The very best iPad Professional offers and gross sales for August 2021

Anybody who wants the absolute best and beefiest tablet that money can buy (but still wants to save some of that money as well) should look no further than iPad Pro deals. Apple all but created the tablet as we know it, and despite some increasingly stiff competition from brands like Microsoft and Samsung, the iPad Pro is still the king. So if you’re on a quest for Apple deals and tablet deals and you’re specifically honing in on some iPad Pro sales, you’ve come to the right place.
Apple iPads are a hot item and there’s a ton of online inventory to sort through, but we’ve already taken care of the hard part to bring you an up-to-date roundup of all the best iPad Pro deals available today. Need some more advice and details before you buy? We’ve put together a handy shopping guide, too.
Today’s best iPad Pro deals

Should you buy the iPad Pro?
The iPad is the most popular tablet lineup on the market and the Pro is the cream of the crop, so if that’s what you’re after, then the Pro is for you. You might think once you’ve got your targets set on some iPad Pro deals that choosing one would be a simple task. But bear in mind that there’s actually more than one iPad Pro on the market and Apple has updated it quite frequently in recent years. There are also multiple configurations and hardware specs to choose from. What that means for those shopping through iPad Pro sales is that there are quite a few decisions that need to be made before you pull the trigger on any of these bargains.
Recent models of Apple’s premium tablet (which are the ones you’ll find most available when shopping for iPad Pro deals) come with one of two display sizes: 11 inches and 12.9-inches. The 11-inch iPad Pro is probably the one you want if you’re looking for a straightforward tablet, while the 12.9-inch is well-suited for pairing with a keyboard for use as a lightweight laptop. Other than size, the other main consideration when deciding which to buy is whether you want cellular network connectivity. This allows you to use your iPad on your data plan, much like a cellphone. Otherwise, you’ll only get Wi-Fi connectivity for using the internet, which is likely all that most people really need in a tablet.
If you’re looking for iPad deals and simply want to buy the latest Pro, then that simplifies things a bit. Apple most recently refreshed the iPad Pro this year, adding its excellent new M1 CPU to the fifth-generation model of its premium tablet, along with some other upgrades like 5G compatibility, Thunderbold 3 and USB 4 connectivity, boosted RAM (8GB to 16GB), and an improved Liquid Retina display on the 12.9-inch variant. The fourth-generation iteration was introduced in 2020 and officially discontinued after the fifth-gen version was released, but they’re not a bad buy and are worth keeping your eyes open for while you shop these iPad Pro sales if you’re willing to save some cash and don’t need all the latest bells and whistles.
The fourth-gen model boasted some notable upgrades and hardware improvements over its predecessor (the third-gen Pro, which was released in 2018), and since it was rolled out in 2020, it’s hard to call it “outdated” even following the rollout of the M1 iPad Pro. Some of the updates Apple made with the fourth-gen iPad Pro include a more advanced triple-lens camera module — instantly recognizable with its square housing on the backside of the tablet — and a more powerful A12Z Bionic processor. RAM is capped at 6GB, though, in contrast to 8GB-16GB on the fifth-gen Pro, although you’ve still got between 128GB and 1TB of storage.
As the largest and most powerful member of Apple’s tablet family, the iPad Pro — particularly the 12.9-inch model — can also pull double duty as a lightweight 2-in-1 laptop when paired with a good keyboard. It won’t replace the trusty MacBook (check out these MacBook deals if you’re after a proper laptop), but it’s a nice option that adds a lot of versatility to your iPad Pro. Both the fourth- and fifth-gen models also have new Smart Connector ports, allowing you to directly connect Apple’s own Smart Keyboard or Magic Keyboard case to the tablet. This eliminates the need for fussy Bluetooth connections or wireless keyboards that require charging. That said, you’ve still got Bluetooth for use with your compatible wireless devices, including any third-party iPad keyboards you’d prefer to use.
The iPad Pro is the best and therefore the priciest model in the iPad stable, so cost is a factor when choosing which one you want (and that’s probably why you’re looking for iPad Pro deals in the first place). Keep retail pricing in mind when you’re shopping so you know a good bargain when you see one. Retail prices for the 2020 iPad Pro were $799 for the 11-inch model and $999 for the 12.9-inch, but you’ll naturally find the last-gen model cheaper among any iPad Pro sales that have these older units still available. For the fifth-gen Pro, the 11-inch pricing is much the same, but the 12.9-inch starts at $1,099, with upgraded hardware specs and cellular data connectivity naturally costing more.
This is retail pricing, mind you, but should be your benchmark for finding a good discount that can knock hundreds off that sticker price. But if even these iPad Pro deals are still too rich for your blood, then you might want to consider shopping for refurbished iPad deals instead. Just make sure you’re getting one that was recertified by professionals and comes from a trusted source.
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Greatest low-cost iPad offers and gross sales for August 2021

Apple iPad tablets  consistently score high marks for productivity and entertainment, but Samsung and Amazon also make excellent tablets. Despite the strong alternative choices, the iPad continues to rule as the undisputed tablet champ. People love these sleek tablets for their simplicity, reliability, and great software (and we count ourselves among that number). A major draw of the iPads is also how affordable they can be. Add the availability of refurbished iPad deals, and there are tons of ways to save. To help you score a new one for less, we’ve smoked out all the best cheap iPad deals and sales available this week and gathered them right here, with savings on everything from the run-of-the-mill iPad 10.2 to the top-of-the-line iPad Pro.
iPad 10.2 Deals
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Sometimes, you just can’t beat the original. The standard entry-level Apple iPad is the one that started it all, and although it’s been updated half a dozen times since its first release, the classic design is still hugely popular. The new 2020 10.2-inch iPad remains our favorite tablet, and it’s the one we recommend for most folks. The current eighth-generation 2020 iPad models feature a speedy A12 Bionic chip (a clear upgrade over the last-gen A10 Fusion chip) and 3GB of RAM. Its 10.2-inch touch display, slightly larger this time thanks to slimmed-down bezels, has a crisp high-definition resolution of 2,160 x 1,620.
It’s also considerably lighter and less bulky compared to its predecessors, coming in at around the same size as the original iPad Air. It comes in such colors as space gray, black, rose gold, silver, and pink, not to mention it’s loaded with the newer feature-rich iPadOS mobile operating system. Plus, if you buy it directly from Apple, you can also get the Apple Pencil — great for artists, graphic designers, and those of you who are more education-focused. The 10.2-inch iPad is competitively priced and not prohibitively expensive, making it hands-down the best Apple iPad deal you’ll find.
iPad Air Deals

Apple tends to be quiet with its iPad Air releases, and it was no exception when a new fourth generation model was rolled out in fall of 2020. The surprise was a very pleasant one: The new iPad Air is so good it almost makes you wonder why you’d even bother paying extra for the Pro, and it’s a superb upgrade pick over the standard iPad if you want something better but don’t want to pay $700 or $800 for a tablet. The new Air is similar to the older iPad Pro with a 10.9-inch Retina display, arguably placing it in the “Goldilocks zone” of tablet sizes.
It runs on Apple’s newer A14 Bionic chip architecture and 4GB of RAM as well, which are very good specs for browsing, watching videos, work, and mobile gaming. It also has a front-facing camera if you want to FaceTime your loved ones. The standard 64GB iPad Air retails for $599, making this slim tablet a nice middle option between the standard iPad and the beefier (and pricier) iPad Pro — and an even better value if you catch it on sale.
iPad Mini Deals

With the last-gen iPad Mini 4 having been released in 2014, Apple’s pint-sized tablet was long, long overdue for a refresh – one it finally got one in 2019. The newest iPad Mini 5 (simply called the “iPad Mini,” with Apple dropping the number in the name) was launched without much warning right alongside the new iPad Air. Our take? It’s a lovely, tiny beast that punches well above its weight, and if you’re in the market for a smaller tablet, the iPad Mini is the only one you should even be looking at. Its 7.9-inch Retina touch display is gorgeous, and it runs on the same snappy A12 Bionic chipset as the last-gen iPad Air.
If the larger iPads are too bulky for your tastes, then the Mini is a great alternative choice as an on-the-go multitasking machine that won’t take up a ton of space in your bag. The 2019 iPad Mini launched at $399, but the price is slowly coming down a bit (not at huge discounts yet, but any savings are good), or you can opt for one of the earlier fourth-generation models and save even more cash.
iPad Pro Deals
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The iPad Pro is the larger, beefier sibling of the standard 10.2-inch iPad, featuring more powerful hardware and a larger display similar to a laptop or many Chromebooks. Apple revealed the 2020 iPad Pro line last spring, which will, like the 2018 Pro, came in two sizes: One with an 11-inch screen and one with a 12.9-inch display. With more power and more screen, many opt to add a stylus, keyboard, or some other accessory into the mix to get the most out of their new iPad. The new Pro is also being rolled out alongside the Magic Keyboard accessory, which effectively turns the iPad Pro into a laptop (it even has a touchpad).
Under the hood, the 2018 iPad Pro models run on a beefed-up A12X Bionic CPU and 4GB of RAM (or 6GB in the 1TB model) for snappy performance. The 11-inch Pro display has a sharp 2,388 x 1,668 HD resolution, while the 12.9-inch offers an increased 2,732 x 2,048 pixels of screen real estate. Both feature Apple’s stunning proprietary Retina display technology as well as Face ID for protection. The 2020 iPad Pro packs a new A12Z octa-core Bionic CPU and a camera module similar to that of the iPhone 11, with the ability to record 4K video.
As the “upgrade model” in the Apple tablet lineup, the iPad Pro is a bit pricier than the standard cheap iPad with a starting price of around $800 for the 11-inch model or $1,000 for the 12.9-inch model. The release of the new 2021 Pro with M1 CPU is a great chance to find the still-excellent 2020 line at a discount, though, so you can forget about paying retail prices with the above iPad deals.
iPad Pro M1 Deals
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At its 2021 April event, Apple revealed a new iPad Pro that looks much like last year’s — with one notable addition: the new M1 CPU. Apple’s proprietary chip rolled out last year and has been surprising and impressing techies (including us) with its incredible performance and great thermal design, so it was only a matter of time before the best iPad got the M1 chip treatment. The line between “laptop” and “tablet” has blurred a bit lately with the iPad Pro, as Apple is clearly marketing this thing as a computer replacement.
The addition M1 chip — a proper computer chip in contrast to the Bionic mobile CPUs currently found in most iPads and iPhones — is only going to push things further down that road. Which is not to say that the new M1 iPad Pro won’t still serve beautifully as a tablet, like it always has. Some other noteworthy additions with the 2021 iPad refresh include a 2TB storage option, Thunderbolt USB-C connectivity, 5G network capabilities (for the cellular models), an upgraded camera module with a new 120-degree ultra-wide lens, and an enhanced Liquid Retina XDR touch display.
The new iPad Pro with M1 CPU starts at $799 for the 11-inch model and $1,099 for its larger 12.9-inch sibling (which is probably the one to get if this tablet’s laptop-like functionality appeals to you).
Hungry for more savings on all things Apple? We’ve got some hot iPhone deals or MacBook deals for you as well, plus more tablet deals.
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What generation are the latest iPads? We break it down

If you’ve recently decided to get yourself a new iPad, you may be left a bit overwhelmed by all of the available models. You’d be forgiven for not even being sure which model is the newest. To the untrained eye, they often look nearly identical. Recently, however, there have been some major changes. We break down all the newest devices in Apple’s iPad lineup, explain what generation is the latest iPad, and expand on what makes each one stand apart from the others. To see which one’s for you, see our iPad buying guide.
Latest generation for each iPad category
Before we dive in, here’s a quick summary of what generation the latest iPads are in each category.

iPad Mini: Fifth generation
iPad: Eighth generation
iPad Air: Fourth generation
iPad Pro: Fifth generation

iPad 10.2-inch (2020)

The new iPad looks pretty similar to the 2019 iPad, with its 10.2-inch screen and chunky bezels. Packing either 32GB or 128GB of storage, there’s support for the first-generation Apple Pencil, although buying one will set you back an extra $99 — as well as Apple’s Magic Keyboard. This iPad ships with iPadOS 14, which adds Scribble, a handwriting-to-text recognition feature that lets you use the Apple Pencil to take notes, sketches, and more.
The latest iPad has an A12 bionic processor and 32-watt-hour cell battery, with Apple promising up to 10 hours of battery life. It is heavier than the iPad Pro and the iPad Air, weighing in at 1.08 pounds, but you can still hold it in one hand for video calls or web browsing. With it coming in at just $329 for the 32GB model, you might think it’s a foregone conclusion that this is the best choice for you, but read on to be sure.

iPad Mini (2019)
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If you’re looking for a smaller-than-average Apple iPad, then the fifth generation of the iPad Mini is the tablet you want. At first glance, the iPad Mini 5 appears aesthetically identical to the iPad Mini 4 — and that’s because it is. It packs the same 7.9-inch display with the same resolution, and though it’s a great display, it’s hard not to feel disappointed when you see the edge-to-edge designs other tablets are adopting.
While those waiting for an iPad Pro-style redesign of the Mini range may be disappointed, anyone looking for a powerful tablet won’t be. The iPad Mini packs the same powerful A12 Bionic processor as the iPhone XS and XR series, and there’s 64GB of storage in the base model. That’s plenty of space for movies and loads of processing power for smooth performance in the latest 3D games, and paired with iPadOS 14, your day-to-day experience on the device will be silky smooth. Keep in mind that with the iPad Mini you’ll be limited to the bottom speakers, so use headphones if you’re an audio-lover.
When it comes to power, the battery life was pretty good during our testing, but the charging speed really disappointed. On the plus side, it comes with eSIM support, and it’s also the smallest iPad that offers Apple Pencil support — though you’ll need a first-generation Apple Pencil. Still, if you’re looking for a powerful pint-sized tablet, then the $399 iPad Mini is absolutely what you want. Of course, you might want to wait until the fall to see if the rumors about the iPad Mini 6 launching turn out to be true.

iPad Air 4 (2020)
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The iPad Air 4has plenty in common with the iPad Pro when it comes to looks, thanks to its flat-edge design and slim bezels. It packs a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina screen, and under the hood, you’ll find Apple’s latest A14 Bionic processor, which Apple claims provides a 40% improvement in CPU performance and a 30% increase in graphics performance. It was the first device to get this chip as Apple begin broad upgrades, although the iPad Air has yet to get an M1 chip upgrade for 2021.
If the standard iPad is for casual use and the iPad Pro is meant for serious enterprise, then the iPad Air 4 sits somewhere between the two. It boasts USB-C charging rather than Lightning, for up to 10 times faster data transfer speeds, comes with 64GB or 256GB of storage, and is slimmer and lighter than the iPad, weighing just one pound. With support for Apple’s Smart Keyboard and the second-generation Apple Pencil — which is easier to hold, charge, and keep track of, and docks magnetically to the side of the tablet for charging — you can pick up the iPad Air 4 for $599 from Apple. If you’re looking for a step up from the standard iPad but not quite ready for an iPad Pro, the iPad Air 4 is an excellent choice.

iPad Pro 11-inch and 12.9-inch (2021)

We’ve finally made it to Apple’s most powerful iPads to date, and these are strikingly different from the others. With one glance you’ll notice the fifth-generation iPad Pro follows the same design as Apple’s flagship phones, so it’s certainly attractive. Aside from simply being the largest in the iPad lineup, the newest iPad Pro continues the tradition of being a powerhouse all-in-one tablet, bordering on the usability of a laptop. Apple has made sure this comparison is on your mind by offering a Magic Keyboard with a full trackpad.
The latest version of the iPad Pro received a significant upgrade with Apple’s new in-house M1 processor chip, which our tests found to be an improvement when it comes to performance. The model also got a better, smarter camera with Center Stage technology, which can pan and zoom to keep a subject in the center, ideal for voice chats and video conferences. If you’re interested in the larger version, it comes with a significantly upgrades Liquid Retina XDR display for better visuals, too
We want to note; this choice is still the most expensive iPad by far, starting at $749 for the 128GB Wi-Fi 11-inch and skyrocketing to $2,299 for the 2TB (yes, it can really have that much storage) cellular 12.9-inch model. It’s the price customers have to pay for a premium product.
Price aside, this latest iPad Pro is by far the best choice for consumers if what you’re after is the biggest and most powerful tablet on the market. It’s so powerful and so capable, you may even be able to finally leave the laptop at home.

Conclusion
The newest iPads are on display right now on the Apple website’s seasonal roster. That said, you don’t have to buy the latest and greatest product if you don’t want it. Most in-person stores and third-party sellers online still have former iPad models available. iPads have been relevant since they were first introduced a decade ago. It’s up to you to decide which features are most important to you, to determine which table may be best. Our list hopes to assist you with a helpful, detailed, and practical approach to finding the best tablet you can buy.

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