At Apple’s September launch event, the company had unveiled two new iPhones – the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus – but aside from that, there were a few other devices on tap, including the iPad Pro. Now we’ve yet to see an iPad Air 3 in store shelves, as Apple didn’t unveil one last month, but rumors are swirling regarding the likely date when we’ll be seeing the new slate. Unfortunately, that date might not be anytime soon, as Apple might be releasing the tablet as a 2016 device. The always-interesting (but not always accurate) DigiTimes claims that Apple is taking a “conservative” approach with its tablets, and that might be a good idea for Cupertino, given the current focus on its new iPhones.
So where do you go from here if you’re looking for a 9.7-inch iPad Air, rather than the new and more business/productivity-oriented iPad Pro? With Columbus Day falling next Monday, October 12, retailer MacMall does offer a couple older iPads, and you just might be able to save some money if you’re fine with buying a previous model-year iPad. Let’s take you to those deals.
The iPad Air 2 is indeed on sale at MacMall, and just as a reminder, this device comes with a 9.7-inch Retina Display among its key specifications, plus Touch ID support as one of the main selling features. Normally, you can get the 64 GB version for $599, but MacMall is now offering it for $569. Thirty dollars off might not sound like much of a discount, but think about it this way – this is better than Apple’s usual “deals with a twist,” where the company gives gift cards in lieu of discounts for holidays such as Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
The base iPad mini 2, which comes with 16 GB storage and is priced at $269, is selling for only $5 off at $264; a tiny discount, we’d say, is better than none at all.
Aside from the aforementioned tablets, MacMall is also offering discounts on a 13.3-inch MacBook Pro configuration with a dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4 GB RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, and Mac OS X Yosemite – the site specifies that this laptop is from the mid-2012 release cycle. Pricing was once $1,099, though you can now buy it for only $998.99. Those looking for an all-in-one desktop can get the 21.5-inch iMac config with quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, a 1 TB hard drive, and more – this is a great productivity-oriented setup that will set you back by $1,229, instead of the usual $1,299. Likewise, the Mac Pro with quad-core Intel Xeon E5 chip, 12 GB RAM, and a 256 GB hard drive will cost you $2,818.99 instead of $2,999 – this machine is from the late 2013 release cycle, according to MacMall.
Back in the day, late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs used to have those “one more thing” presentations towards the end of a launch event. We like doing that as well, as we’ve got another iPad to close this list of MacMall specials out. The iPad mini 3 with 16 GB storage (Wi-Fi only) is priced at only $377.99, or $21 off original pricing of $399. Again, this is not a big discount, but it is what it is – one of the better deals we’ve seen so far for Apple’s most recent 7.95-inch tablet.