Alarmed by the high prices of Apple's tablets? Don't despair: if you know where to look - and we do - there are good deals to be had on the newest iPads (including the iPad Pro models launched in April 2021), and brilliant ones on older models.
Our tech experts, who continually scan the market for the very latest and best iPad deals, have found the best prices for each of the five current iPad models, and for several older models which have been officially discontinued. For each one you'll find an automatically updated price comparison tool, so you can be sure you're getting the best deal at this exact second, and our personal pick of the best options.
As a general rule you can usually find good savings on iPads at Amazon, John Lewis and Currys PC World. But if you're looking for best pricing on each model of iPad, read on for our experts' handpicked deals.
See our selection of the week's top Apple deals for more bargains.
Amazon Prime Day
Handy tip for iPad buyers: we now know that Amazon will hold its Prime Day sale in June 2021 (although the exact date still remains unknown). Prime Day usually has some decent discounts on Apple products, and it may be worth waiting until then - but there is no guarantee that the Prime deals will be better than the ones currently on offer from a variety of retailers.
Assuming you want to buy now, you'll find the best prices on every model of iPad below.
1. Apple iPad Air (2020, 64GB)
Now: £519 (£60 off)
2. Apple iPad Pro (2021, M1, 11in)
Now: £734.03 (£15 off)
It's a small saving, but well worth having on Apple's brand-new and exceptionally powerful M1-equipped iPad Pro for 2021.
KRCS has also knocked £20 off the 12.9in iPad Pro.
3. Apple iPad 10.2in (2020, 32GB)
Now: £309.99 (£19 off)
4. Apple iPad Pro 11in (2020, 128GB)
Now: £613.29 (£155.71 off)
Apple has discontinued the 2020 iPad Pro (there's a new 2021 model to think about) but the tablet is still available from other retailers if you can manage without the M1 chip. This chunky saving from Amazon is worth serious consideration.
5. Apple iPad mini (2019, 64GB)
From: John Lewis
Now: £369.97 (£29 off)
The fifth-gen iPad mini has been around a while, but it's still the best compact tablet money can buy - and this handy discount from John Lewis means you don't need to part with quite as much.
6. Apple Refurbished iPad Store
Now: Up to £320 off
Refurbished iPads at hugely discounted prices. Wondering whether refurbished iPads are worth buying? See our complete guide.
iPad 10.2in (2020)
The 8th-gen iPad from September 2020 offers a powerful A12 Bionic processor and supports Apple's Neural Engine AI and machine learning software. Read our iPad 10.2in (2020) review for more information.
It's the most affordable iPad on the market, priced as follows:
UK RRP: From £329
US MSRP: From $329
AU RRP: From AU$499
You can buy it direct from Apple, and trading in your old iPad will lower the price even further. If you're a student, parent, teacher or other staff member at an educational institution, you can also get a 10% discount from Apple's Education Store.
You'll see from the auto price widget below that most of the big retailers are sticking close to Apple's RRP on this iPad, with the £17 discount offered by AO and Amazon the best of the bunch. However, you can go a little lower with Costco, which is offering a £19 saving.
Check our roundup of the best iPad 10.2in (2020) deals for an in-depth look at your options.
iPad 10.2in (2019)
It's been officially discontinued, but you may still be able to buy Apple's old entry-level iPad, the iPad 10.2in (2019). In fact you may even get a nice deal on the iPad 9.7in (2018), whose specs are practically identical to the 2019 model, bar the screen size.
Apple sometimes has these in stock at the Refurbished store. If you're interested in refurbished units, also check out MusicMagpie where you can find low-priced options, and of course eBay (check your seller's credentials and ratings). Look for a price well under £300 and check how much you're actually saving compared to the newer models.
iPad mini (2019)
At 7.9in this form factor is still desirable and useful even in an age of larger smartphones. With the A12 processor at an affordable base price, Apple's smallest tablet is a tiny powerhouse of a computer.
With the addition of Apple Pencil support and with decent battery life, Apple breathed new life into the iPad mini with the 2019 model. Not everyone wants or needs to spend £1,000 or more on an iPad Pro. Read our iPad mini (2019) review for more information.
UK RRP: From £399
US MSRP: From $399
AU RRP: From AU$599
Apple currently asks £399 for the entry-level mini, but you can do better than that. Amazon was first to drop to a price of £369.97 (a handy saving of £29), but John Lewis and Currys are now matching that deal.
We gather the best options in our automated pricing widget:
iPad Air (2020)
Apple released a new iPad Air in October 2020. It takes the iPad Pro all-screen design (although, unusually, it offers Touch ID fingerprint recognition instead of Face ID facial recognition: the sensor is hidden in the power button) and also supports the second-gen version of the Apple Pencil. It's a sumptuous, high-spec tablet.
Read our iPad Air (2020) review for in-depth buying advice.
Here are the official prices:
UK RRP: From £579
US MSRP: From $599
AU RRP: From AU$899
Check the widget below for the latest pricing and alternatives in case Amazon runs out of stock.
Apple updated both of its iPad Pro models - 11in and 12.9in - in April 2021. They look the same as the 2020 and 2018 models, but there are some important enhancements on the inside.
They've been upgraded with the fast and power-efficient M1 processors that were so popular in the Mac range; they now support 5G (in the cellular versions); the front-facing camera array has been bumped from 7MP to 12MP, and now offers a new ultra-wide lens and a feature called Centre Stage which automatically keeps you in shot on video calls.
There's also an upgrade to the display, although this only applies to the costlier 12.9in model. The Liquid Retina XDR display is backlit by a huge number of mini-LEDs for subtle localised dimming, and offers a whopping 1,600 nits of peak brightness in HDR and a million-to-one contrast ratio.
We'll review the new Pro models when we get our hands on samples. In the meantime, you can read our new iPad Pro hub for in-depth pricing, tech specs and other launch details.
iPad Pro 11in (M1, 2021) deals
UK RRP: From £749
US MSRP: From $799
AU RRP: From AU$1,199
The 2021 iPad Pro models are available for pre-order now, and will ship (and go on sale in stores) some time in the second half of May. Apple hasn't confirmed a specific date in May but we'll update you as soon as we know.
The following retailers are selling the new iPad Pro (for pre-order, currently, and stock may be limited):
iPad Pro 12.9in (M1, 2021) deals
UK RRP: From £999
US MSRP: From $1,099
AU RRP: From AU$1,649
The 12.9in iPad Pro (2021) is available for pre-order.
iPad Pro 11in (2020) deals
UK RRP (when it launched): From £769
US MSRP (when it launched): From $799
AU RRP (when it launched): From AU$1,329
Apple no longer sells the 2020 Pro models but you should be able to find them at other retailers for a while - just make sure you're paying a lot less than the RRP listed above.
You can knock off £147 by going to Amazon instead; check the automated widget below for the latest prices elsewhere.
iPad Pro 12.9in (2020) deals
UK RRP (when it launched): From £969
US MSRP (when it launched): From $999
AU RRP (when it launched): From AU$1,649
Again, this device (which you can read about in our iPad Pro 12.9in 2020 review) is no longer available direct from Apple, but you should be able to find a chunky saving elsewhere, if you can live without the latest features. Read iPad Pro 2021 vs iPad Pro 2020 for an explanation of the differences.
Amazon is offering a discount of £124. The widget below has up-to-the-minute pricing from a wide range of retailers.
Apple Refurbished Store
One of our favourite hunting grounds for a tasty iPad deal is the Apple Refurbished Store, where you'll find iPads with huge discounts. These are items that have been returned, but in most respects you wouldn't be able to tell.
Apple replaces the battery and outer shell of every refurbished iPad, and you'll still get all of the accessories and manuals that would come with a new model. Plus, you'll also get the same one-year warranty as you would with a brand-new iPad.
The only thing that gives the game away is the box - Apple replaces the original with a white box to prevent people from buying the discounted models and selling them as new.
Best iPad Student Deals
Don't forget students can get discounts on iPad devices as a part of Apple's Education Discount.
That concludes our guide to the best iPad deals available right now. But if you're unsure of which model you should pick up, take a look at our in-depth iPad buying guide.