There are a number of reasons why Apple is dominating the global tablet market
so easily, resisting tough challenges from Android-based devices sold by companies like Huawei and Amazon at incredibly aggressive prices. One of the greatest qualities of past and present iPads is how well they tend to age, maintaining their wide mainstream appeal far longer than, say, Samsung-made rivals.
Case in point, the 2017-released iPad Pro 12.9
. This big guy is obviously not as powerful or as good-looking as its 2018 successor
, but it still packs a blazing fast A10X Fusion processor. No longer sold directly by Apple, the second-gen 12.9-incher can still be purchased from the likes of Best Buy and B&H Photo Video. The latter retailer has been offering some kick-ass deals
on the aging beast in recent weeks, outdoing itself (and Best Buy) today with a record-high discount.
You're looking at saving no less than 560 bucks for 24 hours only on a 512GB configuration with both Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity included. That still doesn't make this digital hoarding-friendly, always-connected 12.9-inch tablet affordable, but it does make it cheaper than an entry-level new 11-inch iPad Pro
Instead of $1,279, you have to pay "just" $719 right now for the LTE-enabled 512 gig iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) in your choice of space gray, silver, or gold paint jobs. In comparison, the 2018-released iPad Pro 11 and 12.9 are usually available starting at $799 and $999 respectively with a skimpy 64 gigs of internal storage space and no built-in cellular support.
The top-of-the-line iPad Pro 12.9 (2017)
configuration on sale today only is even cheaper than the same tablet in the same storage variant without LTE connectivity at B&H Photo Video, which highlights exactly how sweet of a deal this is. Keep in mind that this bad boy is slightly thicker (and more durable) than its sequel, sporting a "traditional" Touch ID fingerprint sensor rather than "modern" facial recognition technology. The battery life, display quality, and sound performance are still pretty spectacular, crucially contributing to the lasting appeal of the iOS 12 and no doubt iOS 13