support and a smart connector for a smart keyboard (sold separately), and a slightly bigger screen than its 9.7-inch predecessor.
Best Buy and Target currently have the best price on the 10.2-inch iPad, $250. It’s not quite as low as the the $230 Cyber Monday deal — but it’s pretty darn good, and likely to be the lowest price we’ll see until next year.
Otherwise, Best Buy is still offering a $150 discount on every version of the 11-inch model. B&H has the best price on the 12.9-inch model at $899, though we’ve seen it regularly on sale for closer to $850.
The discounts on the newer iPad Mini remain negligible. We’d recommend waiting for the next round of deals to come through before buying it. And the discontinued 9.7-inch iPad seems to have now disappeared almost entirely.
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.
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TETHER : Apple iPad discounts, compared
|Model||List price||Best price (current)||Best price (all-time)|
|iPad 2019 (32GB)||$329||$250||$230|
|iPad 2019 (128GB)||$429||$330||$329|
|iPad Mini 2019 (64GB)||$399||$384||$359|
|iPad Air 2019 (64GB)||$499||$400||$400|
|iPad Pro 11 (64GB)||$799||$650||$649|
|iPad Pro 12.9 (64GB)||$999||$899||$850|
|iPad Pro 12.9 (256GB)||$1,149||$1,149||$950|
The smallest model in the current iPad lineup comes with the smallest discount. You can find the iPad Mini at most retailers for $384 — that’s $15 off the Apple Store list price.
First look at Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad
Originally published earlier this year. Regularly updated to reflect new prices.