The fourth-gen iPad Air represented a breath of fresh air - no pun intended - for the tablet range at release in 2020, ditching the ageing form factor for something more akin to the iPad Pro, complete with angular edges, a near edge-to-edge display, compatibility with the latest Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard and much more. 

But, as good as the tablet is, it's even better when it's bought at a discount - and there are plenty to be had in April following the release of the upgraded iPad Air 5 in March 2022. The newer tablet has benefits including the inclusion of Apple's M1 chipset and optional 5G connectivity, but it also means the older fourth-gen tablet is cheaper than ever before. 

Here’s all you need to know about where to buy the fourth-gen iPad Air (2020) and, more importantly, a selection of the best hand-picked April 2022 deals. For more, take a look at our iPad Air (2020) review.

We're separately looking at where to buy the iPad 10.2in (8th generation) and where to buy the iPad Air 5 (2022) for those interested.

How much does the fourth-generation iPad Air cost?

In a move that some certainly won’t appreciate, Apple decided that the redesign of the tablet meant a noticeable bump in price. Despite 2019's iPad Air starting at £479/$499, the 2020 model started at £579/$599 at release:

  • iPad Air 2020 (64GB, Wi-Fi): £579/$599
  • iPad Air 2020 (256GB, Wi-Fi): £729/$749
  • iPad Air 2020 (64GB, Wi-Fi & Cellular): £709/$729
  • iPad Air 2020 (256GB, Wi-Fi & Cellular): £859/$879

As mentioned, the release of the updated iPad Air 5 means prices of the fourth-gen tablet are dropping across the board, with many retailers offering the 64GB Wi-Fi variant for less than £500/$530 - but more on that in a minute. 

Where to buy the iPad Air (2020) - best deals

Following the release of the fifth-gen iPad Air (2022) in March, Apple no longer officially sells the older fourth-gen iPad Air (2020) - but that doesn't mean it's not available anywhere. As with other Apple products, the tablet is still available via a range of third-party retailers - and some are offering tasty discounts.

Retailers in the UK that currently stock the iPad Air (2020) include:

  • Amazon - £80 off Wi-Fi model
  • AO.com - £60 off Wi-Fi model
  • Argos£80 off Wi-Fi model
  • Box - £10 off cellular model
  • Currys PC World - £80 off Wi-Fi model
  • John Lewis - £80 off Wi-Fi model, complete with an extended two-year warranty
  • Very£80 off Wi-Fi model

Meanwhile, those in the US should head to:

Best Pad Air (2020) prices right now

You can compare iPad Air 4 prices across top retailers below:

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Best iPad Air (2020) deals

Here's a selection of the best standard, contract and refurbished iPad Air (2020) deals available right now.

1. Apple iPad Air 2020 (64GB, Wi-Fi)

From: Currys

Was: £579

Now: £499  (£80 off)

Currys is currently offering £80 off the iPad Air 4, making it one of the cheapest prices around right now. If it's out of stock, the same discount is also available at Argos, AO, Very and John Lewis.

2. Apple iPad Air 2020 (256GB, Wi-Fi)

From: Amazon

Was: £729

Now: £639  (£90 off)

This is the biggest discount we can see at the moment on the 256GB Wi-Fi-only option. 

3. Apple Education Discount

From: Apple

Now: Up to £280 off Mac, £80 off iPad

Apple's education pricing is available all year round. To be eligible, you just need to prove your status as a current or newly accepted university student, parent buying on behalf of a university student or member of teaching staff at any level. You'll then get up to £280 off a new Mac or up to £80 off a new iPad.

Here's what you need to know.

4. Apple iPad Air with Apple Pencil

From: Virgin

Now: £26 per month (2GB data)

Get an Apple Pencil with the cellular iPad Air from Virgin – a great bundle if you were already after the Apple Pencil! There's no upfront cost, just £26 per month with 2GB of data to play with.  

Where to buy the iPad Air (2020) on contract - best deals

If you're tempted to make use of the optional cellular connectivity and get the latest iPad Air on contract, we've got you covered there too. The good news is that there's a growing list of options, and with carriers competing with each other, prices are dropping rapidly.

If you're in the UK, you can get the iPad Air (2020) on contract at the following networks:

  • O2 - £20 upfront, £28 per month with 1GB data and 3 months of Disney+
  • Virgin - no upfront cost, £22.50 per month with 2GB data

While those in the US should head to:

Where to find a refurbished iPad Air (2020)

The Apple Refurbished Store should be your first destination if you're after a refurbished iPad deal. As Apple Certified Refurbished, you can expect the device to look and work just like new, but at prices up to 15% lower than the RRP. 

The only issue is, you may not always find the model you're after in stock. We can't see the iPad Air (2020) at the Refurbished Store right now, but here are a few other refurbished resellers worth checking out:

See our full guide to buying a refurbished iPad.

What’s new with the iPad Air (2020)?  

This is the key question, especially considering the £100/$100 price hike of the base model of iPad Air with the release of the fourth-gen model.

The good news is that there’s some justification for the rise in price – it’s essentially a complete redesign of the iPad Air range, bringing it closer visually to the iPad Pro and iPhone 13 design. It sports a larger 10.9in display, up from 10.5in of the previous model, but the bigger improvement is in the bezel department. Like Apple’s Pro iPad, the iPad Air features significantly reduced bezels, and the Home button has been moved too.

While it used to sit below the display, Apple has moved it to the top-right of the tablet this time around. It’s slimmer than the standard Home button but features the same Touch ID tech. It was the first time Apple had included a side-mounted fingerprint scanner on any of its products, but it has since appeared on the iPad mini 6, and it has been a feature on Android smartphones and tablets for quite a few years now.

That said, it shouldn’t come as a shock that despite featuring the same bezels as the iPad Pro, the iPad Air doesn’t feature Face ID – Apple has to keep some features exclusive to the high-end model, after all. It’s also a standard 60Hz display, not the 120Hz ProMotion display of the Pro line.

Interestingly, the iPad Air was the first Apple product to feature the 5nm A14 Bionic chipset, something that in previous years would’ve debuted on the iPhone range before coming to other products. Of course, with the iPhone delay, Apple had no choice but to reveal the new processor as part of the iPad Air range.

Don’t get confused though; despite the A14 Bionic branding, the M1 chipset of the iPad Pro range is still more capable with more CPU and GPU cores at its disposal.  

Elsewhere, the iPad Air features the same main camera as the iPad Pro, a 12Mp f/1.8 sensor, but no LIDAR or ultra-wide cameras. There’s also a shift from Lightning to USB-C for charging and connectivity, and there’s also a bunch of new colours available, including green and blue options alongside the standard Silver, Space Grey and Rose Gold colour options.

For more on Apple’s latest iPad, take a look at the latest iPad Air (2020) news.