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iPads from Apple are the best-selling tablets for a number of reason. They deliver more performance and a far more robust app ecosystem than any of the competition. Though there are a number of striking differences between Apple's various iPad models, choosing which iPad fits your needs can be tricky. The iPad Pro models push the limits, offering both faster chips and high-tech displays; the base-model iPad offers Apple Pencil support and decent speed at a much more affordable price, and the iPad mini provides one of the best LED Retina screens out there for reading.
Perhaps the biggest differentiator between Apple's four iPad models is size: They range from 7.9-inch diagonal screens all the way up to 12.9 inches, and each has its own pros and cons. The base-model iPad has a 9.7-inch display with a 2048x1536 screen; the iPad mini 4 has a 2048x1536 screen as well, but it measures 7.9 inches diagonally, offering a compact display with better pixel density (326ppi versus 264ppi).
The mini actually beats every other iPad in the line on pixel density, including Apple's iPad Pros. That said, better pixel density is tough to notice with the naked eye, all iPad displays bear Apple's Retina moniker, which means that their pixels are already hard enough to distinguish between without magnification.
The iPad Pro displays are larger and have more pixels: The 12.9-inch model is 2732x2048, and the 10.5-inch model is 2224x1668, each offering a Retina-quality pixel density of 264ppi. Each also sports True Tone technology: The iPad sports an extra sensor that determines the color temperature of the room, and adjusts the display's color to provide a proper match. The displays also take advantage of the wider P3 color gamut; you'll notice it most in images with bright colors, especially vibrant reds and oranges.
Finally, the Pro models have what Apple calls ProMotion: It dynamically changes the image refresh rate of the display from 24Hz to 120Hz to provide faster scrolling and smoother drawing with the Apple Pencil when you need that speed, and save battery life when you don't.
We'll start by looking at price. Chances are it will all come down to this. You will want to buy the best iPad you can get for your money - but that all depends on your budget. Well, the good news is that there is wide range of iPad prices to choose from.
Prices range from £319 for the iPad all the way up to £1,249 for the 12.9in iPad Pro. You'll notice that the iPad mini (which hasn't been updated since 2015) inexplicably costs more than the larger 9.7in iPad. A good indication that it would not be a good buy right now.
Below are the current prices of iPads at the Apple Store at the time of this writing:
iPad 4 Prices
- iPad mini 4 (WiFi, 128GB): £399
- iPad mini 4 (cellular, 128GB): £529
- iPad 9.7 in Price
- iPad (WiFi, 32GB): £319
- iPad (WiFi, 128GB): £409
- iPad (cellular, 328GB): £449
- iPad (cellular, 128GB): £539
- iPad Pro 10.5in (WiFi, 64GB): £619
- iPad Pro 10.5in (WiFi, 256GB): £769
- iPad Pro 10.5in (WiFi, 512GB): £969
- iPad Pro 10.5in (cellular, 64GB): £749
- iPad Pro 10.5in (cellular, 256GB): £899
- iPad Pro 10.5in (cellular, 512GB): £1,099
- iPad Pro 12.9in (WiFi, 64GB): £769
- iPad Pro 12.9in (WiFi, 256GB): £919
- iPad Pro 12.9in (WiFi, 512GB): £1,119
- iPad Pro 12.9in (cellular, 64GB): £899
- iPad Pro 12.9in (cellular, 256GB): £1,049
- iPad Pro 12.9in (cellular, 512GB): £1,249
Where can I find Cheap iPad Deals?
Currys iPad deals
iPad prices don't differ much between retailers, and Apple itself seldom offers big discounts, yet savings can still be made with the 3G or 4G models if you choose the right mobile data plan. With a Wi-Fi only iPad, you're just buying the tablet - there's no contract, so cheapest is best. The problem is there's very little price variance.
Apple has strict price controls, so the major reputable shops all usually charge the same amount for their iPads and discounts are rare. One minor option making bonuses is for those who collect Tesco Clubcard reward points.
However, we do occasionally see a new voucher or discount code that can get you a cheap iPad deal. When this happens, it's usually a very short-lived deal, but where possible, we always ensure to update this section of our page with all the details. Our team of money saving experts and massive community of bargain hunters are always on the lookout to find the best possible iPad deals and cheap iPad for sale in the UK. We have the cheapest iPad mini, iPad air and iPad pro offers from online UK retailers like Currys, Argos, Tesco, Amazon, eBay and more. Get massive savings from the latest iPad price drops, discount codes and voucher codes around!
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Here’s a roundup of the current prices of iPad for sale in the UK from major retailers. Tesco, Argos, Currys and John Lewis all have the same prices and all iPads come with a two-year guarantee. The only difference is that you get Clubcard points when purchasing at Tesco Direct.
- iPad 32GB, £299 (Earn 299 Clubcard pts worth up to about £12)
- iPad Mini 4 128GB, £399 (Earn 419 Clubcard pts worth up to about £16)
- iPad Pro 10.5in 64GB, £619 (Earn 619 Clubcard pts worth up to about £25)
- iPad Pro 12.9in 64GB, £769 (Earn 769 Clubcard pts worth up to about £31)
How to Get Cheap iPad
Students and Teacher Discount. Apple for Education is a scheme that gives students, their parents and school staff as much as 15% discount on Apple products, including iPads. The discount on iPads is pretty small, but as Apple deals are so rare even a small discount is likely make going direct to Apple the cheapest option for students buying new.
Refurbished iPads. Many older iPads, including the iPad Air and iPad Mini, have now been discontinued and are no longer sold by Apple. However, if you're after a particular model, you may still find one second-hand or refurbished. All of Apple's refurbished iPads include the same 12-month warranty as new ones, plus they come with manuals, accessories, a new battery and a new outer shell, as well as new packaging.
Some of the best refurbished iPad deals at the time of this writing are the following:
- iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi 128GB (released September 2015), £342 at Amazon
- iPad Pro 10.5in Wi-Fi 32GB (released June 2017), £542 at Amazon
- iPad Pro 12.5in Wi-Fi 64GB (released June 2017, £730 at Debenhams
Refurbished iPad offers in Amazon
No surprise here: The iPad Pro line has the best processors on the market. Both iPad Pro models come with an A10X system-on-a-chip; Apple boasts 30 percent faster single-core benchmarks than its predecessor, and it simply blows away the A9X in multicore benchmarks. This 64-bit chip delivers laptop-class performance, and that's partially why all the reviews of the 10.5-inch and second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro are so positive.
- iPad mini 4: A8 processor chip
- 9.7in iPad: A10 Fusion chip
- 10.5in iPad Pro: A10X Fusion
- 12.9in iPad Pro (2017 model): A10X Fusion
This statistic shows the number of iPad users in the United Kingdom from 2011 to 2015, and also offers a forecast until 2020. It is estimated that iPad use will grow steadily from 9.5 million users in 2012 to 18.1 million users in 2019. - Statista
The difference in each iPad's storage capacities is striking: The iPad Pro models start at 64GB with a maximum of 512GB. Having 512GB of storage in a tablet is huge, Apple's own MacBook Pro lineup starts at just 128GB. The lower-priced non-Pro iPads offer smaller storage sizes. The iPad mini is available in a single configuration 128GB. The regular 9.7-inch iPad offers 32GB of storage, but your best value is actually for the one with a 128GB of storage.
If you plan to use your iPad as a laptop replacement, storing lots of large files like photos, movies, music, and using desktop-quality apps — you might find this easier to manage on an iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro's cameras are better: The rear-facing camera can shoot 4K video and 12-megapixel photos with optical image stabilization. They also can capture the wider P3 color gamut, and feature a quad-LED True Tone flash designed to light up the scene without harsh changes to skin tones.
The rear-facing cameras on the 9.7-inch iPad and iPad mini 4 have none of those features. They each shoot 8-megapixel stills and 1080p video, with limited slo-mo support (720p at 120fps, while the iPad Pro boasts 1080p at 120fps and 720p at 240fps). The 9.7-inch model can take Live Photos, but the iPad mini 4 can't. The front-facing FaceTime camera is much better on the iPad Pro too, taking 7-megapixel stills and recording 1080p video, while the smaller non-Pro iPads only take 1.2-megapixel stills and 720p video.
If the very idea of shooting photos and video with an iPad turns you off, you may not care. But plenty of cool apps take advantage of the iPad's camera, and the iPad Pro will deliver a better experience.