The iPad mini with Retina display is on sale for a decent price. You can grab the 16GB 2nd-generation iPad mini for just $320 on eBay right now.
The tablet is sold by Altatac, which is a certified eBay seller and is selling the iPad mini with Retina display brand new, so $320 is an absolute steal. Normally, the tablet costs $399 directly from Apple.
One thing to be aware of is that this iPad mini deal is only good for the 16GB WiFi-only model, so if you’re in the market for a higher capacity model or one with cellular connectivity, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
While this isn’t the best deal for an iPad mini that we’ve seen recently, it’s certainly worth taking advantage of if you need a new tablet ASAP and missed out on earlier deals.
Earlier this month, Target discounted the original iPad down to an impressive $199 from its normal $299 price tag. The retailer also offered buyers a $100 gift card if they purchase an iPad mini with Retina display at full price, essentially knocking $100 off the price tag.
So while an $80 discount isn’t unheard of, it’s certainly worth taking advantage of if you don’t want to wait for new iPads to release in October.
Of course, if you do wait, you’ll be treated with updated tablets. The iPad Air 2 and the new iPad mini with Retina display are expected to come equipped with a slightly new look and the inclusion of Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
Touch ID was definitely one of the features that users were looking forward to the most ahead of the iPad Air event back in October last year, especially after it was introduced on the new iPhone 5s just a month earlier, but Apple sadly did not deliver such a feature that time around, which we weren’t too surprised about. It’s possible that Apple wanted the Touch ID technology to be around for a year or so and see how it did before expanding the feature to other iOS devices.
One of the biggest reasons that the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is so popular on the iPhone 5s is because of the convenience it offers when unlocking your device and purchasing apps in the iTunes App Store. It’s a lot quicker and easier than entering in your passcode every time, as well as typing in your confusing Apple ID password whenever you want to buy an app. That same convenience could easily be used on the iPad as well. Plus, iOS 8 introduces third-party support for Touch ID, so we should be seeing a lot more capabilities with the fingerprint sensor come this fall.
On top of that, we should expect these new tablets to come equipped with a faster processor and better graphics.
2014 has certainly been the year of iPad sales so far, with deals coming from every which direction from practically every big franchise store. Walmart had a big sale on the iPad 2 at $299 awhile back, and Staples even took $30 off on every iPad model. Best Buy also knocked $50 off the price of the iPad Air back in January, allowing consumers to pick one up for as little as $450.
And with new iPads coming in October, we should see permanent discounts coming to the current iPads, as well as further deals from retailers, especially on Black Friday and Cyber Monday later in November, as well as throughout the holiday shopping season.
In any case, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a Retina iPad mini deal this good. Usually we see retailers discount Apple’s flagship tablets by only $50 or so, but retailers seems to be taking it to a new level and giving customers better discounts on new iPads, which is probably better than any Black Friday deal you’ll ever come across for a flagship tablet. However, since the deals are taking off right now, this year’s Black Friday could be a doozy.