Apple turned a lot of heads yesterday when it announced an affordable 9.7-inch iPad aimed at students that manages to make even the iPad Pro seem less impressive. Fortunately for consumers, it also means it’s a fantastic time for deals on the old models. One of the best comes from Best Buy, which is knocking $80 off the price of last year’s 9.7-inch 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi, which means you can pick it up today for just $250. The deal ends at the end of the day.
If you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks for a lot more space, Best Buy is also selling last year’s 128GB 9.7-inch iPad with Wi-Fi for $80 off, bringing the price down to $350, down from $430. It, too, is available in space gray, silver, or gold.
And just to emphasize one more time: The low price is only good for today, March 28. Come back tomorrow, and the price will likely be higher (and at which point you’d probably be wise to pick up the iPad Apple announced yesterday). Best Buy is also only offering the deal “while supplies last,” so there’s also a chance it’ll be gone before the day is out.
Even though the newer model outshines it in specs, the 2017 9.7-inch iPad is still an impressive piece of hardware. When we reviewed it last year, we said it was “a better choice than the iPad Pro for a lot of users.”
It all depends on what you want out of it.
“This iPad is great for families, schools, businesses looking for a point-of-sale system, and just anyone who wants a workhorse of an iPad without the bells and whistles of the more expensive iPad Pro,” we said at the time. “It’s everything great about the iPad at a lower cost to entry than ever [at the time], and if your kids are as nuts about the iPad as mine is, this is the one to get them.”