iPad Mini Holiday Deals (Updated Dec 23rd)

Deals on this page were last updated at 11.10 AM CST December 23rd, 2015. Sale prices may have changed (for better or worse) afterwards!

Holiday Deals on iPad Mini Cases

36% 20% off this Magnetically Detachable Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad mini 4 64% off this Leather Ultra Slim Smart-shell Case for Apple iPad Mini 4 70% off this Slim Fit iPad mini 4 case 73% off this Ultra Slim Smart-shell iPad Mini 4

Apple Store Prices

Holiday DEALS

iPad Mini 3 with retina display (16 GB; Wi Fi model)

$399 +TAX = ~$424
(based on 6.25% tax)16GB iPad price Apple StoreScreenshot from http://store.apple.com/us/cart
  1. Current Best Deal is from Best Buy – $236.99 (Save $163; Sold Out Online)
  2. 2nd Best Deal from Amazon: All iPad Mini 3 Deals on this page (from LEAST to Most Expensive)
  3. Staples $339

NOTE: Above Deal Prices are valid as of as of 11.10 AM CST December 23rd, 2015. Please check the links again. Prices may have gone up or down. Prices change multiple times a day, especially, on Amazon.com.

iPad Mini 4 with retina display (16 GB; Wi Fi model)

$399 +TAX = ~$424
(based on 6.25% tax)16GB iPad price Apple StoreScreenshot from http://store.apple.com/us/cart
  1. Current Best Deal from Best Buy – $299.99 (out of stock online)
  2. 2nd Best Deal is from Staples: $339
  3. Amazon: This is the page with all the iPad Mini 4 Deals (from LEAST to Most Expensive)
  4. MacMall – $394
  5. Walmart – $399

NOTE: Above Deal Prices are valid as of as of 11.10 AM CST December 23rd, 2015. Please check the links again. Prices may have gone up or down. Prices change multiple times a day, especially, on Amazon.com.

iPad Mini 2 with retina display (16 GB; Wi Fi model)

$269 +TAX = ~$286
(based on 6.25% tax)Screenshot from http://store.apple.com/us/cart
  1. Current Best Deal is from Walmart$199
  2. AmazonCheck out this page (Sorted from Least to Most Expensive)
  3. Staples – $254
  4. MacMall – $264

NOTE: Above Deal Prices are valid as of as of 11.10 AM CST December 23rd, 2015. Please check the links again. Prices may have gone up or down. Prices change multiple times a day, especially, on Amazon.com.

Click the above links to check if the iPad Mini sale prices are still valid. Deals were last updated at 11.10 AM CST December 23rd 2015. Sale prices may expire without further notice

For iPad Air & Pro Deals – Click Here

Apple iPad Mini 2 VS Mini 3 VS Mini 4 Spec Comparison

Tech Spec

2nd Generation

3rd Generation

4th Generation

First, the Similarities

Diagonal 7.9″
Screen LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
Retina Display Yes
Resolution 2048 x 1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi)
Facetime front camera 1.2 MP photos and 720p HD video
Battery life Up to 10 hours of mixed use

Secondly, specs different on the Mini 4.

Are these differences worth the upgrade to Mini 4?

Thickness 0.29″ (7.5 mm) 0.24″ (6.1 mm) | 22% thinner
Weight 0.73 lbs (331 g) 0.65 lbs (299 g) | 10% lighter
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac), dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO
Processor A7 chip with 64-bit architecture A8 chip with 64-bit architecture (1.3x faster CPU and 1.6x faster GPU)
Motion Processor M7 motion coprocessor M8 motion coprocessor
RAM 1GB 2GB
iSight rear camera 5 MP photos and 1080p HD video recording 8 MP photos and 1080p HD video recording, 10fps burst mode shooting and 120fps slow motion video
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 technology Bluetooth 4.2 technology
OS iOS8 iOS9
Split-screen mode NO YES, you can run two apps at the same time
Sensors 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer
Fingerprint identity sensor Mini 3 only YES, built into the Home button
Barometer NO YES
Fully laminated screen NO YES, the cover glass, touch sensor and LCD are combined with optical bonding to eliminate gaps => superior in terms of glare/reflectance, contrast, black levels, color accuracy and brightness (100 percent sRGB coverage compared to ~70% coverage on the iPad mini 2 and 3)
Lock rotation switch YES NO, you need to do this through “settings” of iOS

Finally, the “shortcomings” of the Mini 4

Capacity Available in 16, 64, and 128GB. The lack of the 32GB models is a negative point to most buyers!
Color Those of us expecting ‘Rose Gold’ (like on the iPhone 6s) have to be content with ‘Gold’
3D Touch Like ‘Rose Gold’, Apple have decided to leave the iPhone 6’s 3D touch technology out of the iPad mini 4
Processor iPad Air 2’s A8X or iPad Pro’s A9X would have been awesome, but Apple decided to empower the mini 4 with ‘only’ an A8 processor!

 

iPad Air/Pro Holiday DEALS (Updated Dec 23rd)

Deals on this page were last updated at 11.00 AM CST December 23rd, 2015. Sale prices may have changed (for better or worse) afterwards!

Holiday Deals on iPad Air Cases

68% off this Apple iPad Air 2 Smart Case here… 64% off this iPad Air Keyboard Case here… 65% 49% off this Vintage Genuine Leather Smart Cover Case here… 56% off this OtterBox Defender Series Case here…

Apple Store Prices

Holiday DEALS

iPad Air 2 (2014 model)

$499 + TAX =~$530

(based on 6.25% tax)iPad Air 2 price Apple StoreScreenshot from http://store.apple.com/us/cart

16GB Wi Fi iPad Air 2

  1. Current Best Deal is from AmazonThis is the page with all iPad Air 2 Deals (Arranged from LEAST expensive to most expensive) You can get bigger savings on larger capacity iPads.
  2. 2nd Best Deal is from Staples – $424
  3. Walmart – $449
  4. MacMall – $469
  5. Sam’s Club – $477 (out of stock)
  6. Best Buy – $375 (out of stock)

16GB Wi Fi + Cellular iPad Air 2

  1. Current Best Deal is from Best Buy – $505 (Save up to $125 on larger capacity iPads)
  2. Amazon – on this page
  3. Walmart: $629
  4. Staples – $679

NOTE: Above Deal Information is valid as of as of 11.00 AM CST December 23rd, 2015. Please check the links again. Prices may have gone up or down. Prices can change multiple times a day, especially, on Amazon.com.

iPad Pro (2015 model)

$799 + TAX = ~$849
iPad Pro 32GB PriceScreenshot from http://store.apple.com/us/cart

32GB Wi Fi iPad Pro

  1. Current Best Deal is from MacMall: $787
  2. Staples – $799
  3. Walmart – $799
  4. Best Buy – $799.99
  5. Amazon – List price or more

NOTE: Above Deal Information is valid as of as of 11.00 AM CST December 23rd, 2015. Please check the links again. Prices may have gone up or down. Prices can change multiple times a day, especially, on Amazon.com.

1st Generation iPad Air (2013 model)

$399 + TAX = ~$424

(based on 6.25% tax)16GB iPad price Apple StoreScreenshot from http://store.apple.com/us/cart

16GB Wi Fi iPad Air

  1. Current Best Deal is from Best Buy – $299
  2. 2nd Best Deal from Amazon:

  3. Staples – $339
  4. MacMall – $384
  5. Walmart – $399

16GB Wi Fi + Cellular iPad Air

NOTE: Above Deal Information is valid as of 11.00 AM CST December 23rd, 2015. Please check the links again. Prices may have gone up or down. Prices can change multiple times a day, especially, on Amazon.com.

Click the above links to check if the iPad Air sale prices are still valid. Deals were last updated at 11.00 AM CST December 23rd, 2015. Sale prices may expire without further notice

Apple iPad Air 1 VS iPad Air 2 VS iPad Pro Spec Comparison

Tech Spec

iPad Air 1

(2013 model)

iPad Air 2

(2014 model)

iPad Pro

(2015 model)

First, the similarities

Screen LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
Front camera 1.2 MP photos and 720p HD video
Battery life Up to 10 hours of mixed use
OS iOS9 (iPad Air and Air 2 may ship with iOS 8; however, can be freely upgraded to iOS 9 after purchase)
Sensors Three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor

Now, the differences

Tech Spec

iPad Air 1

iPad Air 2

iPad Pro

Screen diagonal 9.7″ 12.9″
Screen height ~7.8″ ~10.3″
Screen width ~5.8″ ~7.8″
Screen area 7.8 X 5.8 = ~45 sq. inches 10.3 X 7.8 = ~80.2 sq. inches

Approx. 78% bigger screen

Resolution
2048 X 1536 2732 X 2048
Total pixels 2048 X 1536 = 3,145,728 pixels = 3.1 million pixels (3.1M) 2732 X 2048 = 5,595,136 pixels = ~5.6 million pixels (5.6M)
Pixels Per Inch (PPI) 264

(2048 pixels/~7.8″ = 264 PPI | 1536 pixels/~5.8″ = 264 PPI)

Note: although the iPad Pro has nearly double the pixels compared to the iPad Air, the pixel density/pixels per inch is identical between the two tablets

264

(2732/~10.3″ = 264 PPI | 2048/~7.8″ = 264 PPI)

Processor A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor. Dual-core, 1.4 GHz A8X chip with 64-bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor. Triple-core, 1.5 GHz

CPU: 1.4x faster, Graphics: 2.5x faster than A7

A9X chip with 64-bit architecture and M9 motion coprocessor. Dual-core, 2.25 GHz

CPU: 1.8x faster, Graphics: 2x faster than A8

RAM 1 GB 2 GB 4 GB
Fingerprint identity sensor No Yes
Apple Pencil Not compatible Compatible

(the Apple pencil comes with advanced features like exceptional accuracy, pressure sensitivity, tilt detection and palm rejection)

Smart Keyboard Not compatible (alternatives available) Compatible
Speakers 2 4; self-balancing, four-speaker audio
Available colors Silver and Space Gray Champagne Gold, Silver and Space Gray
iSight rear camera 5 MP photos and 1080p HD video recording 8 MP photos and 1080p HD video recording with Slo-mo video
Fully laminated display No Yes;

the cover glass, touch sensor and LCD are combined with optical bonding to eliminate gaps => superior in terms of glare/reflectance, contrast, black levels, color accuracy and brightness (100 percent sRGB coverage compared to ~70% coverage on the iPad mini 2 and 3)

Burst mode No Yes, on both front and rear cameras
Slo-mo video No Yes, on rear camera
Apple Pay No Yes, pay using Touch ID, within apps
Barometer No Yes
Thickness 0.29″ (7.5 mm) 0.24″ (6.1 mm) 0.27″ (6.9 mm)
Weight 1 lbs (469 g) 0.96 lbs (437 g) 1.57 lbs (713 g)

~63% heavier than iPad Air 2

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO 802.11a/​b/​g/​n/​ac, dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO.

802.11ac delivers Wi-Fi speeds of up to 866 Mbps, and LTE speeds of up to 150 Mbps

Bluetooth 4.0 4.2 4.2
Smart Connector ports No Yes, to connect with the Smart keyboard
Capacity 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB options available 16, 64, and 128GB models only. NO 32GB model!
32 and 128 GB models only!

 

iPad Air Comparison

Apple iPad Air 1 VS iPad Air 2 VS iPad Pro Spec Comparison

Tech Spec

iPad Air 1

(2013 model)

iPad Air 2

(2014 model)

iPad Pro

(2015 model)

First, the similarities

Screen LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
Front camera 1.2 MP photos and 720p HD video
Battery life Up to 10 hours of mixed use
OS iOS9 (iPad Air and Air 2 may ship with iOS 8; however, can be freely upgraded to iOS 9 after purchase)
Sensors Three-axis gyro, accelerometer, ambient light sensor

Now, the differences

Tech Spec

iPad Air 1

iPad Air 2

iPad Pro

Screen diagonal 9.7″ 12.9″
Screen height ~7.8″ ~10.3″
Screen width ~5.8″ ~7.8″
Screen area 7.8 X 5.8 = ~45 sq. inches 10.3 X 7.8 = ~80.2 sq. inches

Approx. 78% bigger screen

Resolution
2048 X 1536 2732 X 2048
Total pixels 2048 X 1536 = 3,145,728 pixels = 3.1 million pixels (3.1M) 2732 X 2048 = 5,595,136 pixels = ~5.6 million pixels (5.6M)
Pixels Per Inch (PPI) 264

(2048 pixels/~7.8″ = 264 PPI | 1536 pixels/~5.8″ = 264 PPI)

Note: although the iPad Pro has nearly double the pixels compared to the iPad Air, the pixel density/pixels per inch is identical between the two tablets

264

(2732/~10.3″ = 264 PPI | 2048/~7.8″ = 264 PPI)

Processor A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and M7 motion coprocessor. Dual-core, 1.4 GHz A8X chip with 64-bit architecture and M8 motion coprocessor. Triple-core, 1.5 GHz

CPU: 1.4x faster, Graphics: 2.5x faster than A7

A9X chip with 64-bit architecture and M9 motion coprocessor. Dual-core, 2.25 GHz

CPU: 1.8x faster, Graphics: 2x faster than A8

RAM 1 GB 2 GB 4 GB
Fingerprint identity sensor No Yes
Apple Pencil Not compatible Compatible

(the Apple pencil comes with advanced features like exceptional accuracy, pressure sensitivity, tilt detection and palm rejection)

Smart Keyboard Not compatible (alternatives available) Compatible
Speakers 2 4; self-balancing, four-speaker audio
Available colors Silver and Space Gray Champagne Gold, Silver and Space Gray
iSight rear camera 5 MP photos and 1080p HD video recording 8 MP photos and 1080p HD video recording with Slo-mo video
Fully laminated display No Yes;

the cover glass, touch sensor and LCD are combined with optical bonding to eliminate gaps => superior in terms of glare/reflectance, contrast, black levels, color accuracy and brightness (100 percent sRGB coverage compared to ~70% coverage on the iPad mini 2 and 3)

Burst mode No Yes, on both front and rear cameras
Slo-mo video No Yes, on rear camera
Apple Pay No Yes, pay using Touch ID, within apps
Barometer No Yes
Thickness 0.29″ (7.5 mm) 0.24″ (6.1 mm) 0.27″ (6.9 mm)
Weight 1 lbs (469 g) 0.96 lbs (437 g) 1.57 lbs (713 g)

~63% heavier than iPad Air 2

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO 802.11a/​b/​g/​n/​ac, dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) and MIMO.

802.11ac delivers Wi-Fi speeds of up to 866 Mbps, and LTE speeds of up to 150 Mbps

Bluetooth 4.0 4.2 4.2
Smart Connector ports No Yes, to connect with the Smart keyboard
Capacity 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB options available 16, 64, and 128GB models only. NO 32GB model!
32 and 128 GB models only!