Black Friday Apple iPad deals: recap

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Black Friday has now passed. Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart had some epic Black Friday tablet deals, including great Black Friday iPad offers, allowing you to snatch one of Apple's fancy slates for less.

In this article, we're making a recap of the deals we saw on iPads during the sales. This year, the sales went on for longer than expected - most retailers launched their deals ahead of the official start of Black Friday.

Amazon and Best Buy had some smashing Black Friday phone deals as well. However, the very best Black Friday discounts on iPhones didn't really come.

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Black Friday deals on iPad Pro 11-inch and 12.9-inch: recap


We managed to dig out some cool deals on the iPad Pro (2022), although it's a new model and it's not getting wildly discounted. If you didn't mind getting a 2021-released variant were also in luck during the sales. For example, Amazon sold the iPad Pro (2021) with an 11-inch display with a great discount of around $100 off.

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2021)
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Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2021)


The Good

  • Smooth 120Hz display
  • Snappy, unrivaled performance thanks to the Apple M1 processor
  • Loud and punchy quad speakers
  • Familiar premium design

The Bad

  • iPadOS 14 doesn't take advantage of all this power
  • Expensive accessories

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2022)
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Apple iPad Pro 11-inch (2022)


The Good

  • Thin, light, easy to handle
  • 120 Hz screen is still a fantastic way to experience iPadOS
  • Tons of power on tap
  • USB Type-C Thunderbolt port is super-fast and useful
  • The quad speakers sound great
  • Dependable battery endurance

The Bad

  • Accessories for the full experience are expensive
  • 3rd party mice will be a bit awkward
  • iPadOS has made strides in multi-tasking, but UI feel is still sticky and confined

The thing is, the mainstream storage options ran out of stock quickly, so buyers were left with choosing between 1TB and 2TB.

There were also good deals on refurbished models at Amazon.


Black Friday iPad Air deals: recap


During the sales, you could snatch the iPad Air (2022) at Amazon and save $100 in the process. Another deal let you grab a refurbished 4th Gen iPad Air for $100 less than usual.

Apple iPad Air (2022)
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Apple iPad Air (2022)


The Good

  • Unrivaled performance at this price
  • Premium build quality
  • Solid speakers
  • Supports iPad Pro (11-inch) accessories

The Bad

  • 64 GB of base storage is a bit stingy, the only other option is a costly jump to 256 GB
  • Expensive accessories

Apple iPad Air (2020)
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Apple iPad Air (2020)


The Good

  • Gorgeous design
  • Magic Keyboard and 2nd-gen Apple Pencil support
  • Superb stereo speakers
  • USB Type-C, meaning better support for third-party accessories

The Bad

  • Expensive first-party accessories


Black Friday iPad deals: 10.9-inch Apple iPad and 10.2-inch iPad offers: recap


The star of the show during this Black Friday event was, hands down, the 10.2-inch iPad (2021). Both it and the iPad (2022) were available with great discounts on Amazon and even Walmart. You could save $100 on the iPad from 2021, and $50 on the iPad from 2022. 

Apple iPad (2022)
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Apple iPad (2022)


The Good

  • Refreshed design
  • Fast and reliable Touch ID
  • Super performance thanks to A14 Bionic
  • Dual-stereo speakers
  • Reliable battery life
  • USB-C port, goodbye Lightning
  • 5G and Wi-Fi 6 support

The Bad

  • Non-laminated screen that's just okay
  • No more 3.5mm audio jack
  • A serious price hike

Apple iPad 10.2-inch (2021)
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Apple iPad 10.2-inch (2021)


The Good

  • The full iPadOS experience at a low cost
  • TrueTone display
  • 64 GB base storage
  • Has a headphone jack
  • Dependable battery life

The Bad

  • Dated design
  • One-sided speakers
  • Lightning port
  • Non-laminated screen
  • Camera is not great

Black Friday iPad deals: Apple iPad mini 6, recap


Buyers for the iPad mini 6 were in luck this Black Friday! Both Amazon and Best Buy were offering the compact tablet with a nice $100 discount!

Apple iPad mini 6
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Apple iPad mini 6


The Good

  • Perfect size and weight for reading and jotting down notes
  • Unrivaled performance on a small tablet
  • Punchy stereo speakers
  • USB Type-C
  • 2nd-gen Apple Pencil support

The Bad

  • Unimpressive display, wavy scrolling in portrait mode


Where to find the best Black Friday deals on iPads?


Traditionally, some of the best discounts on Apple iPads are available at retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. Last Black Friday, the latter offered many doorbuster deals on several iPad models. As you might expect, those didn't last very long.

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In any case, we suggest pulling the trigger on any Apple tablet deal you like as quickly as possible. After all, it's not only at Best Buy where supplies tend to run out pretty quickly.


Does Apple have discounts on iPads during Black Friday?


Apple is unlikely to slash the price of its own devices for the sake of participating in the Black Friday deals craze. Usually, the official store just sweetens the pot with bundle deals that force you to buy another Apple product, or gives some App Store gift cards, and that's about it. Still, surprises happen sometimes, so a tempting iPad deal at the Apple store isn't completely out of the question.

Should I wait for Black Friday to buy an iPad?


In short, yes. Black Friday is the year's biggest shopping event, which sees countless of exciting and epic deals on various tech items. As you might expect, those include iPads as well. While Prime Day is another big event that brings about cool offers, those rarely are as irresistible as the ones we see on Black Friday. That's why we suggest waiting for Black Friday and Cyber Monday if you want to maximize your savings. 

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