Apple is clearing out some of its stock of refurbished iPads, offering discounts of up to $200 off various models. You can buy these with confidence: not only do they have a new battery and outer shell to make them look brand new, but they also carry the same one-year warranty as a brand-new iPad. If you’re looking for discounts on more Apple products, we’ve also found some pretty solid savings on MacBooks and a few Apple Watch deals here and there.
The best refurbished iPad deals currently in stock were on the iPad Mini 4. We found a savings of $180 on the iPad Mini 4 Wi-Fi 64GB. Normally $449, you can pick up one — in either silver or gold — for just $269. That’s an outstanding deal, especially if you’re looking for a smaller tablet with a bit of power.
Typically at this size, you’ll see a lot of compromise on the internals — power, display, and elsewhere — in order to cut down on price. Apple doesn’t do that, and prefers instead to sell higher-quality tablets up and down its line, which makes them a good bit more expensive than their competitors.
The iPad Mini 64GB has a beautiful 7.9-inch Retina display, arguably one of the best-looking displays on a tablet of its size. While the 8-megapixel camera is certainly one of the biggest downsides to the device, it does have Apple’s speedy A8 processor inside, and its 10-hour battery life will give you more than enough juice.
Also on sale is the 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi 64GB. Originally $549, Apple has marked the price down $80 to $469.
The 2017 model iPad Pro includes the A10X Fusion chip, making the device extraordinarily fast, along with a 10.5-inch Retina Display. It also has an upgraded 12-megapixel camera, Apple Pencil support, and the same 10-hour battery life as the iPad Mini 4. Where the iPad Mini is a great iPad for casual use, we think the iPad Pro is best suited for business use, and for some, as a laptop replacement.
Many DigitalTrends writers use iPad Pros when out at conferences for their portability. The device only weighs a little more than a pound, and it’s easy to store away in a backpack. The addition of the Apple Pencil makes the device all the more useful for notetaking and allows artists to sketch things out with ease. The iPad Pro-Apple Pencil experience is about as smooth as any tablet-stylus experience we’ve seen.
Apple may have been late to the stylus game, but it has done a good job with the Apple Pencil and the iPad Pro. Here, we’d argue the ‘Apple Tax’ is worth it.
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