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The best cheap iPad deals in May 2022

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Here are all the best cheap iPad deals available today. We've searched through all the top retailers in the US and UK to bring you the best prices for Apple's premium tablets. These devices come at a significant cost, even after some considerable discounts, but these reductions we've highlighted do help take the edge off a little. Thankfully, stock issues are a thing of the past, too, so there are finally some standout iPad deals across the entire range - including both new and old models.

Take this $90 discount on the iPad Mini at Amazon US (opens in new tab). That brings the smaller 8.3-inch tablet just $10 away from its cheapest ever price since its release back in September of last year. There's also a small $20 price cut on the standard iPad 10.2 (opens in new tab). There can sometimes be as much as $30 off this cheaper model, so today's offer is a good one. Sadly, there are fewer iPad deals in the UK, but anyone after the iPad 10.2 can save £10 (opens in new tab), while the 11-inch iPad Pro is still reduced by £50 (opens in new tab) this week.

Signs of some better deals, then, especially when it comes to the iPad Mini. Still, very few of these iPad deals really compete with the largest discounts from previous sales events. We think there's a good chance that the upcoming Memorial Day sales and this year's Amazon Prime Day will bring some bigger discounts so your patience may be rewarded in the future. That's definitely something to consider before securing one of these cheap prices we've highlighted today.

Not sure which model to buy? Why not check out our guide to the best iPad with a breakdown of all the differences between each model? You can also follow our hubs featuring all the latest iPad Air deals and iPad Mini deals if you know either of those specific tablets are for you.

iPad 10.2 deals

Apple iPad 10.2 2021 being used with an Apple Magic Pencil

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The best iPad 10.2 (2021) deals

The iPad that 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
Often reduced by up to $30
No USB-C

The new iPad 10.2 (2021) launched at $329/£319, which is around the same price as the previous model. Keep an eye out for discounts of up to $30 as we've seen that a number of times in recent months, though nothing has matched it in the UK just yet. There are sometimes discounts on the larger storage model, too, and the best we've seen is up to $50 off the usual price, which brings it down to $429 (opens in new tab).

The upgrades in the 2021 iPad are worth that price, too. You get the modern A13 Bionic chip, which Apple says improves performance by up to 20%. The display is very similar at 10.2-inches, but the TrueTone tech makes 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, there's the same 8MP camera that's identical to what's found on last year's model.

So, unless the 2020 version sees a more significant price cut – a rarity nowadays given the lack of stock – your best option is to go for the newer tech. Overall, you get plenty of value for money here, so we'd suggest those shopping on the cheaper end of the scale go for this model.

The 8th generation Apple iPad with Magic Keyboard attached

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The best iPad 10.2 (2020) deals

Limited stock and not a lot cheaper

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

Sometimes dramatically reduced
Almost no new stock
No Face ID
Only supports first-gen Apple Pencil

With the launch of the new 2021 iPad last September, it's almost impossible to find the 2020 model in stock. Where we have seen it available to buy, the last-gen tablet is actually more expensive than its newer sibling, so we'd absolutely recommend the new tech instead. Even more so when the latest iPad is regularly found discounted by up to $30 in the US.

Looking today, it seems clear that any remaining stock of the last generation tablet was sold during last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. With that in mind, we've more or less written off finding this device for sale anywhere. A refurbished model could be an option, though, if you want to save even more money. That comes with its own risks, though, unless you buy directly from Apple or another traditional retailer. 

We've kept this listing here for posterity so you can compare the new iPad with the last generation model, just don't expect to see any deals going forward.

iPad Pro deals

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The best 11-inch iPad Pro (2021) deals

Solid option for professional users that's rarely discounted

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
Lacks XDR display of the 12.9-inch

The latest 11-inch iPad Pro (2021) provides excellent performance thanks to Apple's stunning M1 chip. You can zip through games, AR and more demanding apps with incredible speed thanks to that impressive brain at the helm. Apple states that the 8-core processor offers a 50% jump in performance over the 2020 model, with a 40% boost in GPU performance as well. 

For those after a more powerful tablet compared to the iPad 10.2, then, but don't need to commit to the more expensive 12.9-inch version, the 11-inch is a solid middle-ground given it's up to $300/£300 less than the larger device. And while the 11-inch iPad Pro doesn't offer the XDR display (you'll need to upgrade to the 12.9-inch model for that), you still get the larger 2TB storage option which is the largest we've seen on an iPad to date.

Discounts are fairly rare, though, and when we do see them they tend to be very small. We've only seen up to $100/£50 off the 11-inch iPad Pro no matter which storage option you choose. That only puts a small dent in the hefty recommended price of $799/£749 for the 128GB model - and even less when you jump up to the larger storage capacity options that start all the way up to $1,899 / £1,749.

The 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro

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The best 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) deals

The most powerful iPad – but it's not cheap

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
Rarely discounted

Opt for the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) and you get a huge display upgrade. We think Apple's improvements make this the best tablet money can buy and that screen is a huge part of that. With mini-LEDs, a 2732 x 2048 resolution, 1600 nits of peak brightness, a million to one contrast ratio, and a 120Hz refresh rate it's great for watching movies and general everyday tasks.

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 also get a slightly thicker profile here than the smaller model. Inside, the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro features the powerful M1 chip, plenty of storage options (including the new 2TB configuration), excellent CPU and GPU performance boosts and Thunderbolt compatibility as well.

All of that power comes at a significant cost, though, and Apple is very shy to offer it at a reduced price. At a minimum, there's regularly around $100/£100 off all storage sizes at the major retailers. This suggests there's been a more permanent drop from the recommended price, which ranges from $1,099/£999 for the 128GB model to $2,199/£1.999 for the 2TB version. Bigger discounts could come soon, though, as the 2021 iPad Pro reaches its one-year anniversary since launch.

What about the 2020 iPad Pro?

There is almost no new stock of the 2020 iPad Pro available to buy any more in either the 11-inch or 12.9-inch versions. With that in mind, we've decided it's no longer worth trying too hard to find any deals as you will most likely be better off getting a newer model as it's the same price as the last generation version. There are, of course, outliers to this in some cases (we recently saw a 1TB version of the 2020 iPad Pro reduced by over £600 in the UK, for example) and so have included a list of the latest prices below in case any big discounts like this do pop up again.

iPad Air deals

iPad Air 5

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The best iPad Air (2022) deals

A pricey but versatile Apple tablet

Weight: 461g | Dimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1mm | Screen size: 10.9-inch | Resolution: 2360 x 1640 pixels | CPU: M1 Chip | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 10 hours | Rear camera: 12MP wide | Front camera: 12MP wide

Powered by the advanced M1 Chip
Capable all-purpose device
Stylish design
iPad Pro could be better value

Prices for the latest iPad Air (2022) start at $599 / £569 for the standard WiFi-only model with 64GB storage. A model with 256GB of storage is also available, as well as versions with 5G support. There's very little to mention yet in terms of deals, but Walmart did surprise us during the pre-order phase with discounts of up to $60 on Apple's latest tablet. Naturally, that sold out very quickly. It is currently $30 off at Amazon, though.

When at full price, the new iPad Air is in the same price range as the previous 2020 model, which also launched at $599. In recent weeks, we've seen the last generation version down to its cheapest ever price of $469.99, but it usually sits around the $539 mark. At that lower price, it can be tempting to go for the previous model. However, most of the time you just pay an extra $60 and you can upgrade to the powerful M1 chip - that's definitely worth considering.

Who should buy this model, though? Well, the iPad Air sits in that middle-ground between the more entry-level iPad 10.2 and high-end iPad Pro, so it's one for the more enthusiast user. It's capable of handling any tasks you want to through at it, from general browsing, word processing, image editing and a bit of gaming. With the power of the M1 chip inside the new iPad Air, you get a very powerful tablet for the price.

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The best iPad Air (2020) deals

A halfway point between the 10.2 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
More expensive than previous model

We've seen an increasing number of deals on the iPad Air (2020) recently as this year's brand new iPad Air is here. If you can find it reasonably discounted, we still think this is a solid middle-ground option between the standard 10.2 model and Pro when it comes to value and performance. Ultimately, if you're on the fence about spending so much on the iPad Pro then this may suit your needs for less.

Its specs are similar to what you'd find in the Pro, though there's a smaller 10.9-inch display, no FaceID and it doesn't feature Apple's iconic M1 chip. That last one is not such a huge dealbreaker, though, given creative professionals will only see the greatest benefits from this processor. Enthusiasts simply looking for a bit more power in their tablet will find the A14 Bionic chip in this iPad Air more than suitable.

And with those sacrifices, you pay substantially less, too. Prices start at $599 / £579 / AU$899 and we've seen it for as low as $489 / £450 in the past. Even without these larger discounts, it's still excellent value for money if you want a bit more power in your tablet without spending too much.

What about the iPad Air (2019)?

The iPad Air (2019) received a considerable performance boost over its predecessors, but today can't compete with the likes of the latest iPad Air. Given it's three years old now, too, there is essentially no brand new stock available to buy and Apple has stopped manufacturing the tablet. Based on that, we suggest you spend your money on the latest 2022 version or hold off for any bigger discounts on the 2020 model.

iPad Mini deals

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The best iPad Mini (2021) deals

A smaller tablet that's just as powerful as the last-gen 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 iPad mini (2021) was the highlight of last year's 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 Apple mini (2019) the numbers really speak for themselves. Thanks to the A15 Bionic chip, you get a 40% CPU and 80% GPU performance upgrade. The front and rear cameras have been massively improved up to 12MP, while the new tablet supports Touch ID and sports a USB-C port. Many consider it to be in line with the iPad Air (2020) but in a smaller form factor. 

Of course, all those upgrades come at a price. The iPad mini (2021) starts at $499/£479, so it's clearly an expensive bit of kit. We've spotted a few deals that have taken around $40 off the price, but this varies a lot based on the color you choose with the less popular Pink and Purple usually getting more frequent discounts.

iPad deals: FAQs

Got any lingering questions about where to find the best iPad deals, which one is best suited to your needs or when the biggest discounts are often available? We answer all of those questions below.

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 (opens in new tab) to scope out more features or take advantage of their trade-in scheme. 

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Which iPad should I buy?

If you're looking for a cheap iPad, the 10.2-inch 2021 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. The difficulty right now is just finding one in stock, but when you do it's worth picking one up. 

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 iPad Air. That has the extra power to play a few more games or run a couple of Adobe programs. The deals we've seen on this iPad model are also a little more stable, with most retailers offering permanent discounts on the recommended price. 

For those that go heavy on creativity, gaming, media editing or more multi-tasking oriented workflows, you'll want to put up the cash for the iPad Pro. The 2021 model is regularly reduced as well and there are reductions across the full range of storage sizes so you will have loads of room to play with for files and applications.

Of course, you shouldn't neglect the iPad mini, too. The latest 2021 model has a spec that rivals the Air but in a much smaller form factor. For those who want a more compact and portable device that doesn't significantly compromise on performance, that's the one to look out for in the sales. Given it's only been available since September, though, we haven't seen many reductions yet. Perhaps there will be more in the future.

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 Apple Pencil deals or the latest Magic Keyboard deals going right now to fully accessorise your purchase.

James Pickard is a Deals Editor at TechRadar. After many years of scouring the net for the cheapest games and tech for his own personal use, he decided to make it his job to share those bargains with you. James also has over five years of experience covering some of the biggest sales events of the year at Eurogamer and VG247, including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day. When not deals hunting, James can be found on the PS5, watching a classic film noir or cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.