The biggest shopping day of the year is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start keeping an eye out for discounts on those must-have items at the top of your wish list.
This year’s Apple Black Friday deals will be keenly anticipated and are already primed to offer some excellent discounts on 2021 iPad models and more.
Read on to discover what iPad Black Friday deals to expect this year, plus latest offers and more.
When will we see the best iPad Black Friday deals?
While Black Friday itself takes place on 26th November, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are still plenty of iPad deals to be found in the days and weeks leading up to Black Friday.
It was a similar story last year, when retailers began their Black Friday sales much earlier than usual as a result of increased competition online and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’ll be updating this guide to bring you all of best Apple Watch Black Friday deals as they come in, so check back for the latest and best prices.
Is Black Friday the best time to buy an iPad?
Black Friday is usually the best time to pick up a great deal on the latest Apple gadgets as it occurs shortly after Apple’s annual keynote event in September, which it uses to announce the next generation of its devices.
We typically see a rush by retailers to slash prices of Apple devices after this event, including iPads.
This year, however, the new iPad Pro was announced back in late Spring before being released on May 21st.
As it’s already been out for several months, many retailers have already started to offer deals on the latest iPad.
What Apple iPad deals did we see last year?
Even last year, when these devices were still relatively new, we saw big savings on the latest iPad Pro – and even the newly-released 8th generation iPad as well.
We also saw some record low prices on the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad last year, which was especially impressive considering Apple’s cheapest device had only been released for several weeks.
One of the best way to predict what will happen in 2021 is to look back at last year’s best iPad Black Friday deals. Here’s what we saw:
- iPad Mini 5 64GB: £399 (was £377) at Currys
- iPad Air 3 64GB: £469 (was £399) at Currys
- iPad Air 4 64GB: £709 (was £679.97) at Amazon
- iPad Pro 11-inch 2020 128GB: £769 (was £706.70) at Amazon
- iPad Pro 11-inch 2020 256GB: £869 (was £816) at John Lewis
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2020 128GB: £969 (was £895.69) at Amazon
Where can you find the best iPad deals this Black Friday?
Some of the best places we expect to find great deals on Apple Waches this Black Friday include:
Black Friday shopping tips
To help shoppers ensure they get exactly what they want for the best price we’ve pulled together some top tips below:
Do research ahead of time – preparation is key and getting some background knowledge on items you intend to buy will save you time and effort ahead of the big day. Don’t forget to read the reviews and expert round ups for an independent recommendation.
Register your interest – Sign up to specific retailer newsletters to stay in the loop and get the latest news on what they will be offering for Black Friday. Most retailers will be regularly updating shoppers on all the exciting promotions and the latest deals on thousands of products in the lead up and during the shopping bonanza.
Bookmark pages of products you want ahead of time , that way when the clock strikes midnight you won’t have to waste time scrolling through thousands of products.
Get online early – online demand last year was unprecedented, and we expect this year will be no different. It’s worth burning the midnight oil if you really want to score huge deals.
Compare prices across a number of retailers and look for free delivery options to maximise your savings. This will help ensure you get the best possible discounts on all your coveted items.
Best current iPad deals
Can’t wait until the big day? While it may not yet be Black Friday, there are still some great deals to be found:
The iPad Pro features the most powerful Apple M1 chip with next-level performance and all-day battery life – perfect for working on the go.
It also features a stunning 11-inch Liquid Retina display with ProMotion, True Tone and P3 wide colour.
The 12.9 Pro is the larger of the two released by Apple, making this a great option for creatives who need a portable and powerful device to operate apps and programmes for work or play.
It has all the same specs as the smaller Pro, including Apple’s controversial decision to ditch the lightning port we’ve all been accustomed to.
On paper, the iPad Air compares favourably to its cheaper siblings, the eighth-generation iPad and the 2019 iPad Mini, thanks to a newer processor and more Ram (4GB vs 3GB).
The processor is the very latest and fastest chip to be made by Apple. While you’re unlikely to find the A12 Bionic processor in the Mini or standard iPad to be too slow for your needs, the A14 Bionic should feel faster for longer. It will also make multi-tasking and working on tasks such as video editing projects that bit slicker, too.
If you’re after compact tablet that packs a punch when it comes to functionality, the iPad Mini is your best bet.
It’s equipped with a 7.9‑inch Retina display, A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine and the new and improved version also works with the Apple Pencil.
At just 300g, it’s paper thin and featherlight, making it ideal for anyone who needs a tablet for on the go.
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