Apple has announced new iPad and iPad mini models today -- but if you're not fussed about having the absolutely latest tech, older iPad models have also become much cheaper. Here's how much prices have been cut, plus the models that are being phased out altogether.
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Apple's approach across all its older iPad models is the same: it continues to sell 16GB and 32GB variants, but has dumped the 64GB and 128GB models. If you want that much capacity, you'll have to buy an iPad Air 2 or an iPad Mini 3. (There are likely to be limited run-out stocks of larger capacity 'old' iPads from retailers other than Apple itself, but these won't last long.)
With the iPad Mini, Apple has rebranded the iPad Mini Retina as the iPad Mini 2. The original Mini also continues to be available, but only in a 16GB model. Here's a list of the new pricing, along with comparisons to the old pricing:
|Model||Type||Size||Old price||New price||Saving|
|iPad Mini Retina||Wi-Fi||16GB||$479.00||$369.00||$110.00|
|iPad Mini Retina||Wi-Fi||32GB||$598.00||$429.00||$169.00|
|iPad Mini Retina||Wi-Fi||64GB||$699.00||Cancelled||-|
|iPad Mini Retina||Wi-Fi||128GB||$799.00||Cancelled||-|
|iPad Mini Retina||Wi-Fi+Mobile||16GB||$629.00||$529.00||$100.00|
|iPad Mini Retina||Wi-Fi+Mobile||32GB||$749.00||$589.00||$160.00|
|iPad Mini Retina||Wi-Fi+Mobile||64GB||$849.00||Cancelled||-|
|iPad Mini Retina||Wi-Fi+Mobile||128GB||$949.00||Cancelled||-|
As a general rule, we'd always advise buying the newest tech if you can afford it. However, tablets have proved to have a longer lifespan than phones, and the entry-level models here are perfectly good if you want an iOS tablet experience but don't want to pay top-shelf prices.