If 2019 is anything to go by, Black Friday iPad deals are among the best offers you'll find all year. The huge retail event was bigger than ever before, and the Black Friday iPad deals were better than anyone expected, with even some of the shiniest new models – such as the new 10.2-inch iPad – seeing impressive discounts.
While it might feel like Black Friday is a while to wait, with the epic shopping event usually taking place on the first weekend in Nov, it's actually just a matter of months until things kick off. And the Black Friday period is one of the best times of the year to make a decent saving on an iPad.
In this post, we'll cover everything you need to know about what to expect for Black Friday iPad deals in 2020. Whether you’re looking for a cheap iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air or iPad mini, you’ll find all you need to know here, as we analyse the biggest savings in 2019 and make some early predictions for next year.
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Where are the best Black Friday iPad deals?
Apple is not known for its sales, but that doesn't mean you can't find a great Black Friday iPad deal this year. Plenty of retailers that stock Apple products are set to take part in the major retail event this year. Based on what we saw last year, here is a list of places we expect to see the biggest discounts, all of which we will add to this page as and when they appear.
Click the links to browse their sites yourself, or scroll down for our curated list of the best Black Friday iPad deals from 2019. These will help you know what to expect from Black Friday 2020.
- Amazon: Big savings across the entire iPad range in the US and UK
- AO: Excellent deals on iPad Pro, iPad and iPad mini
- Best Buy: Huge savings across the iPad range, including older models
- B&H Photo: Amazing deals across the entire iPad range
- Currys PC World: Already great savings on a number of iPad models
- John Lewis: Claim up to £150 back when trading in an old iPad right now
- Laptops Direct: Low prices on refurbished and new iPad devices
- Very: Apple TV+ offer currently running with select iPad purchases
- Walmart: Unbelievable savings across a range of iPad products
If you’re not sure which iPad to buy, then don't worry. You’ll find our expert guide to choosing the best iPad at the bottom of this article, in a section called: Which iPad should I buy?
Pro tip: if you’re looking for the cheapest iPad Black Friday deal, choose a Wi-Fi model. An iPad with a cellular connection – which enables you to use 3G or 4G when there's no Wi-Fi – will cost you more. (And once you've chosen your iPad, don't forget to browse the best Apple Pencil deals, or maybe you're after an Apple Watch?
Read on to see the best Black Friday iPad deals from 2019, plus what we expect to see this year.
iPad Pro Black Friday deals
Apple's newest and best iPad Pro device comes in two versions: the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2020) and the iPad Pro 11-inch (2020). Both come with the powerful A12Z Bionic processor, the same battery capabilities, and a variety of storage options. The larger version offers more screen real estate for creatives; while the smaller model is more portable and easier to take on the move.
Here are the best iPad Pro Black Friday deals that happened last year – here's hoping we see more of the same in 2020.
iPad Pro Black Friday deals: US
Apple iPad Pro 12.9" (256GB, 2018):
$1,299.99 $1,099.99 at Best Buy
Save $200: This shiny new model features a Liquid Retina display that goes edge-to-edge and Face ID and has an incredible discount of 15%. This also includes a two-year Verison cellular contract and free security software. Also available is the larger 512GB model. DEAL EXPIRED
Apple iPad Pro 11" (256GB, 2018):
$1,099.99 $899.99 at Best Buy
Save $200: This is an awesome deal! 18% off the latest model of the powerful 11-inch iPad Pro. The deal includes a two-year Verison contract too, so you'll never stuck be without internet. DEAL EXPIRED
iPad Pro Black Friday deals: UK
Apple iPad Pro 11" (64GB, 2018):
£1,519 £1,319 at Amazon
Save £200: Make incredible savings on the space grey version of the latest 11-inch iPad Pro. This one is for you if you need a bucket-load of storage, but you can also make amazing savings on the 256GB, 512GB and 64GB, too! Just click the option on the page. DEAL EXPIRED
iPad Pro 10.5" (512GB, 2017):
£749 £499 at Currys
Save £250: Get a huge discount on this 2017 iPad Pro right now. This model has 512GB storage and and beautiful 10.5 inch screen. Bear in mind it's compatible with the Apple Pencil 1st gen. DEAL EXPIREDView Deal
Black Friday iPad deals
The iPad is Apple's baseline tablet. The latest model, the iPad 10.2-inch (2019), raises the tablet's specs closer to those of the latest iPad Air, with the addition of Smart Keyboard support and a slightly larger screen. It boasts strong battery life, decent performance, and it's cheaper than the other iPads – giving you some of Apple’s best iPad features on a more limited budget.
Last year we saw some epic Black Friday iPad deals, including some on slightly older models, details of which you can find below.
Black Friday iPad deals: US
Apple iPad 10.2” (32GB, 2019): $
329 $229 at Target
Save $100: Apple’s entry level iPad is available right now for an absolute steal at Target. A short term offer, this 2019 model is currently reduced by a whopping $100, taking it down to just $229! There’s really never been a better time to buy. DEAL EXPIRED
Apple iPad 9.7 (128GB, 2017):
$559 $429 at Walmart
Save $130: If you want that cellular connection and some decent storage, this 6th gen iPad Black Friday deal knocks $130 off the usual price. Choose between three different colours. DEAL EXPIRED
Black Friday iPad deals: UK
iPad 10.2" (32GB, 2019):
£349.99 £298.99 at Amazon
Save £50: This morning Amazon has launched a lightning deal that sees the latest iPad 10.2" price dropped by 14%. This 32GB, Wi-Fi model is only available at this price for a few hours, so don't delay! DEAL EXPIRED
iPad 10.2" (32GB, 2019):
£349 £299 at Very
Save £50: Apple's newest and most popular iPad supports Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. This Wi-FI version doesn't have cellular data, so it costs less, and right now Very has knocked £50 off, taking it to a very reasonable £299. There's also £50 off the 128GB version. DEAL EXPIRED
Looking for a new iPad now? Here are the best deals available now in your area:
Black Friday iPad Air deals
We weren't expecting to see many hefty discounts on the newest iPad Air last year, but we were happy to be proved wrong. The introduction of a new iPad Air not so long ago will mean we will almost certainly see big discounts on its older but still very powerful siblings. Here are the best iPad Air Black Friday deals 2019 had to offer.
Black Friday iPad Air deals: US
iPad Air (64GB, 2019):
$499 $459 at Walmart
Save $40: This is Apple's newest iPad Air, so $40 off is about the best you're going to get on this model. This 10.5-inch 64GB model is compatible with the Apple Pencil (1st gen) and a powerful A12 bionic chip. There's up to 10 hours of battery life, too. DEAL EXPIRED
Black Friday iPad Air deals: UK
iPad Air (64GB, 2019):
£479 £448 at Amazon
Save £30: This is Apple's latest and greatest iPad Air, so it's incredible to be seeing any savings on it at all. This 64GB model has a decent screen size of 10.5-inches and is compatible with the Apple Pencil (1st gen). And there's £30 off at Amazon, or at Currys. DEAL EXPIRED
Black Friday iPad mini deals
Much like the iPad Air, the arrival of a new iPad mini recently means we're surely see some great discounts on older models. 2019 saw some impressive reductions, and we've every reason to think 2020 will be even better when it comes to Black Friday iPad mini deals.
Black Friday iPad mini deals: US
iPad mini (64GB, 2019): $399.99 plus 1 year Apple TV at Best Buy
Get 1 year free Apple TV: Apple fans can get a brand new iPad mini plus a whole year of Apple TV for just $399.99 at Best Buy. This hot new model is compatible with Apple Pencil (1st gen). DEAL EXPIRED
iPad mini 4 (64GB, renewed):
$450 $269.99 at Amazon
40% off: There's a huge saving on this refurbished mini model. These are pre-owned tablets that are tested by Amazon-qualified suppliers, so should work just like new (and are backed by a 90-day guarantee if you have any issues). DEAL EXPIRED
iPad mini Black Friday deals: UK
iPad mini (256GB, 2019):
£669 £569 at Very
Save £100: Snap up a 2019 iPad mini with £100 off right now at Very. The 7.9" tablet includes a Retina Display, Touch ID and an A12 Bionic Chip. It also supports Apple Pencil and works with Wi-Fi or cellular data. DEAL EXPIRED
iPad mini (64GB, 2019):
£399 £379 at John Lewis
Save £20: This 7.9-inch iPad mini is brand new and has £20 off. This is the best price we've seen on this 64GB model. If this one is sold out by the time you get there, Amazon is offering the same model for £384, and discounts on other models too. DEAL EXPIRED
Alternatively, bookmark our Black Friday deals hub to see all the best offers on a range of creative kit.
How much are iPads on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?
As offers on Apple products are rare, we're likely to see iPad deals at an absolute maximum of around 40 per cent off in 2020. But that's still a fair amount off (especially when prices run into the several hundreds) – and even with smaller discounts, anything is better than paying full whack.
In terms of where to look for deals, Apple itself isn't exactly renowned for rolling out massive price cuts on its gear – it usually offers gift cards, and 2019 was no exception. This year, iPad bargain hunters could pick up a discounted iPad at Walmart, Currys, Very, John Lewis and Amazon on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Last year, we saw discounts on the 2018 11 iPad Pro and 12.9 iPad Pro models and even the newer iPad Air, iPad mini and 10.2-inch iPad, which was both unexpected and very welcome. There were also some deals on Apple Pencils of both generations. If using a Pencil isn't high on your list of priorities then you'll be likely to save on a 2017 model.
How to get the best iPad Black Friday deals
If there's one thing you can be sure of when it comes to the best Black Friday iPad deals (and the best Cyber Monday iPad deals, of course), it's that they're going to be in short supply, and serious discounts are going to be even more rare, so you're going to need to be prepared to leap on a good deal as soon as you spot it. The best offers are likely to appear as lightning deals with limited stock available, so keep checking back here for news on them as soon as they come up.
For the best chance of finding great Black Friday Apple iPad deals, you'll need to keep an eye on as many retailers as possible; Amazon had some good deals last year and you can expect some more this time around, but you're also likely to find savings from eBay and John Lewis as well as major electrical stores. If you're in the USA, watch out for iPad deals from Walmart and Best Buy, while in the UK firms such as Currys PC World and Very are likely to come up with the goods.
Decide in advance roughly what model you're after; do you want a standard iPad, a Pro, a Mini or an Air? And watch out for retailers shifting older models at knock-down prices; they'll look pretty much the same but you'll have to make do with poorer performance than the latest iPads, especially if you're running the latest iOS on aged stock.
Finally, try to overcome your Black Friday excitement and take the same care you would for any other major purchase. Check for cashback offers, make sure the guarantee's going to cover you if something goes wrong, and make sure you keep your receipt in case you need to return your shiny new purchase.
Which iPad is right for you?
Black Friday iPad deals: Which iPad should you buy?
If you're likely to fill up your iPad with photos, videos and music then you should naturally opt for as much storage as you can comfortably afford (up to 1TB on the iPad Pro), but do you really need to pay the extra for a cellular model? The smarter option is to tether a Wi-Fi iPad to your iPhone, and use that for a mobile signal when you're out of range.
If you want maximum power, specs and screen size, then go for the best iPad Pro money can buy – the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2020), which boasts an A12Z Bionic chip for super-speedy graphics, and 2732 x 2048 resolution.
The slightly smaller (and cheaper) iPad Pro 11-inch (2020) is another excellent choice for creatives, and has the same super-charged A12Z Bionic chip. Both the iPad Pro models 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. Both models are available with 64GB. 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of memory.
If you're not so fussed about screen size, or top specs, then the new 10.2-inch iPad (2019) could be for you. It's a lot cheaper than the 2018 models, 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 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 you may be able to pick up a Black Friday iPad deal on one of them. When looking at older iPads, remember that if you want to use your new iPad for drawing then be sure to plump for a model with Apple Pencil support.