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Get the best deals on iPads in May 2022

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On this page, we've put together all the best deals on iPads currently available – and thanks to our price comparison widgets, they're constantly updated to give you the best chance of finding the best iPad deals.

If you're an Apple fan, you'll know that Apple products retain their value incredibly well. That's bad news if you're looking to pick up the latest iPad Air for dirt cheap. However, it means it can make great sense to take advantage of deals on order models. November's Black Friday event is a prime time for deals on iPads, but if you don't want to wait that long, there are still discounts worth checking out in the meantime (especially after the iPad Air 5 was released this March).

But what iPad do you want? There's the powerful iPad Pro, the lightweight iPad Air, the diminutive iPad mini and the standard iPad – and multiple versions of each type have been released over the past few years, offering different storage, processors and displays. We have a dedicated guide to the iPad generations if you want to know more about what the different names mean, but we've included them all here, and given some details on what to expect from each model (and we explain that even more at the bottom of the page). 

Want more savings? We've also got a hub for the best Apple deals? And if you're shopping for iPad accessories, don't miss our guides to the best Apple keyboards and the best iPad stands

The best deals on iPads available now

The best iPad Air deals

iPad Air 5th Gen on white table

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01. iPad Air 5 (2022)

Pro-like features at a cheaper price

Processor: M1 | Display: 10.9-inch 2350 x 1640 | Storage: 64GB/256GB | Camera: 12 MP / 12 MP

Same M1 chip as the 2021 Pros
Good-sized display
Supports Apple Pencil 2 
Still not an iPad Pro

We'll start off with the newest iPad, the 2022 5th generation iPad Air, which comes very close to being an iPad Pro but at a cheaper price. It has the same M1 processor as the 2021 iPad Pros and a gorgeous 10.9in 1640 x 2360 Liquid Retina IPS LCD screen with a wide colour gamut, great speakers and very reasonable battery life

It starts at $599/£569 for the Wi-Fi version with 64GB of storage. Wi-fi and cellular models start at $899 / £719. For a more generous 256GB of storage, the standard retail price is $749/£719 for Wi-Fi and $899/£869 for the Wi-Fi and 5G cellular version. 

Considering this tablet was only released in March, we're not expecting to see any big discounts soon, but surprisingly Amazon offered a discount of $29 in the US on the tablet's first week of release, so look out for similar discounts, particularly during sale periods. See our full iPad Air (2022) review for more details.

Best iPad deals: iPad Air (2020)

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02. iPad Air (2020)

The best iPad for watching films

Processor: A14 Bionic | Display: 10.9-inch Liquid Retina, 2360x1640 | Storage: 64GB to 256GB | Camera: 12MP Wide camera

Great display
Impressive sound quality
Not the best battery life

The 2020 version of the iPad Air isn't quite as Pro-like, but it's a great value option, with regular discounts to be had now that the newer 2022 model has hit the streets. It packs an A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, a 12MP rear camera (7MP front), and a UBB-C port. 

It's still powerful enough for many creatives' needs, not to mention general work and entertainment use. Best of all it's coming in for some of the best deals on iPads we're seeing at the moment, with prices dipping to as low as $540/£500 mark lately. This makes it a great buy right now. See our full iPad Air (2020) review for more details.

The best iPad Pro deals

iPad Pro 2021 with Magic Keyboard

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03. iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)

The best iPad to date

Processor: Apple M1 | Display: 12.9-inch Liquid Retina, 2048 x 2732 | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Camera: Back: 12MP, 10 MP, TOF 3D LiDAR. Front: 12MP

Laptop-like processing power
Great screen size for drawing
Generous storage options
The most expensive iPad

The most powerful iPad you can get right now, the 2021 iPad Pro is the best iPad for creatives for two key reasons. First, the inclusion of Apple's powerful in-house M1 processing chip, which gives it the kind of computing power previously reserved for Macs. Second, the 12.9-inch LED-powered XDR display, which delivers levels of colour accuracy, brightness and contrast that are unprecedented for an iPad. You also get improved control of local dimming, giving greater nuance and depth to darker areas of a screen. And of course, it supports the Apple Pencil 2 for drawing and note-taking.

The downside? It isn't cheap. The iPad Pro (M1) 12.9-inch starts at $1,099 / £999 for the 128GB storage configuration and Wi-Fi. And if you want 5G connectivity, that costs an additional $200 / £150/. That said, we've seen fairly regular iPad Pro 12.9 deals in recent months, with savings of up to around $100 / £100 for the lower-end configurations and up to around $200 / £200 for the big 1TB / 2TB options. For many people, there's no need to pay that much for a tablet and a lower-spec model will do fine, but if you want the fastest processing, this (and its smaller sibling below) is the iPad for you. We get into it in more depth in our full iPad 12.9ins (M1, 2021) review

iPad Pro 11-inch 2021 with Magic keyboard and apple pencil

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04. iPad Pro 11 (2021)

A cheaper Pro with a smaller screen

Processor: Apple M1 | Display: 11-inch Liquid Retina, 2,388x1,668 | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Camera: Back: 12MP, 10 MP, TOF 3D LiDAR. Front: 12MP

Super-fast processing
Great screen
Generous storage options
Still expensive

The smaller 11in iPad Pro, which was released alongside the 12.9 above, offers just the same level of performance and other specs, but with a smaller screen. That obviously makes it more compact, but the other plus is that it's cheaper too. Yes, it's still expensive, but it's not quite as much of a sting, starting at $799 / £749 rather than $1,099 / £999 for the lowest storage available, 128GB for a WiFi model.  Again, we've seen iPad deals shaving $50 / £50 to $100 / £100 off the price.

Best iPad deals: iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)

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05. iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2020)

The best iPad Pro to find deals

Processor: A12Z Bionic | Display: 12.9-inch Liquid Retina | Storage: 128GB to 1TB | Camera: 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide cameras

Still a good performer
Bargains available
Doesn't have the power of M1 processing

The 2020 iPad Pro was a pretty minor upgrade after 2019, and 2021's M1-powered version was a big step up. However, with a gorgeous, 12.9-inch Liquid Retina display, it's still a pleasure to use for pretty much anything, and the A127 Bionic processor with an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU is still very fast. That said, it's not an M1 chip, and so you're really only going to want to consider this older model if you find a good discount on the original $999 / £969 starting price (keep an eye on the price links above for that).

As for the rest of the specs, you get dual cameras – a 10MP ultra-wide camera and standard 12MP as well as a LiDAR scanner on the back. Battery life is improved over previous iPads.

Best iPad deals: iPad Pro 2018

06. iPad Pro 11-inch (2018)

The cheapest iPad Pro you'll find

Processor: A12Z Bionic | Display: 12.9-inch Liquid Retina | Storage: 128GB to 1TB | Camera: 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide cameras

Still a good performer
Bargains available
Doesn't have the power of M1 processing

If you need an iPad Pro but can't meet the eye-watering prices of the latest models, then the smaller of the two 2018 iPad Pro models is well worth checking out. It's becoming rarer to find in stock, but where available, it's much more affordable than recent iPad Pros, starting as low as around £769 / $199. It's a sublime tablet in its own right. You get second-generation Pencil 2 support, edge-to-edge design, and a USB-C connection that supports peripherals like external displays. 

It's powered by an A12X Bionic processor, and enjoys super-fast performance because of it. Brilliant for graphic design and other creative tasks, this 11-inch tablet will more than get the job done for all but the most intensive creative tasks. The Pencil clips to the side magnetically and recharges wirelessly off the iPad battery. It's still a cracking tablet, but for the price you might want to consider the new iPad Air 5. Check out our iPad Pro 11-inch review for more.

The best iPad Mini deals

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07. iPad Mini (2021)

The best iPad for sketching, and anything else, on the go

Processor : A15 Bionic | Screen: 8.3-inch 1,488 x 2,266 | Storage: 64 or 256GB | Cameras: 12MP front and back

Very portable
Lovely screen
Good battery life
The smaller screen isn't for everyone

The iPad mini is sometimes overlooked because of the superior specs of the Pro devices, but it's worth remembering that the iPad mini has better specs than the standard iPad, despite being smaller. In fact, some people swear by the smaller form for working on the go. It has Apple Pencil 2 support, which makes it great even for illustrating and note-taking when you're on the move.

Its pricing fits where it sits in the iPad family in terms of specs, more expensive than the standard iPad, but a good deal cheaper than the iPad Pro, starting at $499 / £479 for 64GB storage and for $649 / £619 for 256GB if you only want WiFi. Adding 5G costs an extra $150 / £150. Released in September, it's still early to see regular big savings, but discounts of $50 / £50 crop up, and a discount of up to $100 isn't unheard of. See our full iPad mini (2021) review for more details.

Best iPad deals: Product shot of iPad Mini (2019)

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08. iPad mini (2019)

The best iPad for kids

Processor: A12 Bionic | Display: 7.9-inch Retina, 2048x1536 | Storage: 64GB to 256GB | Camera: 8MP Wide camera

Perfect for youngsters
Great value
Showing its age

The older 2019, 5th generation iPad mini is also still well worth considering. While it doesn't have the power and Apple Pencil 2 support of the newer model above, it can offer better value. Its standard retail price is already $100 / £80 lower than that of the newer model to start with, and that's before any discounts (and deals on iPads become more likely once they've been superseded by a newer model). 

The iPhone XS-class chipset is still powerful for most general uses, especially for youngsters, and the bright 7.9-inch display still looks fantastic. This older model doesn't support Apple Pencil 2, but it does support the first-generation Apple Pencil, so you can use it for sketching too. Prices started at $399 / $399 on launch in March 2019, but keep a lookout in the price links below for savings that could make this a good buy.

The best iPad 10.2 deals

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09. iPad 10.2-inch (9th Gen)

The best cheap iPad

Processor: Apple A13 Bionic | Screen: 10.2-inch 1620 x 2160 pixels | Storage: 64/256GB | Camera: 8MP and 12MP

Good battery life
Excellent value
Basic tablet
Doesn't support Apple Pencil 2

Apple gave its basic 10.2-inch iPad a refresh in 2021, upgrading the chipset for better performance and adding an improved selfie camera. The result is a reasonably priced iPad that has a surprisingly premium feel. The display is unchanged from previous versions, but it's sharp and detailed, with punchy enough colours that your artworks will pop. 

This is also the first model in the 10.2-inch range to offer True Tone support, which is Apple's technology that adjusts colour balance depending on the quality of light in the room. Battery life is generally pretty good, and the new A13 chip provides a small but noticeable speed boost in operation. 

While all this is very welcome, and does help the iPad 10.2-inch feel a little less like an inferior cousin to the more sophisticated iPads, we do wish Apple could have found room to include Pencil 2 support. The initial Apple Pencil is a fine stylus and does the job well enough, but the lack of built-in controls is a pain, as is the clumsy charging system. The Pencil 2 is just leagues better. Still, as a basic drawing tablet that does most things artists need, the iPad 10.2-inch (9th Gen) fits the bill very well. 

Take a closer look in our full iPad 10.2-inch (9th Gen) review.

iPad (2020)

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10. iPad 10.2 (2020)

The cheapest iPad available today

Processor: A12 Bionic | Screen: 10.2-inch 1620 x 2160 | Storage: 32GB, 128GB | Camera: 8MP / 12MP

Great value for money
Includes all the most essential iPad features
Thick bezels
Lacks advanced features

This is the previous iPad generation for those who want a quality tablet a very good price. It's since been superseded by the 2021 model above, but we liked this model a lot when we reviewed it on its release, and two years on, it still has everything you need for the core iPad experience here. That includes Apple Pencil support (see here for Apple Pencil alternatives), a powerful processor and a great Retina display. So if you spot a discount that makes it cheaper than the 2021 version, it's still a tempting buy.

The 10.2in screen size puts this model in the Goldilocks zone between the bite-sized iPad mini and the large-scale 12.9in iPad Pro, making it ideal for media consumption without it becoming unwieldy. It might already start to look a little outdated, but there's no doubting its capabilities. Find out more in our iPad 2020 review. On release, the price started at a reasonable $329 / £329 for the 32GB version and $429 / £429 for the 128GB version. Stock is running low in many places now, but where stock remains you may be able to get a good saving on that.

The best iPad deals: which model should you buy?

Last year was a big year for the iPad with new models of the standard iPad, two iPad Pros and the iPad mini, and then this March we had a new iPad Air. That means that we're seeing a lot more deals on iPad in the previous generation of all of the models. Often choosing which is best for you means deciding how badly you need the latest specs. iPads have been so well-built, and so powerful for so long that for most people, the previous generation will more than fulfil their needs. 

That said, there are good reasons to choose one of the newest iPads, and it's not unheard of to find decent deals on iPads even in their first months of release – although don't expect any savings from Apple itself. For example, if you want a super portable tablet for sketching on the go, the 2021 iPad mini has a distinct advantage over the 2019 model in that it supports Apple Pencil 2 (see our roundup of the best iPad styluses for more options for drawing and note-taking.)

Elsewhere, the latest models have upped performance and display qualities, with the  2021 M1-chipped iPad Pros and 2022 M1-chipped iPad Air offering super-fast processing speeds – the question to ask yourself is whether you need that, and unless you using heavy creative apps for design work or photo and video editing then you probably don't.

Whether you're considering the most powerful iPad Pro, or if the regular iPad will be sufficient for you, you’ll find the iPad is a brilliant tool for graphic design. If you're in the market for more creative hardware generally, don't miss the following articles: Best cheap laptop deals, best monitors for creatives, the best Wacom tablet deals, and smartphone deals for designers.

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Beren Neale

Beren Neale is the deals editor at Creative Bloq. After editing several creative and design magazines - including the graphic design mag Computer Arts - he found his home on the biggest global art and design website, helping digital creatives get the best deals on the kit that they need. ;

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