You can save $15 to $30 on the new iPad Air and the iPad mini 5 when you buy at Best Buy today as part of a new deal that cuts the price on the models Apple announced in March. This isn’t a massive deal like we are seeing on the 9.7-inch iPad that is $80 off, but it is a good deal on the newest model.
Best Buy offers $20 to $30 off the new iPad Air, dropping the starting price to $479. To get this deal, you need to be a My Best Buy member, but this is a free membership program that you probably already have if you’ve shopped at Best Buy, and if not you can sign up for one online in a few minutes. This new iPad Air features aan 12 Bionic processor, 10.5-inch True Tone Retina display and it works with the Apple Pencil. You get a nice 8MP camera on the rear of the tablet and 10 hours of battery life. Use the money you saved to get a new iPad Air case. Here’s more on if you should buy the iPad Air 3 or not.
The next deal is on the iPad mini 5, which is the smallest iPad that Apple sells and that offers up a compelling value if you want a portable iPad. Best Buy offers $15 off the iPad mini 5. That’s not a massive discount, but it is tempting given that it came out in March. The iPad mini 5 features a 7.9-inch Retina display, an 8MP sensor, Touch ID and it works with the Apple Pencil. Here’s a look at the best iPad mini 5 cases to protect your new tablet. This guide will help you decide if you should buy the iPad mini 5 or wait.
Buy for Solid Software Support
If you plan to keep your next iPad for a long time you should consider buying the iPad mini 5.
If you're the type of person that likes to hold onto your gadgets for three plus years, buying a model from the current generation has a lot of appeal.
Apple didn't confirm this with the device, but the iPad mini 5 should get four plus years of software support. That means four plus years of new software features, security patches, and bug fixes.
While you might be tempted to go with an older (and cheaper) iPad model, support for those devices will end much sooner.
The iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3 didn't get the company's iPadOS 13 update. They'll stay put on iOS 12.
The iPad mini 5's upgraded hardware ensures you get the latest features from Apple down the road. Older devices typically don't get the full version of Apple's latest software due to hardware limitations (and marketing purposes). And that will be the case with iPadOS 14.
Older devices won't get the full suite of features.
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