We’re well into the Christmas shopping season, which means that retailers are throwing all kinds of discount at popular tech gear to boost sales. While robust discounts on Apple hardware like iPhones isn’t typical, the “standard” iPad is regularly on sale.
The base iPad has an MSRP of $329 and can typically be had on sale for around $300. However, both Target and Amazon are currently selling the tablet for $80 off, making it just $249. This matches the short-lived Black Friday discounts from last month and represents the lowest price we’ve seen for the iPad.
The $249 pricing is available for two of the three available colors for the iPad – Space Gray and Gold – at both retailers. Silver is simply out of stock at Target, while Amazon’s pricing for the Silver model is inexplicably $20 higher. If you want the 128GB version of the iPad, it is also on sale with a $80 discount at Target, bringing its price to just $349.
The sixth-generation iPad (2018) has a 9.7-inch Retina display and is powered by the A10 Fusion processor (originally found in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus) paired with just 2GB of RAM. Unlike the new iPad Pros (2018) which adopt Face ID, the standard iPad makes use of “old school” Touch ID fingerprint authentication. The iPad does, however, support the first-generation Apple Pencil for writing and drawing on the display.
We don’t know how long Amazon and Target’s discounts will last, but this may be your last chance to score a high-performing “consumption oriented’ 9.7-inch iPad for well below $300.