Looking for the best way to buy a new iPad? Here's how you get it done.
Apple's latest iPad Pros, a refreshed 12.9-inch model, and the brand new 10.5-inch version are now in stores alongside the 2017 9.7-inch iPad and the iPad mini. If you're considering a new iPad purchase, here's everything you need to know about the various ways you can buy your new tablet.
First: Decide what kind of iPad (and accessories) you want to purchase
Screen size is just the beginning: Before you order your iPad, you're going to want to consider your hard drive size as well as whether or not to get a Wi-Fi + Cellular option, which runs you an extra $130. There are also accessories to consider: If you're going straight iPad or iPad mini, you'll want a case or an external keyboard; Pro users also have to consider add-ons like the Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard, or other Smart Connector accessories.
Second: Should I have my iPad mailed to me or pick it up in-store?
This largely depends on how quickly you want your iPad, and whether you want to drive to your local store on launch day.
If you choose to have your iPad order mailed to you, you're at the whim of your local UPS or FedEx drivers. If your driver regularly comes at 8 a.m., you may get your iPad earlier in the day; if your house or apartment doesn't usually get deliveries until 8 p.m., you may feel a little FOMO.
If you're considering trading in your old iPad for some extra cash, you can do that online or at your local store — up to you.
The best way to order online: The Apple Store app
If you want to avoid slow web pages, you can use your iPhone or current iPad to order via the Apple Store app. This is my preferred method, in large part because the app is quick, easy, requires very little effort on your part, and best of all — you can use Apple Pay. You can even designate your new iPad for in-store pickup within the app.
It might be a little mean to make your current iPad buy your new one, but hey — all's fair in love and pre-ordering.