Buying an iPad

Thinking about buying an iPad? Learn all about your iPad purchase options in this free lesson.

So you want an iPad

Apple's iPad has become a widely popular device since its launch in 2010. Before you purchase an iPad, however, you should familiarize yourself with the different options you have to choose from. This includes choosing between the Wi-Fi and cellular model, as well as where you'll purchase your iPad: either online, from Apple, or from another retailer.

Understanding your options

There are several iPad models to choose from, depending on your budget and individual needs:

Image of the iPad Air and iPad Mini

Visit to compare iPad models and see different versions side by side.

Which model is right for you?

If you're still not sure which model you want, take some time to think about the features that are most important to you and how they fit into your budget. Things to consider before you buy include Internet access (do you want a cellular data plan or just Wi-Fi?) and data storage (do you need a lot or just a little?).

Internet access

All iPad models have two connectivity options: the standard Wi-Fi model and the Wi-Fi + Cellular model:

Data storage

There are several ways to approach storing data on your iPad. Here are some things to think about before you make a decision:

For more help making a decision, you can always ask an associate at your local Apple Store for advice. You can also call 1-800-MY-APPLE for more information.

When you're ready to buy

You can purchase an iPad a few different ways:

While the price may vary slightly among retailers, you won't find a new iPad for much less than you'd pay at the Apple Store. Beware of any sales, promotions, or contest giveaways that sound too good to be true. Because the iPad is in high demand, there will always be scammers and other disreputable sellers—especially online—who will try to take advantage of unsuspecting buyers. When in doubt, purchase your device from a well-known retailer.