The Amazon Black Friday Sale has officially started, and there are a couple of outstanding deals on Apple iPads that are now available. The first is the 10th generation (2022) Apple iPad for only $349, a 22% price drop from its original $449 MSRP. The second is the slightly older 9th generation (2021) Apple iPad for $229.99, a 30% price drop from its $329 MSRP. These are the best prices we’ve seen all year and we don’t expect them to get any cheaper closer to Black Friday. These are brand new with 1 year Apple warranty.
2021 Apple iPad 10.2″ 64GB for $229.99
Simply put, if you want the iPad experience for the lowest possible price, then this is the best iPad model to get. You can’t find another iPad brand new for under $300. For many people, the improvements on the 10th gen iPad will be overlooked. The screen isn’t that much bigger, the processor isn’t that much faster, and the camera rarely, if ever, gets any use. If you already have a Lightning cable and you don’t need USB Type-C on every electronics you own, and you never plan to use the iPad as a hybrid laptop, then those advantages go right out the window as well. Depending on how you use the iPad, you could just end up wasting money on features you’ll never end up using. And $249 for a brand new iPad is just such a great deal.
2022 10th Gen Apple iPad 10.9″ 64GB for $349
The 10th gen Apple iPad was released in October 2022 and is currently the newest iPad model available. The price of this model has gone up significantly compared to its predecessor, but that’s because there are a lot of upgrades! The 10th gen iPad features a thinner bezel, so it looks less chunky and can fit a larger display (10.9″ vs 10.2″) within the same footprint. The 10th gen iPad also has a faster A14 Bionic chip (vs the A13 on the 9th gen), which equates to a 20% increase in CPU performance and 10% increase in GPU performance. The 10th gen iPad also has support for the newer Apple Magic Folio keyboard, so it’s easier to turn it into a mini laptop. Other upgrades include a USB Type-C port, a sharper camera, and the upgrade to Wi-Fi 6. That’s a lot of improvements for a mere $80 premium.
Which iPad Should You Buy on Black Friday
Both iPad deals are some of the best you’ll find during the holiday season. It really comes down to how important certain upgrades are. Do you want the versatility of using your iPad as a mini laptop with the Magic Folio keyboard? Do you appreciate having the universal USB Type-C charging port for all of your mobile devices? If yes to any of these, then you should go with the newer iPad. Do you want nothing more than to use a very capable iPad that features the same easy to navigate iOS as your phone at an incredible value? Then maybe you should save your money and go with the cheaper iPad.
More Black Friday iPad Deals
2021 Apple iPad Mini 8.3″ 64GB WiFi for $399.99
The iPad Mini may be the most diminutive tablet of the bunch, but that doesn’t mean it’s gimped in any way. Although it was released back in 2021, the newest generation Apple iPad Mini is still more powerful than the new standard sized iPad that was release in late 2022. The iPad Mini features an 8.3″ Liquid Retina display with True Tone and Wide Color, a very capable A15 Bionic processor, universal USB Type-C port for fast charging, and Apple Pencil 2 compatiblity. If you’re looking for the most portable iPad, this is your pick.
2022 Apple iPad Air 10.9″ 64GB WiFi for $499.99
The newest 5th generation Apple iPad Air was released in March of 2022 with a $599 MSRP. Yes, it’s substantially pricier than the original iPad, but it upgrades virtually every aspect of its hardware. It boasts the larger 10.9″ found in the newer iPad but it’s a nicer display that supports both True Tone and P3 wide color. It has the same powerful Apple M1 chip found in the 2021 iPad Pro. Despite the more powerful hardware, the iPad Air is roughly the same size as iPad but is thinner and weighs less, and has a USB Type-C port.
2022 Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ Mini-LED M2 for $999
The late-2022 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the most powerful tablet available right now. Compared to the previous gen model, it has been upgraded with the M2 chip. The M2 chip offers about a 15% performance boost compared to the M1. The 12.9″ size is the only iPad that boasts the gorgeous Mini-LED Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion, Tru Tone, and P3 wide color. Charging is done through USB Type-C.