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Apple’s M1 iPad Air is faster than some MacBooks, and it’s $100 off

Published Jan 15th, 2024 7:43AM EST
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Apple’s entry-level iPad 9 tablet (currently on sale for $249.99) is fine for basic things. Needless to say, many people want more power. The iPad Pro is obviously a huge upgrade, but you’ll need to cough up a lot of money to get one since they start at $799. That’s where the iPad Air comes in, offering plenty of power at a more reasonable price. And that’s especially true right now, while Apple’s impressive M1-powered iPad Air is on sale at the lowest price ever.

The 5th-generation iPad Air tablet has a retail price that starts at $599, and that’s how much you’ll spend if you buy one from Apple. But Amazon is offering a big 17% discount that drops the price to $499.99. That matches the all-time low and is probably the best deal you’ll find anytime soon on this model.

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I have to admit, I’m not much of a tablet user. I have an old iPad Pro, but I can’t even remember the last time I turned it on. I use my iPhone when looking up something quickly or browsing social media. And when I need to do something a bit more complex, I go straight to my MacBook Air or my iMac.

Tablets don’t really fit into my workflow, personally. But I’ve tested them all, and if I were to buy a new tablet for myself, it would almost certainly be Apple’s 5th-generation iPad Air. This model offers the perfect balance of power and value — especially right now while it’s on sale at the lowest price ever.

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Apple’s latest iPad Air is powered by the same M1 chip you’ll find in several Mac computers, like the M1 MacBook Air that’s on sale right now for $749.99, the lowest price ever. There’s an M1-powered iMac in my house that I use from time to time, and I can assure you that it’s incredibly fast and powerful. Put that same chip in an iPadOS tablet, and it screams!

The 5th-generation iPad Air has a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina Display that is stunning. It makes my old iPad Pro look like a tube TV. The clarity is unreal, and the colors really pop. You also get 12-megapixel cameras on the front and back, Touch ID on the side button, WiFi 6, and all-day battery life.

Learn more about this model in BGR’s in-depth iPad Air review.

This powerful tablet retails for $599, which is a fair price considering it’s more powerful than many laptops out there. At $499.99 on sale, the iPad Air is a steal.

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There’s still a downside to the M1 iPad Air for some people since $500 is a lot of money to spend on a base-model tablet. If you want to spend less money and you don’t need quite that much power, there are two other deals you might want to consider today.

First, as I mentioned earlier, the iPad 9 is currently on sale for $249.99. This is Apple’s entry-level model, and it’s down to the lowest price I’ve seen since Black Friday. Unfortunately, it has been tough to find one in stock for the past week or so.

Or, if you want something that packs a bit more punch, the newest iPad mini is $30 off at $469. That’s not a great discount for this model though, so I recommend that you wait until it’s at least $50 off.

Maren Estrada Deals Editor

Maren Estrada has been the Editor of BGR Deals since it launched in 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience testing more than 1,500 products, and reviewing a wide range of consumer electronics including mobile devices, smart home products, computers, and home appliances.

Previously, she was a leading consultant specializing in copywriting, product development, and new product launches.