Apple’s new iPad Pro comes with a lot of impressive features, but the cheaper iPad Air is still the best for most people

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  • The iPad Pro and iPad Air have a similar design and work with the same Apple accessories.
  • But the iPad Pro runs on a desktop-class processor while the Air has the same chip as the iPhone 12.
  • There are also important differences in their cameras and sensors.

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You’d be forgiven if you couldn’t distinguish the latest iPad Pro from the 2020 iPad Air just by looking at them. After all, they both have a similar design with a nearly borderless screen and flat aluminum edges.

However, there are plenty of important discrepancies that justify the Pro’s significantly higher price tag. The biggest difference comes down to the processor in each tablet. The iPad Pro runs on the same powerful Apple M1 chipset found in the company’s latest Mac computers. The iPad Air, by comparison, runs on the same A14 Bionic processor as the iPhone 12.

But there are a slew of other seemingly small changes that come together to make the iPad Pro a more capable device for creatives and multimedia editors. However, if that doesn’t describe you, skip the iPad Pro and opt for Apple’s less expensive (but still fairly costly) iPad Air instead.

Apple iPad Air vs. iPad Pro: Which is best?

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The 2020 iPad Air and Apple Pencil

Although the iPad Pro has more power when it comes to performance and camera quality, the iPad Air is the best choice for most people. It’s the right model for those who want an iPad that looks and feels premium and has a sleeker design with a larger screen and more power and storage than the $329 iPad.

If you’re planning to use your iPad for tasks like watching movies, taking notes, checking Facebook and Twitter, managing email, playing games, and shopping, there’s no reason to spend nearly $1,000 or more on the iPad Pro. Creatives like musicians and photographers that want a lightweight device for working on-the-go would benefit more from the iPad Pro’s larger screen and extra features.

Apple iPad Air vs. iPad Pro Specifications

Apple iPad Pro (2021)

Apple iPad Air
Processor Apple M1 Apple A14 Bionic
Display

11 inches, 2,388 x 1,668 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate

12.9-inch mini-LED, 2,732 x 2,048 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate

10.9 inches, 2360 x 1640 resolution at 264 pixels per inch
Main camera 12-megapixel wide, 10-megapixel ultra-wide 12-megapixel wide
Front camera 12 megapixels with Center Stage 7 megapixels
Sensors LiDAR, Face ID Touch ID
Connectivity 5G 4G LTE
Battery Life Estimated up to 10 hours Estimated up to 10 hours
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB 64GB or 256GB
Ports USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, Apple Smart Connector USB-C, Apple Smart Connector
Audio 4 speakers 2 speakers

Design and display

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The 11-inch version of Apple’s 2021 iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro and iPad Air both have Apple’s more modern design that consists of an expansive screen with thin bezels and no home button. The edges are also flat on both of these models unlike the iPad and iPad Mini, which both have rounded corners.

The biggest difference in design between the two tablets is that the iPad Pro comes with a larger screen. The smaller-sized model has a slightly bigger 11-inch display compared to the iPad Air’s 10.9-inch screen, while the high-end iPad Pro features a massive 12.9-inch screen. That makes the larger Pro a better choice for those who want a laptop-sized device.

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The 2020 iPad Air

The other major distinction is that there’s much more choice when it comes to color options for the iPad Air. Apple’s mid range tablet comes in silver, space gray, blue, pink, and green, while the iPad Pro is only available in silver and space gray.

The iPad Pro and iPad Air both have displays that pack 264 pixels-per-inch. But unlike the Air, both iPad Pros come with Apple’s ProMotion technology, which cranks the screen’s refresh rate up to 120Hz for smoother performance. It’s a nice perk, but sketching and coloring with the second-generation Apple Pencil feels just as pleasant and smooth on both tablets.

The larger iPad Pro, however, has gotten a major display upgrade over the iPad Air and 11-inch iPad Pro. The 12.9-inch tablet is Apple’s first to come with a mini-LED display, which gives it a big boost in brightness and contrast. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro can reach brightness levels of up to 1,000 to 1,600 nits, while the 11-inch iPad Pro has a max brightness of 600 nits and the iPad Air’s highest brightness is 500 nits.

Performance

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The 2021 iPad Pro attached to Apple’s Magic Keyboard

Of course, what really makes the new iPad Pro stand out from Apple’s other tablets is its M1 chip. It’s the first iPad to share the same processor as Apple’s latest MacBooks, further signalling that the iPad Pro is intended for serious computing.

The iPad Air runs on the same A14 Bionic processor found in the iPhone 12, which is still pretty powerful but doesn’t have as many computing cores as the M1. The more cores a processor has, the better it generally is at juggling multiple tasks.

Both iPads offer fast performance, but the iPad Pro brings slightly speedier performance when it comes to processing photo and video edits. It also earned higher scores on benchmarking tests like the Geekbench 5 CPU test, which measures overall performance for everyday tasks. This was also true for graphics benchmarks such as the Geekbench 5 Compute test and 3DMark Wild Life, which measures how a device provides high levels of performance for short bursts of time in mobile games.

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iPad Air

1,578 (single); 3,568 (multi) 12,414 8,618; 51 FPS 3 minutes, 45 seconds 2 seconds
iPad Pro (11-inch) 1,723 (single); 7,319 (multi) 20,455 17,227; 103 FPS 3 minutes, 25 seconds 1.4 seconds

However, what’s more interesting than the raw computing power is how developers put this power to good use in their apps. The songwriting app StaffPad, for example, is updating its app to add a new feature for M1 devices that automatically recognizes notes as you’re playing an instrument.

Cameras and sensors

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The 2021 iPad Pro has a dual camera and a LiDAR sensor

Performance aside, the camera system is the other major area in which the iPad Pro has gotten a major upgrade compared to the iPad Air. Both new iPad Pro models come with a new feature for the selfie camera powered by Apple’s M1 chip called Center Stage, which keeps the focus centered on the subject during video calls.

The iPad Pro accurately zoomed in to better frame my face as I shifted from the left to the right of my couch when reviewing the tablet back in May. This feature alone shouldn’t influence your buying decision, but it’s a useful addition for those who make a lot of video calls from their iPad and are already leaning toward the Pro. The iPad Pro also has a higher resolution 12-megapixel front camera compared to the iPad Air’s 7-megapixel selfie camera.

All three tablets feature a 12-megapixel main camera, but only the iPad Pros also have a 10-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. That means you can capture photos with a noticeably wider field of view on the iPad Pro compared to the iPad Air.

The iPad Pros also both have a few extras that photographers and videographers might find useful, like the ability to zoom out by 2x, a brighter flash, stereo recording, and more frame rate options for 1080p video recording. Most people probably aren’t buying an iPad specifically for photography. Still, these features could be important for multimedia editors that want to shoot and edit content on one single device.

The iPad Pro comes with another extra sensor the iPad Air lacks: a depth-sensing LiDAR scanner for enabling better performance in augmented reality (AR) apps. I’ve noticed that Apple devices with LiDAR are slightly faster at detecting surfaces when using AR apps than those without the technology.That’s not likely to be a deal breaker unless you frequently use your iPad for working on projects related to architecture or interior design.

It’s also important to remember that the iPad Air lacks Face ID and instead has a Touch ID sensor built into its top button. Both iPad Pros have Face ID instead of Touch ID.

Storage, speakers, and battery life

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The 2021 iPad Pro

The iPad Pro has a four speaker audio system compared to the iPad Air‘s two speakers. In my experience, even the smaller-sized 11-inch iPad Pro can pump out tunes at a noticeably louder volume than the iPad Air.

Since the iPad Pro is optimized for productivity, it also comes in higher storage capacities than the iPad Air – although this can drive up the price considerably. The iPad Air comes in 64GB and 256GB capacities, while both iPad Pros are available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB options.

Battery life is fairly similar across the iPad Air and iPad Pro, despite the fact that the Pro runs on Apple’s M1 chip. Apple estimates that the iPad Air, 11-inch iPad Pro, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro should all last for 10 hours when browsing the web or watching video via Wi-Fi. See below for the results of our video streaming battery test.

Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, 2021) Apple iPad Air (2020) Apple iPad Pro (12.9-inch 2020)
Battery Life 5 hours, 54 minutes 5 hours, 17 minutes 5 hours

The bottom line

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The iPad Air

Overall, the iPad Air is the better choice for most people. It has a sleek design that feels more modern than Apple’s $329 iPad, a large and vibrant screen, plenty of power for gaming and productivity, and compatibility with newer Apple accessories like the Magic Keyboard and second-generation Apple Pencil. Creative professionals will benefit more from the extra features that make the iPad Pro more expensive, like its extra-powerful processor and LiDAR sensor.

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Apple’s annual back-to-school deal is live now, and it includes a free pair of AirPods when you buy a Mac or iPad

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  • Apple’s 2021 back-to-school discount lets you get a free pair of AirPods with a Mac or iPad purchase.
  • Apple’s year-round education pricing includes discounts on Macs and iPads, including $100 off the MacBook Air.
  • Not sure which MacBook is right for you? See our guide to the best Apple MacBook laptops.

Apple’s back-to-school discounts have arrived, and this year the iPhone maker is giving away a free pair of AirPods to students who buy an eligible Mac or iPad device.

The promotion is live now and runs through September 27. Those who are eligible can upgrade from the free standard AirPods with wired charging to the version with a wireless charging case for $40 or the AirPods Pro for just $90. That’s a significant discount from the AirPods Pro’s $250 list price and their typical street price of $220.

The offer is valid on purchases of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini, iPad Pro, or iPad Air. Unfortunately, Apple’s 8th-generation iPad, which we’ve called the best iPad for most people, and the iPad Mini are excluded from this offer.

See below to learn more about Apple’s general education discounts and the eligibility requirements.

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Who is eligible for Apple education discounts?

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Apple’s Education Discounts are available to current or newly accepted college students, parents of students, and  faculty, staff, and home school teachers of all grade levels, according to the company’s website.

Here’s who is eligible for the Apple Education Discount:

  • K-12 staff: Anyone who currently works at a public or private K-12 school can get the discounts. Homeschool teachers are also eligible, as are currently serving school board members who have been elected or appointed to their posts. PTA or PTO executives who are currently serving and were elected or appointed can also get the deals.
  • Higher education staff and students: Anyone who works at an institution of Higher Education and any students who are attending or have been accepted into the Higher Education system can get the discounts.
  • Higher education Parents: Parents can get the discounts when they buy devices for their children if their children are currently attending or have been accepted into a public or private Higher Education institution.

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Save up to $200 on a MacBook Pro

Macbook Air

Apple offers several deals on Mac computers for students, whether you’re looking for a MacBook Pro or a more powerful desktop computer. The discounts also apply to the new M1-powered iMac that Apple recently released. 

Here are the best Mac and MacBook education deals:

Save up to $100 on an iPad

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If you’re in the market for an iPad, you could get a pretty sweet deal, too. Apple is offering up to $50 off some of its iPad models and $100 off the 12.9-inch iPad Pro for students, so it’s worth buying an iPad through Apple’s education store. There are also some pretty great deals on accessories for the iPad. 

There are sometimes better deals on iPads available through other retailers, but Apple’s education discount is consistently great.

Here are the best iPad back-to-school deals:

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The best tablet deals on Amazon Prime Day 2021 include $80 off the newest iPad Air

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Tablets from Apple, Samsung, and more are on sale for Prime Day 2021.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is here, and that means there are plenty of deals to be had on tech devices – especially tablets. This year’s annual shopping holiday ends on June 22 and includes many tech deals in addition to discounts on kitchen, home, beauty, and other products.

Right now, Amazon’s Fire HD 10 tablet is 34% off for Prime Day starting at $95 for the 32GB model and $135 for the 64GB version. Apple’s iPad Air is discounted by $80, bringing the price down to $520. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 is down to $595, a discount of 28% for Prime Day. You can still buy the 8th-generation iPad for $30 off on Amazon, though it is currently listed as out of stock.

Regardless of whether you’re eyeballing a tablet in the budget or premium price range, Amazon Prime Day is a great time to pick up a new device and save some money. But remember that you must have an Amazon Prime Day membership to access exclusive Prime Day deals.

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Best Apple iPad deals for Prime Day 2021

Apple’s iPads are best-suited for Apple users that are either seeking a device that can serve as an extension of their iPhone or for serious productivity. The 10.2-inch iPad is the most affordable option and is the best choice for general usage.

But those who are willing to pay more for a brighter, sharper screen and better performance will be happy with the iPad Air. And finally, the new M1-powered iPad Pros are the right choice for those who need a tablet for processing heavy workloads, such as multimedia editors.

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The best Prime Day Amazon Fire tablet deals available now

Amazon has several different Fire tablets to choose from, many of which are ideal for children. If you’re already set on purchasing an Amazon Fire tablet, size and budget are the other major factors you’ll want to consider.

The Fire 7 only costs $50 and is Amazon’s most compact tablet, for example, but it barely has any storage and isn’t very powerful. The Fire 10 HD is a better choice for those who want a general purpose tablet that’s still affordable, while the Kids line of those same tablets comes with protective covers to keep the tablet safe from drops and scratches.

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Samsung tablet deals on Amazon Prime Day 2021

When shopping for a Samsung tablet, you’ll want to decide whether you want a tablet for productivity, entertainment, or portability, and how much you’re willing to spend.

The Galaxy Tab S7 is our favorite high-end Android tablet, thanks to its gorgeous screen, premium design, and included S Pen, which is great for those who love to use their tablet for taking notes or drawing. But for those who want to spend less, there’s also the Galaxy Tab A7, which lacks 5G and the S Pen but still has a large 10.4-inch screen.

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How to shop for a tablet

Like any tech product, choosing the right tablet comes down to what you intend to use it for. The operating system will be your biggest concern. If you want a tablet that’s more like an extension of your smartphone, consider an iPad or Android tablet. Amazon’s Fire tablets are ideal for those seeking a cheap secondary screen for watching movies and TV shows.

You’ll also want to consider aspects like size, storage capacity, and processing power. If entertainment is your main priority, a large tablet with a 10-inch screen and average processing power is your best bet. But if you want a tablet for editing multimedia projects on-the-go, you might want to consider a tablet like the pricey iPad Pro.

Tablets typically cost anywhere between $100 to more than $1,000 depending on the model. Basic tablets designed for simple tasks like watching videos are usually cheaper, while powerful devices meant to replace your laptop can get very expensive. Amazon’s child-friendly Fire 7 Kids Edition, for example, is priced at $100, while the top-of-the-line 12.9-inch iPad Pro could cost as much as $2,400.

What’s the best tablet to buy in 2021?

Our favorite tablet right now is the 10.2-inch iPad, which usually starts at $329. It has the right balance of performance, useful features, and affordable pricing to make it the best pick for most people. Apple’s iPad software and app selection is generally more polished than many Android tablets. This specific model runs on the same processor that powers the iPhone XS, which means it’s fast enough for casual use, and is also compatible with accessories like the Apple Pencil.

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What’s the best budget tablet?

If affordability is your main priority, check out the Amazon Fire HD 10. The 32GB model usually costs $165, but is on sale for just $95. We already loved the previous version for its low price and solid integration with Amazon accounts, and the new model has a faster processor and brighter screen. It’s an ideal choice if you primarily want a tablet for streaming video from apps like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Disney Plus and little else, but remember that it’s not very powerful and doesn’t have access to the Google Play Store.

Amazon usually discounts its own products on Prime Day, so it’s a great time to look out for deals. Check out our guide to the best tablets for more buying advice.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 has finally arrived, and that means more deals. The Amazon shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22 and includes tons of discounts on Apple devices.

The best Prime Day deals on Apple products so far include discounts on the AirPods, AirPods Pro, iPad, and iPad Air. But remember that deals tend to sell out quickly, so it’s a good idea to act fast if you find a deal you’re interested in.

Many deals are exclusive to Amazon Prime members, and you can sign up for a free 30-day trial if you don’t already have a subscription. Prime memberships start at $13 a month after the trial ends.

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The best Macbook deals for Amazon Prime Day 2021

Starting in early 2020 Apple launched a number of new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

The key difference compared to older models, is that the latest MacBooks include Apple’s M1 processor, a chip that offers faster performance. We recommend the more affordable Air for most people, but the Pro is still a great buy for shoppers who crave a bit more power, slightly longer battery life, and superior speakers and microphones. You can read our full comparison of the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro here.

The newest MacBook Air (256GB) is back down to $900 with coupon. That matches the lowest price we’ve seen so far, and it’s not clear if it will dip down any lower once Prime Day starts.

You’ll also want to keep your eye on the price of the MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 Chip. Earlier this year, the price went down to $1,099, which is $200 less than its full price. It’s on sale right now for $149 off, so a better deal could be available on Prime Day.

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The best Prime Day deals on AirPods and Beats headphones

Prime Day 2021 is the first since the launch of the AirPods Max, Apple’s premium over-ear headphones. The AirPods Max saw a $50 discount just ahead of Prime Day, but the price has already jumped back up for most color options. That said, the Sky Blue model is available for a modest $20 discount. We’re hoping to see bigger deals once Prime Day arrives.

The AirPods Pro, standard AirPods, and AirPods with wireless charging case have seen many deals over the years, so we expect big discounts on Prime Day. You can check out our full breakdown of the best AirPods if you’re torn between different models.

The AirPods Pro have maintained a price around $200 from October 2020 through May 2021. The lowest we’ve seen them sell for was $169. You should expect a similar discount for Prime Day 2021.

Amazon typically sells the AirPods with a wireless charging case for $150 to $170. Meanwhile the standard AirPods typically sell between $120 to $140. We recommend jumping on any Prime Day 2021 deal prices that are lower than those ranges.

Aside from Apple’s headphones, there are a number of Beats-branded headphones to keep an eye on during Prime Day 2021. These include the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones which have already dropped to $120.

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The best Apple Watch deals for Prime Day 2021

There are a number of Apple Watch models to choose from but we recommend the 40mm, Series 6 (GPS) model thanks to its health features. We didn’t see the Series 6 fall in price during Prime Day 2020, but it fell by nearly $50 the following month. We recommend any deal that brings the Series 6 below $350.

Other Apple Watch models include the Series 3, the lower-cost alternative to the Series 6 with a wide range of bells and whistles, as well as the Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch SE hasn’t dropped below $230 on Amazon while the Series 3 hasn’t fallen below its May 2021 price of $198.

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The best Amazon Prime Day deals on iPads

Apple’s latest iPad Pro models, starting at $799, launched in May. Despite being so new, the 11-inch iPad Pro is already available for $50 off for Prime Day 2021.

There are also older iPad models that have seen frequent sales on Amazon, including the 2020 iPad Air, the 2020 iPad, and the 2019 iPad Mini. These older iPad models lack Apple’s new M1 processor but they still make good buys for most people. The 2021 Pro models, on the other hand, are really only necessary for creative professionals that need top-notch performance.

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The best Prime Day 2021 deals on iPhones

Apple’s iPhones rarely get discounts on Prime Day. The new iPhones were just announced in October 2020, and carriers and retailers will likely discount older models to make way for the new ones.

It’s unlikely that the deals will be on Amazon, though, as the online retailer only sells models that are locked to Cricket Wireless. However, Best Buy is offering a deal that takes $200 off the iPhone 12 Mini, although that’s contingent on a carrier activation with Verizon.

Some older models to keep an eye on include the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. You can check out our guide to some of the best iPhones for every budget in 2021 ahead of your next iPhone purchase, as well.

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The best deals on Apple accessories for Amazon Prime Day

Apple accessories for the iPhone, iPad, and other products can add up quickly. And now that Apple no longer includes power adapters in the iPhone’s packaging, there’s even more of an incentive to look for discounts on chargers and other accessories this Prime Day.

We have yet to see any deals on high-profile accessories like Apple’s MagSafe Duo charger, which powers up an iPhone and Apple Watch wirelessly at the same time. But there are some discounts on 20-watt adapters that bring faster charging to the iPhone and Apple’s standard Apple Watch charger.

The EarPods with a lightning connector – Apple’s wired headphones option – have been anywhere between $14 to $20 since May 2020. Any deal price lower than that would be worth jumping on during Prime Day.

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The best Prime Day deals on Apple AirTags

Since the AirTags launched in April 2021, Amazon has yet to substantially drop their price. The AirTags typically start at $29 and can help you find lost items with Apple’s FindMy app.

Despite no traditional discounts, you can always save $17 by purchasing the AirTags in a four-pack rather than buying four individually.

The AirTags might be too new to get a big discount on Prime Day, but we’ll keep this page updated with any deals if we see them.

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The best Apple TV deals for Amazon Prime Day 2021

While it’s unlikely we’ll see major deals on Apple’s latest Apple TV models and accessories during Prime Day 2021, we’re already seeing nice discounts on older models.

This includes the Apple TV 4K (first- gen) and the Apple TV HD (fourth-gen) featuring the original Siri Remote (first-gen). While these models are still quality options for streamers, the newer versions include an improved Siri remote (also sold separately).

When sold for the same price, the newer Apple TV models are a better buy, but if the old versions get big discounts on Prime Day, they could present a better value.

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When is Prime Day?

Prime Day 2021 began on June 21 and runs through June 22. Prime members can take advantage of non-stop deals on a variety of products and services over the two-day sale.

This year’s Prime Day comes roughly two months after Apple announced new iPads, AirTags, colorful iMacs, Apple TV 4K (second-generation), and more at its April event. It’s unclear what new Apple products will be on sale during Prime Day 2021, but expect to see deals on older models at the very least.

How to shop for Apple products

Before buying new Apple products on Prime Day, you should keep in mind that discounts tend to appear more often on previous-generation Apple devices. For example, a product like the Apple TV 4K (first-generation) is more likely to go on sale since the new second-generation model was just released in May 2021.

When comparing prices, you should also keep in mind that Apple offers discounted refurbished products on its own website, including previous generations of the MacBook Pro, iPhone, and more. Apple’s trade-in program can also give you additional money toward a refurbished product, as well, when you send Apple your old device.

For detailed buying advice on how to choose the right Apple product for your needs, check out our various Apple device guides and deal roundups:

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 isn’t here yet, but the deals have already started. The Amazon shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22, and we’re expecting to see tons of deals on tech gadgets over the coming days.

The best Prime Day deals on Apple products so far include discounts on the AirPods, AirPods Pro, iPad, and iPad Air. But remember that deals tend to sell out fast, so it’s a good idea to act fast if you find a deal you’re interested in.

You don’t need to be a Prime member to shop current deals, but many deals will be exclusive to subscribers when Prime Day 2021 begins. If you’re looking to give membership a shot, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial now. Prime memberships start at $13 a month after the trial ends.

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Frequently asked questions

When is Prime Day?

Prime Day 2021 will begin on June 21 and run through June 22. Prime members will be able to take advantage of non-stop deals on a variety of products and services over the two-day sale.

This year’s Prime Day comes roughly two months after Apple announced new iPads, AirTags, colorful iMacs, Apple TV 4K (second-generation), and more at its April event. It’s unclear what new Apple products will be on sale during Prime Day 2021, but expect to see deals on older models at the very least.

How to shop for Apple products

Before buying new Apple products on Prime Day, you should keep in mind that discounts tend to appear more often on previous-generation Apple devices. For example, a product like the Apple TV 4K (first-generation) is more likely to go on sale since the new second-generation model was just released in May 2021.

When comparing prices, you should also keep in mind that Apple offers discounted refurbished products on its own website, including previous generations of the MacBook Pro, iPhone, and more. Apple’s trade-in program can also give you additional money toward a refurbished product, as well, when you send Apple your old device.

For detailed buying advice on how to choose the right Apple product for your needs, check out our various Apple device guides and deal roundups:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on MacBooks

Starting in early 2020 Apple launched a number of new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

The key difference compared to older models, is that the latest MacBooks include Apple’s M1 processor, a chip that offers faster performance. We recommend the more affordable Air for most people, but the Pro is still a great buy for shoppers who crave a bit more power, slightly longer battery life, and superior speakers and microphones. You can read our full comparison of the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro here.

The best price we’ve seen the new MacBook Air (256GB) sell for so far is $899, so we expect a similar or better deal on Prime Day. The last time the previous version of the MacBook Air dropped to its lowest price – $799 – was February 2021. If stock is still available, we could see it sell for even less during Prime Day.

You’ll also want to keep your eye on the price of the MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 Chip. Earlier this year, the price went down to $1,099, which is $200 less than its full price. It’s on sale right now for $100 off, so a better deal could be available on Prime Day.

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The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on AirPods and Beats headphones

Prime Day 2021 will be the first Prime Day since the launch of the AirPods Max, Apple’s premium over-ear headphones. The AirPods Max saw a $50 discount just ahead of Prime Day, but the price has already slightly increased. We’re hoping to see bigger deals once Prime Day arrives.

The AirPods Pro, standard AirPods, and AirPods with wireless charging case have seen many deals over the years, so we expect big discounts on Prime Day. You can check out our full breakdown of the best AirPods if you’re torn between different models.

The AirPods Pro have maintained a price around $200 from October 2020 through May 2021. The lowest we’ve seen them sell for was $169. You should expect a similar discount for Prime Day 2021.

Amazon typically sells the AirPods with a wireless charging case for $150 to $170. Meanwhile the standard AirPods typically sell between $120 to $140. We recommend jumping on any Prime Day 2021 deal prices that are lower than those ranges.

Aside from Apple’s headphones, there are a number of Beats-branded headphones to keep an eye on during Prime Day 2021. These include the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones which will likely drop to $120 or less.

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Shop the same prices from Walmart’s Deals for Days and other competing sales:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple Watch

There are a number of Apple Watch models to choose from but we recommend the 40mm, Series 6 (GPS) model thanks to its health features. We didn’t see the Series 6 fall in price during Prime Day 2020, but it fell by nearly $50 the following month. We recommend any deal that brings the Series 6 below $350.

Other Apple Watch models include the Series 3, the lower-cost alternative to the Series 6 with a wide range of bells and whistles, as well as the Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch SE hasn’t dropped below $230 on Amazon while the Series 3 hasn’t fallen below its May 2021 price of $198.

Watch Series 6 (40mm, GPS) (medium)Watch SE (40mm, GPS) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Watch SE (44mm, GPS) (medium)

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on iPads

Apple’s latest iPad Pro models, starting at $799, launched in May. The 11-inch iPad Pro did get a $50 discount in May, but it’s not clear if we’ll see any major discounts over Prime Day since the 2021 models are so new.

There are older iPad models that have seen more frequent sales on Amazon, including the 2020 iPad Air, the 2020 iPad, and the 2019 iPad Mini. These older iPad models lack Apple’s new M1 processor but they still make good buys for most people. The 2021 Pro models, on the other hand, are really only necessary for creative professionals that need top-notch performance.

iPad Air (4th Gen., 64GB) (medium, Preferred: Walmart)2020 iPad 10.2-inch (8th Gen) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)iPad Mini (5th Gen, 32GB) (medium)

Shop the same prices from Walmart’s Deals for Days and other competing sales:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on iPhones

Apple’s iPhones rarely get discounts on Prime Day. The new iPhones were just announced in October 2020, and carriers and retailers will likely discount older models to make way for the new ones.

It’s unlikely that the deals will be on Amazon, though, as the online retailer only sells models that are locked to Cricket Wireless. However, Best Buy is offering a deal that takes $200 off the iPhone 12 Mini, although that’s contingent on a carrier activation with Verizon.

Some older models to keep an eye on include the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. You can check out our guide to some of the best iPhones for every budget in 2021 ahead of your next iPhone purchase, as well.

iPhone 12 Mini (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple iPhone accessories

Apple’s iPhone line has supported MagSafe chargers since the iPhone 8. While we typically see the charger for $5 off on Amazon, it dropped to $10 off in May 2021. We recommend any deal on Prime Day if it’s $10 off or more.

The MagSafe Duo Charger, a charger for two Apple devices, hasn’t seen any sales since its first price drop – roughly $16 off – in April 2021. We anticipate a similar or better deal during Prime Day 2021.

The EarPods with a lightning connector – Apple’s wired headphones option – have been anywhere between $14 to $20 since May 2020. Any deal price lower than that would be worth jumping on during Prime Day.

MagSafe Charger (medium)MagSafe Duo (medium)EarPods with Lightning Connector (medium)

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple AirTags

Since the AirTags launched in April 2021, Amazon has yet to substantially drop their price. The AirTags typically start at $29 and can help you find lost items with Apple’s FindMy app.

Despite no traditional discounts, you can always save $17 by purchasing the AirTags in a four-pack rather than buying four individually.

The AirTags might be too new to get a big discount on Prime Day, but we’ll keep this page updated with any deals if we see them.

AirTags (medium, Preferred: Amazon)AirTag (4-pack) (medium)

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple TV

While it’s unlikely we’ll see deals on Apple’s latest Apple TV models and accessories during Prime Day 2021, we expect to see deals on older models.

This includes the Apple TV 4K (first- gen) and the Apple TV HD (fourth-gen) featuring the original Siri Remote (first-gen). While these models are still quality options for streamers, the newer versions include an improved Siri remote (also sold separately).

When sold for the same price, the newer Apple TV models are a better buy, but if the old versions get big discounts on Prime Day, they could present a better value.

TV 4K (2021) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)TV 4K (2017) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)TV HD (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

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Apple’s AirPods Pro are already on sale ahead of Prime Day 2021.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is fast approaching, and there are already plenty of noteworthy deals. The Amazon shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22, and we’re expecting to see tons of deals on tech gadgets over the coming days.

Apple deals are no exception. Prime Day isn’t here yet, but there are already a several good discounts on products like AirPods and iPads. But remember that they tend to sell out fast, so it’s a good idea to act fast if you find a deal you’re interested in. The 2021 iPad Pro, which only launched in May, was already available at a $50 discount on June 18 but quickly sold out.

In past years, we’ve seen deals on AirPods, MacBooks, Apple Watches, iPads, and more. Ahead of this year’s Prime Day, we’re rounding up the best deals on everything Apple.

You don’t need to be a Prime member to shop current deals, but many deals will be exclusive to subscribers when Prime Day 2021 begins. If you’re looking to give membership a shot, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial now. Prime memberships start at $13 a month after the trial ends.

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Frequently asked questions

When is Prime Day?

Prime Day 2021 will begin on June 21 and run through June 22. Prime members will be able to take advantage of non-stop deals on a variety of products and services over the two-day sale.

This year’s Prime Day comes roughly two months after Apple announced new iPads, AirTags, colorful iMacs, Apple TV 4K (second-generation), and more at its April event. It’s unclear what new Apple products will be on sale during Prime Day 2021, but expect to see deals on older models at the very least.

How to shop for Apple products

Before buying new Apple products on Prime Day, you should keep in mind that discounts tend to appear more often on previous-generation Apple devices. For example, a product like the Apple TV 4K (first-generation) is more likely to go on sale since the new second-generation model was just released in May 2021.

When comparing prices, you should also keep in mind that Apple offers discounted refurbished products on its own website, including previous generations of the MacBook Pro, iPhone, and more. Apple’s trade-in program can also give you additional money toward a refurbished product, as well, when you send Apple your old device.

For detailed buying advice on how to choose the right Apple product for your needs, check out our various Apple device guides and deal roundups:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on MacBooks

Starting in early 2020 Apple launched a number of new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

The key difference compared to older models, is that the latest MacBooks include Apple’s M1 processor, a chip that offers faster performance. We recommend the more affordable Air for most people, but the Pro is still a great buy for shoppers who crave a bit more power, slightly longer battery life, and superior speakers and microphones. You can read our full comparison of the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro here.

The best price we’ve seen the new MacBook Air (256GB) sell for so far is $899, so we expect a similar or better deal on Prime Day. The last time the previous version of the MacBook Air dropped to its lowest price – $799 – was February 2021. If stock is still available, we could see it sell for even less during Prime Day.

You’ll also want to keep your eye on the price of the MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 Chip. Earlier this year, the price went down to $1,099, which is $200 less than its full price. It’s on sale right now for $100 off, so a better deal could be available on Prime Day.

2020 MacBook Air (M1 chip, Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)MacBook Pro (M1, 13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on AirPods and Beats headphones

Prime Day 2021 will be the first Prime Day since the launch of the AirPods Max, Apple’s premium over-ear headphones. The headphones haven’t seen many deals since their debut, so Prime Day could be the first time we see a discount larger than $30.

The AirPods Pro, standard AirPods, and AirPods with wireless charging case have seen many deals over the years, so we expect big discounts on Prime Day. You can check out our full breakdown of the best AirPods if you’re torn between different models.

The AirPods Pro have maintained a price around $200 from October 2020 through May 2021. The lowest we’ve seen them sell for was $169. You should expect a similar discount for Prime Day 2021.

Amazon typically sells the AirPods with a wireless charging case for $150 to $170. Meanwhile the standard AirPods typically sell between $120 to $140. We recommend jumping on any Prime Day 2021 deal prices that are lower than those ranges.

Aside from Apple’s headphones, there are a number of Beats-branded headphones to keep an eye on during Prime Day 2021. These include the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones which will likely drop to $120 or less.

Airpods Max (medium, Preferred: Amazon)AirPods Pro (medium, Preferred: Amazon)AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Airpods with Wired Charging Case (Newest model) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Solo3 Wireless Headphones (medium)Powerbeats Pro (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Flex Wireless Earphones (medium)

Shop the same prices from Walmart’s Deals for Days and other competing sales:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple Watch

There are a number of Apple Watch models to choose from but we recommend the 40mm, Series 6 (GPS) model thanks to its health features. We didn’t see the Series 6 fall in price during Prime Day 2020, but it fell by nearly $50 the following month. We recommend any deal that brings the Series 6 below $350.

Other Apple Watch models include the Series 3, the lower-cost alternative to the Series 6 with a wide range of bells and whistles, as well as the Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch SE hasn’t dropped below $230 on Amazon while the Series 3 hasn’t fallen below its May 2021 price of $198.

Watch Series 6 (40mm, GPS) (medium)Watch SE (40mm, GPS) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Watch SE (44mm, GPS) (medium)

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on iPads

Apple’s latest iPad Pro models, starting at $799, launched in May. The 11-inch iPad Pro did get a $50 discount in May, but it’s not clear if we’ll see any major discounts over Prime Day since the 2021 models are so new.

There are older iPad models that have seen more frequent sales on Amazon, including the 2020 iPad Air, the 2020 iPad, and the 2019 iPad Mini. These older iPad models lack Apple’s new M1 processor but they still make good buys for most people. The 2021 Pro models, on the other hand, are really only necessary for creative professionals that need top-notch performance.

iPad Air (4th Gen., 64GB) (medium, Preferred: Walmart)2020 iPad 10.2-inch (8th Gen) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)iPad Mini (5th Gen, 32GB) (medium)

Shop the same prices from Walmart’s Deals for Days and other competing sales:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple iPhone accessories

Apple’s iPhone line has supported MagSafe chargers since the iPhone 8. While we typically see the charger for $5 off on Amazon, it dropped to $10 off in May 2021. We recommend any deal on Prime Day if it’s $10 off or more.

The MagSafe Duo Charger, a charger for two Apple devices, hasn’t seen any sales since its first price drop – roughly $16 off – in April 2021. We anticipate a similar or better deal during Prime Day 2021.

The EarPods with a lightning connector – Apple’s wired headphones option – have been anywhere between $14 to $20 since May 2020. Any deal price lower than that would be worth jumping on during Prime Day.

MagSafe Charger (medium)MagSafe Duo (medium)EarPods with Lightning Connector (medium)

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple AirTags

Since the AirTags launched in April 2021, Amazon has yet to substantially drop their price. The AirTags typically start at $29 and can help you find lost items with Apple’s FindMy app.

Despite no traditional discounts, you can always save $17 by purchasing the AirTags in a four-pack rather than buying four individually.

The AirTags might be too new to get a big discount on Prime Day, but we’ll keep this page updated with any deals if we see them.

AirTags (medium, Preferred: Amazon)AirTag (4-pack) (medium)

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple TV

While it’s unlikely we’ll see deals on Apple’s latest Apple TV models and accessories during Prime Day 2021, we expect to see deals on older models.

This includes the Apple TV 4K (first- gen) and the Apple TV HD (fourth-gen) featuring the original Siri Remote (first-gen). While these models are still quality options for streamers, the newer versions include an improved Siri remote (also sold separately).

When sold for the same price, the newer Apple TV models are a better buy, but if the old versions get big discounts on Prime Day, they could present a better value.

TV 4K (2021) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)TV 4K (2017) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)TV HD (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

Shop the same prices from Walmart’s Deals for Days and other competing sales:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on iPhones

Apple’s iPhones rarely get discounts on Prime Day. The new iPhones were just announced in October 2020, and carriers and retailers will likely discount older models to make way for the new ones.

It’s unlikely that the deals will be on Amazon, though, as the online retailer only sells models that are locked to Cricket Wireless.

Some older models to keep an eye on include the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. You can check out our guide to some of the best iPhones for every budget in 2021 ahead of your next iPhone purchase, as well.

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The best Apple deals we expect on Prime Day 2021 – save on AirPods, MacBooks, and iPad Mini

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 will be held on June 21 and 22. Over the two-day period, the sales event will offer tons of deals on a variety of tech products.

Apple deals are no exception and we look forward to seeing what savings are in store for this year’s event. A few new Apple devices, like the AirTags and AirPods Max, weren’t available during last year’s sale, so Prime Day 2021 could be the first time we see notable discounts on these products.

In past years, we’ve seen deals on AirPods, MacBooks, Apple Watches, iPads, and more. Ahead of this year’s Prime Day, we’re rounding up the best deals on everything Apple.

You don’t need to be a Prime member to shop current deals, but many deals will be exclusive to subscribers when Prime Day 2021 begins. If you’re looking to give membership a shot, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial now. Prime memberships start at $13 a month after the trial ends.

Prime Monthly Subscription (medium)

Frequently asked questions

When is Prime Day?

Prime Day 2021 will begin on June 21 and run through June 22. Prime members will be able to take advantage of non-stop deals on a variety of products and services over the two-day sale.

This year’s Prime Day comes roughly two months after Apple announced new iPads, AirTags, colorful iMacs, Apple TV 4K (second-generation), and more at its April event. It’s unclear what new Apple products will be on sale during Prime Day 2021, but expect to see deals on older models at the very least.

How to shop for Apple products

Before buying new Apple products on Prime Day, you should keep in mind that discounts tend to appear more often on previous-generation Apple devices. For example, a product like the Apple TV 4K (first-generation) is more likely to go on sale since the new second-generation model was just released in May 2021.

When comparing prices, you should also keep in mind that Apple offers discounted refurbished products on its own website, including previous generations of the MacBook Pro, iPhone, and more. Apple’s trade-in program can also give you additional money toward a refurbished product, as well, when you send Apple your old device.

For detailed buying advice on how to choose the right Apple product for your needs, check out our various Apple device guides and deal roundups:

The best Amazon deals on MacBooks right now

Starting in early 2020 Apple launched a number of new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

The key difference compared to older models, is that the latest MacBooks include Apple’s M1 processor, a chip that offers faster performance. We recommend the more affordable Air for most people, but the Pro is still a great buy for shoppers who crave a bit more power, slightly longer battery life, and superior speakers and microphones. You can read our full comparison of the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro here.

The best price we’ve seen the new MacBook Air (256GB) sell for so far is $899, so we expect a similar or better deal on Prime Day. The last time the previous version of the MacBook Air dropped to its lowest price – $799 – was February 2021. If stock is still available, we could see it sell for even less during Prime Day.

You’ll also want to keep your eye on the price of the MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 Chip. Earlier this year, the price went down to $1,099, which is $200 less than its full price. It’s on sale right now for $100 off, so a better deal could be available on Prime Day.

2020 MacBook Air (M1 chip, Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)MacBook Pro (M1, 13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

The best Amazon deals on AirPods and Beats headphones right now

Prime Day 2021 will be the first Prime Day since the launch of the AirPods Max, Apple’s premium over-ear headphones. The headphones haven’t seen many deals since their debut, so Prime Day could be the first time we see a discount larger than $30.

The AirPods Pro, standard AirPods, and AirPods with wireless charging case have seen many deals over the years, so we expect big discounts on Prime Day. You can check out our full breakdown of the best AirPods if you’re torn between different models.

The AirPods Pro have maintained a price around $200 from October 2020 through May 2021. The lowest we’ve seen them sell for was $169. You should expect a similar discount for Prime Day 2021.

Amazon typically sells the AirPods with a wireless charging case for $150 to $170. Meanwhile the standard AirPods typically sell between $120 to $140. We recommend jumping on any Prime Day 2021 deal prices that are lower than those ranges.

Aside from Apple’s headphones, there are a number of Beats-branded headphones to keep an eye on during Prime Day 2021. These include the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones which will likely drop to $120 or less.

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The best Amazon deals on Apple Watch right now

There are a number of Apple Watch models to choose from but we recommend the 40mm, Series 6 (GPS) model thanks to its health features. We didn’t see the Series 6 fall in price during Prime Day 2020, but it fell by nearly $50 the following month. We recommend any deal that brings the Series 6 below $350.

Other Apple Watch models include the Series 3, the lower-cost alternative to the Series 6 with a wide range of bells and whistles, as well as the Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch SE hasn’t dropped below $230 on Amazon while the Series 3 hasn’t fallen below its May 2021 price of $198.

Watch Series 6 (40mm, GPS) (medium)Watch SE (40mm, GPS) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Watch SE (44mm, GPS) (medium)

The best Amazon deals on iPads right now

Apple’s latest iPad Pro models, starting at $799, launched in May. The 11-inch iPad Pro did get a $50 discount in May, but it’s not clear if we’ll see any major discounts over Prime Day since the 2021 models are so new.

There are older iPad models that have seen more frequent sales on Amazon, including the 2020 iPad Air, the 2020 iPad, and the 2019 iPad Mini. These older iPad models lack Apple’s new M1 processor but they still make good buys for most people. The 2021 Pro models, on the other hand, are really only necessary for creative professionals that need top-notch performance.

iPad Air 2020 (4th Gen, 64GB) (medium)2020 iPad 10.2-inch (8th Gen) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)iPad Mini (5th Gen, 32GB) (medium)

The best Amazon deals on Apple iPhone accessories right now

Apple’s iPhone line has supported MagSafe chargers since the iPhone 8. While we typically see the charger for $5 off on Amazon, it dropped to $10 off in May 2021. We recommend any deal on Prime Day if it’s $10 off or more.

The MagSafe Duo Charger, a charger for two Apple devices, hasn’t seen any sales since its first price drop – roughly $16 off – in April 2021. We anticipate a similar or better deal during Prime Day 2021.

The EarPods with a lightning connector – Apple’s wired headphones option – have been anywhere between $14 to $20 since May 2020. Any deal price lower than that would be worth jumping on during Prime Day.

MagSafe Charger (medium)MagSafe Duo (medium)EarPods with Lightning Connector (medium)

The best Amazon deals on Apple AirTags right now

Since the AirTags launched in April 2021, Amazon has yet to substantially drop their price. The AirTags typically start at $29 and can help you find lost items with Apple’s FindMy app.

Despite no traditional discounts, you can always save $17 by purchasing the AirTags in a four-pack rather than buying four individually.

The AirTags might be too new to get a big discount on Prime Day, but we’ll keep this page updated with any deals if we see them.

AirTags (medium, Preferred: Amazon)AirTag (4-pack) (medium)

The best Amazon deals on Apple TV right now

While it’s unlikely we’ll see deals on Apple’s latest Apple TV models and accessories during Prime Day 2021, we expect to see deals on older models.

This includes the Apple TV 4K (first- gen) and the Apple TV HD (fourth-gen) featuring the original Siri Remote (first-gen). While these models are still quality options for streamers, the newer versions include an improved Siri remote (also sold separately).

When sold for the same price, the newer Apple TV models are a better buy, but if the old versions get big discounts on Prime Day, they could present a better value.

TV 4K (2021) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)TV 4K (2017) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)TV HD (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

The best Amazon deals on iPhones right now

Apple’s iPhones rarely get discounts on Prime Day. The new iPhones were just announced in October 2020, and carriers and retailers will likely discount older models to make way for the new ones.

It’s unlikely that the deals will be on Amazon, though, as the online retailer only sells models that are locked to Cricket Wireless.

Some older models to keep an eye on include the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. You can check out our guide to some of the best iPhones for every budget in 2021 ahead of your next iPhone purchase, as well.

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The best iPads in 2021 for every size and budget

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  • The 10.2-inch iPad offers solid performance at a reasonable price, making it our top pick.
  • Those who want a nicer screen and other features without splurging on the Pro should consider the Air.
  • The new M1-powered iPad Pro models are for those looking for the most powerful tablet they can buy.

Apple is the uncontested king of tablets. The iPad is the most popular tablet in the world, with Apple beating Samsung and Lenovo by claiming 36.5% of the global tablet market.

Apple’s tablet lineup is varied and surprisingly affordable. On the high end, Apple recently announced an update to the iPad Pro lineup which adds the powerful M1 chip, as well as 5G capability to the iPad for the first time, while maintaining the $799 price for the 11-inch model.

At $329.99, the 10.2-inch iPad is the cheapest iPad Apple has ever sold, but it’s quite powerful and supports the Apple Pencil, making it a great choice for anyone in need of a general purpose tablet.

Other iPads offer higher performance and more features and functionality, all of which come at higher prices.

Here are the best iPads in 2021:

The best iPad overall

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The 2020 10.2-inch iPad offers the best balance of value, performance, and features, and is the best deal for most people.

Pros: Incredible price for an iPad, slick aluminum design, Touch ID for security and Apple Pay, gorgeous screen, supports the Apple Pencil

Cons: Low resolution front camera, very little storage at base price

The 2020 10.2-inch iPad is the most affordable model, and it’s the best option for those picking up their first iPad. It’s also a great choice if you’re looking to upgrade from an aging iPad or iPad Mini.

The 2,160 x 1,620-pixel resolution on the 10.2-inch model is sharp and clear. The A12 processor is still perfectly capable for most apps and tasks, the battery life is long, and you can buy things on iPad with Apple Pay, thanks to the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Best of all, this iPad supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, an incredible stylus with virtually no lag. You will have to pay $100 extra for the Pencil, but if you like to take notes or draw on your iPad, it is well worth it. 

You simply can’t beat those specs at that price point. Comparable Android tablets cost hundreds of dollars more, and the iPad still has a better app library and accessory support.

The aluminum build looks and feels premium. Both iPads are quite light, too, so you can happily binge-watch Netflix in bed or take them with you. Tech nerds will say the iPads have a boring old design, but it’s tried and true. Plus, the aluminum build is durable.

However, there are some drawbacks that are worth considering. The 1.2-megapixel front camera isn’t very sharp, which is something to keep in mind if you make a lot of FaceTime calls. And, the base model only comes with 32GB of storage. That means you won’t be able to store many apps, videos, and photos on the device and will have to keep most of your content in the cloud unless you upgrade to the $429 model with 128GB of storage.

The best mid-range iPad

ipad air 4th gen 2020 with magic keyboard

The 2020 iPad Air brings power and a premium updated design and features for $600

Pros: Updated design, sharp screen, Touch ID, works with accessories like the newer Apple Pencil, fast performance, new processor, mouse support, close to iPad Pro functionality and power while costing less

Cons: Only 64GB of storage, price gets expensive when you add on accessories Price is creeping up

The iPad Air got a big upgrade when the newest version debuted in September 2020. New features include an all-screen design with sharper edges that’s similar to the iPad Pro’s look, the powerful A14 Bionic processor that powers the iPhone 12 series, USB-C for faster charging and connecting to computers, and a Touch ID sensor on the top button.

The tablet also supports the second-generation Apple Pencil, which is widely considered the best stylus for drawing on a tablet and features an improved design compared to the first-generation pencil. The iPad Air also has a sharp 10.9-inch Liquid Retina True Tone screen with a resolution of 2,360 × 1,640 pixels.

If you’re looking for an iPad for work-related tasks, the 2020 iPad Air supports Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio and the Magic Keyboard, which includes a trackpad for mouse control. Support for the Magic Keyboard, in particular, brings the 2020 iPad Air closer than ever to the iPad Pro’s high level of functionality, making the 2020 iPad Air a less expensive alternative to the iPad Pro.

You can buy the iPad Air with either 64GB or 256GB of storage, and it comes in five color options: Silver, Space Gray, Green, Sky Blue, or Rose Gold. You can also choose either a Wi-Fi-only connection or a combination of cellular and Wi-Fi connections.

The best small iPad

iPad Mini 2019

The 2019 iPad Mini is essentially the smaller version of the 10.2-inch iPad, and it’s the best option if you prefer a smaller tablet.

Pros: Compact, affordable, new processor, sharp screen, works with the Pencil

Cons: Older design with bigger bezels, more expensive than larger 10.2-inch 2020 iPad

With a 7.9-inch display, the 2019 iPad Mini is Apple’s smallest tablet. It may not have the newer iPad-Pro style design, but it has all the latest specs we wanted in this update.

It’s powered by the same powerful A12 Bionic processor found inside  the 2020 iPad, and it supports the first-generation Apple Pencil. We’re thrilled Apple gave the Mini Pencil support, as it’s the best stylus we’ve ever used, and it makes the Mini a great tablet for note taking or drawing.

The Mini’s True Tone, 7.9-inch screen has a sharp 2,048 x 1,536 pixel resolution, too, so you can really enjoy watching videos, reading, and creating on the screen.

You can choose between 64GB or 256GB of storage and three color options: Silver, Space Gray, or Gold).

Overall, the iPad Mini is the best choice for those who prioritize portability above all else in a tablet. If you want a screen that’s slightly bigger than your phone for reading, watching movies, and checking email, the iPad Mini is worth considering. 

The best iPad for pros

ipad pro

Apple’s newest iPad Pros come with fast performance and excellent cameras at a high price, making them best for creative professionals.

Pros: Fast performance, great selfie camera that keeps you in frame, improved vibrant screen on the 12.9-inch model

Cons: Expensive, gets even more expensive when you add accessories, multitasking and general productivity is still better on a laptop

Apple’s recently launched iPad Pros come equipped with the company’s M1 processor, bringing faster processing and better camera performance to an already-powerful tablet. But the iPad Pro’s high price and extra power mean that it’s best-suited for creative professionals looking to get work done on their tablet rather than everyday users.

The 11-inch model starts at $800, while the 12.9-inch version begins at $1,100, just like their predecessors. 

The new iPad Pro’s headlining feature is a camera trick called Center Stage, which adjusts the front-facing camera as you move to ensure that you remain centered in frame. Plus, the iPad Pro benefits from the Apple image signal processor in the M1 chip, resulting in more colorful selfies. That makes the iPad Pro a strong choice for those who plan to take a lot of video calls from their iPad, or for those who plan to record video projects using the iPad’s selfie camera. 

The iPad Pros also have a dual-camera system with a 12-megapixel main camera and a 10-megapixel wide lens, another factor that makes it more appealing than the iPad Air for those who want to shoot and edit multimedia content on one device. 

The larger-sized model also has a new display that uses mini-LED technology, meaning that it has much greater brightness and contrast compared to Apple’s other tablets. 

But for that price, the iPad Pros are really best for those who want a tablet for more than just watching videos, browsing the web, and getting light work done. That’s especially true since the iPad Air is now compatible with Apple’s Magic Keyboard and second-generation Apple Pencil. All told, the iPad Pro’s increased storage capacity, faster performance, better cameras, and Thunderbolt connectivity make the iPad Pro best for creatives that want a portable work device.

The best stylus

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The first-generation Apple Pencil is the best for the 2020 10.2-inch and 2019 iPad Mini, while the second-generation stylus is ideal for the 2020 iPad Air and 2020 iPad Pro models.

Pros: Works with even the cheapest 10.2-inch iPad, lack of latency, pressure sensitivity, made for the iPad’s screen, easy to charge, comfortable to hold

Cons: Expensive 

Over the years, we’ve tested a lot of styluses from companies like Adonit, 53, Wacom, and more. None of those styluses can hold a candle to the Apple Pencil. Whether you buy the first-generation Pencil or the second, you’re getting a stylus that was made by Apple in tandem with the iPad.

As such, the Pencil works with the iPads’ screens in special ways that no other stylus can. The result is improved pressure sensitivity and an impressively low level of latency. You won’t even notice a lag because it’s imperceptible. When you use an Apple Pencil, you actually feel like you’re using a normal graphite pencil.

There are a few differences between the first- and second-generation Pencils: the second-gen model has wireless charging and magnetically attaches to the side of the iPad. The first-gen Pencil charges with a lightning port on the end and doesn’t attach to your iPad. It’s also a bit cheaper.

As far as compatibility, the first-generation Apple Pencil is for the older iPad models, as well as the 2020 10.2-inch iPad and the 2019 iPad Mini. The second-generation Apple Pencil and supports newer and higher-end iPads, including most iPad Pros and the 2020 iPad Air.

Choose whichever makes the most sense to you, but the newer Pencil’s easier charging method and magnetic attraction to the iPad make it a winner in our book.

The best keyboard for your iPad

logitech k780 keyboard

The Logitech K780 works with any device, connects wirelessly, and offers a full-sized keyboard with satisfying keys for typing.

Pros: Nice design, comfortable, two-year battery life

Cons: Needs AAA batteries

The Logitech K780 is the best Bluetooth keyboard for just about any device, including the iPad. Sure, it’s not a keyboard case, so it won’t protect your iPad and provide a keyboard, but that means you get a full-sized keyboard with a number pad and satisfying keys that have good travel.

The K780 supports connections to multiple devices, so you can use it with your iPad, phone, and computer if you want. The circular keys are comfortable to type on because they are full size. Logitech also incorporated a tablet and phone stand into the keyboard’s design, so it’s easy to prop your iPad up without needing to buy a separate stand or case.

The only downsides here are that it needs AAA batteries to run and it’s not the most portable keyboard you can buy. If you want a more portable option, the foldable iClever Ultra Slim 3 Keyboard folds up to one-third of its size and can be used in both wireless and wired modes.

What to consider when buying an iPad

  • Price: The biggest factor you’ll want to consider when purchasing an iPad is how much you’re willing to spend. The 10.2-inch $329 iPad is the best choice for anyone on a tight budget, since it’s Apple’s most affordable iPad. But if you want more storage space than the 32GB that comes with the cheapest standard iPad by default and are looking for something more compact, the $400 iPad Mini is your best bet. If you’re willing to invest in a tablet that you’re also planning to use for work purposes, particularly for photography, the top-of-the-line $800-$1,000 iPad Pro may be right for you. And then there’s the $600 iPad Air, which falls right in the middle and is best if you want a tablet for casual productivity and entertainment.
  • Size: Aside from price, size is one of the most important aspects to consider when buying an iPad. The 7.9-inch iPad Mini is Apple’s smallest tablet, and it’s the right choice if you mostly think you’ll be using your iPad during your commute or while traveling. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is best for those who want a laptop-sized tablet for getting work done or watching movies. And for those looking for something in between, there’s the 10.2-inch iPad, 10.9-inch iPad Air, and 11-inch iPad Pro.
  • Performance: When picking out an iPad, you’ll also want to consider what kinds of tasks you think you’ll be using it for. If you just want an iPad that can serve as a larger and more suitable screen for doing many of the things you’d normally do on your smartphone, like browsing the internet, watching Netflix, playing casual games, light productivity such as note-taking, and checking email, then the iPad or iPad Mini will do just fine. But if you need something more powerful that packs more graphics performance, which could be important for video and photo editors, you’ll want to check out the iPad Pro. And then, of course, the iPad Air falls right in the middle, offering performance that’s just as fast and snappy as the iPhone 12 for a lower price than the iPad Pro.
  • Features: All of Apple’s iPads run on the same software and can download the same apps from the App Store. But they do differ in several important ways when it comes to hardware-based features. Compared to Apple’s cheaper tablets, the iPad Air and iPad Pro offer sleeker designs, nearly borderless screens, USB-C input, compatibility with newer Apple accessories, and sharper cameras. The iPad Pro is also the only iPad to come with two rear camera lenses, Face ID, and a LiDAR sensor for augmented reality apps. Consider which features matter to you most when deciding which iPad is right for you. 
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How to tell exactly which iPad generation and model you have in two different ways

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It should only take a minute to find what generation of iPad you have.

  • To find what generation of iPad you have, you should check the model number.
  • You can find your iPad’s model number by looking at the Settings app or the back of your device.
  • Once you know your iPad’s model number, search for it on Google or check our comprehensive list to find what generation it is.
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It’s been more than a decade since the iPad first hit the market, and Apple has since released over two dozen different models and “generations.” This means that if it’s been a while since you bought your iPad, it’s easy to forget which version you have.

Figuring out exactly which iPad model you own lets you know how much storage space you’re supposed to have, which accessories to buy, and how old your device is. It’s also useful if you ever need troubleshooting help from Apple.

Luckily, finding out which iPad generation you have isn’t hard. Here’s how to find your iPad’s model number, and use that to check the device’s version.

How to find which iPad generation and model you have

Every iPad has a model number that denotes exactly what kind of iPad it is, when it was made, and more. To quickly see what iPad you have, find this model number, and then search for it online or consult the list at the end of this article.

You can find the model number in two ways.

Finding the model number in your Settings app

If you can turn on and use your iPad, this is the fastest way to find the model number.

1. Open the Settings app on your device and tap “General.”

2. In the next menu, tap “About” at the top of the list.

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Open the “About” menu.

3. Look for the two tabs that say “Model Name” and “Model Number.” Tap Model Number to reveal a short code that starts with the letter “A.”

The Model Name line will tell you the name of your iPad and likely its screen size, but multiple iPad generations can share this name. The Model Number that begins with an A, however, is unique to your specific iPad model.

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You’ll have to tap “Model Number” once to get the right code.

Finding the model number on the back of your iPad

If your iPad can’t turn on, you can still get the model number.

Just turn your iPad over and look at the back. Underneath the iPad logo, beside the word “Model,” you’ll see a capital letter A followed by a few numbers.

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Every iPad has the model number engraved on the back.

That’s the model number, and with it you can search for your specific iPad generation online, or you can just reference our list below.

Every iPad generation and model ever released

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There are four major iPad types: the iPad, mini, Air, and Pro.

Every iPad generation has a unique model number. Take your model number and find it in the tables here to see which version you have. You can also press Ctrl + F or Command + F and type in your model number to find it in the tables immediately.

These tables are separated by iPad type, of which there are four: the iPad, the iPad mini, the iPad Air, and the iPad Pro.

Every iPad generation

iPad model

Year of Release

Internet capability

Model Number(s)

iPad

2010

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + 3G

A1219 for Wi-Fi, A1337 for Wi-Fi + 3G

iPad 2 (2nd generation)

2011

Wi-Fi, GSM, CDMA

A1395 for Wi-Fi, A1396 for GSM, A1397 for CDMA

iPad (3rd generation)

Early 2012

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1416 for Wi-Fi, A1430 or A1403 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (4th generation)

Late 2012

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1458 for Wi-Fi, A1459 or A1460 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (5th generation)

2017

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1822 for Wi-Fi, A1823 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (6th generation)

2018

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1893 for Wi-Fi, A1954 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (7th generation)

2019

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2197 for Wi-Fi, A2200 or A2198 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad (8th generation)

2020

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2270 for Wi-Fi; A2428, A2429, or A2430 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Every iPad mini generation

iPad model

Year of Release

Internet capability

Model Number(s)

iPad mini

2012

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1432 for Wi-Fi, A1454 or A1455 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad mini 2 (2nd generation)

Late 2013 and early 2014

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular, Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

A1489 for Wi-Fi, A1490 for Wi-Fi + Cellular, A1491 for Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

iPad mini 3 (3rd generation)

Late 2014

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1599 for Wi-Fi, A1600 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad mini 4 (4th generation)

2015

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1538 for Wi-Fi, A1550 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad mini (5th generation)

2019

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2133 for Wi-Fi; A2124, A2125, or A2126 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Every iPad Air generation

iPad model

Year of Release

Internet capability

Model Number(s)

iPad Air

Late 2013 and early 2014

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular, Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

A1474 for Wi-Fi, A1475 for Wi-Fi + Cellular, A1476 for Wi-Fi + Cellular (TD-LTE)

iPad Air 2 (2nd generation)

Late 2014

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1566 for Wi-Fi, A1567 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Air (3rd generation)

2019

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2152 for Wi-Fi; A2123, A2153, or A2154 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Air (4th generation)

2020

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2316 for Wi-Fi; A2324, A2325, or A2072 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Every iPad Pro generation

iPad model

Year of Release

Internet capability

Model Number(s)

iPad Pro [12.9-inch]

2015

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1584 for Wi-Fi, A1652 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [9.7-inch]

2016

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1673 for Wi-Fi, A1674 or A1675 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [10.5-inch]

2017

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1701 for Wi-Fi, A1709 or A1852 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [12.9-inch] (2nd generation)

2017

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1670 for Wi-Fi, A1671 or A1821 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [11-inch]

2018

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1980 for Wi-Fi; A2013, A1934, or A1979 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [12.9-inch] (3rd generation)

2018

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A1876 for Wi-Fi; A2014, A1895 or A1983 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [11-inch] (2nd generation)

2020

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2228 for Wi-Fi; A2068, A2230, or A2231 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

iPad Pro [12.9-inch] (4th generation)

2020

Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi + Cellular

A2229 for Wi-Fi; A2069, A2232, or A2233 for Wi-Fi + Cellular

Steven John contributed to a previous version of this article.

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Apple’s new iPad Pro improves upon last year’s with a faster processor and 5G support – but the upgrade is really for power users

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  • The 2021 Apple iPad Pro features improved specs while keeping the 2020 model‘s $799 starting price.
  • You can preorder the new tablet starting April 30, and units are expected to ship in mid-May.
  • The M1 processor and 5G option are nice features, but 2020 iPad owners should wait for a bigger upgrade.

On April 20, Apple announced the fifth-generation of its iPad Pro line. The new tablet has a lot of the same features as the 2020 edition, but adds an upgraded display, 5G connectivity support, Apple’s M1 processor (CPU), and bigger storage capacity.

You can order the 2021 Apple iPad Pro from Apple and other retailers starting April 30, and tablets will be available in mid-May, according to Apple.

Prices for the 11-inch tablet start at $799, and the new 12.9-inch version starts at $1,099. Here’s how the new iPad Pro models stacks up to their predecessors.

The 2021 iPad Pro has the same resolution as the 2020 iPad Pro, but the new 12.9-inch edition uses a mini-LED design versus the standard LED backlight found on the 2020 model. Mini-LED can provide better contrast and higher peak brightness to create a more realistic image with better high dynamic range (HDR) performance.

2021 iPad Pro models also incorporate a faster CPU and better graphics performance thank to the addition of Apple’s M1 chip. We’ve been impressed with the performance improvements this chip makes in other recent Apple products, like the MacBook Air.

Other upgrades include new support for 5G on cellular models, as well as a new option for up to 2TB of storage versus last year’s max of 1TB. The front camera has been upgraded as well, making the jump from 7MP to 12MP.

These improvements make the new iPad Pro a better buy for power users over the previous version, especially the 12.9-inch model thanks to its advanced display. That said, we view this as more of a mid-cycle upgrade rather than a full overhaul.

Apple iPad Pro (2021) versus Apple iPad Pro (2020)

Specifications 2021 iPad Pro 2020 iPad Pro
Starting price $799 for 11-inch, $1,099 for $12.9-inch $799 for 11-inch, $999 for $12.9-inch
Display Up to 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR mini-LED display Up to 12.9-inch Liquid Retina display
Processor Apple M1 Apple 12Z Bionic
Rear Camera 12-megapixel wide-angle, 10-megapixel ultra-wide-angle 12-megapixel wide-angle, 10-megapixel ultra-wide-angle
Front Camera 12 megapixels 7 megapixels
Ports USB-C, Thunderbolt/USB 4 support USB-C
Battery Life Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours
Biometrics Face ID Face ID
Storage Options Up to 2TB Up to 1TB
Cellular connectivity 5G, 4G LTE 4G LTE

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