Once again, another iPad sale is going on at Target and buyers can get the 16GB WiFi-only iPad mini for just $199, which is $100 off its normal $299 price tag. Furthermore, you can get $50 off any iPad Air model and grab one for as low as $449.
One thing to be aware of is that the iPad mini deal is only good for the 16GB WiFi-only model, whereas the iPad Air deal is for any model that Target sells, allowing you to instantly receive $50 off no matter what iPad Air model you buy.
While the iPad Air isn’t the best deal we’ve seen for the full-size tablet recently, it still may be worth checking out if you missed out on the Staples deal from last week. That deal allowed you to grab an iPad Air for a whopping $100 off.
Of course, there have been other deals in the recent past where buyers could get a $50 or $100 store gift card if they purchase an iPad Air at full price, but it’s not often when you see a direct cash discount like this one.
Earlier last month, Target gave customers a $100 store gift card if they purchased an iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina display at full price, effectively lowering the cost of the two tablets to $399 and $299, respectively. Plus, it was nice that the deal applied to any model in the lineup, including WiFi + cellular versions.
Unfortunately, the iPad mini with Retina display is left out of today’s deal, which means that if buyers want to get a great deal for the iPad mini, they’ll have to opt for the original model, which doesn’t come with a Retina display and only sports the slower A5 processor that’s also equipped in the much older iPad 2.
In any case, it’s been a while since we’ve seen an 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 a nice $100 discount on a new iPad mini, 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.
We’ve already seen plenty of iPad sales this year from a plethora of retail stores, including Walmart, Best Buy and Target, where you can usually find an iPad for around $50 off the normal retail price. The number of deals that we’ve seen has drifted off slightly since the beginning of the year, though, but they’ve still been rolling in steadily over the last few weeks.
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.
All of these deals came at off-peak shopping times (save for Valentine’s Day, we suppose), so we can’t imagine what future sales will be like throughout the year and even leading up to Apple’s annual fall event where the company usually announces a new iPad model. This time around, the iPad Air 2 is expected to make an appearance, as well as an updated iPad mini Retina model, although rumors about that have been fairly quiet except for the expected Touch ID integration.
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.