The cost of the original iPad Air has dropped by $100, and so has the price for last year’s iPad mini 2. Apple is also now offering the first-generation iPad mini for just $250, which is a $50 reduction.
Lower Prices vs. New Features
All Apple’s older tablets still available have 16 GB or 32GB of internal storage and are Wi-Fi-only — the original iPad mini is available in only a 16 GB configuration. Those looking for 64GB or 128GB storage or 4G LTE access will have to get the latest models.
The new iPad Air 2 will have a processor that Apple claims will be 40% faster than its predecessor. Apple has also made the device slightly slimmer, and added its Touch ID biometric security system. It is up to shoppers to decide whether forgoing these improvements is worth $100.
The only change between the new iPad mini 3 and last year’s model is the inclusion of Touch ID, which means those willing to pass on this, and who can be satisfied with 16 GB of storage and no LTE, can save themselves $100.
The first-gen iPad mini is staying is Apple’s product lineup. It has a processor from 2011 and a screen that’s just 1024 x 768, significantly lower than any of this company’s other tablets. On the other hand, it’s now only $249.