Where to get the best deal when pre-ordering Apple’s new iPad and iPad mini tablets

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Apple iPad mini

Like the new iPhone 13, Apple’s latest iPad and iPad mini are now available for pre-order ahead of their September 24 release date. While iPhone prices are often tied to various special offers from carriers, Apple’s tablets are usually purchased without the cellular add-on, so prices are usually set as the company decides.

However, if you’re hoping to pick up one of the new iPads a little cheaper, there are currently two options: Walmart and Amazon. Both retail behemoths are dropping their pre-order prices by a small amount, although you’ll need to act quickly as a number of options are already sold out. However, if you’re looking for the latest 64GB 10.2-inch iPad, it’s still available at Walmart as of this writing $299 and Amazon for $299.99, or $30 off Apple’s price, in either Space Gray or Silver. The same goes for the 256GB version, which is also $30 off Apple’s price point $449but only at Walmart.

Things get a bit more complicated with the sixth generation iPad mini which, despite its higher price point, is making more of a splash thanks to its new A15 Bionic processor, 5G connectivity option and support for the second generation Apple Pencil. Walmart doesn’t currently have Wi-Fi-only configurations (64GB and 256GB) in all four color options, and only has the 5G version with 256GB of storage in pink for $799that’s the same price Apple sells it for.

You might have better luck with Amazon, which downgrades the 64GB iPad mini to Wi-Fi $459.99 in space gray and starlight. You can save a whopping $9 on the 64GB 5G iPad mini in Pink and Starlight ($639.99 versus the $649 list price), but the 256GB 5G versions are not available for pre-order from the online retailer.

You’ll miss the $40 discount on the Wi-Fi-only iPad mini, but Apple is offering all configurations of the new tablets for pre-order on its website. The same goes for Best Buy, which is hoping to lure potential buyers with savings of $37.50 on a 15-month subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal — presumably to use on your new iPad. Oddly enough, the offer doesn’t apply to the pink and purple 256GB editions of the iPad mini with Wi-Fi, or any of the 5G iPad mini versions. Target, which offers pre-orders at no discount, is out of stock on the silver 10.2-inch 64GB iPad, as well as the purple and space gray 5G iPad mini 64GB or 256GB, and the pink and starlight 256GB models.


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