The best iPad deals for 2019: Which one should you buy?

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Though every iPad in Apple’s lineup is on sale, this year’s 10.2-inch model is the best choice for most people — especially when it’s on sale. It has an older A10 processor, original Pencil support and a smart connector for smart keyboard (sold separately), and a slightly bigger screen than its 9.7-inch predecessor. 

B&H Photo currently has the best price on the 10.2-inch iPad — $299. It’s not the lowest price we’ve seen; that was Target’s $230 Cyber Monday deal. But the current $30 discount is the best we have at the moment, and it’s a decent deal on an Apple product that’s been on store shelves for not quite 90 days. 

Otherwise, the best deal going is on the iPad Pro. Best Buy is offering a $150 discount on every version of the 11-inch model. B&H has the best price on the 12.9-inch model at $899, though we’ve seen it regularly on sale for closer to $850. 

The discounts on the newer iPad Mini and iPad Air remain negligible. We’d recommend waiting for the next round of deals to come through before buying either one of them. And the discontinued 9.7-inch iPad seems to have now disappeared almost entirely. 

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 (32GB) $329 $299 $230
iPad 2019 (128GB) $429 $369 $329
iPad Mini 2019 (64GB) $399 $384 $359
iPad Air 2019 (64GB) $499 $469 $449
iPad Pro 11 (64GB) $799 $650 $649
iPad Pro 12.9 (64GB) $999 $899 $850
iPad Pro 12.9 (256GB) $1,149 $1,149 $950

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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 our iPad Mini review.






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Originally published earlier this year. Regularly updated to reflect new prices.

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