The iPad Air 4 went on sale 23 October, 2020. Despite a design shift to look similar to the latest Pros, the slate was the very first Apple device to come with the A14 Bionic chip, as well as moving Touch ID to the power button.
The new 10.9in iPad Air is an excellent halfway house between the entry-level iPad and high-end iPad Pro – and ideal for those who need some extra power, but don't want to spend hundreds of pounds on a device that may not replace their laptop.
If you want to know where to buy the iPad Air 4 this month at the best price, you've come to the right place. We're starting to see massive discounts, especially now that the new iPad Pro with M1 has released – here's where you save on those.
We're also looking at the best iPad deals across every model if you want to see other top offers.
Best iPad Air 4 deals of May 2021
Right now Amazon has £109 off the 64GB Wi-Fi- and Cellular model, which drops the price to £599.97 from £709.
Don't forget that Amazon Prime Day 2021 is arriving in June, though the actual date remains unconfirmed. It's possible we might see even bigger discounts on the iPad Air 4 then, but there are no guarantees. If you don't want to risk it, these are currently the best discounts on the iPad Air 4 right now.
1. Apple iPad Air (2020, 64GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular)
Now: £549.97 (£159 off)
This discount was previously £110 off, but now it's raised to £159 on the cellular-equipped Air in silver, which is among the best deals we've seen to date.
2. Apple iPad Air 2020 (64GB, 4th Gen)
Now: £529 (£50 off)
3. Apple iPad Air 2020 (256GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 4th Gen)
From: John Lewis
Now: £799 (£60 off + free 2 Year Guarantee)
Grab £60 off the iPad Air 4 with 256GB storage and cellular connectivity from John Lewis along with a 2 year guarantee for free.
4. Apple iPad Air 2020 (256GB, Wi-Fi, 4th Gen)
Now: £709 (£20 off)
Box has £20 off the Air 4 with 256GB storage. No Cellular here though.
5. Apple iPad Air 2020 (64GB, 4th Gen)
Now: £567.42 (£11.58 off)
If you miss Amazon's discount on the 64GB Air 4, KRCS also has £11 off. It's not as high, but delivery is free. KRCS also has £14 off the Wi-Fi and Cellular model (64GB).
6. Apple iPad Air 2020 (64GB, Wi-Fi + Cellular, 4th Gen) with 2GB data
Now: £22 per month
Sky's offer is the most competitive if you're looking at total costs. Where O2 and Virgin's contracts last 48 months, Sky's is only 36 months – but with no upfront costs and a monthly rate that outdoes other contract providers for 2GB data.
7. Apple iPad Air 2020 (64GB) with 10GB data
Now: £20 upfront, £28 per months (3 months of Disney+ for free)
In March, the same rate only included 1GB of data. O2's plans also include 3 months of Disney+ for free and 100 texts. This rate is over a 48-month term, but you can choose shorter plans (at higher monthly rates).
8. Apple iPad Air 2020 (64GB) with 4GB data
From: Virgin Media
Now: £21.50 per month, no upfront cost
Get 4GB of data for the price of 2GB from Virgin media. The term is over 48 months.
9. Apple iPad Air 2020 (64GB) with 2GB data
Now: £45 per month, no upfront cost
Get the iPad Air 4 without any upfront costs from EE on its Essential Plan.
You can find the iPad Air 4 from the following retailers:
- Amazon - Up to £109 off
- BT Shop
- Box - £20 off 256GB option with Wi-Fi
- Currys PC World - £50 off
- John Lewis - £60 off, Claim £150 with trade-in
- KRCS - up to £14 off
- Laptops Direct - £20 off
In the US, this is the current lineup:
Best iPad Air 4 deals of May 2021 - on contract
If you're after the cellular model and want to buy it on contract, here's where to look:
- Sky - Currently the best price on the market: get 2GB of data for £22 per month and no upfront cost
- EE - Get 2GB data for £45 per month, no upfront cost – existing customers get 10% off
- O2 - Get 3 months of Disney Plus on 10GB plan for £28 per month, £20 upfront; plans starting from £20 upfront, £22 per month for 1GB data (2-year contract)
- Vodafone - starting from £43 per month, £50 upfront for 6GB data
Where to buy the iPad Air 4 (2020) refurbished
The iPad Air 2020 only went on sale last October, so the refurbished market for the device remains thin. We'd recommend taking a look at these refurbished resellers for iPad Air 4 offers:
- Big Phone Store
- Laptops Direct
- Music Magpie
- Smartfone Store
How much does the new iPad Air (4th gen) cost?
There are four configurations to choose from, all of which are noticeably more expensive than the equivalent 2019 Air models:
- iPad Air 2020 (64GB, Wi-Fi): £579/$599
- iPad Air 2020 (256GB, Wi-Fi): £729/$749
- iPad Air 2020 (64GB, cellular): £709/$729
- iPad Air 2020 (256GB, cellular): £859/$879
When was the 2020 iPad Air released?
The 2020 iPad Air was announced at Apple's 15 September 'Time Flies' event. Pre-orders were live from 16 October, with the device officially available from 23 October.
This followed the same schedule as the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, although we have to wait until November for the Mini and Pro Max.
What features does the 2020 iPad Air have?
The new iPad Air is a significant upgrade over its predecessor, now sporting a design similar to that seen on the 2018 iPad Pro. A new 10.9in screen size has much smaller bezels, with Touch ID now built into the power button instead of below the screen. However, there's no Face ID support.
Don't forget to pick up a case for the Air 4 – see the best ones here.
Impressively, the Air is the very first device to sport Apple's new A14 Bionic chip, with a serious boost in performance expected over last year's A12. The single rear camera has also been upgraded to a 12Mp, f/1.8 sensor.
Elsewhere, the new iPad Air also follows the Pro in shifting to USB-C, while there are new green and blue colour options to add to the existing Silver, Space Grey and Rose Gold.