The official date is still a ways off, but a bunch of Presidents Day sales are rolling out early — and that includes some very nice Presidents Day iPad sales if you’re in the market for a new tablet. Apple’s iPad family is pretty expansive with four different models to choose from, though, so to help you find the right one for your needs at the right price for your budget, we’ve gathered up all the best Presidents Day iPad deals right here followed by a quick buying guide.
Best Presidents Day iPad sales 2021
Should you buy an iPad on Presidents Day?
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of big sales, but when you’re shopping for Presidents Day iPad deals, do your due diligence to make sure you’re actually getting a good bargain (especially if you haven’t been keeping tabs on iPads lately and are unfamiliar with their going street prices). Unlike a lot of Apple gadgets, iPads actually go on sale rather frequently, but big seasonal events like Presidents Day iPad sales are always your best bet to score the biggest savings.
With major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy, you can almost always be assured that listed discounts off retail are accurate (although be cautious about third-party sellers on Amazon and Walmart). Don’t rush into a purchase just because it’s on sale, though; it’s a good idea to do some quick comparison shopping to see if a Presidents Day iPad deal you’ve got your eye on is the best one available. The easiest and quickest way to do that is with this roundup, as we keep it updated with the best iPad deals on tap from online retailers.
How to choose an iPad on Presidents Day
There are four iPad models currently on the market (five if you count the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro separately): The 10.2-inch 8th-generation iPad, the 5th-gen iPad Mini, the new 10.9-inch 4th-gen iPad Air, and the iPad Pro. We recommend sticking with the newest 2019-2020 models with the exception of the iPad Pro, where the last-gen 2018 models are still good picks and considerably cheaper than the newer 2020 units if you can find a nice deal on one — and Presidents Day iPad sales are sure to have more than a few on tap.
For most people, the standard 10.2-inch iPad, most recently refreshed in 2020 with the 8th generation release, is the Apple tablet to get. The 32GB model typically hovers around the $300-$330 price range, but seasonal events like Presidents Day iPad sales are the time to look for it to dip below that (or to score a discount on one with more storage or cellular connectivity). The iPad Mini is the next step up in price at around $380-$400, and with its 7.9-inch touch display, it’s the obvious choice for anybody wanting a smaller tablet.
The 10.9-inch iPad Air, now in its 4th generation, is a nice mid-range tablet and a worthy upgrade pick over the 10.2-inch iPad if you want some more juice, a better display, and a more advanced camera module but don’t want to shell out the cash for one of the high-end iPad Pro models. In fact, the iPad Air 4 is so good you might wonder if buying the last-gen 2018 iPad Pro is worth it at all in 2021 considering that they go for around the same starting price of $600 right now (with Presidents Day iPad deals and other seasonal events like this knocking that down a bit).
That said, the 2020 iPad Pro is still a great pick if you want a tablet that can replace your laptop when paired with Apple’s Magic Keyboard case. The Pro comes in two sizes — 11 inches and 12.9 inches — and while the 11-inch iPad Pro is a bit cheaper, the 12.9-inch is the obvious pick for laptop-like use thanks to its larger (not to mention stunning) display. The iPad Pro also naturally boasts the best hardware performance for things like work and multi-tasking where the other, less beefy iPads might stumble a bit. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at around the $850-$900 price point whereas the 12.9-inch model starts at around $1,000-$1,100, but as the most expensive tablets, these also offer the biggest savings potential among all the Presidents Day iPad deals.
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