Discouraged by the high prices of Apple's tablets? Don't despair: if you know where to look - and we do - there are great deals to be had on the newest iPads (including the iPad 10.2in and mini models launched in September 2021), and superb 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 find good savings on iPads at Amazon, John Lewis and Currys PC World. But if you're looking for the best pricing on each model of iPad, read on for our experts' handpicked deals.
You'll find our pick of the five top current iPad deals below, and then the best deals and lowest current prices on each iPad model below that. See our selection of the week's top Apple deals for bargains on iPhones, Macs, AirPods and more.
Should I wait for Black Friday?
This year Black Friday falls on 26 November 2021. Should you wait until then in hopes of a great iPad deal?
If you need to buy a new iPad right now, and especially if you spot an outstanding discount, go for it. But yes - patience may pay off if you can wait until November. (Black Friday deals will start to appear early in the month; you won't need to wait for 26 November itself.)
Now read on for the best iPad deals available right now.
Top iPad deals this month
1. Apple iPad Air (2020, 64GB)
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £539.97 (£39 off)
2. Apple iPad mini (2021, 6th gen)
Now: £469.42 (£9.58 off)
3. Apple iPad 10.2in (2020, 32GB)
Now: £289.99 (£40 off)
Costco's price on last year's basic iPad is highly appealing, but there are two caveats: you'll need a membership to get this price, and there's a newer model that won't cost a huge amount more. Here's where to buy the iPad 10.2in (2021).
4. Apple iPad Pro (2021, M1, 11in)
Now: £734.02 (£14.98 off)
A small but handy saving on Apple's exceptionally powerful M1-equipped iPad Pro for 2021.
5. Apple iPad Pro (2021, M1, 12.9in)
Now: £956.92 (£42.08 off)
This handy saving may just bring Apple's super-powerful flagship tablet within your budget.
iPad 10.2in (2021) deals
Apple announced a new entry-level iPad at its event in September 2021, significantly improving the FaceTime camera, updating the processor and improving battery life compared to the previous year's model. You'll find all the details in our iPad 10.2in (2021) review.
Despite the improvements it's still the most affordable iPad that Apple currently sells - even boasting a small price cut in the UK:
UK RRP: From £319
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 can check out the lowest current prices from a range of major retailers in the automated table below; we've also got a dedicated article rounding up the best iPad 10.2in (2021) deals.
iPad 10.2in (2020) deals
It's been officially discontinued, but you may still be able to buy the 8th-gen iPad from September 2020. With an A12 Bionic processor and support for Apple's Neural Engine AI and machine learning software, it remains a reliable and decently specced choice.
You might find one on Apple's Refurbished store. Check out the lowest prices from other retailers in the automatic table below; the lowest price of all can be had from Costco, but you'll need to be a member.
Check our roundup of the best iPad 10.2in (2020) deals for an in-depth look at your options.
iPad 10.2in (2019) deals
If you're really looking for a bargain, consider this model from 2019. Again, Apple sometimes has them 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).
Read our iPad 10.2in (2019) review for more information on this older model.
iPad mini (2021) deals
Announced alongside the new iPad 10.2in, the sixth-gen iPad mini (pictured above) was the star of Apple's September event. The smallest iPad gets a complete redesign for 2021 - including a larger screen, slimmer bezels and the disappearance of the Home button - a powerful A15 processor, and support for 5G and the Apple Pencil 2.
UK RRP: From £479
US MSRP: From $499
AU RRP: From AU$749
You'll find the lowest current prices on the latest iPad mini in our automated table below; the lowest price right now (a small but handy £9.03 off the RRP) can be had from Amazon. We've also got a separate article rounding up the best iPad mini (2021) deals.
iPad mini (2019) deals
Now discontinued by Apple, last generation's 7.9in version of the iPad mini can still be found from other retailers. It's a little on the old side - Apple last updated the mini back in 2019 - but its A12 processor and slim form factor mean it's still a decent option for lighter duties. Read our iPad mini (2019) review for more information.
We gather the best options in our automated pricing table:
iPad Air (2020) deals
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
But you can beat Apple's £579 price tag by shopping elsewhere.
Check the automated table below for the latest pricing.
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.
Read our iPad Pro 12.9in (2021) review for more 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 have been on sale since May, but you may find that some retailers have run out of stock; the premium tablets have proved popular.
You can obviously buy on Apple's website for the RRP (which starts at £749). But price-wise KRCS currently leads the way at £734.02 (£15 off the RRP). That's fractionally cheaper than Amazon's £734.97.
Check our automated price table for the latest pricing:
For a more in-depth look at your buying options, visit Where to buy the new iPad Pro (2021).
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 to buy from Apple for the RRP, which starts at £999. But we can find lower prices elsewhere.
As on the 11in model, Amazon has the lowest price right now: it has the 2021 12.9in model for £956.92 (£42 off). That price is for the silver model; the cheapest deal for the Space Grey version is £979.01 from KRCS.
Check the comparison table below for the latest prices.
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.
Check the automated table 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.
The table 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.