Plus: Amazon’s $200 discount on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Apple‘s brand-new 10.2-inch iPad hasn’t even hit store shelves and it’s already been marked down. The new tablet picks up where the sixth-gen iPad left off, starting at $329, but adds a larger display and dock connection. Amazon is currently selling the 128GB version for $400 — that’s $29 under the list price.
Otherwise, the best iPad deal at the moment is on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Amazon has the 256GB model discounted by $200, bringing it down to $950 — virtually the same price we’re seeing for the entry-level 64GB version.
If you’re considering picking up a new iPad, there are two things to keep in mind. First, the “new” 2019 iPad is pretty much identical to its 2018 predecessor — except for the slightly larger screen and keyboard dock connector. Otherwise, they’re virtually the same tablet. Second, now that the 10.2-inch iPad has begun shipping, retailers may begin making adjustments to the prices of other models in the lineup. We’ll be watching closely to see how that plays out.
It’s quite possible that the 9.7-inch model will disappear in the coming weeks. It’s technically discontinued. But that hasn’t stopped other Apple products from living long, productive lives on the shelves of third-party retailers. One potential scenario: Those retailers could further cut the price of the old 32GB model to $220 and discount the new 32GB 10.2-inch model to $280. (This is all conjecture.) Or perhaps the entry-level 10.2-inch model picks up where the entry-level 9.7-inch model left off, settling in to a permanently discounted price of $250 price by Black Friday. Bottom line: Definitely don’t pay more than $250 for the 32GB version of either of them.
Note that we’re focused on the Wi-Fi versions of the iPad here. Using LTE on a tablet is cool but, for most people, not worth the additional cost — for the device and the monthly service — especially when you can easily tether your phone for free.
APPLE IPAD DISCOUNTS, COMPARED
|Model||List price||Best price (current)||Best price (all-time)|
|iPad 2019 (128GB)||$429||$400||$400|
|iPad 2018 (32GB)||$329||$249||$229|
|iPad 2018 (128GB)||$429||$379||$299|
|iPad Mini 2019 (64GB)||$399||$385||$359|
|iPad Air 2019 (64GB)||$499||$459||$449|
|iPad Pro 11 (64GB)||$799||$747||$649|
|iPad Pro 12.9 (256GB)||$999||$950||$949|
The brand-spanking-new 10.2-inch iPad has a new, larger screen and more Pro-level features. And it’s already on sale at Amazon, for $29 off the 128GB model. Read the 10.2-inch iPad preview$400 AT AMAZON12.9-inch iPad Pro (256GB): $950Save $200Sarah Tew/CNET
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the Cadillac of Apple’s tablet lineup and, arguably, the entire tablet category. We’ve seen the 64GB model priced as low as $800. But Amazon is selling the 256GB model for $950 right now — that’s a solid deal. (Note that the sale price will show up in your cart at checkout.) Read the iPad Pro review$950 AT AMAZON2018 Apple 9.7-inch iPad (32GB): $249Save $80Sarah Tew/CNET
Apple has now discontinued the 2018 9.7-inch iPad. But Walmart is currently selling the gold version of the 32GB model at a significant discount. Read the iPad 2018 review$249 AT WALMARTiPad Mini: $384Save $15Óscar Gutiérrez/CNET
The smallest model in the current iPad lineup comes with the smallest discount. You can find the iPad Mini at most retailers for $384 — that’s $15 off the Apple Store list price. Read the iPad Mini review$384 AT AMAZONiPad Air: $459Save $40Sarah Tew/CNET
The iPad Air now sits between the new 10.2-inch iPad, which starts at $329, and the 11-inch iPad Pro, which has been selling for $674 for weeks, and which has a more powerful A12X processor. Read more about the iPad Air$459 AT AMAZON11-inch iPad Pro: $747Save $52Apple
The bigger discounts on the slightly smaller iPad Pro have dried up. For now, Amazon and B&H are offering around $50 off the entry-level 64GB model. Read the iPad Pro review$747 AT AMAZONiPad Pro 2018 and its accessories85 PHOTOS
Originally published last month. Regularly updated to reflect new prices.