This story is part of Amazon Prime Day 2021, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Prime Day 2021 is just hours away! Taking place June 21 and 22, this sales event is the ideal time to score a deal on Apple products. That means if you’re looking for some savings on an iPad, it might be time to pounce on some deals.

One thing to keep in mind about Apple is that iPads often sell elsewhere for a bit less than their list price at the Apple Store, where the cost is basically never cut. Decent sales are out there right now (with savings of $30 to $60, or even more), but we may also see even better discounts once Prime Day officially kicks off on Monday. 

In other words: Are definitely some compelling discounts right now, but you might want to wait the final few hours until Prime Day officially begins before making your purchase. We’ll continue to monitor Amazon, as well as its competitors such as TargetBest Buy and Walmart — all of which have already announced Prime Day counter-sales — for any price drops on this popular tablet brand. We’ve also collected other Prime Day tablet deals here. 

Early Prime Day iPad deals

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The eighth-gen iPad features a 10.2-inch display powered by the A12 chip. The 32GB model has a list price of $329 but it’s down to $299 at Amazon. We saw it dip to $279 last year at Costco, and it’s possible we’ll see this baseline iPad drop during actual Prime Day or one of the counter-sales.

Read our iPad 2020 review.



Apple’s 10.9-inch iPad Air delivers a lot of what the iPad Pro does, but at a lower price. That great value earned it our Editors’ Choice award last year, but the newer Pro raises the bar (albeit for more money). This deal covers all color choices besides silver, so keep in mind that prices may vary as you select your style. 

Read our iPad Air review.