Apple makes the best tablets around, but they're not cheap. But don't despair: the pre-Christmas sales feature some good deals on the latest iPads, and some brilliant ones on the older models.
Our tech experts constantly scan the market for the very latest and best iPad deals so that you don't need to; in this article we've brought together the best prices for each of the four current iPad models and appealing offers on several more 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.
The Black Friday weekend is now over, but many of its deals continue through what's known as Cyber Week and beyond. You will find numerous iPad discounts in the run-up to Christmas 2019.
Apple itself does not offer discounts, but other sites have some excellent deals, including the latest models. Right now you can find good savings at Amazon in both the UK and US, and at territory-specific stores such as John Lewis and Currys/PC World. Read on for the best deals on each model of iPad.
In September 2019 Apple introduced a new version of the iPad - read about it in our iPad 10.2in review. This is the seventh-generation iPad and it took the place of 2018's 9.7in iPad in Apple's lineup. It's still the cheapest iPad, despite having a small price hike in the UK.
If you're in education you can get a discount from Apple's Education Store.
UK RRP: From £329
US MSRP: From $329
You can buy direct from Apple, but in the table below you'll see the best deals available right now in your region.
Best iPad 9.7in (2018) deals
It's been officially discontinued, but you may still be able to buy Apple's old entry-level iPad, the iPad 9.7in (2018). Apple has it in the Refurbished store, for example.
We think that this older model, at the right price, could be a better option than the new 2019 model, since the specs are practically identical, bar the screen size. For more, read our iPad 9.7in (2018) review.
UK RRP: Was £319 (discontinued)
US MSRP: Was $329 (discontinued)
The iPad mini, at 7.9in, proves that a 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 has breathed new life into the iPad mini with the 2019 model. Not everyone wants or needs to spend £1,000 on an iPad Pro. Read our iPad mini (2019) review.
UK RRP: From £399
US MSRP: From $399
The iPad Air is a powerful and easy-to-use tablet with a large and well-specced screen, long battery life and attractive design, all at a sensible price. There are some compromises here, but as an all-round package this is vastly appealing. Read our iPad Air (2019) review.
UK RRP: From £479
US MSRP: From $499
The iPad Pro is an amazing tablet, complete with a slim-bezel design and top-spec components. There's very little to dislike but do bear in mind that you'll need the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard to make the most of the iPad Pro. Read our iPad Pro 11in (2018) review for more information.
Both the 11in and 12.9in iPad Pro models are available direct from Apple, but there are some great deals out there from other vendors.
Note that there are some tempting deals out there for older versions of the iPad Pro - particularly the 10.5in model from 2017. Amazon has the 64GB model for a stunning £384.99, but be aware that it's a renewed, or second-hand, unit.
iPad Pro 11in deals
UK RRP: From £769
US MSRP: From $799
iPad Pro 12.9in deals
UK RRP: From £969
US MSRP: From $999
Apple Refurbished Store
One of our favourite tricks for iPad deals is the Apple Refurbished Store, where you'll find iPads with huge discounts. These are items that have been returned, but you will really struggle to spot any evidence of that.
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
Another great resource to help you save is Macworld's Student Deals page, particularly the Tech & Mobile section. Right now, Apple is offering 5% off iPads. You also get up to 10% off Macs, 50% off Apple Care and 8% off accessories.
Simply create an account, log in and verify your student status, and the discount is yours.
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. And if you're searching for presents, be sure to check our guide to the Best Apple tech gifts for Christmas.