When looking into the Prime Day deals, a big question on everyone's mind is 'should I buy the new device now, or wait until later?' and with Apple's yearly iPad release pattern, you could well be wondering that about the company's entry-level iPads.
The latest iPad 10.2 (2020) came out in late 2020, after a launch alongside the iPhone 12 series, and there are a few modest Prime Day iPad deals that reduce its price a little bit. But in a couple of months, we're expecting to see an iPad (2021) that replaces the 2020 model.
That begs the question: should you buy the new iPad 10.2 in the sales, or wait until the next-gen model is unveiled, and then buy that or one of the 2020 devices? We'll run you through the reasons to wait, and the reasons to buy, and let you make your own mind up.
Before that, though, we need to know what we're actually looking at, so we'll list the best Prime Day iPad deals for the entry-level model that we can find. (Not in the US or UK? Scroll down for deals in your region).
Today's best iPad 10.2 deals on Prime Day
10.2-inch iPad (8th Generation):
$329.99 $299.99 at Amazon
Save $30 - The always iconic iPad now features a 10.2-inch display and support for the first-generation Apple Pencil. Enjoy the A12 processor for lightning-fast speeds. We've seen it for this price before, but it fluctuates a lot, so grab it while you can.
Reasons to go for the iPad Prime Day deals
In the next section, we're going to explore how Apple is bad at discounts. This means the deals aren't great, but it also means they probably won't get any better than they're at right now.
What we're saying is, that pithy $30 / £20 discount might be all we're getting. That would mean there's no point waiting for Black Friday, so you may as well buy a tablet now. You could pick up some cases or stands in the discounts too.
Plus, if you buy a new iPad now, you actually get it now. If you wait until the new model is out, you're going to be empty-handed for at least three months, which might be an inconvenience.
Oh, and we don't know anything about the iPad (2021) just yet - it might not even be worth waiting for.
Reasons to avoid the iPad Prime Day deals
We're going to have to drop some hard truths here: Apple deals, both during Prime Day and Black Friday, are usually not very good. The company tends to only reduce the costs of its products by trivial amounts, typically less than 10%, and given Apple devices are really expensive to begin with, it doesn't make them much better buys.
The iPad 10.2 deals we've seen during Prime Day are, quite frankly, not very good. That's not to say we'll see better discounts at other times of the year, like during Black Friday - but it's hard to get excited for $30 / £30 off.
In fact, if you don't need an iPad, there are way better Prime Day deals out there on other tablets, especially Amazon Fire and Samsung Galaxy Tabs.
If you really want an Apple iPad, and don't mind the fact the price has barely been reduced, maybe you don't need to worry about discounts at all. In that case, there's no harm in waiting for the 2021 iPad, as it'll have a few improvements on the current model, and will be out in a couple of months.
From third-party retailers, we might see the iPad (2020) see a fair price reduction when the iPad (2021) comes out. That does depend on stock, though, so if you wait you might end up empty-handed. That's just something to bear in mind.
More iPad 10.2 deals
No matter where you live, you'll find all the lowest prices for the iPad 10.2 from around the web right here, with offers available in your region.
More Amazon Prime Day deals
- Amazon devices: up to 50% off for Prime Day
- Amazon Fire tablets: record low prices now starting at $44.99
- Amazon Fire TV stick: half price 4K streaming
- Amazon Echo (4th Gen):
$99.99$59.99 at Amazon
- Amazon Echo Dot (4th generation):
$49.99$24.99 at Amazon
- Adidas: up to 45% off footwear and apparel
- Audible Premium Plus: save 53% on your first 4 months
- AirPods: now starting at just $99
- Apple Watch Series 6 (40mm, GPS):
$399$329 at Amazon
- Calvin Klein: up to 45% off CK underwear and bras
- Camping: Zippo, Coleman and Sabre under $10
- Card and board games: Up to 30% off games for all ages
- Chromebooks: up to 25% off Lenovo, HP and Samsung
- Deals under $25: save on games, smart home, fashion and more
- Fashion: big name brands from $14
- Fitbit: up to 30% off Fitbit Sense, Inspire and more
- Fitness: workout gear from $6
- Garmin: save up to 30% on smartwatches
- Headphones: Sony, Beats, Bose and more starting at $10
- iPad (8th generation): was $329 now $299
- Keurig: up to 35% off K-Slim pod coffee maker
- Kitchen: save up to 42% on Cusimax, Cosori, Instant Pot and more
- Laptops: Chromebooks, MacBooks and gaming laptops discounted
- Lego Super Mario: sets from $11
- Levi's: up to 40% off Levi's jeans, shorts and jackets
- New Balance: up to 30% off shoes and sneakers
- Nike: save on NBA jerseys, sneakers, and more
- Monitors: displays from LG, Asus, and Alienware up to 38% off
- Nintendo Switch: save $10 on Pro Controller and select games
- Oral care: up to 50% off Oral B, Crest, Glide and more
- PS5: games now starting at $29.88
- Ray-Ban: up to 25% off adults and kids sunglasses
- Razer: PC gaming accessories up to 50% off
- Roomba: save up to $300 on robot vacuum cleaners
- Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones:
$348$248 at Amazon
- Smartwatches: Samsung Galaxy Watch from $159
- Subscription boxes: 65% off for Prime members
- Tommy Hilfiger: up to 50% off designer clothes and accessories
- TVs: Fire-enabled smart TVs starting at just $99.99
- Under Armour: up to 30% off sportswear, shoes and gym accessories
- Xbox Game Pass Ultimate: get three months for $29.99
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Tom Bedford was deputy phones editor on TechRadar until late 2022, having worked his way up from staff writer. Though he specialized in phones and tablets, he also took on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK and now works for the entertainment site What To Watch.
He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working on TechRadar, he freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. He also currently works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.