Alarmed by the high prices of Apple’s (extremely high-quality) tablets? Don’t despair: if you know where to look there are good deals to be had on the latest iPads, and brilliant ones on older models.
Apple announced two new iPad devices at its Time Flies special event held on 15 Septmber, an 8th generation iPad along with a new iPad Air. The more exciting news is that the new iPad is priced cheaper than last year 7th generation model. The new releases mean we should see more iPad deals on the market – of which we’ll note the best ones here.
Our tech experts, who constantly 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 appealing offers on several more 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.
Apple itself does not offer discounts unless you’re a student (though it sometimes offers free gift cards), but other sites have some excellent deals, including the latest models. Don’t forget major sales events like Amazon’s Prime Day, due sometime next month, and Black Friday are also excellent opportunities to pick up an Apple discount.
10.2in iPad (2020)
Apple’s September 2020 update to the 10.2in iPad now makes it the most affordable iPad on the market, with prices starting at £329/US$329. Full RRPs are as follows:
UK RRP: From £329
US MSRP: From $329
AU RRP: From AU$499
You can buy it directly from Apple where trading-in your old iPad drops the price even further. The 8th generation iPad offers a stronger A12 Bionic processor and is the first to support Apple’s Neural Engine AI and machine learning software. Here’s everything you need to know about the iPad 8.
This, of course, makes it a more compelling buy than the 2019 iPad (7th generation), especially considering its lower RRP. If you’re a student, parent, teacher, or staff member, you can also get a 10% discount from Apple’s Education Store.
10.2in iPad (2019)
You can still buy the 2019 iPad, though don’t pay full price. You should opt for the iPad 2020 model if you’re upgrading.
Yes, the 7th gen iPad boosted the iPad’s size to 10.2in from the usual 9.7in but it still had the same cameras and A10 processor as the 2018 option. See our full iPad 10.2in review.
UK RRP: From £349
US MSRP: From $349
AU RRP: From AU$529
You can buy direct from Apple, but in the table below you’ll see the best deals available right now in your region. We’d also recommend taking a look at refurbished and second-hand options of the 2019 model as previous owners will look to upgrade (if you’re one of those people, here’s how to sell yours at the best price).
9.7in iPad (2018)
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 sometimes has it in stock at the Refurbished store, for example.
If you do buy refurbished, also check out MusicMagpie where you can find options under £300.
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 (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 on an iPad Pro. Read our iPad mini (2019) review.
UK RRP: From £399
US MSRP: From $399
AU RRP: From AU$599
iPad Air (2019)
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
AU RRP: From AU$779
We expect these prices to reduce further with the arrival of the new iPad Air in October 2020.
iPad Air (2020)
Of course Apple will also release a new iPad Air come October 2020. We’d recommend waiting until the release (though the date hasn’t been announced in the UK) before buying a new iPad Air.
Here’s what the prices will be when the new iPad Air arrives:
UK RRP: From £579
US MSRP: From $599
AU RRP: From AU$899
Apple updated its iPad Pros in March 2020. They look largely the same as the 2018 models, but now have twin cameras on the rear, upgraded A12Z processor chips, depth-sensing LiDAR scanners for augmented reality and (perhaps best of all) lower price tags.
That’s right: the 11in and 12.9in models start at the same price as before (£769/$799 and £969/$999 respectively) but that’s with twice the storage: 128GB rather than 64GB. And all the other tiers have seen price cuts, of more than £200/$200 in some cases. Read our iPad Pro 12.9in (2020) review for more information.
iPad Pro 11in (2020) deals
UK RRP: From £769
US MSRP: From $799
AU RRP: From AU$1,329
iPad Pro 12.9in (2020) deals
UK RRP: From £969
US MSRP: From $999
AU RRP: From AU$1,649
iPad Pro 11in (2018) deals
Assuming you can live without the dual cameras, LiDAR scanner and so on, there are some excellent deals on the previous generation. Just make sure you’re paying well under the RRP – if not, you should simply buy the new model instead.
UK RRP: Started at £769 (discontinued)
US MSRP: Started at $799 (discontinued)
iPad Pro 12.9in (2018) deals
Same applies if you’re buying the larger model from 2018. Make sure you’re paying well under RRP, or buy the new version instead.
UK RRP: Started at £969 (discontinued)
US MSRP: Started at $999 (discontinued)
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
Don’t forget students can get discounts on iPad devices as a part of Apple’s Education Discount. Before 29 October in the UK and 12 October in the US, iPad Pro purchases also include a free pair of Apple AirPods as a part of Apple’s Back to School Sale.
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.