If you’re in the market for a new iPad, the iPad Air and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are at opposite ends of the spectrum. But they’re both excellent options, and today they’re at their all-time-low prices. Amazon is selling the newest iPad Air for $499 and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro for $999, both $100 off their MSRPs and the lowest we’ve ever seen.
The iPad Air got a redesign in 2020 with a 10.2-inch Liquid Retina display, A14 processor, a Touch ID-enabled power button, and a USB-C port. At its full price, it’s an excellent option over the iPad Pro and isn’t missing much besides a little speed and some extra pixels. It even supports the second-gen Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard. We called it “a better buy than the iPad Pro for most people and a big step up from the standard iPad” in our 4.5-star review.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the biggest tablet Apple makes and was just updated in April with a stunning XDR display and M1 processor, as well as a Thunderbolt port. It’s easily the most powerful iPad and an overall extraordinary piece of hardware that we called “undoubtedly the best tablet Apple has ever made” in our 4-star review. If you’re a power user, there’s really no substitute.
So whichever one you want, go grab one now and save a bundle before the price shoots back up.
Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology goes back to his first PC—the IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard for swapping out the drive. He's still waiting for that to come back in style tbh.