Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


The 25 best iPad and iPad Pro deals we've found

Apple rarely has deals or sales, but you can still find some iPad models with sizable discounts. These are the best iPad deals that we could find.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer on

Apple, the developer of top products, including the iPad, iPhone, and Mac PCs, rarely discounts its devices.

You can find sales if you know where to look. The iPad tablet, for example, is a popular tool for studies, creative applications, and productivity. Still, with so many generations on the market alongside variants such as the iPad, iPad Pro, and iPad mini, it's far from impossible to pick up a discount device.

We've rounded up the best iPad deals, including accessories, that we could find across various US retailers in March 2023. Keep in mind, however, that as sales are far and few between, discounted iPads tend to sell out quickly.

We've scoured the web for the best deals we could find on different iPad models, and we will keep this list of our recommendations updated as we find new iPad sales. In addition, we are also keeping an eye on iPad accessories such as covers, keyboards, and the Apple Pencil.

Best Apple iPad deals

Below are the best iPad deals we could find. Further down the page, you'll see other attractive iPad deals we spotted at retailers including Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy.

  • Current price: $1,199
  • Original price: $1,499

One of our favorite deals for iPads right now can be found at B&H. A $300 discount is available on the 2021 iPad Pro. This model comes with an 11-inch Liquid Retina display, an Apple M1 processor, Wi-Fi connectivity, two cameras, and 1TB SSD storage. Stocks are limited.

  • Current price: $500
  • Original price: $600

Another deal of note on Amazon is for the 5th-gen iPad Air, a thinner and smaller cousin of the classic iPad and iPad Pro. You can save $100 on the 2022 model, equipped with a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, Wi-Fi connectivity, and 64GB SSD storage.

A Wi-Fi and Cellular model is also available with the same $100 discount applied to the higher $749 price tag.

  • Current price: $1,349
  • Original price: $1,399

If you're looking for an iPad Pro with top specifications, B&H has a deal worth your time. Available for a $50 discount, the US retailer is offering a 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display iPad Pro with Wi-Fi connectivity, an Apple M2 chip, 512GB SSD storage, and 8GB RAM.

  • Current price: $250
  • Original price: $330

For a budget-friendly model, Target has you covered. The company is offering a discount of $80 on an Apple iPad (2021 model) with a 10.2-inch Retina display, Wi-Fi connectivity, an A13 processor, 64GB SSD storage, and 4GB RAM.

  • Current price: $800
  • Original price: $900

Over at Best Buy, you can save $100 on the 2022 iPad Air, one of the tech giant's lightest tablets and considered a mid-range device for specifications. This 5th-gen device has Wi-Fi and Cellular connectivity, a 10.9-inch (2360x1640) Retina display, an M1 chip, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD storage.

  • Current price: $599
  • Original price: $649

The 2021 Apple iPad Mini is on sale at Amazon. The 6th-gen iPad Mini is the smallest option in the iPad product line and comes with an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina (2266x1488) display, A15 chip, 4GB RAM, and 64GB SSD storage. The 8% discount only applies to the Starlight color option.

  • Current price: $13.88/mo. 
  • Original price: $18.05/mo. 

Snag an iPad Mini for $150 off as a deal at Best Buy. This deal is specifically for the iPad Mini Wi-Fi + cellular model through the Verizon network. With this deal, you'll pay $13.88 per month instead of $18.05 per month (for 36 months, 0% APR), saving you $150 ($4.17 per month). 

The sixth-generation iPad Mini has 64GB of storage, an A15 bionic chip, an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone and wide color, Touch ID, and a 12MP wide back camera plus a 12MP ultra-wide front camera with Center Stage. 

Apple iPad deals at Amazon

Here are some other iPad deals at Amazon:

Apple iPad deals at Best Buy

Here are some other iPad deals available at Best Buy:

Apple iPad deals at Walmart

Here are some other iPad deals available at Walmart:

How did we choose these iPad deals?

We chose these deals on iPad tablets based on trusted retailers, discounted prices, and product reviews (both good and bad). Deals on tablets change daily and even hourly, so if you're interested in the best discounts, be sure to check a retailer's website often for deals of the day. 

What iPad is best for basic use and accessibility?

Any iPad model will be suitable if you need a tablet for basic tasks, including browsing the internet or streaming, so this is often a question of individual taste. Senior users might want to opt for a larger display in the name of eye comfort; however, all iPads come with accessibility features and the Siri voice assistant. Apple's largest display comes in at 12.9 inches although there are rumors that the tech giant is working on future devices with larger screens. 

Can an iPad replace a laptop?

Apple iPads -- arguably, the classic iPad and iPad Pro, in particular -- may be able to replace your traditional tower PC or laptop. There's much to be said about the portability of iPads when using your tablet for work and productivity purposes, especially when combined with accessories such as a keyboard and a stylus. 

However, multitasking can be challenging and standard laptops can still provide more flexibility when it comes to managing your workload. Despite how flexible iPads can be, they may also struggle with other purposes, such as gaming, compared to your PC.

Editorial standards