Black Friday 2019 is almost upon us. So if you're looking to buy a new iPad, you may want to wait till Black Friday and Cyber Monday roll around in order to get the best iPad deal. Retailers kicked off their sales early this year, but historically all the very best deals have surfaced on the day itself.
The best Cyber Monday iPad deals 2019
The great news is that if you want a brilliant Black Friday iPad deal you're in the right place. However, 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 anything is better than paying full whack, right? We're constantly checking for the very best Black Friday iPad deals available, and you sure to find the cheapest prices right here. However, it's worth noting that great savings on iPads are very few and far between.
Read on to grab anything from an iPad Mini up to a hefty iPad Pro without paying full whack.
US: iPad deals
US: iPad Black Friday: The best deals in 2018
How will you know you're getting a good deal? One way is to check what Black Friday iPad deals we saw last year, on a range of models, so you can see what sort of discount to expect this year. Below we've listed some of 2018's best Black Friday iPad deals, including the Apple gift card offers we mentioned above.
EXPIRED: Get a $100 Apple store gift card when you purchase select iPad models
Seeing offers come directly from Apple is not something we'd see this weekend, and while they've (unsurprisingly) not dropped the price of iPads, the company is offering gift cards on select purchases, which you can use to buy a swanky new cover or other accessory to go with your new device. Hurry, offer ends today!View Deal
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: iPad 9.7" 2018 (128GB) Wi-Fi:
$429 $379 at Walmart
Save $50: This 9.7" Wi-Fi-only iPad is high-spec and compatible with the Apple Pencil. It should serve most designers well. Walmart has knocked $31 off this Cyber Monday, which isn't massive, but it is a decent price for a 2018 model with this much memory.
US: iPad Pro Black Friday: The best iPad Pro deals in 2018
There were also discounts to be had on the iPad Pro, mostly on the 10.5-inch models.
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: iPad Pro 64GB (10.5-inch, 2017) Wi-Fi:
$649 $524.99 at Walmart
Save $124: Last year's iPad Pro is still a powerful productivity machine – if you're ok with the smallest-storage option, you can get a big discount on the price right now at Walmart. This deal is selling very quickly.
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.
US: Other Black Friday iPad deals
If you're after an older iPad Air (now discontinued) or an older iPad Mini, last year's deals suggest there are discounts to be had. Although another year has of course aged these iPads even more.
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.
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.
UK: iPad deals
UK: Black Friday iPad deals in 2018
Last year we saw discounts from retailers such as Apple (that offered gift cards), Currys, Very, John Lewis and Amazon. Check out 2018's Black Friday iPad deals below:
EXPIRED: Get a £80 Apple store gift card when you purchase select iPad models
The Apple shopping event is valid in the US and the UK, and while this offer doesn't see any price reduction on iPads, it does provide gift cards off further purchases, which is better than nothing, right? Hurry, offer ends today!View Deal
EXPIRED: Apple iPad 12.9" 2017 (64GB):
£769 £719 at Currys PC World
Save £50: Get £50 off this 2017 model at Currys PC World in this great Cyber Monday deal. This iPad features an Apple A10X Processor, touch ID fingerprint sensor, and it's compatible with the Apple Pencil. This is the best price we've found so far.
EXPIRED: Apple iPad 199.7" 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.
UK: Black Friday iPad Pro deals in 2018
There were bigger discounts to be had on the iPad Pro models, especially those from 2018 and 2017.
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.
UK: Other Black Friday iPad deals
There were a few deals knocking around on the iPad Mini 4 last year too.
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. When they sell out, you'll find the the same price on Amazon.
Black Friday iPad deals: Our predictions
Apple isn't exactly renowned for rolling out massive price cuts on its gear, so if you're hoping for some epic Cyber Monday iPad deals then you'd be wise to temper your expectations a little. That said, Apple has just announced some exciting new models, so what with Apple's new 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pros now on sale, it's a fair bet that you'll be able to snag some significant Cyber Monday iPad Pro deals on older stock.
There's also talk of a long-overdue update to the iPad Mini, with a faster chipset and cheaper display. Though we don't expect that to come before Black Friday, we still think you're in with a chance of getting a decent iPad Mini 4 Cyber Monday deal.
As for the standard 9.7-inch iPad, that received a major update earlier in the year, adding Apple Pencil compatibility among other things. We doubt you'll find much in the way of major discounts on this one, but 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.
How to get the best iPad deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
If there's one thing you can be sure of when it comes to Black Friday iPad deals, 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 as well as major electrical stores. If you're in the USA, watch out for deals from Walmart and Newegg, while in the UK firms such as Currys PC World and John Lewis 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 or a Mini? 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.
iPad features and specs that creatives should look out for on Black Friday
The beauty of the iPad range is that you don't need to worry too much about specs; the major distinction between models is the amount of storage you get, and whether they're Wi-Fi or cellular, and these options can make a big difference to the price.
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 512GB 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.
None of the iPads currently on sale are particular slouches; however for the best performance look out for the 2018 9.7-inch iPad or the 2017 iPad Pros. These pack the A10 and A10X processors respectively, which clock in around 30 per cent faster than the previous generation A9 processor. The newer iPad Pros are even better, with A12X processors providing plenty of power.
And of course if you want to use your new iPad for drawing then be sure to plump for a model with Apple Pencil support. This used to mean buying an iPad Pro, but as of 2018 the standard 9.7-inch iPad has Pencil support, although whether or not we'll see much in the way of deals for that model is another matter altogether.
3 iPads to look out for on Black Friday and Cyber Monday
01. iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
The biggest and possibly the best iPad to get at a bargain
Weight: 677g | Dimensions: 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm | OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 12.9-inch | Resolution: 2048 x 2732 pixels | CPU: A10X Fusion | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: 10,875mAh | Rear camera: 12MP: | Front camera: 7MP
If size matters to you and you're not bothered about getting the very latest model, then this is your only serious iPad choice. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the closest you'll get to a 2-in-1 touchscreen MacBook, and it's brilliant for both productivity and entertainment.
Its huge, sharp screen is ideal both for drawing with the Apple Pencil or for showing off images and video to best effect, and if you add a Smart Keyboard to the mix then it becomes just the thing for getting admin work done wherever you may be.
The massive screen could be a drawback if all you really want is a tablet, but if you're after something portable that can adapt to pretty much any scenario then you really can't go wrong with this model, just so long as you can afford the steep price.
02. iPad 9.7(2018)
A normal-sized iPad that works with the Apple Pencil
Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5mm | OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CPU: A10 Bionic | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32/128GB | microSD: slot: No | Battery: Up to 10 hours | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
This surprise 2018 addition to the iPad range is ostensibly aimed at the student market, but its USP – it's the first non-Pro iPad to support the Apple Pencil, makes the new iPad a must-have for budget-conscious creatives.
Its big downside is that it's not compatible with the Smart Keyboard, making it less of an all-round workhorse than the Pro range, and the maximum storage you can get is 128GB. But if you can cope with these little drawbacks then this is absolutely the best standard iPad available. We're not convinced you'll get much of a discount on it though.
03. iPad Mini 4
It's getting on a bit, but this is a great compact model
Weight: 299g | Dimensions: 203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1mm | OS: iOS 12 | Screen size: 7.9-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CPU: A8 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16/32/64/128GB | microSD: slot: No | Battery: 5124mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
The iPad Mini 4 is definitely showing its age; launched in 2015 it's saddled with an A8 processor rather than the the A10-series chipsets in the Pro and iPad 9.7 (2018), but that's just about its only disappointing area (and to be fair, the A8's still pretty powerful).
Small and light with a beautifully bright 7.9-inch screen, it's a lovely little piece of portable kit that can do just about everything its bigger siblings can, and if you're on a limited budget then it's definitely the iPad to opt for. However, bear in mind that an iPad Mini 5 is expected to launch pretty soon, and that might mean bigger savings on the iPad Mini 4 are around the corner, as retailers shift their stock. It's a gamble!