Target's End-of-the-Year iPad Deals: $250 for 32GB 9.7-inch iPad and $300 for 128GB iPad mini 4

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    Sales celebrating the end of 2017 are in full swing, and Target this week has priced the 32GB 9.7-inch iPad from early 2017 at $249.99, down from $329.99. Currently, that's $30 cheaper than another sale on the same iPad that Best Buy is running, so if you've been looking to purchase one of the lower-end models of Apple's iPad lineup this is a great opportunity. As of writing, the Space Gray and Silver models are in stock to ship while Gold models qualify for free order pickup depending on stock near your location.

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    Target is also beating many other retailers' sale prices on the 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 4 from 2015, with the tablet priced at $299.99, down from $399.99. Comparatively, the second cheapest options are at Amazon and MacMall where the iPad mini 4 is priced at $357.00 and $369.00, respectively. Both of the Target iPad sales will end around 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, and stock for each appears limited.

    A few other nice deals today include $10 off Twelve South's HiRise 2 and HiRise 2 Deluxe stands on Amazon, as well as savings on multiple Bluetooth speaker brands on Best Buy. These include Ultimate Ears ($20 to $127 off), JBL ($30 to $100 off), and harman/kardon ($300 off).

    Additionally, Flexibits recently launched a New Year sale of its own, with discounts hitting all of its apps for macOS and iOS devices. The company said that the savings run through the New Year, and are worth up to 25 percent off the Flexibit Mac apps and up to 50 percent off its iOS apps. Check out each app and how much it's been discounted in the list below:

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    [*]Fantastical 2 for Mac - $39.99, down from $49.99 (20% off)
    [*]Cardhop for Mac - $14.99, down from $19.99 (25% off)
    [*]Chatology for Mac - $14.99, down from $19.99 (25% off)
    [*]Fantastical 2 for iPhone - $2.99, down from (40% off)
    [*]Fantastical 2 for iPad - $4.99, down from $9.99 (50% off)
    For even more ongoing sales happening in the days before the New Year, head over to our full Deals Roundup.

    Article Link: Target's End-of-the-Year iPad Deals: $250 for 32GB 9.7-inch iPad and $300 for 128GB iPad mini 4
     
  2. now i see it macrumors 68020

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    iPad Mini 4 uses the same A8 processor as the iPhone 6. It originally shipped with iOS 9. It now ships with iOS 11. Buyer beware — it'll be a slow ole dog right out of the box.
     
  3. DipDog3 macrumors 65816

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    Costco has a slightly better deal for the iPad.

    The iPad mini "deal" is not good, do not buy it.

    The rest of the stuff is just plain junk & waste of money.
     
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Actually, it is a good deal, because Target will price match what other competitors have the iPad mini listed for, assuming it's in stock. So the price is variable.
     
  5. minik macrumors 65816

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    The iPad mini 4 has 2GB of RAM and slightly faster processor than the iPhone 6. I updated my iPhone 6 and iPad mini 4 to iOS 11.2.1 and the iPad mini 4 didn't perform any slower than iOS 10.x or iOS 9.
     
  6. unobtainium macrumors 68020

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    Target’s iPad Pro deals the other day were excellent. They had the 64gb 10.5” for $499, should’ve pulled the trigger then but I hesitated.
     
  7. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    I have to wonder if people who are saying that the Mini is a slow dog are actually using it, or if they are just making assumptions from specs. I have a Mini 4 and it's definitely not a old slow dog. It works perfectly fine.

    Now Mini 2 on the other hand was horrifyingly slow after two OS updates. There was lag everywhere...but the Mini 4 is fine on iOS11.

    I also have a current gen iPad Pro, so it's not like I have nothing to compare the Mini against. The Mini isn't 120Hz amazeballs like the Pro, but it's not at all slow.
     
  8. kdarling macrumors P6

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    Thanks, MacRumors!

    I bought one of the iPad mini 4 to replace one of my original minis.

    Not as good a deal as the Best Buy one for $275, but this one's sale actually went through :)
     
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    Honestly, I still use an iPad mini 2 every day and the thing has decent responsiveness and no annoying lag. It started out as my iBook reader, and turned into a Slack machine that I now keep open for upwards of 8 hours every day, so I'm beyond impressed it hasn't just straight-up kicked the bucket yet after all these years. It's on iOS 11.1 rn.
     
  10. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    Hmmm, that's interesting. In my experience most apps would be okay, but the very noticeable problem was that my Mini 2 often had keyboard lag...I could type in about 6-8 characters before the first character would show up, then there would be a blitz of characters and clicks as it caught up all it once. Very common occurrence for me.
     
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    Oh yeah that's why my own experience might be niche: it's been a reliable iPad for me all these years in the sense that I tap once on an app in the morning, and then lock it hours later, with little interactions in between. I've texted a bit on it and definitely have the same keyboard issue. But other navigation features have been decent. I use it for Photos a lot too.
     
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    The iPad mini 4 lags even when getting Control Center open, no thanks... Shame!
     
  13. lyngo macrumors 6502a

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    Have you read the earlier comments or did you just skip to add in your own two cents?

    To everyone else, I picked up an iPad mini 4 in order record and control my DJI drones. They mix right in with the remote controls and should work just fine.
     
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    But will the Mini 4 be faster than my original iPad Mini with its A5 processor and 1GB of RAM ?
     
  15. Dizbuster macrumors newbie

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    I just picked up the iPad fifth generation yesterday at Best Buy for $280. A little later on in the afternoon I was at target and saw that it was for sale for $30 cheaper. I went back to Best Buy and they did a price match gave me the difference so it worked out. I had the iPad fourth GEN and this upgrade is very nice.
     
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    Costco iPad is $279

    Target iPad is $249
     
  17. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    Would this iPad have iOS 10 on it or iOS 11? That would be a deciding factor for me.
     
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    You'd have to look up the number off the box and that will give you a good indicator. I would go with the assumption that most will be IOS 11. But some may have 10.3.3 or lower. I'd go look through the glass case and hopefully you can figure it out prior to purchase. Heck I've asked employees before to pull them out and put them on the counter before I purchase so I can determine which OS is installed. Most of them find it strange but overall could really careless. Up till the point I walk away because it doesn't have the OS I was looking for. :(
     
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    My original iPad mini does that all the time. Not to mention the hated Safari "problem occurred, reloading page" junk that reminds me every day of how poor some of Apple's programming is.

    I'm hoping that the mini 4 fixes those things, plus lets me do some multi-window stuff?
     
  21. Mizouse macrumors regular

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    Dang it.. Because of Christmas I don't really want to spend anymore money :(
     
  22. Makayla macrumors regular

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    Apple will make a killing if it comes out with a mini pro next year. Lots of fans for that size.
     
  23. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

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    My mom just ordered the $249 iPad 2017 9.7" from Target.

    That'll be a hell of an upgrade from her old iPad 3.
     
  24. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    There are multiple causes for Safari to reload pages so I can't promise anything. However the most common cause for the reload, by far, is the lack of RAM. The Mini4 has 2GB, which is 4x the RAM yours has. It should massively reduce that problem.

    I don't do a ton of multi-window stuff so I can't really say anything about that. I think I've done Netflix/Hulu as picture in picture but I might be thinking of my other iPad.
     
  25. Michael Scrip macrumors 603

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    Target and Best Buy have no stock in any stores in my area. They are both offering ship dates of January 4th.

    I'm in the Charlotte, NC market. Lots of stores for both.

    Is this the same for other areas?
     

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