The best iPad Black Friday deals tend to sell out quickly. And with Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019 just around the corner, you'll need to have an action plan in place now if you want to snap up the best iPad Black Friday deal for your needs.
We're starting to see a few strong deals appearing now, and retailers are only going to ramp up their efforts as we get closer to this year's big shopping event. While there will undoubtedly be some excellent offers on the day itself (29 November, with Cyber Monday following on 2 December), it's worth paying attention to these early Black Friday iPad deals, as there can be some great discounts in there.
iPad Black Friday deals: Quick links
In this article, we'll share all the best iPad Black Friday deals and Cyber Monday deals for iPad as soon as they appear. If you know which device you want, use the links opposite to jump to the correct product for you.
Wondering which is the best tablet for you? Some factors to consider are screen size, memory, processor (or chip), and compatibility. You also need to think about whether you're happy with just using Wi-Fi or you want a Cellular connection too (having both will cost more). Check out the Which iPad should i buy? section at the bottom of the page for more guidance.
Or for more action tips, take a look at our guide to how to get the best iPad Black Friday deals.
The best iPad Black Friday deals right now
These are the offers live right now. We'll be checking for new deals every day, and updating this section with the best bargains as soon as they go live. Can't see what you're after? Bookmark this page and check back later.
iPad Pro (10.5"): Was $999 now $599 at Walmart
Save $400 – What a deal! In by far the biggest early Black Friday discount we've seen so far, Walmart has chopped a massive $400 off this iPad Pro (Wi-Fi only) with 512GB RAM and a 10.5-in Retina display. Snap it up while it's still in stock! View Deal
iPad (6th gen): Was $459 now $299 at Walmart
Save $160 – This 6th generation iPad comes with 32GB RAM and Wi-Fi connection. Walmart has knocked of a none-too-shabby $160 in this great early Black Friday iPad deal.
After a different product? Take a look at our general guide to the best Apple Black Friday deals, or one of our other product deal roundups pages: Black Friday and Cyber Monday MacBook deals, Apple Pencil Black Friday deals or Apple Watch Black Friday deals.
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?
As offers on Apple products are rare, we're likely to see iPad deals at an absolute maximum of around 40 per cent off. 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. Last year, you 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, so as these models age, it's a fair bet that you'll be able to snag some significant Black Friday and Cyber Monday iPad Pro deals, especially on pre-2018 iPad Pros. We may also see discounts on the 9.7-inch iPad, which received a major update in 2018, adding Apple Pencil compatibility among other things. If using a Pencil isn't high on your list of priorities then you'll be likely to save on a 2017 model if you shop around. If you're after an iPad Air or iPad mini, you're also likely to save on older stock, and may even get a bit off the newer models.
iPad Black Friday deals: What to expect
The best Black Friday iPad deals and Cyber Monday iPads were on the older models, such as the 2017 iPads, last year, but as the 9.7-inch (2018) model has just been super-seeded by the 10.2-inch model, there could be discounts ahead for the 9.7-inch model.
Deals on older iPads are below:
In 2018, this is the sort of discount we saw on the standard iPads.
EXPIRED: iPad 9.7" 2018 (32GB) Wi-Fi:
$329 $249 at Walmart
Save $80: Walmart is offering a pretty sweet deal on this 2018 iPad this Cyber Monday. This Wi-Fi only iPad has 32GB storage, touch ID and runs iOS 11.
EXPIRED: Apple iPad 9.7" 2018 (32GB) Wi-Fi:
£319 £299 at John Lewis
Save £20: There aren't many massive discounts knocking around for this year's iPads, so this £20 discount on the brand new 9.7-inch model is actually not bad. As always with John Lewis, it comes with a two-year guarantee.
iPad 12.9 Pro
Best iPad 12.9 Black Friday deals
These are the best prices right now on the hottest iPad Pro – the iPad 12.9-inch model.
Best iPad Pro Black Friday deals
Ahead of the big Cyber Monday iPad Pro deals, here are the best prices available right now on the other iPad Pros, including the 11-inch (2018) iPad Pro model.
Last year we saw the following iPad Pro Black Friday deals, including an iPad Pro Walmart deal that flew off the shelves.
EXPIRED: Apple 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 64GB Gold:
$649 $570.99 at Walmart
Save $78: This great deal offers a 64 GB, 10.5" IPS (2224 x 1668), gold Apple iPad Pro for less than $600. Now that's a deal not be missed! Be quick, these are flying off the shelves.
EXPIRED: Apple iPad Pro 11" 2018 (64GB) Wi-Fi:
£824 £716.99 at eglobal Central
Save £108: Save 13 per cent on one of the newest iPad Pros with this Black Friday deal from eGlobal Central. It comes with 64GB of memory a A12X chip, and works fantastically well with Apple Pencil.
EXPIRED: Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch (2017), Wi-Fi, 512GB
£969 £839 at John Lewis
Save £130: This is a pretty decent discount on the 2017 iPad Pro. This 10.5-inch tablet in space grey has 512GB of memory and a A10X Fusion chip, making it one powerful iPad.
EXPIRED: iPad Pro 512GB (10.5-inch, 2017) WiFi:
$994 $842 at Jet
Save $152: New iPad Pro models are on the market, so that means decent discounts on the still-speedy models from 2017. Jet has knocked 15% off the price of this extra-large 512GB version of the 2017 iPad Pro. Sold out.
Best iPad Air Black Friday deals
We don't expect to see many hefty discounts on the newest iPad Air this year, but deals on older iPad Airs are much easier to come by. These are the best prices right now.
Last year there were iPad deals on the discontinued iPad Air 2.
EXPIRED: iPad Air 2 (64GB, Wi-Fi):
$549.99 $249.99 at DailySteals
Save $300: The iPad Air 2 has been discontinued now, but it's still worth considering because it's cheap and powerful. TechRadar gave it a perfect 5* in its review. Pick a new one up from DailySteals for just $249.99.
iPad mini Black Friday deals
Here are all the best iPad mini prices at the moment. Fingers crossed they'll get even better as Cyber Monday and Black Friday roll ever nearer.
Last year saw discounts on the iPad Mini 4. We're expecting big discounts on this model this year, following the arrival of the iPad mini 5.
EXPIRED: Apple iPad Mini 4 (2015):
$399.99 $249.99 at Target
Save $150: The Apple iPad Mini 4 is a nifty little piece of kit that is great for creating on the move, although it may be a bit small if you want to get really creative. This 2015 device has had 38% knocked off the price this Back Friday. Out of stock.
EXPIRED: Apple iPad Mini 4 (128GB) Wi-Fi + 3 months Apple Music:
£419 £299 at John Lewis
Save £100: This early deal from John Lewis is probably the best iPad Mini Cyber Monday deal you'll see this year. There are a few retailers offering the £299 price tag, but John Lewis throws in a three-month subscription to Apple Music, and a two-year guarantee, too.
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 Newegg, 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 iOS 12 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 should I 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 (2018), which boasts an A12X Bionic chip for super-speedy graphics, and 2732 x 2048 resolution. See our iPad Pro 12.9-inch review here.
The slightly smaller (and cheaper) iPad Pro 11-inch (2018) is another excellent choice for creatives, and has the same super-charged A12X 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.