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The best cheap iPad deals in October 2021

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We're expecting some terrific iPad deals over the next few weeks now that the latest models are out in the wild. Apple's regular launch cycle usually means that the older generation devices get discounted as the newer tech becomes available. However, we're already seeing offers on the new iPad 10.2 and iPad mini 6 should you be looking to upgrade. Check them out below and grab yourself a brand new tablet for less.

If you're looking for a new iPad deal we'd urge you to pick one up sooner rather than later as the prices haven't been sticking around for long. It could be that we're just being given a teaser of what to expect in this year's Black Friday deals, so you could use these latest prices to judge how much you should expect to spend in November.

Not after a brand new 2021 tablet? Many of the best iPad deals are on the Pro and Air models. The 11-inch and 12.9 versions of these devices have been reduced at a number of retailers over recent weeks. That's where the biggest price cuts can be found right now if your budget was already going to stretch to the higher-end tablets.

Finding the best iPad deals

Whatever you're after, we're rounding up all the cheapest iPad deals right here. Join us as we guide you to the lowest costs from around the web but also judge which model will be best for you. We've broken down these iPad deals by their key specs and use-cases, so you don't spend more than you need to – especially when prices for the top-of-the-range iPad Pro can soar over $1,000 / £1,000.

You'll find the full range of iPad, Air, Mini, and Pro deals available just below. If you're after a smaller form factor, however, you can check out the best iPad Mini prices and sales going right now. If you don't need something immediately you might want to hold out for this year's Black Friday iPad deals.

This week's best iPad deals in the US

iPad 9th generation (64GB): $329 at Best Buy
We've seen a couple of small price cuts on the brand new 10.2 iPad, but they've clearly been popular as it's currently out of stock at most US retailers. Best Buy is one of the few places with the latest tablet available to buy, but you'll have to pay full price. More stock is on the way soon so it could be best to hold off for a potential iPad deal closer to Black Friday
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Apple iPad mini 6 (2021): $499.99 at Amazon
After dropping to $459 during the pre-order period, the new iPad Mini 6 is back up to its regular price at Amazon. Finding stock of the 2019 iPad Mini is proving extremely difficult so any hopes of finding a discount on the older model are very limited. We'd keep an eye on this version until another price cut goes live.
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iPad Air 4 (64GB): $599 $539.99 at Amazon
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The iPad Air was reduced by a massive $110 earlier this month as part of the Epic Amazon Deals promotion That was the best price we've ever seen for this particular configuration. Now, it's gone back up to $539, which is still less than the normal price but obviously a less exciting deal. Perhaps it will return for Black Friday?
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iPad Pro 11-inch 2021 (128GB): $799 $749 at Amazon
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The brand new iPad Pro has fallen to a great low price at Amazon, now available for just $749. That's an excellent offer considering this is still a recent release and you're getting all the power of the M1 chip in here as well. It is $50 shy of the cheapest price we saw at the start of August, so there is the possibility of extra savings down the line.
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iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2021 (128GB): $1,099 $999 at Amazon
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This is the lowest price we've ever seen on the 12.9-inch 2021 iPad Pro. The price has been this way since the end of July, so we could be looking at a new normal for the latest release. We wouldn't want to guarantee that, though, so snap one up while you can.
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This week's best iPad deals in the UK

iPad 9th generation (64GB): £319 at Amazon
Now that stock of the last generation iPad has dried up at all major stores your best option is to go for the brand new iPad 10.2. Last year's model had only been discounted to £299, so spending an extra £20 to get the brand new seems well worth it anyway.
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Apple iPad mini 6 (2021): £479 £469.97 at Amazon
Save £10
– A tiny £10 saving is available on the new iPad mini at Amazon. Sure, it's not one of the most thrilling iPad deals we've ever seen but we'll take any discount at this stage as the new model has been available for less than two weeks.
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iPad Air 4 (64GB): £579 £539 at Amazon
Save £40 -
Deals on the iPad Air 4 have dramatically decreased in quality this week. After a strong period at under £500 at the end of August, you're now looking at around £40 above that – and only on the Sky Blue version. It's still less than the usual price, but not as good as we once saw.
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iPad Pro 11-inch 2021 (128GB): £749 £735 at Amazon
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You're only saving a little over £10 here, but any discount on the latest 2021 iPad Pro is exceedingly rare. Even if it is an unusual one. These tablets have only been out in the wild since May and it's usually far longer before we see their RRPs drop. Maybe Black Friday?

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iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2021 (256GB): £999 £956.92 at Amazon
Save £42 - Amazon has a peculiar saving on the larger iPad Pro model as well this week. It's just shy of £50, so doesn't exactly make the iPad cheap, but it's still a neat discount should you be after this model. It's a significant one, too, considering this Pro model rarely drops below the recommended price of £999.
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The best 2021 iPad deals

The brand new iPad offers the best value for money

Weight: 485g | Dimensions: 248.9 x 172.7 x 5.1mm | OS: iPadOS | Screen size: 10.2-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1620 pixels | CPU: A13 Bionic chip | Storage: 64/256GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 12MP

New A13 Bionic chipset
Improved front camera
No USB-C

The new 2021 iPad launches at $329/£319 for the base version – that's around the same price as the previous model. Unless the 2020 version sees a significant price cut, then, your best option is to go for the newer technology. Overall, you're getting plenty of value for money here. We'd generally suggest those shopping on the cheaper end of the spectrum go for this model.

The 2021 upgrades are worth it. You get the brand new A13 Bionic chip, which Apple says will improve performance by up to 20%. The screen is very similar at 10.2-inches, but the TrueTone tech will make the screen easier to see in different lighting conditions.

The biggest upgrade comes in the new 12MP front camera, which also supports Apple's Center Stage feature to keep you in the middle of the frame during video calls. On the back, you'll find the same 8MP camera and it's identical to what you'd find on last year's model.

If you're not ready to make a decision, you can delve into more detail on all the improvements in our iPad (2021) vs iPad (2020) comparison guide.

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The best 2020 iPad deals

Low stock but can offer a saving

Weight: 490g | Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 7.5mm | OS: iPadOS | Screen size: 10.2-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1620 pixels | CPU: A12 Bionic with Neural Engine | Storage: 32/128GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Improved processor
Same price as previous model
Still no Face ID
Only supports first generation Apple Pencil

With the launch of the new 2021 iPad, it's become increasingly difficult to find the 2020 model in stock. 

Where we have seen it available to buy, the last-gen tablet generally hasn't been much cheaper than its newer sibling. Some of the best iPad deals we've spotted place it at $299/£299. When you can get the latest version for just $30/£20 more, we'd absolutely recommend the new tech instead.

There's a chance it may get cheaper over Black Friday as stores clear out any remaining stock, but we expect most will have cleared any by November and focus on the new tablet. A refurbished model could be an option, though, if you want to save even more money.

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The best 2021 11-inch iPad Pro deals

The brand new M1 iPad

Weight: 471g | Dimensions: 9.74 x 7.02 x 0.23 inches | OS: iPadOS | Screen size: 11-inch | Resolution: 2388 x 1668 pixels | CPU: M1 | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Battery: 7538mAh | Rear camera: 12MP wide, 10-MP ultra-wide | Front camera: 12MP

Same starting price as 2020 model
Powerful M1 processor
Thunderbolt Port
Bigger configurations are more expensive than 2020 model

The latest iPad Pro offers up the excellent performance of Apple's stunning M1 chip. With that particularly impressive brain at the helm you'll be zipping through games, AR, and more demanding apps with incredible speed. Apple estimates that the 8-core processor will offer up a 50% jump in performance over 2020's model, with a 40% boost in GPU performance as well. 

While the 11-inch doesn't offer the XDR display (you'll need to upgrade to the 12.9-inch model for that), you're still getting the larger 2TB storage option which is the largest we've seen on an iPad to date. If you do opt for all the space, it's worth noting that the 1TB and 2TB models also offer double the RAM, up to 16GB. 

You're also getting a Thunderbolt port here, which yields the potential for a massive number of connections, and much faster data transfers as well. 

The new front facing camera has a 12MP ultra-wide lense, with a 122-degree field of view. That means you'll be able to use a new mode called Centre Stage which will move your camera to keep you in frame when as you move around in your video calls. 

The new iPad Pro price does start out at the same position as the previous model, with the 128GB and 256GB models costing $799 / £749 / AU$1,199 and $899 / £849 / AU$1,349 respectively. However, things start straying from last year's iPad prices once you move beyond these entry level devices. 

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The best 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro deals

A new M1 processor and XDR display

Weight: 684g | Dimensions: 11.04 x 8.46 x 0.25 inches | OS: iPadOS | Screen size: 12.9-inch | Resolution: 2732 x 2048 pixels | CPU: M1 | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Battery: 9720 mAh | Rear camera: 12MP wide, 10-MP ultra-wide | Front camera: 12MP

Best display on any iPad
120Hz refresh rate
Larger battery
Bigger configurations are more expensive than 2020 model

If you opt for the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro you're also opening yourself up to an incredible display. Until we get our hands on it we won't know just how the mini-LEDs, 2732 x 2048 resolution, 1600 nits of peak brightness, million to one contrast ratio, and 120Hz refresh rate will play out in real life, but the spec sheet looks set to rival an OLED panel. 

That's the main reason (other than additional screen size) for picking up the 12.9-inch iPad Pro over the 11-inch. However, you are also getting a slightly thicker profile here than the smaller model. 

Inside, the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro is still offering the powerful M1 chip, plenty of storage options (including the new 2TB configuration), excellent CPU and GPU performance boosts, and Thunderbolt compatibility as well. 

We're seeing the same iPad Pro price shift here too, with the smaller 128GB and 256GB models matching last year's release but an increase in costs as you climb up the premium ladder.

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The best 2020 11-inch iPad Pro deals

A cheaper previous generation

Weight: 471g | Dimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm | OS: iPadOS | Screen size: 11-inch | Resolution: 2388 x 1668 pixels | CPU: A12X Bionic | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 28.65-watt-hour | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Mouse and cursor support
Power upgrade
Upgraded support for AR content
No M1 chip 

iPad deals on the 2020 iPad Pro were offering some stunning prices when the new model first launched, however those discounts have now slowed. With the newer model offering the same price on the 128GB and 256GB configurations, it's worth keeping your attention on 2021's offerings, but any iPad deals on the 512GB or 1TB 2020 model will still be worthwhile. 

This model sports the A12Z Bionic chip, a step down from the M1 processor in the new generation, but still incredibly powerful for everyday and more demanding use. 

These iPad Pro deals are better suited to those who need a little more power than the iPad Air can provide, but don't want (or need) to be lugging that 12.9-inch display of the larger model around. 

The latest iPad sales are bringing this 2020 model closer to the 2018 in price, so if you see a similarity in storage specs and cost it's worth it to grab the latest release.

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The best 2020 12.9-inch iPad Pro deals

Big power with a bigger screen

Weight: 641g | Dimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9 mm | OS: iPadOS | Screen size: 12.9-inch | Resolution: 2732 x 2048 pixels | CPU: A12X Bionic | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 36.71-watt-hour | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Lower price for a larger display
Reduced price in the larger storage range
No XDR display or M1 processor

While the M1 model may have steamrolled over the 2020 12.9-inch iPad Pro, there's still plenty of power under the hood here, and a massive display to push that tech even further. However, it's worth noting that the 2021 model does offer a lot more for the same MSRP in the 128GB and 256GB ranges. We've seen discounts on this older model slow in recent weeks, though, which means you're best picking up this device if you need 512GB or 1TB of storage and you're looking to spend as little as possible.

12.9-inch iPad Pro prices can get pretty steep pretty fast. However, you are getting an incredibly powerful device for your cash. This is one for the ultra-power users then, those who are running high intensity Adobe apps and multi-tasking between them, for example.

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The best 11-inch 2018 iPad Pro deals

Much older, likely refurbished

Weight: 468g | Dimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9 mm | OS: iPadOS | Screen size: 11-inch | Resolution: 2388 x 1668 pixels | CPU: A12X Bionic | Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 7,812mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Cheaper prices available on refurbished units
Still impressively powerful
New (not used) devices aren't on the market anymore

The 2018 iPad Pro marked the biggest change to the display since the original model. The edge to edge LCD screen was been achieved rounding its corners and using a liquid retina display similar to that found in the iPhone XR. Apple also managed to create an 11-inch display, while keeping the chassis-size of the previous 10.5-inch iPad Pro thanks to a dramatic reduction of the surrounding bezel. The 120Hz display was the first to come with Face ID for unlocking too. The iPad Pro also comes with a modern USB-C connection but no longer has a headphone port.  

Cheap iPad Pro deals are, unfortunately, a mere memory when looking at these 2018 models, however. Lower spec versions are rarely available these days, however if you're after more storage we are seeing more iPad deals hitting those 512GB and 1TB versions.

Should you upgrade to the new iPad Pro?

The new iPad Pro is now comfortably sitting on the shelves, and at a similar price point to existing iPad Pro prices, it might be worth waiting around for these new models. 

The new iPad Pro offers Apple's lightning fast M1 chip and 5G capabilities in its LTE models as well. With a gorgeous new Liquid Retina XDR display capable of 1600 nit of peak brightness, a 120Hz refresh rate, and 2732 x 2048 resolution in the 12.9-inch model and the 8-core CPU offering a 50% jump in performance over the 2020 model, there's certainly plenty of power packed in here. 

The 2021 iPad Pro price also starts the same as the current generation. The 128GB, 256GB and 512GB 11-inch devices will still cost you $799, $899 or $1,099 respectively. However, things are getting more expensive in the premium end, with 12.9-inch models and 1TB / 2TB 11-inch models seeing an uplift in price. 

If you don't feel like you'll make the most of that additional computing power (for example, you're just after a fast tablet to stream entertainment, take a few notes, browse the web and play some lighter games), we'd recommend grabbing one of the cheaper iPad deals available now. 

However, especially if you're after a lower spec 11-inch model, there is plenty more value up for grabs in the new device.

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The best iPad Air 2020 deals

A halfway point between the Air and the Pro

Weight: 458g | Dimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1mm | Screen size: 10.9-inch | Resolution: 2360 x 1640 pixels | CPU: A14 Bionic with Neural Engine | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 10 hours | Rear camera: 12MP wide | Front camera: 7MP

Larger display
New fingerprint sensor placement
USB-C
$100 more expensive than previous model

The 2020 iPad Air has already seen some excellent discounts since launching last year, and if you're on the fence about the iPad Pro deals above it may serve your needs perfectly. Apple has muddied its line a little with this one - offering specs worthy of the Pro's price point with enhancements in screen and processing, while reducing the feature set slightly to keep the price cheap. 

There's no FaceID here, and the screen only jumps up to 10.9-inch so you'll notice a few differences between the next-gen Air and the current iPad Pro deals on offer. However, you're paying substantially less for this (starting at $599 / £579 / AU$899), which makes it excellent value for money for anyone looking to get a bit more juice out of their tablet. 

We've seen iPad deals dropping as low as $549 / £549 on the latest Air as well, which means the offers are starting to roll in. 

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The best 2019 iPad Air deals

Very powerful and far cheaper the the Pro

Weight: 456g | Dimensions: 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm | Screen size: 10.5-inch | Resolution: 2224 x 1668 pixels | CPU: A12 | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 7MP

More powerful than regular iPads
Great screen
Compatible with Apple Pencil and smart Keyboard

The 2019 iPad Air received a considerable performance boost over its predecessors, but today can't compete with the likes of the iPad Air 4. However, iPad deals on this older model are dropping those prices considerably. This version also released at a lower MSRP - coming in at $499 / £479 / AU$779 / AED 1999 for the standard 64GB of storage. 

The pixel density on the retina display was very close to that found on the 2018 iPad Pro 11 and you're getting the same True Tone technology which will adjust the screen's brightness to the optimal levels for your environment. However, you're dropping down in power here, with the A12 processor and losing a little screen and camera resolution as well. 

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The best 2021 iPad Mini deals

A smaller just as powerful iPad Air

Weight: 295g | Dimensions: 195 x 135 x 6mm | Screen size: 8.3-inch | Resolution: 2266 x 1488 pixels | CPU: A15 | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 10 hours | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 12MP Ultra Wide

New A15 Bionic chip
Improved 12MP camera
Expensive compared to 2019 model

The new 2021 iPad mini was the highlight of the recent Apple Showcase. It's been two years since a refresh of this model and it seems like it was well worth the wait.

When looking at pure improvements over the 2019 mini the numbers really speak for themselves. Thanks to the A15 Bionic chip, you'll see a 40% CPU and 80% GPU performance upgrade. The front and rear cameras have been massively improved up to 12MP, while the new tablet will support Touch ID and sport a USB-C port.

Many consider it to be in line with the iPad Air but in a smaller form factor. Of course, all those upgrades come at a price. The 2021 iPad mini is priced at $499/£479, so it's clearly an expensive bit of kit. We've spotted a few pre-order deals that have taken around $40 off the price, but it's likely going to be Black Friday when we see the best iPad mini deals next.

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The best 2019 iPad Mini deals

A much cheaper older model

Weight: 300g | Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm | Screen size: 7.9-inch | Resolution: 2048 x 1536 pixels | CPU: A12 | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 7MP

A bright and detailed screen
Upgraded spec inside
Thick bezels remain

The 2015 iPad Mini 4 finally received a brand new update in 2019, simply called the iPad Mini.

While you'd be forgiven for thinking the design hasn't changed an awful lot over the years, you can spot the new version over older iterations via the improved spec. The stunning new retina screen has a 2048 x 1536 resolution, which is seriously intense for a 7.9-inch screen. The battery will keep you going for a superb 10 hours of  web surfing and media playback. You're getting most up-to-date OS and brand new A12 Bionic Chip that even outstrips the most recent regular 9.7-inch iPad. 

If the standard-sized iPads are a bit too big for you to handle casually or take up too much space in your bag, but you really want something bigger than your phone for long reads, browsing the net or watching video content, the latest iPad Mini is going to take some beating as one of the best devices you can get.

The prices are the main giveaway though and start off typically high, even more so than the nesest 9.7-inch standard iPad. The new iPad Mini (2019) has a starting price of $399 / £399 / AU$599 / AED 1599, however the latest iPad sales are seeing those figures tick down to $349 / £349 in some cases. 

Where to find the best iPad deals

Still on the hunt for that perfect cheap iPad deal? Check out the retailers below for the latest price cuts, or head direct to Apple to scope out more features or take advantage of their trade-in scheme. 

US:

  • Best Buy - full range available, including previous 2018 models
  • Amazon - all the latest models and cheap older versions renewed
  • B&H Photo - iPad deals regularly include bundles on powerful iPad Pros
  • Adorama - frequent 10.2-inch iPad and iPad Pro deals
  • Newegg - great prices on older and renewed models

UK:

  • Currys - all the latest stock as well as 2018 iPad Pros
  • Very - competitive pricing on a range of iPad deals
  • Amazon - recent models as well as cheaper prices on older tablets
  • John Lewis - an excellent free warranty guarantee included
  • AO - iPad deals on the latest models
  • Argos - regional stock but bundles often include accessories

Which iPad should I buy?

If you're looking for a cheap iPad, the 10.2-inch 2019 flagship model is likely your best bet. This everyday tablet comes with super fast tech under the hood, compatibility with a range of accessories to enhance the experience for work or play, as well as a competitive price tag that stands toe to toe with even the iPad Mini. 

However, if you're going to be using your tablet for anything other than light everyday browsing, streaming and the odd game you might want to scale up to the Air. That's because the entry level 2019 iPad only offers 32GB of storage space, and for the price of the 128GB version you can easily score a compromise on 64GB and a more powerful Air model. 

If you're after more storage space and a boost in spec, then - say if you're looking to play a few more games or run a couple of Adobe programs, the iPad Air is your best bet. iPad deals on this model are also a little more stable, with most retailers offering permanent sales prices. 

If you're going heavy on creativity, gaming, media editing, or more multi-tasking oriented workflows, however, you'll want to put up the cash for the iPad Pro. While the 2020 model only offers a few minor improvements, iPad deals sometimes position it at the same price as the previous model. When this is the case it's worth grabbing the latest version, but otherwise you're not missing out if you save your cash with a cheap iPad Pro 2018 offer. 

When are the best cheap iPad sales?

Cheap iPad sales typically hit when a new model is released, or in the months leading up to a big launch as retailers look to clear their inventory of older products. Keep an eye on the latest iPad news to pounce at the right time, but if you spot an offer in our price comparison charts that sits cheaper than the usual sales prices we've outlined above you're likely already getting a great deal. 

Aside from Apple's own calendar, you'll also find plenty of cheap iPad deals around the holiday sales and Black Friday. These are hot products at that time of year, so if you're shopping in November or December and spot a good price, don't hesitate as someone else will likely snap up your new tablet first. 

If you're a big fan of the Apple brand and operating system, we've got you covered for the latest cheap MacBook deals too. 

Plus, if you're looking to splash out on your new tablet, why not take a look at the best cheap Apple Pencil prices or the latest Magic Keyboard deals going right now.