Best Buy’s deals continue into 2023, and the retailer has slashed the price of Apple’s iPad Pro M1 by $300.
The iPad Pro M1 may not be a particularly affordable device, but now that it’s shifted to Apple Silicon we’re likely to see incremental upgrades each year. 2022 introduced the iPad Pro M2, and that means many retailers are looking to clear stock of the M1 variant.
Despite little discernible difference in day-to-day tasks, that means the iPad Pro 12.9-inch with M1 is now up to $300 cheaper than its M2 sibling in multiple storage configurations at certain retailers – not bad for one of the best tablets for students around.
One such retailer is Best Buy. While Apple’s Student Discount is available on new models, it isn’t offered on the M1, meaning Best Buy is a great place to pick up this very powerful tablet.
Whichever model you buy has three months of Apple TV+, up to four months of Apple Music, and Apple News+ for four months included, too.
Included in the deal is the iPad Pro running iPadOS on the M1 chip. That means huge performance gains (it’s also found in Apple’s laptops and desktops), and while iPadOS is still growing in stature, the M1 iPad Pro is as futureproof as you can get.
It’s also got a stunning Liquid Retina XDR display, with backlighting not offered in the smaller 11-inch model, and can connect to accessories like displays and more with the USB-C port.
Sadly, Apple’s keyboard attachment is expensive at $350, but at least you can put the money you save on the tablet towards it, or the Apple Pencil (Second Generation).
We have a iPad Pro 12.9 (M1, 2021) review and we awarded it 4 out of 5 stars. We said “The iPad Pro 12.9-inch with M1 is the most expensive Apple tablet, but it’s a tough value proposition that’s wedged between the 2022 iPad Air and a MacBook” - but this price drop certainly helps.
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Lloyd Coombes freelance tech and fitness writer for Live Science. He's an expert in all things Apple as well as in computer and gaming tech, with previous works published on TopTenReviews, Space.com, Dexerto and TechRadar. You'll find him regularly testing the latest MacBook or iPhone, but he spends most of his time writing about video games as Editor in Chief at GGRecon.com. He also covers board games and virtual reality, just to round out the nerdy pursuits.