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This Is Not A Drill: Prices on New iPads Have Dropped To An All-Time Low of $279

Updated on October 10, 2022: In addition to the $279 2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad deal, we also added the $799 2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro deal from Walmart. Read our full story on this new price discount below.

As professional deal hunters, SPY editors always keep an eye out for discounts on popular tech products such as laptops, headphones, and wireless chargers. Yet even after covering Prime Day and countless other discounts, no price reduction has excited us more than this new sale on iPads. 

Recently, we’ve seen prices on the 2021 iPad 9 reduced to $299, which is a great deal, to say the least. Now, for the first time ever, the price has gone even lower, dropping down to just $279.99 at Amazon. This iPad deal is beyond amazing, bringing the price point even lower than during Prime Day back in July of this year. 

Likewise, the 5th generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro has gone down in price too — $799.00 for the base 128GB version with Wi-Fi connectivity. That’s 27% off its original price of $1,099.00.

A great tech gadget for back to school or working on the go, many people don’t even realize that it’s possible to score one of Apple’s newest tablets at such an affordable price. But we’re here to tell you that it’s not too good to be true — and there’s absolutely no catch involved.

Please note: we’ve seen this deal go up and down over the past 24 hours, so if you aren’t seeing the $279.99 price, try again in a few hours.

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About the 2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad

Originally released in late 2021, we praised the iPad 9 during its release for its incredibly fast A13 Bionic Chip, which made it more efficient than previous generations of Apple tablets. Users also love its large 10.2-inch screen, which with the addition of a tablet keyboard, can be used as a laptop alternative for small tasks such as taking notes and can even stream movies with brilliant colors thanks to its beautiful retina display.

The iPad 9 additionally boasts:

  • 8MP Wide back camera, 12MP Ultra Wide front camera
  • Stereo speakers for superior sound
  • Touch ID

This iPad model comes backed by more than 23,000 reviews on Amazon with an amazing customer rating of 4.8 stars. SPY editors have also tested and approved of this exact model, naming it one of the best tablets for college students.

For now, this $279 deal seems to only cover the Space Gray model, but we expect availability to change as they’re sure to sell out rapidly.

Compared to a regular full price of $330-$420, this $279 deal is one that shouldn’t be passed up so be sure to act quickly if interested.

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About the 2021 Apple 12.9-inch iPad Pro

This was originally released in May 2021 and is most notable for packing the power efficient Apple M1 chip that was used to power other Apple gadgets such as the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. It literally is like carrying a laptop with you when it comes to getting stuff done with some of your favorite apps, especially when you find just the right keyboard folio case that essentially transforms it into a laptop.

In addition to its muscle power, the 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro also features the following:

  • 12MP Wide and 10MP Ultra Wide back camera, 12MP Ultra Wide front camera
  • Four speakers for superior sound
  • Face ID

Sure, the higher cost of the iPad Pro may be a problem for those on a budget, but it’s still nonetheless an incredible deal with an instant savings of $300. With that discount, you can even buy yourself a handy Apple Pencil alternative and some sweet iPad Pro accessories that’ll literally put it in nearly the same ballpark as what you can do functionally with some of the best laptops.

Now that it’s under $800, now’s probably the best time to buy one for the upcoming holiday season

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Get the Most Out of Your New Apple Tablet With These Accessories

Apple’s latest generation of tablets can be a viable alternative to laptops for the average user. Unless you need to do some serious photo editing or creative work, a wireless keyboard is all you need to use the iPad like a Chromebook or laptop.

We picked out the most popular products from our guide to the best iPad accessories and included them below. To really get the most of your purchase, consider adding these items to your cart.

1. Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad

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JETech iPad 9 Case

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Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)

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Anker 100W 4-Port USB-C Charging Station

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