Should You Buy an iPad Air on Black Friday 2021?

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If you’re buying an iPad for yourself or someone on your holiday shopping list, you may be wondering whether Black Friday is the time to buy. We checked out early Black Friday deals on the iPad Air (4th Gen) and previous models, and we also looked for signs of any upcoming deals on Black Friday 2021. Should you buy the iPad Air on Black Friday? We break it.

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Black Friday is the best time to buy an iPad Air – but shop the deals early

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Black Friday and Cyber ​​Week are the last major shopping events of the year, and the best time of year to buy electronics. While you may not see those huge (50% or more) Black Friday iPad deals like you’ll see on TVs, Amazon products, and other electronics like robot vacuums, you can still get some sweet Black Friday Apple deals. Last year, we saw small discounts of around $40 to $50 on the iPad Air. For Black Friday 2021, we’re already seeing better deals than this.

The latest iPad Air usually sells for a starting price of $599 for the 64GB version (Wi-Fi only). If you want the Wi-Fi only 256GB version, the price increases dramatically to $749. You can also opt for cellular connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi, and it will set you back $729 for the 64GB version, or $879 for the 256GB version. We’re seeing some early deals on iPad Air models, especially at Walmart and Amazon, but it remains to be seen whether the prices will drop further as Black Friday approaches.


Walmart is currently selling the 64GB version online (Wi-Fi only) for $60 in Space Grey, Sky Blue, and Rose Gold colors, and the retailer is selling a 256GB version (Wi-Fi only) for $50. on amazon, you can also get the Silver, Green, and Sky Blue 64GB iPad Air Wi-Fi for $60 off. Also on Amazon, the Wi-Fi and Cellular model is $70 off in a silver color, and other colors are marked with smaller quantities.

While retailers may further reduce prices on the iPad Air (potentially down to $499), we don’t expect to see the dramatic price reduction that’s already here. And, if the price drops below $100, the stock could run short and shipping times could be longer, so it’s a good idea to buy early.

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The iPad Air 2020 earned our Editor’s Choice award. Our reviewer called it, “The iPad Pro for the masses … is perfectly positioned to deliver an exceptional tablet experience, without being pushed into the territory of high-end laptop pricing.” It’s not too much, not too little, but just right—the Goldilocks of the iPad.

The latest iPad Air has Apple’s A14 Bionic chip, a 10.9-inch screen, a decent battery life with USB-C charging, and support for the Apple Pencil 2 and Magic Keyboard. It doesn’t have Touch ID or 5G cellular connectivity, but it’s still a highly capable tablet for productivity.

If you’re not going to play music, photo editing, video editing, or do tasks that require the extra power you get with the iPad Pro, the iPad Air is probably the best option for you. It’s still a high-quality iPad, but it’s not so high-end that it costs more than a grand. Overall, the iPad Air 4th Gen is a phenomenal deal at $539, especially considering how well-priced Apple tablets are.

The previous model of the iPad Air is still a good option, especially if you’re shopping for a teen or looking for a tablet that you can use for daily use. This model was just released in 2019, so it should still see updates for some time. At many retailers, you can find a deal on a refurbished iPad Air 3rd Gen, and you can buy one for about $350. We don’t recommend buying the iPad Air 2 at this point, though, simply because it’s just too old.

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