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Apple unveiled an array of new products last week, including new iMacs, the AirTag, 4K Apple TV, and some updated iPads. Pre-orders for the 2021 iPads begin this week, which is great news for Apple junkies who can’t wait to get their hands on the latest gadgets. It’s also great for bargain hunters, because there are some fantastic deals on previous generation iPads. Amazon is selling some of the top models with savings of up to $250 off their listed price. When the universe hands you a bargain that feels too good to pass up, it’s best to act fast before these deals inevitably expire.
If you’re new to iPads, you’re certainly in for a treat, but understanding the different models can get confusing. The current iPads come in four categories: the standard iPad, the larger and more advanced iPad Air, the premium iPad Pro, and the entry level iPad Mini. They’re all great options depending on your needs, and they can all be found quite cheaply if you know where to look. Keep reading for our breakdown of the different models and the best deals, so you can start enjoying all the streaming, reading, gaming, and more that you can accomplish with your new iPad.
The sheer amount of features on the iPad Pro are sure to delight even the most seasoned tech lover. This 256GB tablet features three cameras, and is able to shoot in 4K at up to 60 frames per second. And the Liquid Retina display with True Tone and ProMotion technology means that it’s suitable for viewing those beautiful videos in all of their glory. Add facial recognition technology and a bunch of great storage and connectivity options, and you’re left with a winner. This 11-inch model is currently on sale, giving you premium quality at a discounted price.
If you want a bigger iPad pro, you can also get a bigger deal! This 12.9-inch version of the 2020 model connects to cellular as well as Wi-Fi, so you can take it anywhere without any fear of internet problems. This is arguably the best portable workstation you can get without buying a laptop. The screen is huge, the performance is top-of-the-line, and you can still check your email in even the most remote locations. And at 256GB, you can store just about anything on it.
The 2020 iPad Air is quite similar to the iPad Pro, and many casual tech users are unlikely to notice the differences. The size is almost identical, and the Air still features a Liquid Retina display, 4K camera capabilities, and 256GB of storage. The iPad Air only earned its mid-tier status because it isn’t quite as powerful as the Pro. If you are someone who really cares about refresh rates and smoothness while scrolling, get the iPad Pro. But there are not many features found in the iPad Pro that the iPad Air lacks, so it should still dazzle most casual users. The $50 discount on Amazon right now just makes it even more appealing.
Sometimes you can’t go wrong with the classics. Apple’s flagship tablet is still a fantastic everyday product, offering seamless streaming, web browsing, writing, photos, and much more. This 10.2-inch iPad offers 128GB of storage, and can run multiple apps at once with ease. Simply put, it makes everything easier, from email to jotting down handwritten notes. It combines many of the best parts of a phone and a laptop. If you’re new to tablets, you can’t go wrong with this option.
If portability is a top concern for you, but you still want something larger than your phone, the iPad mini is a good way to bridge the gap. The 7.9-inch screen is quite a bit smaller than the other models, but the Retina display still features True Tone technology. It’s about the size of a notebook, but better in just about every way. The camera allows you to shoot in HD with ease, and the front facing camera makes FaceTime calls a breeze. The 64GB of storage is a downgrade, but the performance is excellent, relying on the same A12 bionic chip that powers 2019 iPhones.