Pre-order new iPad PRO, Macbook AIR, Mac Mini

The biggest news of yesterday’s 2018 Apple event taking place in Tim Cook’s new favorite city is that *gasp* the beloved iPad Mini 4 continues to be in the line-up as an active and “latest” model 🙂

On a more serious note, Apple revealed a handful of new products, a total of over 90 SKUs (when colors, storage, etc options are factored in). The new products include a promising upgrade of the 11″ and 12.9″ iPad PROs with USB-C [good thing I stopped buying accessories at 30-PIN ;-)] with prices starting at $800 for the 11-inch model and $1000 for the 12.9-inch and go as high as $1900.

Also arriving is the highly anticipated Retina MacBook Air with prices starting at $1200 and going up to $2600. All these come with on-board SSD ranging from 128GB to 1.5TB and either 8 or 16GB of RAM.

Last but not least, the most numerous of the new products with over 50 SKUs is the new MacBook Mini with prices ranging from $800 to $4100.

So if one wants to buy one of each, at the entry-point model, that’s $2800. On the other hand, if you want to buy the flagship of each product, that’s $8600. Still less than a decent used CR darling Honda Accord 🙂

Pre-order new 9.7″ “Educational” iPad, Get $25 e-Gift Card

Apple’s Education Event yesterday revealed a new iPad targeting education, but also generating a lot of interest among the general consumer looking for a $300-ish iPad with support for the Apple Pencil (aka digital stylus). For consumers, this new 9.7″ inch iPad is available for pre-ordering for $330 with a $25 Best Buy e-gift-card at the Best Buy website. The $330 price is for the base Wifi-only model with 32GB storage.

The prices increase as usual with more storage, the 128GB goes for $430 (the usual +$100 storage tier bump). Meanwhile the 32GB Cellular model goes for $460 and the 128GB Cellular goes for $560 (the usual +$130 bump).

OF photography interest is support for the Apple Pencil. The Apple pencil is NOT included. It is also compatible with the upcoming Logitech Crayon.

The iPads are still not available for purchase by Amazon itself (various 3rd-party sellers offer them but not Amazon itself), so the iPad tablet market is still doing okay. If they were close to the panic button, they’d be sold by Amazon itself as well 🙂

iPads and MacBook Instant Savings at B&H

If you are looking to buy an iPad from a trustworthy authorized Apple reseller (as opposed to random eBay refurbisher du jour), B&H Photo is having iPad Instant Savings promotion featuring iPads of all sizes, from the 8″ Mini all the way to the 13″ PRO.

But that’s not all. They also have a sale on the new condition Apple 15.4″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Late 2016, Space Gray) for $1899 with free expedited shipping (Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB PCIe SSD, 2880 x 1800 Retina, Radeon PRO 450 GPU w/2GB RAM, etc)

iPad Instant Savings promotions at B&H Photo

If you are looking for an iPad, B&H Photo is an authorized Apple reseller, and they happen to have a number of instant savings promotion on various iPad models as follows:

+ iPad mini 4 (128GB, Wi-Fi Only) for $359 to $369
+ with 4G LTE (silver) for $479

+ 9.7″ iPad (2017, 32GB, Wi-Fi Only) for $299

+ 10.5″ iPad Pro (256GB, Wi-Fi) for $719
+ 512GB for $899. with 4G LTE for $999

+ 12.9″ iPad Pro (Mid 2017, 64GB, Wi-Fi Only) for $749
+ 256GB model for $829
+ 512GB model for $1019, with 4G LTE for $1129

NOTE that prices may differ slightly between different body colors for both the Wifi-only and the 4G LTE models.

B&H Apple Sale (Macbooks, iMacs, iPads, Etc)

A wide variety of Apple products are participating in a big Apple Sale at B&H Photo including Macbooks, iMacs, iPads, Mac Minis and even a “cylindrical”. You can do the “Load More” to see them all, or filter them by product category using the options there.

(ENDED) 9.7-inch 32GB iPad (2017 model) for $279

As of a late 8/2/17 re-check, this offer ended…

If you are tempted by the 2017 9.7-inch iPad, Adorama has a doorbuster sale on the 9.7-inch 32GB iPad (2017 model) on the Space Gray color scheme for $279 with free expedited shipping. Limit two units at the sale price. The other colors go for their regular price of $329. This is the Wifi-only model. This is model MP2F2LL/A.