The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is still very much alive and attractive for bargain hunters
Well, that certainly didn't take long. It was only a few days ago that we told you to expect big discounts on the technically discontinued 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 7.9-inch iPad mini 4 from reputable third-party retailers, and one of the most reputable such sellers already allows you to save quite a bit of money for a limited time.
iPad Pro 10.5 is currently available through Best Buy in exchange for 150 bucks less in an entry-level 64GB configuration. The heavily marked-down $499.99 starting price brings the "Pro" slate on par with the newly unveiled iPad Air. While the two look identical on the outside, the reborn Air packs a newer and faster Apple A12 Bionic processor, although the memory count is actually downgraded from 4 to 3 gigs (apparently).Priced at $650 and up back in the day, the 2017-released
There are a few other compromises made by Apple to hit this $500 recommended price point, including the absence of ProMotion display technology, a humbler sound system with two speakers instead of four, and a lower-end 8MP rear-facing camera.
Bottom line, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro can still be a smart buy at $499.99 and up. The 256 gig variant gets an even heftier discount of $200 for My Best Buy members ($170 for everyone else), fetching as little as $600 at the time of this writing, while a 512GB configuration can be purchased for $700 after a whopping $300 markdown.
As far as the "classic" iPad mini 4 is concerned, there's only one version on sale right now in your choice of gold, space gray, or silver paint jobs. That's the Wi-Fi-only 128GB configuration, normally priced at $400 and currently available for $349.99 or as little as $299.99 with a free My Best Buy membership. Keep in mind that this year's upgraded iPad mini starts at $399 with half the aforementioned storage space, but a substantially beefier Apple A12 Bionic chip under the hood compared to the ancient A8 silicon powering the 2015 generation.