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To end the week, we're tracking deals on Apple's iPad Pro and AirPods, which include a few best-ever prices that match Prime Day deals we saw earlier in the week.

iPad Pro

Starting with the 11-inch iPad Pro, you can get the 128GB Wi-Fi tablet for $699.00 on Amazon today, down from $799.00. At $100 off this is an all-time low price on this version of the 2021 iPad Pro, and it's only available on Amazon in Space Gray.

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With this record low deal on the 128GB Wi-Fi 11-inch iPad Pro, this is now the cheapest entry point into the iPad Pro lineup. There are a few other models on sale, like the 256GB Wi-Fi tablet ($849.00) and 512GB Wi-Fi tablet ($999.00), which are second-best prices.

AirPods

You can also still get Prime Day prices on two pairs of Apple's AirPods, including the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. Starting with the AirPods Pro with MagSafe, these are on sale for $169.99, down from $239.00, which is the best price of the year.

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The AirPods Max are on sale for $439.00 in Pink, down from $549.00. Blue and Space Gray are slightly higher at $449.00.



Be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup to shop for even more Apple-related products and accessories.

Article Link: Deals: Shop Lowest-Ever Prices on 11-Inch iPad Pro ($699) and AirPods Pro ($170)
 

TravelsInBlue

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iPad Pro still isn't a good value at that price. Adding the cost of the iPad, a keyboard and any other accessories, you may as well just get the MBA, which is infinitely more useful and just as portable.
 
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erikkfi

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What are the odds that the M1 iPad Pro won’t be compatible with the multitasking paradigm they release in 2023?
 

iStorm

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iPad Pro still isn't a good value at that price. Adding the cost of the iPad, a keyboard and any other accessories, you may as well just get the MBA, which is infinitely more useful and just as portable.
Not everyone gets the keyboard or other accessories, or maybe they already have them from the previous model.

Also, consider this:
64GB iPad Air is $599
Many say 64GB isn't enough these days...
So then there's the 256GB iPad Air for $749.

The 128GB iPad Pro for $699 sounds like a good deal to me.
 

cylack

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This is a good deal for the ipad pro, provided you don’t plan on getting a keyboard and other accessories. I use mine just as a consumption device and the form factor paired with the Apple Pencil is very good on an airplane. Any M1 chip based device should be good for many years; heck they are still supporting the iPad Air 2 (which I just sold before I bought the iPad Pro).
 

temende

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What are the odds that the M1 iPad Pro won’t be compatible with the multitasking paradigm they release in 2023?

Pretty high in my opinion. I think the M1 Apple Silicon Macs cannibalized a good chunk of iPad sales, so they will use software features to segment the iPad line and incentivize people to upgrade.
 

QCassidy352

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Pretty sure the AirPods Pro hit $159 on Amazon last Black Friday (the body of the post says lowest price of the year, but the header says lowest ever).
 

QCassidy352

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iPad Pro still isn't a good value at that price. Adding the cost of the iPad, a keyboard and any other accessories, you may as well just get the MBA, which is infinitely more useful and just as portable.
I got an 11” M1 this year without a keyboard (I use an old Bluetooth one at the desk) or any accessories except a case. Works just fine that way. It’s also a better content consumption device than a MacBook Air.
 

Karma*Police

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iPad Pro still isn't a good value at that price. Adding the cost of the iPad, a keyboard and any other accessories, you may as well just get the MBA, which is infinitely more useful and just as portable.
I agree with you about the value but I use my iPad FAR more than my 15” MBP. But, that’s because for work, I use a Windows laptop. If I could choose only one device to buy today, I’d get an M1 Air or a 14” MBP.

Apple seems adrift as far as product strategy goes. They can’t seem to make up their minds as to whether the iPad should be a full fledged computer or a companion device to the Mac. As a result, both platforms have languished under Tim Cook. M1, while great, was Steve’s doing which many people here don’t seem to know… it just took a few years for reality to catch up to his vision.
 

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iPad Pro still isn't a good value at that price. Adding the cost of the iPad, a keyboard and any other accessories, you may as well just get the MBA, which is infinitely more useful and just as portable.
I am always amused by these pseudo marketing experts that tell me what I want and why I want it. I’d like to see the résumé’s of these absurd posters.
 

Mike WA4D

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I agree with you about the value but I use my iPad FAR more than my 15” MBP. But, that’s because for work, I use a Windows laptop. If I could choose only one device to buy today, I’d get an M1 Air or a 14” MBP.

Apple seems adrift as far as product strategy goes. They can’t seem to make up their minds as to whether the iPad should be a full fledged computer or a companion device to the Mac. As a result, both platforms have languished under Tim Cook. M1, while great, was Steve’s doing which many people here don’t seem to know… it just took a few years for reality to catch up to his vision.
Steve Jobs is Dead. Apple is now the most valuable company in the world. (Or close). Apple is not “adrift” by any financial metric.
 

Karma*Police

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Steve Jobs is Dead. Apple is now the most valuable company in the world. (Or close). Apple is not “adrift” by any financial metric.
Sure, when you continue to make incremental improvements to what someone else had done and take that money to regularly buy back stock and financially engineer your market cap, things look pretty good financially. That doesn’t mean their product lineup isn’t adrift. People complained about MS products for years but they always did well financially. Product and finances are two different things. When users don’t have much choice and are locked into an ecosystem, a company can coast for years and years while doing shoddy work.
 

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Sure, when you continue to make incremental improvements to what someone else had done and take that money to regularly buy back stock and financially engineer your market cap, things look pretty good financially. That doesn’t mean their product lineup isn’t adrift. People complained about MS products for years but they always did well financially. Product and finances are two different things. When users don’t have much choice and are locked into an ecosystem, a company can coast for years and years while doing shoddy work.
Unhappy Apple consumers are “locked” into their misery as demonstrated on this forum daily. They should exit the platform.
 

jtopp

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iPad Pro still isn't a good value at that price. Adding the cost of the iPad, a keyboard and any other accessories, you may as well just get the MBA, which is infinitely more useful and just as portable.
An iPad is an iPad, not a laptop/MacBook. If you need a keyboard and mouse get a computer. If you only occasionally need a keyboard buy a keyboard. They are meant to be separate devices and they just so happen to have overlapping traits. I have no idea why some apple users thing they every device has to be made just for them like Steve, Johnny Ives, Tim Cook and company was staring at a picture of them while they were developing products.
 
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jtopp

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Unhappy Apple consumers are “locked” into their misery as demonstrated on this forum daily. They should exit the platform.
I'm pretty happy with my Apple products and so are the millions of people who buy them every year. Many people in these forums are fanatics that have attachment issues like only one product or its ecosystem should exist. When I was younger I loved Microsoft products and was even a product rep in 1998 but after using a Mac and using Final cut I made the switch. I found that Macs were more reliable and the customer service was better, held a better resell value and had the programs I wanted. Skip to today and for the most part things are pretty much the same. Sure you get a first gen retina MacBook Pro who's swelling battery ruined my machine or have a model or 4 that have a keyboard issue but in most cases the machines are pretty nice.
 

jtopp

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I'm pretty happy with my Apple products and so are the millions of people who buy them every year. Many people in these forums are fanatics that have attachment issues like only one product or its ecosystem should exist. When I was younger I loved Microsoft products and was even a product rep in 1998 but after using a Mac and using Final cut I made the switch. I found that Macs were more reliable and the customer service was better, held a better resell value and had the programs I wanted. Skip to today and for the most part things are pretty much the same. Sure you get a first gen retina MacBook Pro who's swelling battery ruined my machine or have a model or 4 that have a keyboard issue but in most cases the machines are pretty nice.
And to add I bought a Surface pro 4 to run this photo booth I had built and had nothing but issues. The screen had ghosting, white spots that I had replaced 3 times under warranty and when the gave me a SP6 it had a white spot out the box. So yeah, any company can have bum products but I've been most happy with my Macs over the years as well as my phones. I think the best part is that if something breaks I'm fortunate enough to have easy access to an apple store to get and repair/replacement instead of having to mail stuff in like in the pre iPhone days.
 

visualseed

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Sure, when you continue to make incremental improvements to what someone else had done and take that money to regularly buy back stock and financially engineer your market cap, things look pretty good financially. That doesn’t mean their product lineup isn’t adrift. People complained about MS products for years but they always did well financially. Product and finances are two different things. When users don’t have much choice and are locked into an ecosystem, a company can coast for years and years while doing shoddy work.
Apple makes their money selling products they are currently designing and selling. I don't see them riding high on click-wheel iPods and iPhones with 3.5" screens.
 

Karma*Police

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Apple makes their money selling products they are currently designing and selling. I don't see them riding high on click-wheel iPods and iPhones with 3.5" screens.
So your argument is that because Apple kept iterating that they’re not at a crossroads with their product strategy and that it’s not becoming more confusing by the day?

As I illustrated with Microsoft’s history, product strategy and financial performance can be divergent. Big companies can withstand a lot of mistakes, especially if they have customers locked into a strong ecosystem and have weak competitors as Apple does today. They can continue to grow even as they put out crap like Windows and M2 laptops.
 

Karma*Police

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Unhappy Apple consumers are “locked” into their misery as demonstrated on this forum daily. They should exit the platform.
It’s not that easy. The cost is high and unfortunately for customers (and fortunately for Apple), the competition is few and weak.

The easiest way to get Apple to be more competitive and provide more value is to speak up and stop buying their products unless absolutely necessary. A very humbling quarter or two is needed for Apple to realize screwing customers like they are with the M2 laptops won’t fly.
 
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