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The best Black Friday iPad deals 2021: Save on iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad mini

Black Friday iPad deals
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Black Friday iPad deals can save you cash on what are some of the best tablets in existence. With the annual sale fast approaching, it's time to start thinking about what model iPad you're after to make sure you get the best deal. We'll be linking directly to all of the best Black Friday iPad deals here on this page to save you from having to hunt around.

In 2020, Black Friday iPad deals started coming in earlier than ever, so keep an eye our here for bargains even before the official start of the sale. Last year, there were big savings on brand new iPad Airs and iPad Pros, and although we don't know yet what's in store during the sale in 2021, with new models on the market, we expect to see some great deals.

Whether you want a cheap iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air or iPad mini this Black Friday, bookmark this page and check back regularly for updates. Want even more great deals? Don't miss our roundup of the best Apple Black Friday deals, which has all the best discounts on MacBooks, Apple Watch, AirPods and more. Or see our dedicated MacBook Black Friday hub.

Black Friday iPad deals: when is Black Friday 2021?

Black Friday this year (as every year) will fall on the Friday after Thanksgiving (which is the fourth Thursday of November). That means that Black Friday 2021 will take place on 26 November. Cyber Monday comes three days later, on 29 Monday, and if past experience is a guide, there'll be plenty of great iPad discounts then too. 

In fact, it's not even just about those two individual days anymore. As time's gone on, more and more retailers have been launching Black Friday iPad discounts days before the Friday itself (as we're already seeing this year), and often keep them going long after Cyber Monday. 

The best bargains, however, tend to sell out straight away, so you still have to be quick off the mark. We advise checking back to this page from now on, as we're already seeing retailers launch early Black Friday deals.

Black Friday iPad deals: How to find the best deals

With supply issues around the world, really big Black Friday iPad deals in 2021 are likely to be in short supply, and the biggest discounts are will probably get snapped up fast. The best Black Friday iPad offers normally appear as lightning deals with limited availability. You need to leap on them as soon as they appear. So keep checking this page, where we'll bring you news of deals the moment they're announced.

One good way to ensure you can be quick if a deal appears is to think beforehand about what iPad you're after. Do you want a standard iPad, a Pro, a mini or an Air? How much storage do you want? Does it need to be cellular, or will WiFi do? Remember that retailers often unload older models at knock-down prices on Black Friday, so decide whether you're interested in that.

Black Friday iPad deals 2021: How much can you save?

Black Friday iPad discounts tend to go up to a maximum of 40 per cent off, but that kind of saving is rare. However, you're still likely to be able to make some significant savings. Even 10 per cent off one of the pricier iPads can save you a tidy sum since the full price is several hundreds of dollars/pounds. Of course, any kind of discount at all is welcome.  

Last year, we saw a lot of Apple Black Friday deals on iPads at third party retailers, such as Walmart and Best Buy in the US shoppers and Currys, eBay, John Lewis, Laptops Direct and Amazon in the UK. Last year, Laptops Direct, for example, had £174 off the latest iPad Pro. Therefore, we'd certainly keep an eye on these outlets on Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year.

Which retailers offer Black Friday iPad deals? 

Apple itself doesn't usually discount iPads (instead its Black Friday deals tend to offer gift cards for later purchases), but that doesn't mean you can't find a great Black Friday iPad deal. Plenty of third-party retailers that stock Apple products typically offer decent discounts. In the US, Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and B&H Photo are often worth trying. In the UK, Currys, eBay, John Lewis and, again, Amazon are all good places to look for iPad deals. 

Of course, the easiest way to keep an eye out for the top deals is to keep checking this page. We'll save you from having to continually scan all the major retailers' sites by linking directly to the best Black Friday iPad deals as they appear. Just bookmark this URL and keep checking back!

The best pre-Black Friday iPad deals

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Black Friday iPad Pro deals

The release of the 2021 version of the iPad Pro with Apple's super-fast M1 chip means that we're starting to see some decent discounts on the 2020 edition of the tablet, and we hope to see more approaching Black Friday. The 2020 iPad Pro comes in two versions: the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2020) and the iPad Pro 11-inch (2020). Both boast powerful A12Z Bionic processors, impressive battery capabilities, and a variety of storage options. The larger version offers more screen real estate, while the smaller model is obviously more portable. 

There are plenty of older iPads to choose from, too, and the 2018 iPad Pros are still-popular models that are currently seeing some decent discounts. Here are the best Cyber Monday iPad Pro deals from 2020. Also check out our price widget, which pulls in the best prices in your area.

Black Friday iPad deals

The basic iPad is Apple's baseline tablet. The latest version came out in October 2020 and brought with it capabilities closer to those of the latest iPad Air, with its A12 Bionic chip, and support for Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. It also offers strong battery life, and smooth performance. Below are details of all the best Black Friday iPad deals available now. 

Black Friday iPad Air deals

We weren't expecting hefty discounts on the newest iPad Air over Cyber Monday last year, but we were happily proved wrong. The recent launch of a new iPad Air will make it likely we'll see ever better discounts on older, but still very capable versions in 2021. Here are the best iPad Air deals right now.

Black Friday iPad Mini deals

While we await the much-rumoured iPad mini 6, which now looks set to be released in 2021, we still get to enjoy some great iPad mini Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Last year saw some impressive discounts. Below you can check out the early iPad mini Black Friday deals we're already seeing, with most of the deals focusing on the 2019 iteration of the tablet. 

Black Friday iPad deals: Which iPad should I buy?

Which iPad is best for you? If you want maximum power, specs and screen size, then you'll want the top-of-the-range iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021) with its M1 chip.

The slightly smaller (and cheaper) iPad Pro 11-inch (2021) is another good choice for creatives, and has the same super-charged chip. Both iPad Pro models are available with 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB of memory for your photos, music and videos, and both work with the second-generation Apple Pencil, although you'll have to buy that separately. The Apple Pencil 2 attaches magnetically to the iPad, where it also charges and pairs, and it's one of the best styluses available for drawing digitally 

Think about whether do you really want to pay extra for a cellular model. The alternative is to tether a Wi-Fi-enabled iPad to your phone, and use that for a mobile signal when you're away from Wi-Fi instead. Meanwhile, if you want to save even more money, and are not so fussed about screen size, or top specs, then the 10.2-inch iPad (2019) could be ideal for you. It's a lot cheaper, and has a still-impressive A10 chip and 2160 x 1620-pixel resolution. It supports the first generation Apple Pencil, and is available with 32GB or 128GB of memory.

Other iPads include the iPad mini (see our iPad mini review here), which has a A12 chip and 7.9-inch screen. It's extra portable, as the name suggests, and is compatible with the first-generation Apple Pencil. There's also the iPad Air, which has 10.5-inch display and also has an A12 chip, plus several older models of the iPad. The 2017 versions have previously been on sale over Black Friday, so there probably will be Black Friday iPad price-cutting on them again this time. However if you want to use your iPad for drawing then you'll want one with Apple Pencil support, which some of the older models don't offer.

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie Hilder is the acting editor of Creative Bloq. Before joining the CB team in 2018, she worked on a range of print titles, including Time Out Buenos Aires, Computer Arts, 3D World, Paint & Draw and Mac|Life. Her interests lie in branding and illustration, tech and sexism, and plenty more in-between. This year, she was delighted to be invited to join the judging panel on the Brand Impact Awards.