Deals Spotlight: Amazon Discounts Apple's Latest 9.7-Inch iPad to $249 ($80 Off)

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    Amazon this week is discounting Apple's 9.7-inch iPad from early 2018 (32GB, Wi-Fi only) to just $249.00, which is $80 off its original price of $329.00. You can purchase this model in all three colorways, including Gold, Silver, and Space Gray.

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    This iPad has a 9.7-inch Retina display, an A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture, Touch ID, and support for the first-generation Apple Pencil. Apple refreshed the line in early 2018, making the model on sale today one of the lowest prices we've tracked for the latest iPad.

    Apple's Latest 9.7-Inch iPad (32GB + Wi-Fi)

    [*]Silver - $249.00, $80 off
    [*]Gold - $249.00, $80 off
    [*]Space Gray - $249.00, $80 off Amazon also has the 128GB model (Wi-Fi, Space Gray) available for $329.00, savings of $100 from its original $429.00 price tag. For more information on the latest sales and bargains, be sure to visit our full Deals Roundup.

    Article Link: Deals Spotlight: Amazon Discounts Apple's Latest 9.7-Inch iPad to $249 ($80 Off)
     
  2. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

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    This is an incredible bargain for those who want a throwaway tablet device, and it will serve kids well especially.
     
  3. Roaringriku786 macrumors newbie

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    Is this worth buying? I'm not a power user, but want something that will last 4-5 years.
     
  4. Remy149 macrumors regular

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    Yes it’s the iPad I recommend most people buy. I own a pro but that’s mostly because I like the 12.9” screen
     
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    That's a reasonably deprecated price - considering the A10 is about to become 3 generations old this year.
     
  7. QCassidy352 macrumors G4

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    I dunno about 4-5 years. The processor is an A10, which debuted in 2016. 4-5 years from now is 2023-24, when the A10 will be 7-8 years old. A 7-8 year old processor today would be, what, the A5 (iPhone 4s and iPad 2)? Maybe the A10 will hold up better because we’re getting into the realm of excess power with the A series processor, but I still think it’s a stretch.
     
  8. Imdougurnot macrumors member

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    It may be a stretch, but depending on what a user is trying to accomplish the tech has come far enough where we’re seeing smaller incremental advancement. I mean..Apple just sold out of an iPhone that has 3+ year old tech. Like anything else YMMV.
     
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    Sure, depends on what he wants to do with it. If he's ok leaving it on iOS 12 or 13 or whatever, the hardware itself surely will last 4-5 years. If he's looking to smoothly run the latest OS for the device's entirely life, probably not going to happen 4+ years from now. If he's looking to game on it, definitely not 4+ years from now.
     
  11. abrantes09 macrumors member

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    Wait for the new ones, these will probably be unsupported for future iOS updates sometime in the next three years.
     
  12. 69Mustang macrumors 603

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    If it's a consumption device. It will easily last 4-5 years. I know because I have various models going all the way back to the 3rd gen iPad. All of them still work as consumption and control devices. Fairly, I've never used them for anything other than consumption, but they all still work. Youtube, Netflix, web browsing, book reading, etc... all still functioning. Admittedly, some are a little slow, but they don't really need to be fast to be a consumption device. Use case is going to determine the how long the iPads get the job done.

    I thought about updating them a couple of times but no one uses them much anymore beyond Netflix and Youtube. I'm honestly not sure when they will actually break down. Probably never.
     
  13. UnLiMiTeD558 macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely a good bargain and the a10 being a quad core chip also helps future proof these devices further. Anybody on the fence, I would definitely recommend taking this deal
     
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    I just ordered one of these 128GB versions, and an original Apple Pencil, after watching quite a few videos demonstrating how well Procreate works on this model. It seems to be a very functional and inexpensive way to dip one's toe into the creative capabilities of an iPad without going full-in on a much more expensive iPad Pro.
     
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    I was already on the fence about spending $300+ on iPad. I personally don't use it heavily. For $250, I think I will press the button.
     
  16. shinseiromeo macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't call it incredible since this deal has popped up numerous times over the past few months, and the device has clearly aged with a new one on the horizon.
     
  17. bluespark macrumors 68000

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    I still do some pretty hard-core work on my iPad Air 2, which is much older than these. I also picked up two of these at this price (from Wal Mart) for family members and they work beautifully. This is the rare bargain in App current lineup and I highly recommend it for the price.
     
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    Clearly aged?
     
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    Just bought one for one of my kids in college, so he can try note taking on the iPad instead of his laptop. I'll be happy if it lasts 2 - 3 years.

    It's a shame the v1 Apple Pencil hasn't come down in price. I wonder if the new iPad and iPad mini will be compatible with the v2 pencil only.
     
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    Well, kind of. It's effectively a dual core as only the two high power cores or the two high efficiency cores will ever be in use at one time. The A11 is the first A series chip that can use more than two cores actively at once. Having said that, it's still a blazing fast CPU so I don't see any reason not to buy based on the chipset here.
     
  21. uwdude macrumors 6502a

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    This is the one area where Apple still has the best choice. The Samsung S tabs are a lot more expensive, and there aren't a lot of choices in this reasonably priced mid-tier range. I'm hoping this year's version of this will stay about the same price, maybe with an A11.
     
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    The A10 should hold up fine 5 years for basic tasks. Its power overhead is quite large. The 2GB RAM, however, certainly will not. It is barely enough now.
     
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    I thought I would never use my iPad. I thought it was just an oversized iPhone with a stylus and a keyboard that I could do some typing on, but crap, I use it hours per day. I think it will be useful for you no matter what. You'll find a use for it beyond what you think.
     
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    I just got iPad 6th generation for university and it has been the best investment I’ve made. Loving the ebook reading and taking notes. Completely new level for me
     
  25. NIKKG macrumors 6502

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    I got it for 209 a couple months ago from Walmart. Its nice, but ipads are boring. They need to change things up, I'm finding that 2in1 chromebooks with android support are more interesting these days.
     

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