Apple might not be known for ‘doing’ discounts, but that hasn’t stopped other retailers from offering up a selection of tempting iPad Black Friday deals this holiday season. Whether you go for the regular iPad, the iPad Air or an iPad Pro, they remain some of the most popular tablets around, being ideal for creative and office work as well as education and entertainment.
We’ve pulled out two top discounts. US customers should head to Best Buy, where you can get a 256GB 10.9in iPad Air latest the latest-generation iPad Air for $649 – that’s $100 off the usual $749 RRP. You get an expansive 10.9in display and sizeable 256GB of internal storage, which should be more than enough for most shoppers.
The iPad Air is a solid offering for all your tablet needs. We praised its performance and branded it a “top-quality package” in our review. It brings some serious improvements, packing Apple’s M1 chipset for extra power, a revamped front camera, and excellent build quality.
Meanwhile, UK bargain-hunters should check out very.co.uk, where the 256GB 10th-gen iPad can currently be had for £639 – that’s £40 less than the usual £679 asking price. This 10.9-inch tablet is still one of Apple’s latest, released last year. It brings an Air-esque redesign to the device, moves the front camera to a landscape position, and switches to USB-C. It misses support for the latest Apple Pencil and doesn’t run M1, but still packs plenty of power for everyday use thanks to the A14 Bionic chip.
US iPad Black Friday deals
The most mainstream iPad is reduced by $100 right now, meaning you can pick up the 256GB, Wi-Fi-only version for $499 – down from $599 previously. There’s a choice of colours, and you benefit from a surprisingly capable 12MP rear camera. It’ll play nicely with an Apple Pencil, too – though only the first-gen model.
If you don’t mind sticking with an older-generation iPad, there’s some serious money to be saved. The 9th-generation iPad (10.2in) with 64GB of storage is currently $250 – that’s $80 off the previous $330 asking price, and makes it one of the most affordable ways into Apple’s tablet ecosystem. You won’t get the most powerful processor and the design isn’t quite as cutting-edge, but it’ll still run the latest version of iOS perfectly smoothly.
Maybe you’re all about performance? In which case head towards the 11in iPad Pro. This 256GB, Wi-Fi only model is $50 off right now; it would previously have set you back $900 but is available from Best Buy for $850. A ProMotion display, M2 processor, dual rear cameras and support for the second-gen Apple Pencil make this a real workhorse tablet, with enough all-round ability to replace a laptop for most people.
Or maybe you’re after size – something on the smaller size, that is. The 6th-generation iPad mini is $100 off for the savings event. While it’d usually set you back $500, you can grab it from Amazon for $400 instead. Don’t let its size fool you, the tiny tablet packs everything you’d expect from one of Apple’s tablets. It packs the A15 Bionic chip into an 8.3-inch tablet, with Touch ID, 12MP cameras on the front and rear, and Wi-Fi 6 support.
UK iPad Black Friday deals
If you like your tech to be as compact as possible, the iPad Mini is a great bet. Very will sell you a 6th-generation model with 64GB for £520 right now – that’s £169 off the previous £689 asking price. It’s powered by an A15 Bionic processor, has TouchID for biometric security and payments, and up to 10 hours of battery life. USB-C connectivity and support for the second-gen Apple Pencil are very nice to have, too.
Stepping up in power, the 11in Apple iPad Pro with 128GB of storage is currently £849 from John Lewis – that’s £50 off the usual £899 RRP. FaceID, a liquid retina display, Thunderbolt connectivity and compatibility with both the Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio make it the ideal productivity machine.
Finally, Amazon should be your destination if you’re shopping for the latest-generation iPad Air. This slim slate would usually cost £669, but there’s a healthy 6% reduction for Black Friday, meaning you can bag one for £628 – that’s £41 off. Our advice? Put that saving towards a case or folio cover, to keep it nice and safe while out and about.
Black Friday 2023 is here and all month long we’ll be covering the best deals across the web. Whether you’re looking for a new phone, laptop, or stick vac, we’ll be highlighting the biggest savings around.
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