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Between shipping and supply delays and global chip shortages, laptops, notebooks, tablet, gaming consoles and other electronic must-haves might not be available come Christmas. Forget Black Friday; start your holiday shopping as early as possible. And if you’re looking to gift someone with an iPad this holiday (or if Monday’s Apple Event has you itching), we’ve rounded up iPad deals to grab before they’re gone.
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Most of the iPads that we’ve listed are available on Amazon, which has a pretty wide selection of options including iPad mini, iPad Pro, and iPad Air. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, sign up and get a free 30-day trial (membership is $12.99 a month after the trial ends, and you can cancel at anytime). Prime members get access to exclusive deals, free two-day shipping, Prime Video, and tons more. Keep reading to find a handful the best iPad deals on devices from 2021 and 2020 and for more gifting ideas and tech upgrades, check out our roundup of the best deals on gaming monitors, plus smart lights and vintage cameras.
If you’re going to get a discounted iPad, you might as well go for the 2021 Apple iPad Pro. It’s equipped with the infamous Apple M1 8-core CPU chip, 128 GB of storage, and a 12.9” liquid retina XDR display. Additional features include ProMotion technology, True Tone, and P3 wide color, 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra-Wide cameras with Smart HDR, and 4K video (at 24, 30, or 60 fps). The battery delivers up to 10 hours of surfing the web, listening to music, or streaming videos.
A slightly smaller option, this 11″ version of the 2021 iPad Pro connects to cellular as well as Wi-Fi, so you can take it anywhere without fear of internet problems. This is arguably one of the best portable workstations you can get without buying a laptop. The screen is a decent size, the performance is top notch, and you can check your email in even the most remote locations. And at 128GB, you’ll have a good amount of storage space.
If portability is a top concern for you, but you still want something larger than your phone, the iPad mini is a good way to bridge the gap. The 8.3″ screen is quite a bit smaller than the other models, but it’s powered with an ultra-fast A15 Bionic chip, and the Retina display still features True Tone technology. This iPad is about the size of a notebook, but better in just about every way. The 12MP camera allows you to shoot in HD and the front-facing camera makes FaceTime calls a breeze. The 64GB of storage is a small downgrade, but the performance is awesome. And even though it’s not on sale, $500 is a pretty good deal for a new iPad.
The sheer amount of features on the iPad Pro are sure to delight: This 256GB tablet features three cameras, and can shoot in 4K at up to 60 fps. The Liquid Retina display with True Tone and ProMotion technology means it’s suitable for viewing those videos in all their glory. Add facial recognition technology and a bunch of great storage and connectivity options and you’re left with a winner. This 11″ model is currently marked down $150, giving you premium quality at a discounted price.
The 2020 iPad Air is quite similar to the iPad Pro, and many casual tech users are unlikely to notice the difference. The size is almost identical, and the Air still features a Liquid Retina display, 4K camera capabilities, and 256GB of storage. The iPad Air only earned its mid-tier status because it isn’t quite as powerful as the Pro. If you really care about refresh rates and smoothness while scrolling, get the iPad Pro. But there are not many features that the iPad Air lacks, so it should still dazzle most casual users. The $60 discount on Amazon makes it even more appealing.