We know you’re here for iPad deals, but you might also like to know that we’ve been busy exploring the best savings on MacBooks this cyber season, too. Visit our live blog for the best deals on the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.
One common complaint about iPads is that entry-level models don’t come with much storage (less than 64GB) and that you have to pay what seems like a lot more to get higher capacities. Fortunately, you can get around this somewhat with an external SSD – you can access the content from this (samples, projects, etc.) using the Files app.
All but one of the iPads in Apple’s current range have a USB-C port (the 9th-gen 10.2-inch model is the out), so mounting a drive is as easy as plugging in a cable. There are plenty of Cyber SSD savings to be found on Amazon US and Amazon UK – we found this Crucial X6 2TB USB-C model on Amazon UK (with read speeds up to 800MB/s) for just £106.99, just under the RRP for £211 (Opens in a new tab).
Inevitably, the cheapest Cyber Weekend iPad deals lean towards WiFi models, but we know some of you love the data-driven freedom that comes with having a schedule with cellular capabilities, too.
If you’re one of those folks and love them in the States, it’s worth stopping by Walmart’s website, where you’ll find deals on both cellphone-friendly iPad Airs for 2020 and 2022.
The older model is the cheapest option — $569 (down from $679) gets you the fourth-generation cellular iPad Air with 64GB of storage (Opens in a new tab). There’s an A14 Bionic chip hidden inside, so it’s definitely no slouch.
If you’re ready to spend another $100, the 2022 iPad Air 5th Generation with M1 and 64GB of storage is yours for $669 (down from $749) (Opens in a new tab).
Amazon UK has taken £50 off the 2022 M2-powered 12.9in iPad Pro (the largest and best iPad you can buy) bringing the price down to £1,999. (Opens in a new tab). There’s no escaping the fact that that’s still a lot of money to pay for a tablet, but if that’s the device you’re after, any kind of discount is better than none.
A keyboard case is by no means an essential purchase for the iPad — many people do perfectly fine without one — but if you’re considering your Apple tablet as a laptop replacement, or think you might want to use it to write from time to time Well, it’s a good investment.
Amazon is currently having the Logictech Slim Folio iPad Keyboard Case for just £49.99 (down from £89.99) (Opens in a new tab), which is compatible with the “standard” seventh, eighth and ninth generation models. There is no touchpad, but get a Bluetooth mouse and that shouldn’t be a problem.
It may ‘only’ have the M1 processor, unlike the latest M2, but at $799.99, the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a great buy at Best Buy. (Opens in a new tab). For that money, you’re getting a modern tablet with a pretty big screen, and with iOS for making music now so mature, it might be able to serve as a laptop replacement.
Here’s a great deal on the “standard” 9th-generation iPad — down from $330 to $270 at Best Buy in the US (Opens in a new tab) (That’s a $60 savings, fan numbers). Well, it doesn’t have the all-screen design of other models, but you do get a 10.2-inch Retina display, an A13 Bionic chip, and 64GB of storage. It looks good to us.
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