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Tablets are an increasingly popular alternative to laptops, thanks to their smaller size and portability. A great travel-sized option, they’re a good fit for young people who don’t need a more powerful computer. With the newer models able to deliver sharp graphics and powerful processing, shoppers don’t need to compromise on performance.
Within the tablet market, one product stands out: the iPad. Whether you own a suite of Apple products or are exploring the brand for the first time, the iPad is a high-performing tablet offering a more affordable way to enjoy the sleek design Apple’s known for. Apple offers iPads in various models, all of which should be available for more competitive prices thanks to Black Friday deals.
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Deals by category
Best iPad Pro deals
Apple iPad Pro 6th Generation, 1 TB $1,699.00 at Amazon ($100 off)
iPadOS makes iPad more intuitive and versatile. You can now run multiple apps at once, use Apple Pencil to write in any text field with Scribble, and edit and share photos—just to name a few of the capabilities. This iPad has a 12.9-inch display and is available in Silver and Space Gray.
Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th Generation): 1TB
Apple iPad Pro 6th Generation, 2 TB $2,099.00 at Amazon ($100 off)
We like that Wi-Fi 6E gives you fast wireless connections, so you can work from anywhere. Plus, enjoy quick transfers of photos, documents, and large video files—and see every detail with the 12.9-inch display. Available in Silver and Space Gray.
Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th Generation): 2TB
Best iPad Air deals
$499.99 at Best Buy ($100 off) Also available at Amazon for $499.00
This 10.9-inch iPad offers ID, advanced cameras, fast Wi-Fi 6, USB-C, and support for Magic Keyboard, and Apple Pencil. Available in Blue, Space Gray, Pink, Purple and Starlight.
Apple - 10.9-Inch iPad Air - Latest Model - (5th Generation) with Wi-Fi - 64GB - Space Gray
$649.99 at Best Buy ($100 off)
A great deal on this 10.9-inch iPad, it features iPadOS 15, which is powerful, easy to use, and designed to be versatile. Available in Blue, Space Gray, Pink, Purple, and Starlight.
Apple - 10.9-Inch iPad Air - Latest Model - (5th Generation) with Wi-Fi - 256GB - Blue
Best iPad 10th Generation deals
Apple iPad 10th Generation, 64 GB $349.00 at Amazon (22% off) Also available at Walmart for $399.00
This 2022 model is a fantastic deal. Its all-screen design, 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, and four gorgeous colors make it a great way to create, stay connected, and get things done. Available in Blue, Pink, Silver, and Yellow.
2022 Apple 10.9-inch iPad Wi-Fi 64GB - Blue (10th Generation)
Apple iPad 10th Generation, 256 GB
$564.00 at Amazon (6% off)
Available in four beautiful colors, and featuring a powerful A14 Bionic chip, and fast Wi-Fi, this 10.9-inch display iPad will surely amp up your productivity for school or work. Available in Blue, Pink, Silver, and Yellow.
Apple iPad (10th Generation): 256GB
Best iPad 9th Generation deals
Apple 2021 iPad 9th Generation, 64 GB $249.00 at Walmart ($80 off)
Get a great deal, complete with 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone and all-day battery life. Available in Space Gray and Silver.
2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad Wi-Fi 64GB - Space Gray (9th Generation)
$399.00 at Walmart ($80 off)
The 8MP wide back camera makes this one a winner at a great price. This iPad has a 10.2-inch display and is available in Space Gray and Silver.
2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad Wi-Fi 256GB - Silver (9th Generation)
Best iPad Mini deals
Apple iPad Mini 6th Generation, 64 GB $399.99 at Amazon ($100 off) $379.99 at BJ’s Wholesale Club ($120 off)
Take notes, mark up documents, and edit photos and videos with this small iPad with an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display that’s perfectly portable. Available in Starlight, Pink, Purple, and Space Gray.
Apple iPad Mini (6th Generation): 64GB,
Apple iPad Mini 6th Generation, 256 GB
$529.99 at Amazon ($120 off)
\ Good things come in small packages! You’ll get the full iPad experience designed to fit in one hand with an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display—and it’s a great deal. Available in Starlight, Pink, Purple, and Space Gray.
Apple iPad Mini (6th Generation): 256GB
What you need to know for Black Friday
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday is the annual shopping event the Friday right after Thanksgiving, which takes place on the fourth Thursday in November. It’s considered the first official shopping day of the holiday season. This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday November 23rd, which means that Black Friday is November 24th 2023.
Most participating retailers will offer their Black Friday tech deals throughout the day, beginning at 12:01 and ending at midnight. Some companies may extend this offer through the weekend and even through Cyber Monday, another holiday shopping event centered on e-commerce. Then there are the retailers that have already begun offering holiday pricing—it’s never too early to start looking. Be sure to check each retailer’s sales dates to be sure you don’t miss out on their discount pricing.
What deals should I expect on iPads?
All current iPad models should be available for a discounted price as part of Black Friday tablet deals, including the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and both the 9th and 10th generations of standard iPad. Sales will vary across retailers, but you should expect discounts of around $50 to $100 for each product and possibly greater ones for the more expensive models. Apple itself does not participate in Black Friday, so look to shop from a third-party retailer for the best discounts.
What kind of iPad deals did they have last year?
Major retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart offered competitive pricing last year for Black Friday 2022, with the iPad Pro available at a $60 discount and the iPad 9th Generation available at almost 20% off. The iPad Air 4th generation was also available for a very low price of $250 at Walmart, so great deals are possible. Overall, it was more common to see discounts on slightly older models (e.g. 2021’s 9th generation vs. 2022’s 10th generation) than on the latest launches.
How to get a good deal on iPads on Black Friday
Google alerts are a good way to track iPad pricing and Apple Black Friday deals. As iPads are a specific brand name, you are less likely to get alerted to other, irrelevant deals. For the most accurate and useful alerts, make sure you know which iPad model and generation you want to buy and list the full name in the alert, e.g., “iPad Air 5th generation.” However, some retailers may only list their products by type and not generation, e.g., “iPad Air,” so you may want to set a second, broader alert to ensure you don’t miss anything.
You can also subscribe to email updates from the retailers best known for their Apple product deals, such as Best Buy and Walmart. You may also want to manually check in with these retailers’ websites and see if anything has changed. Amazon remains a popular destination for technology discounts on Black Friday, so be sure to visit it and see its best deals.
How to choose the best iPad for you
The current selection of available iPad models offers a wide range of prices, sizes, and performance features. While all tablets offer internet connection, a color display, a camera, keyboard compatibility, and stylus compatibility, there are still a lot of options. You may want to visit an Apple store and look at the available models firsthand to figure out which one suits your needs. That said, there are a few general tips to help you pick out the best iPad for you.
If you’re looking for something easy to carry around, opt for the iPad Mini for its smaller size or the iPad Air for its lighter weight.
If you want the most advanced, high-performing iPad Apple offers, you’ll want the iPad Pro. It uses the company’s M2 processing chip and is the only iPad that offers ProMotion technology, a TrueDepth camera system, and an additional 10MP Ultra Wide camera lens.
If this iPad is a more casual purchase for use by a younger person or as a secondary device, then the standard iPad in 9th or 10th generation may be the right choice. These both still offer a solid tablet performance, but are the most affordably priced of the Apple iPad range.
Finally, consider how much storage you really need. Every Apple model has at least a couple of different storage sizes available, with greater storage capacity costing more.
Where to find Black Friday deals on iPads
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