Apple devices like iPads and Apple Watches are great financial investments, but they can often be worth it.
iPads are useful productivity and creativity tools that can help you with your work or hobbies. They’re also great for gaming if you want a big screen.
Apple Watches are wrist-mounted companions that allow you to remove the smartphone from your life with handy tools and notification handling. They’re also great for fitness tracking.
We usually recommend buying an iPad or Apple Watch. However, there are three major reasons why this is the worst time to buy one of these tablets or smartwatches. Here you are.
The Apple event in September
On September 15th, Apple is hosting its first event in a long time. We expect the company to launch the Apple Watch 6 and iPad Air 4 – maybe the iPhone 12 will be showing off too, but it’s more likely that Apple’s smartphones will be withheld until an event in October.
The new Apple tablet and smartwatch may appeal to you more than current models. So it’s worth waiting for it to debut before buying such a technology just in case you want the new ones for more.
Even if you’ve decided on an older model, you might want to wait until September 15th to buy it. Apple often lowers the price of its older products when new versions are introduced. Hence, the Apple event could bring price cuts for older Apple Watches and iPads, or at least older iPad Air models, as we expect an update to this line.
So maybe wait a while for the Apple event to determine if any of these eventualities are the case.
If you’re in no rush to buy a new Apple Watch or iPad, it wouldn’t hurt to wait a few months until the end of November – that’s the Black Friday deals period, and we could see the price of some iPads as well Apple Watches drop significantly during the season.
Usually, the two-year-old Apple Watch sees the best discounts of any Apple smartwatch – this year it will be the Apple Watch 4, although we could see the Apple Watch 5 getting some meaty discounts too. You can find our predictions in our Black Friday Apple Watch Deals Guide.
Deals on iPads can be a little more scattered, but between Black Friday and Cyber Monday after that, we would expect the price of many types of iPads and iPad accessories to drop.
Even if the iPad or Apple Watch you are about to buy doesn’t make a deal, the price won’t be any higher over Black Friday than it is now. So it doesn’t hurt to wait if you don’t need your new gadget right away.
New IFA devices
The final reason you might want to hold back on buying an iPad or Apple Watch is because IFA 2020 was recently held and the annual tech event brought a huge collection of competitor gadgets for you to consider instead could.
Inexpensive Android tablets were the real winner at IFA 2020, with loads you might prefer over an entry-level iPad. Some really interesting wearables were also shown, including the Honor Watch ES and Honor Watch GS Pro, which offer a lot of features that Apple Watches don’t.
We recommend checking out our IFA 2020 coverage to see if any of the new products appeal to you more than an iPad or Apple Watch. If you want to own an Apple product, you won’t like these devices, but if you are more open-minded, you might find something you like.
In case, after all of these points, you’re still determined to get a new iPad or Apple Watch now, we’ve included the prices of all the latest models below so you can see which one you prefer.