It’s a great time to get the base 9.7-inch iPad, particularly if you want one with cellular connectivity. Right now, Amazon is selling the 32GB Wi-Fi and cellular model for just $379, down $80 from the usual price of $459. It’s a match of the lowest price we’ever even seen for this model.
You’ll also find discounts on other versions of the tablet, such as the 128GB model for $459, down from the regular price of $559. There’s also an $80 discount on the 32GB model with Wi-Fi that brings the price down to $249. That’s not the lowest price we’ve ever seen—and it’s been hovering around this price lately—but it’s still a heck of a good deal.
Here’s the full list of models on sale.
This deal is a heck of a lot more attractive today than it was only a week ago. Thanks to the sweeping changes Apple is making with the new iPadOS this fall, the iPad will work better as a laptop replacement than ever before by the time the next school year comes around. New features include mouse support, better access to files, support for external thumb drives, better multitasking, and a dizzying array of smaller options. All you really need to do is buy a good keyboard case like the Zagg Slim Book Go. First-generation Apple Pencil support has also improved, but you’ll still need to buy the pricey stylus separately.
Apple sells far more powerful tablets in the form of the iPad Pro, the iPad Air, and even the iPad mini, but this scrappy device is quite capable of handling most of the tasks you’ll throw at it. If you plan on using something like the upcoming full release of Adobe Photoshop for the iPad, though, you’ll probably be better off getting one of the more powerful models.
For more information, be sure to check out my review from last April. Here’s what I had to say at the time:
“In our review of last year’s 9.7-inch iPad, we said it was a “better choice than the iPad Pro for a lot of users,” and the addition of Apple Pencil support and a faster processor makes that especially true for this year’s model. For $329, you’re getting a stellar tablet that feels as though it’s very capable, although without some quality-of-life features. For a general-purpose tablet for school, business, or pleasure, it currently doesn’t get any better than this.”