Our tracker (below) gathers the best iPad Air prices on both the 2020 and 2022 iPad Air to help you find the best deal, so there's no need to scroll through multiple websites comparing prices.
Why should you get the iPad Air? Overall, we think the Air is the best iPad for most people in terms of balancing specs and value for money. It's not the most powerful iPad – that title belongs to the 2022 iPad Pro 11 and 12.9, but it's getting close, but costing less.
The new 5th generation iPad Air 5 (2022) has the same Apple M1 chip as the 2021 iPad Pros, giving it a boost in processing speed. At the same time it and its older 2020 sibling both offer excellent displays, Apple Pencil 2 support, good speakers and very reasonable battery life. So while the iPad Air is billed as a mid-range tablet sitting between the basic iPad and the iPad Pro, we'd say it's edging closer to the pro side of that spectrum. The latest model also has 5G if you want to pay extra for a cellular connection.
The starting price for the Apple iPad Air is $599 / £569 for the 64GB wi-fi model, and $749 / £719 for the 256GB model (you pay more if you want the WiFi plus cellular configuration of each). However, we have already seen some modest discounts on the 2022 iPad Air.
If you're not yet sure which iPad is best for you, see our full list of all of the current iPad generations and see our roundup of all the best iPad deals. We're also tracking the best iPad Pro deals.
The best iPad Air prices available right now
The 2022 iPad Air offers a fantastic balance between specs and price. It still doesn't match the specs of the iPad Pro, but it's coming close, with the same M1 processor as the 2021 iPad Pros and a gorgeous 10.9in 1640 x 2360 Liquid Retina IPS LCD screen with a wide colour gamut. It has great speakers and very reasonable battery life too, and it supports Apple Pencil 2.
It starts at $599 / £569 for the WiFi version with 64GB of storage. WiFi and cellular models start at $899 / £719. For more storage space, the 256GB version has a standard retail price of $749 / £719 for WiFi and $899 / £869 for the WiFi and 5G cellular version. However, despite how new the tablet is, we've already seen better iPad Air prices, especially on the 64GB version, with Amazon offering savings of up to $50 / £50 at times. Expect to see discounts during sales periods in particular. See our full iPad Air (2022) review for more details on this top bit of kit.
The previous version of the iPad Air is still worth considering, especially if you spot a good deal. With a newer model now in stores, this previous generation is seeing the best iPad Air prices across its configurations, so it's worth checking prices before you decide which to buy.
It doesn't offer quite such powerful processing without the M1 chip, but with an A14 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, a 12MP rear camera (7MP front) and similar display, speakers and battery performance to the newer devices, it's still a great performer. We've seen the best iPad Air prices on this model drop as low as $540 / £500 so keep an eye out for offers. See our full iPad Air (2020) review for more details on the device itself.
Which iPad Air is best for me?
If you want a brand new iPad Air today, it comes down to a choice between two options: the new 5th generation 2022 M1-chipped iPad Air or the previous model, the 2020 iPad Air. Logically, we're seeing the best iPad Air prices on the older model, but for our money, the newer 2022 model offers enough of an upgrade to be worth paying a little extra.
The newer iPad Air is the same size (10.9in) and looks the same in terms of design. It also offers the same battery performance and speakers. However, the inclusion of the M1 chip gives a noticeable boost in power – after all, this is the same chip used in the 2021 iPad Pros. For a full comparison, see iPad Air 4 vs iPad Air 5.