The best iPad deals in December 2023

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Apple's range of slates carry a hefty price tag but they are some of the best tablets you can buy. The good news is that there are many ways to save cash as there are several iPad deals available at any one time. We've done the searching for you and together all the best ones that are available right now so you can pay the cheapest price for your new tech.

You can find the lowest prices for the standard iPad tablet, the premium and creative-focused iPad Pro, the portable iPad mini and the versatile iPad Air just below. While not everything is discounted, there are opportunities to save on the majority of these most popular models - even more so if you can get access to the Apple student discount for further reductions. 

Do also check out the latest Apple promo codes or Best Buy discount codes in case there are ways to save even more money on your next tablet when buying from either store.

iPad deals of the week

Apple iPad 10.9 (2022): $449.99$399 at Amazon

Apple iPad 10.9 (2022): was $449.99 now $399 at Amazon
Apple's entry-level iPad still has a hefty price tag but this offer at Amazon brings it back down to within $20 of the lowest price ever. We thought the cost was justified in our iPad 10.9 review, though, as Apple's latest base-level tablet is a big upgrade over the previous generation model, with a larger Liquid Retina display, a new A14 Bionic chip, improved cameras, USB-C support and a sleek design.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2022): $1,399$1,299 at Amazon

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2022): was $1,399 now $1,299 at Amazon
The latest 512GB iPad Pro 12.9-inch is on sales at Amazon. In our iPad Pro 12.9-inch review, we found the current model doesn't offer a huge upgrade but it does add more power to an already powerful tablet. Still, as a portable device for creatives, it's unbeatable right now thanks to the gorgeous screen, speedy M2 chip and a vast range of apps.

iPad Air (2022): $599$559 at Amazon

iPad Air (2022): was $599 now $559 at Amazon
The iPad Air (2022) offers many of the same features and capabilities as the much pricier iPad Pro range but at a fraction of the cost. It has an attractive 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone support, which means it looks good in all lighting conditions – including outdoors. This is a return to the lowest price we've ever seen for a tablet that hits that middle ground between power and affordability.

Apple iPad mini (2021): $499$469 at Amazon

Apple iPad mini (2021): was $499 now $469 at Amazon
This is a return of the cheapest ever price for the most recent iPad mini. The much-improved 8.3-inch tablet delivers a similar performance to the last-generation iPad Air but in a much smaller form. There are also significant upgrades to the processing chip and cameras, as well as all-day battery life that make it a solid option for those that need a portable everyday tablet.

iPad 10.2/10.9 deals

The iPad 10.9 2022 in all four shades

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iPad 10.9 (2022)

Apple's new entry-level tablet is powerful but pricey

Weight: 477g | Dimensions: 248.8 x 179.5 x 7mm | OS: iPadOS 16 | Screen size: 10.9-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1620 pixels | CPU: A14 Bionic chip | Storage: 64GB/256GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: Up to 22 hours | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 12MP ultrawide

New A13 Bionic chipset
Improved front camera
Often reduced by up to $30

As far as powerful everyday tablets go, the standard iPad has been one of the top choices out there for some time and is regularly featured on our list of the best tablets. The larger screen, sleeker design, upgraded cameras and USB-C charging are huge improvements, but it is such a huge jump in cost compared to the previous model that it does lose its value for money edge.

The 10th-generation iPad features a larger 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, the powerful A14 Bionic chip, improved cameras, USB-C support and more. It's priced at $449 / £499 / AU$749 for the standard 64GB option. That's $120 / £130 / AU$200 more than the previous generation version. 

You can also upgrade to a model with 256GB of storage for $599 / £679 / AU$999, but considering that's approaching the cost of an iPad Air, that's a hefty amount to pay for what is supposed to be pitched as Apple's entry-level tablet.

Apple iPad 10.2 2021 being used with an Apple Magic Pencil

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iPad 10.2 (2021)

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

The 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 $80 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.

Even though it's older now, the 2021 iPad is absolutely worth it at that price, too. You get the capable A13 Bionic chip, which Apple says improves performance by up to 20% from the previous generation model. 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.

Now that the 2020 version is discontinued and any existing stock is now sold out, your best option is to go for this version. Overall, you get plenty of value for money here, so anyone shopping on the cheaper end of the scale should go for this standard iPad 10.2 model.

iPad Pro deals

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch

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iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2022)

The best and most powerful iPad – but it's not cheap

Weight: 688g | Dimensions: 280.6 x 214.9 x 6.4mm | OS: iPadOS 16 | Screen size: 12.9-inch | Resolution: 2048 x 2732 pixels | CPU: Apple M2 | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 12MP + 10MP + LiDAR | Front camera: 12MP

Up-to-date M2 Chip
Fantastic mini-LED display
Small storage options are pricey

The iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2022) currently sits at the top of our best iPad list. All the premium tech comes at a considerable cost, but it's easily the top choice for creative professionals today.

The biggest upgrade is the inclusion of the latest Apple M2 chip, which has previously only been available in high-end MacBooks to give the tablet a huge performance boost. On top of that, there's the slick and responsive 12.9-inch mini-LED display, good cameras and robust Apple Pencil support.

But it all comes back to that cost. The starting price is $1,099 / £1,249 / AU$1,899 for the 128GB version and goes all the way up to $2,199 / £2,499 / AU$3,829 for 2TB of storage - plus extra on top if you want 5G support, too. Given the tablet is so new we've seen very few deals so far outside of the big yearly sales events – and even then, it's been very small reductions of $100 / £50. Admittedly, it doesn't put much of a dent into the price, but at least it's something at this early stage in the life of the new iPad Pro.

iPad Pro 11-inch (2022)

iPad Pro 11-inch (2022)

Save some cash with a smaller screen

Weight: 466g | Dimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9mm | OS: iPadOS 16 | Screen size: 11-inch | Resolution: 1668 x 2388 pixels | CPU: Apple M2 | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 12MP + 10MP | Front camera: 12MP

Up-to-date M2 Chip
Excellent cameras
Lacks the mini-LED display

There's not too much that separates the iPad Pro 11-inch (2022) from its larger sibling, but you definitely do need to accept some compromises when paying the cheaper price.

Of course, the obvious is the smaller screen size, but it also isn't a mini-LED display so it lacks the same levels of contrast and brightness as the larger model. There's still the powerful M2 chip inside, though, which is more than enough to handle the most advanced work of graphics and editing pros. Those with less demanding needs but still after some extra power, might be best served by the iPad Air for a similar screen size but at a more palatable price point.

So, about that price. Well, the smaller form factor iPad Pro 11-inch starts at $799 / £899 / AU$1,399 for the 128GB version and that increases to $1,899 / £2,149 / AU$3,229 for 2TB of storage. Again, there's an additional fee for 5G support.

Discounts on this version have been more frequent already, though, with price cuts of up to $60 / £50 already multiple times in recent months. That bodes well for bigger savings in the future, then, that could make a more substantial dent into the tablet's price. You'll find them all right here. 

What about the 2021 iPad Pro?

Both the 12.9-inch and 11-inch versions of the 2021 iPad Pro have been discontinued following the recent release of the latest 2022 model. Because of that, there is now limited availability of these older tablets at most retailers. We've not seen them completely sold out just yet, but it will only be a matter of time until they disappear from sale completely.

This also means that deals on these older models are harder to find as stock is limited. That said, some stores may look to shift any remaining units with bigger price cuts, so we've dropped today's best deals just below in case there's a real standout bargain. 

If you're trying to decide between the two, then you'll still be impressed with the power of these older models. And at the right price, they could offer better value for money, too. However, for those that want the most up-to-date tech, you're better off looking at the 2022 models.

iPad Air deals

iPad Air 5

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iPad Air (2022)

A better-priced and 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