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Best iPad deals 2021

The best cheap iPad deals 2021: save big on iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini
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We're seeing some of the best iPad deals hitting the internet this month, so what better time to grab a cheap iPad tablet? But with so many retailers offering serious savings, how do you choose the best iPad deal for you? 

That's where we come in, folks. We've hunted down today's best iPad deals and listed them for your delectation below. Whether you're on the hunt for an ultra-slim iPad Air or a top-of-the-line iPad Pro, we've got you covered.

Worth knowing: The range-topping version of the iPad Pro 2021 boasts a super-bright 12.9-inch Mini LED display and up to 2TB of storage. Prefer something cheaper? You can pick up a tablet for under $100 with our best tablet deals.

Today's ultimate iPad deals

2021 iPad Pro (Wi-Fi, 1TB) $1099

2021 iPad Pro (Wi-Fi, 1TB) $1099 $979 at Amazon (save $120) We called Apple's latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro "the pinnacle of portable cinema". This deal is on the 11-inch variant, which shares a lot of its larger sibling's charm and includes a very welcome discount.

iPad Air 4 64GB (Open Box)  $599

iPad Air 4 64GB (Open Box) $599 $539 at Best Buy (save $60)
Here's another awesome deal on an open box iPad. Apple's mid-range tablet boasts a 10.9in Liquid Retina display and high-end performance courtesy of the A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine. A great buy for those who want a powerful tablet at a discount. 

 

Apple Store savings: Get up to $550 trade-in value

Apple Store savings: Get up to $550 trade-in value
Swapping an old Apple device for new? Head straight to Apple for money off a new device when you trade in your old one. The big-ticket item is an iPad Pro, which could give you up to $550 in credit to spend on a new iPad.

Renewed iPad Mini 64GB wi-fi $400

Renewed iPad Mini 64GB wi-fi $400 $355 at Amazon (save $45)
Amazon has 'renewed' stock of Apple's mini marvel at  a tasty discount. Similar deals have sold out quickly, so get your skates on if you want to pick up an iPad Mini at a seriously-low price. 

Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) $129

Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) $129 $99 at Amazon (save $30) Apple's latest generation Pencil is the best tool for helping you use your iPad Air or iPad Pro creatively. Now with a $30 discount (but only for a limited time).

Best iPad Air deals

The best cheap iPad deals 2021: save big on iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini

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As the name suggests, the iPad Air is built for life on the move. It's the slimmest and lightest full-size Apple tablet, and with a 10.5in screen, there's no compromise on movie watching. It also supports HDR for enhancing Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

It's compatible with the Apple Pencil for sketching or writing on-screen. 

In our view, it's Apple's best all-round iPad. There's enough power for almost any task, and it won't weigh you down when you're out and about. Add in all-day battery life, and you've got the perfect partner for watching, listening and playing on the go.

Read the full review: Apple iPad Air

Best iPad Mini deals

The best cheap iPad deals 2021: save big on iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini

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The iPad Air is great for getting out and about, but if you're always on the move you might prefer the iPad Mini. The small screen is less suited to movie and games, but it's ideal for dipping into e-books or casual watching.

At 7.9in in size, it's smaller than the other iPads, but still larger than a smartphone. It might not suit cinematic epics, but for TV shows and YouTube? Perfect. It also has the highest pixel density of any iPad. So while there's not a lot of screen, what you do get looks great.

The internal speakers don't sound too bad considering the size, and connect it to a pair of wireless headphones, and you'll have a great time.

If you prefer a smaller screen, this is the iPad for you.

Read the full review: Apple iPad Mini (2019)

Best iPad Pro deals

The best cheap iPad deals 2021: save big on iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini

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The iPad Pro is the biggest and most powerful tablet Apple makes. It's aimed squarely at creative professionals – those pointy-glasses-wearing content creators who illustrate, design, animate and produce. And it's perfectly suited to the task.

The latest range, launched in late 2021, includes 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes. In our review of the Award-winning Apple iPad Pro 12.9, we called its mini LED-lit display "the pinnacle of portable cinema".  

Then there's the 2020 model, which is also available with 11-inch or 12.9-inch edge-to-edge Liquid Retina (OLED) displays with 120Hz Pro Motion technology. Both the 2021 and 2020 models should prove notably smoother than the version launched in 2017. 

Finally, there's a 2017 model with a 10.5in screen. It remains a good buy, especially if you can grab one at a big discount. Despite its age, it features an OLED panel, so you get stunning contrast ratio.

If you're after a machine for just watching films, playing games and listening to music, you might be better served by the cheaper iPad Air. But if you're creating content as well as consuming it, the iPad Pro is a great choice.

Read the full Apple iPad Pro (2021) review

Read the full Apple iPad Pro 10.5in (2017) review

Best iPad deals

The best cheap iPad deals 2021: save big on iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini

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The standard iPad is now in its ninth generation – and it just gets better and better.

Once the only member of the iPad range, the standard iPad is now considered the entry-level model, with a more modest price tag than its siblings. That also means it's less well-specced - it has less storage than the rest of the family, less power, and not as thin as the iPad Air, with a slightly smaller screen. 

The latest entry-level iPad 9 features a 10.2-inch display and a bunch of improvements, including a faster A13 Bionic chipset, a new front-facing camera and a True Tone display for the very first time. It runs the same iOS as Apple's other tablets, giving it market-leading user-friendliness.

If you're on a tight budget, this is the tablet for you. We've yet to review the 2021-released iPad 9, but we were mightily impressed with the 2020 iPad (8th Gen), which picked up a What Hi-Fi Award.

Read the full review: Apple iPad (2020)

Read the full review: Apple iPad 9.7 (2017)

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Tom has been writing about tech for 17 years, first on staff at T3 magazine, then in a freelance capacity for Men's Health, ShortList, The Sun, The Mail on Sunday, The Daily Telegraph and many more (including What Hi-Fi?). His specialities include mobile tech, electric cars and video streaming.