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Amazon is continuing to discount the latest 9.7-inch iPad, which Apple updated in March 2018 with support for the Apple Pencil. These discounts include a few lowest-ever prices on the iPad, and all around represent the best prices for these models among the major Apple resellers online.

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One of the highlights of the sale is Apple's 32GB 9.7-inch iPad (Wi-Fi and cellular) for $379, savings of $80 and the lowest price we've seen on the tablet. There are numerous other models discounted this week, including both Wi-Fi only and cellular devices.

Amazon's 9.7-inch iPad Sale

[*]Wi-Fi 32GB - $249, down from $329 ($80 off)
[*]Wi-Fi 128GB - $349, down from $429 ($80 off)
[*]Cellular 32GB - $379, down from $459 ($80 off, lowest ever)
[*]Cellular 128 GB - $459, down from $559 ($100 off, lowest ever) Apple positions this version of the iPad as an affordable entry-level tablet for anyone on a budget, as well as for teachers and others in the education field. The sixth-generation iPad has a 9.7-inch Retina display, an upgraded A10 Fusion chip, 8-megapixel rear camera, and Touch ID support on the Home Button.

If you're on the hunt for any other sales, be sure to head to our full Deals Roundup. There you'll find ongoing bargains on the HomePod, 2017 iMacs, and the best accessories from Anker.

Article Link: Deals Spotlight: Get the 9.7-Inch 32GB Cellular iPad for $379 ($80 Off and Lowest Ever Price)
 

Relentless Power

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$249 for the 32 GB 9.7 iPad is an insane price what it’s offering. I paid $329 upon its release, $80.00 off is awesome value that brick/mortar retailers likely won’t come near.
 
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jonen

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I'm looking at the 9.7" iPad as a Father's Day gift to replace my dad's Surface Pro 3, but the Buyer's Guide here says not to buy. What a dilemma.

I get that the $249 deal is great for the 32GB, but it seems like there will be an updated 9.7" soon...
 

QCassidy352

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I'm looking at the 9.7" iPad as a Father's Day gift to replace my dad's Surface Pro 3, but the Buyer's Guide here says not to buy. What a dilemma.

I get that the $249 deal is great for the 32GB, but it seems like there will be an updated 9.7" soon...
I don’t think there will be a new one soon. Woulda happened with the release of the air and the mini a few months ago. I think this one stays until 2020.
 

Andronicus

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It supports the old gen 1 Apple Pencil.

Thank you
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An amazing entry-level iPad at a reasonable price. Yet somehow MR users cry "Apple's Greed" with every new post.

It is a great deal and so far 10 comments deep every MR user seems to agree with that.

Does Apple have overpriced products, sure even the biggest Apple fans can admit that.

No need to try and stir up trouble, mate.
 
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SoN1NjA

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It's on the MacRumors buying guide as DON'T BUY, but thanks for trying to sell it to me anyway
 
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jonen

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I don’t think there will be a new one soon. Woulda happened with the release of the air and the mini a few months ago. I think this one stays until 2020.

I can't imagine Apple not updating this iPad soon. The current iPads are using A12 or A12X chips, while the 2018 iPad is on the A10. I'm not claiming to be an expert analyst at all, but when you pair that information with the Buyer's Guide tag of "DON'T BUY", I have to imagine we will see a 2019 iPad with at least the A11 chip and all the marketing hype that comes along with that upgrade.
 

QCassidy352

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I can't imagine Apple not updating this iPad soon. The current iPads are using A12 or A12X chips, while the 2018 iPad is on the A10. I'm not claiming to be an expert analyst at all, but when you pair that information with the Buyer's Guide tag of "DON'T BUY", I have to imagine we will see a 2019 iPad with at least the A11 chip and all the marketing hype that comes along with that upgrade.
I don’t think it matters what the high-end of the lineup is using. They sold the A8-powered mini 4 for years, even alongside the a12x iPad pros. The a10 is still very much a chip Apple sells and supports (iPhone 7, brand new iPod touch 7), and as the owner of an iPhone 7 (my daily driver), I can tell you that chip remains more than adequate for daily use on iOS 12.

As for the MR buyers’ guide, those recommendations are just based on how many days since release as compared to the average days between releases for the same product line, not any special information. Products like the Mac mini and Mac Pro spent years in “don’t buy” status before new ones came out.
 

jonen

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I don’t think it matters what the high-end of the lineup is using. They sold the A8-powered mini 4 for years, even alongside the a12x iPad pros. The a10 is still very much a chip Apple sells and supports (iPhone 7, brand new iPod touch 7), and as the owner of an iPhone 7 (my daily driver), I can tell you that chip remains more than adequate for daily use on iOS 12.

As for the MR buyers’ guide, those recommendations are just based on how many days since release as compared to the average days between releases for the same product line, not any special information. Products like the Mac mini and Mac Pro spent years in “don’t buy” status before new ones came out.

Very valid argument. I suppose I can see the current iPad sticking around for 1 more year, since I didn't know the new Touch was released with an A10. I think the 4 year old Mini argument isn't necessarily too relevant since we all know that was a much delayed release, whereas the larger iPad line is definitely a main focus.

I'm hoping you are wrong and that we have an exciting quiet launch of an updated iPad soon... but maybe I will find myself biting on this $249 deal soon...
 

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Very valid argument. I suppose I can see the current iPad sticking around for 1 more year, since I didn't know the new Touch was released with an A10. I think the 4 year old Mini argument isn't necessarily too relevant since we all know that was a much delayed release, whereas the larger iPad line is definitely a main focus.

I'm hoping you are wrong and that we have an exciting quiet launch of an updated iPad soon... but maybe I will find myself biting on this $249 deal soon...
iOS 13 is bringing more performance improvements as well, the 2018 iPad still has lots of life left in it.
 

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I can't imagine Apple not updating this iPad soon. The current iPads are using A12 or A12X chips, while the 2018 iPad is on the A10. I'm not claiming to be an expert analyst at all, but when you pair that information with the Buyer's Guide tag of "DON'T BUY", I have to imagine we will see a 2019 iPad with at least the A11 chip and all the marketing hype that comes along with that upgrade.


It’s possible, but the iPad with the A10 flys. My son has the 128gb. We upgraded him from the 2017 (he wanted the pencil support) and we got it on sale. If my pro (9.7) does, I’d probably grab one of these. They are very nice, especially at the price
 

Aston441

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An amazing entry-level iPad at a reasonable price. Yet somehow MR users cry "Apple's Greed" with every new post.

Because the iPad 6 is the ONLY reasonably priced Apple product.

And just barely.

My Gen 6 128 Cellular cost more than a nice laptop, before adding an additional $100 keyboard and $100 pencil. More than a nice refurb MacBook
from the Apple Store.
 

Jmausmuc

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I bought the 32gb iPad 6 a week ago for 249 at Walmart.

It’s amazing. I use a iPhone X as a daily driver and don’t notice any speed difference. The multitasking is great, the iPad is responsive as hell, everything just works flawlessly.

I do t think it will be updated this year, but even if it were, it would still be well worth it for 249.

As far as I can tell, it will only get faster with the optimizations in the padOS update.

Macrumers buyers guide is ok, but it seems to only look at past release patterns to make its buying decision. Maybe it is time to update it to include price/sales and recent rumors as well.
 

QCassidy352

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Because the iPad 6 is the ONLY reasonably priced Apple product.

And just barely.

My Gen 6 128 Cellular cost more than a nice laptop, before adding an additional $100 keyboard and $100 pencil. More than a nice refurb MacBook
from the Apple Store.
That model costs $560. What are you defining as a “nice” laptop that costs less?
 
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