12.9″ iPad PRO (2018, 256GB, Wifi-only) for $899

If you are not tempted by the 2020 iPad PROs, for a limited time, B&H Photo is having a special offer on the new condition 12.9-inch iPad PRO (2018) (256GB, Wifi-only, Space Age Gray) for $899 with free US shipping… You also get a free 1-year subscription to Apple TV+ (as with most new i-device purchases)…

Wedn: 14TB WD external for $250, Surface 7 PRO latest model

Ooooops, I didn’t notice the expiration date, the Tuesday B&H dailies are actually running for 72 hours, not 24, so they are good until Thursday at 11:59pm ET [or earlier if sold out].

The final countdown clock is finally ticking on the Adorama Passover deal, the new condition Olympus E-M10 II with 14-42mm R for $299 in either color scheme expires on Thursday 4/16/20 at 10am ET. So it’s decision time if you are 50-50 on it…

Meanwhile at the Best Buy dailies for Tax Day [which is getting outshined this year by COVID Day Every Day] they offer:

+ 14TB WD External USB 3.0 hard drive for $250
+ that’s $17.86 per TB, assuming we buy data like we buy generic groceries πŸ™‚

+ Microsoft Surface 7 PRO tablet (latest model) for $900
+ 12.3″, 10th gen i5, 8GB, 256GB SSD, etc
+ NOT INCLUDED: Surface Pen, Surface Keyboard Cover Type thing

UPDATE: storage is also the theme in the NewEgg daily deals where they offer:

+ 3pk of 32GB Team USB 3.0 Type A tiny flash drives for $20 total
+ comes out to $6.67 per 32GB flash drive
+ up to five sets per customer

+ 5TB WD Elements external USB 3.0 hard drive for $110 after promo code 93XPH89

$50 off on select 2020 iPad PRO tablets (11″ and 12.9″ options)

We have the first notable discounts on the 2020 iPad PROs! When they were announced, the storage jumps was the usual +$100 but now we have movement on the 256GB front, dropping $50 on the 12.9-inch model, making it $1049 in the “Space Gray” at B&H Photo, while the other color being $1069, while the 128GB options remain at around $999… The 512GB is around $1279, while the 1TB is at $1449 in the “Space Gray”.

If you are interested in the 11-inch 2020 iPad PRO, the 128GB version has dropped just $10~ down to $789, but the “Space Gray” of the 256GB version is down to $849 at B&H Photo, while the other color is at $879. Further up, the 512GB is $1049 only in the “Space Gray”, while the 1TB is $1249 again only in “Space Gray”.

If you are of the Apple persuasion, B&H has a number of other Apple promotions and offerings…

And per the Fairness Doctrine (TM) we must needs mention a competitor, Google has Work from Home Router offers, both their own “Google Wifi” routers and the Nest products…

And for students of all ages learning from home, they have created a new Home Schooling portal with related products and offerings…

Pre-order the new iPad PROs and the new Magically Magical and Amazingly Wonderful Keyboards

Leave it to Apple to launch a tablet keyboard that costs more than most non-Apple tablets in the market today. If that hasn’t scared you away, keep on reading πŸ™‚

Apple has just revealed the new generation of iPad PROs along with new MacBook Airs and Mac Minis! But the star of the show are the Magic Keyboards. They are really magic. The iPad levitate on the keyboard platform (well, except for the part of the iPad that is actually attached to the keyboard platform). The Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch goes for $299, while the Magic for the 12.9-inch goes for $349. iOS updates are coming for some of the older iPad PROs to be able to use this new magically magical and amazingly wonderful device πŸ™‚

The new iPad PROs are available for pre-ordering at B&H Photo with the 11-inch starting at $799 (128GB) an the 12.9-inch starting at $999 (128GB). The storage jump from 128GB to 256GB is +$100, but the other two jumps (256 to 512, 512 to 1TB) are +$200 each, with the 1TB options being +$500 of the base option for each screen size. The LTE options is +$150. Finally the days of the 16GB and 32GB and 64GB are over πŸ™‚

Did I mention these new iPad PROs use USB-C? At Last, At Last, At Last πŸ™‚

Tuesday: Fire HD 8 Tablet starting at $50

Another Corona-inspired offer, if you and friends and family and kids and roommates are locked in, the more tablets the merrier appears to be the thinking in the Amazon Gold Box headliner deal of the day for Tuesday 3/17/20, it is the new condition Fire HD 8 tablet going for $50 with free US shipping. This is the base model (16GB storage, With Offers). A +$20 gets you from the 16GB to the 32GB model, and a +$15 removes the Special Offers. They are available in four color options, a great way to color-code the tablets of people living in the same house for ease of recognition [“it’s my tablet, MINE! not yours!!!!”] πŸ™‚

Note that these have microSD slots that can take up to 400GB cards, so the storage limitation of the on-board memory is only if you have any apps that refuse to use the microSD card…

Last Call (ends Mon PM): iPad sales

Last call on the Apple-sanctioned iPad sales for Black Cyber Fri-Monday! A variety of iPad models (I’ve lost track now) are on sale going from the Mini to the 12.9-inch models. Find the latest offers at B&H Photo and Target and yes, Amazon itself (when interests intersect, Amazon and Apple become frenemies ~ one gets to sell more items, the other gets to boost their iPad sales and market share)…

Pre-order new 10.2-inch iPads starting at $329

A sign perhaps of Apple’s need to drive more sales among the “mere mortals”, this week saw the first official live-stream of a big Apple event in the modern era on YouTube and this was backed up by a Tim Cook statistics on the iPad ~ a lot of the iPad users are new and non-iPhone users, the iPad is bringing fresh blood in the shoppe.

Which brings us to the just-announced 10.2-inch iPads, they are now available to pre-order at B&H Photo with prices starting at $329 (Wifi, 32GB) and going +$100 for the jump to 128GB. For fans of 4G LTE, they have the usual +$130 on the Wifi-only model.

And there’s good reason iPads are keep getting bought up by non-platform users. Both Microsoft and Google tablets are in a state of non-existent confusion. Google can’t decide if they want Android or ChromeOS or both or neither for their tablets πŸ™‚ Microsoft can’t decide which variant of “Windows Lite” to launch this month πŸ˜‰

PS: if the CEO of Apple can get away with saying “eggspecially” can I also do it? Or is this too part of the Apple script to make the presentation feel more conversational/human/casual/relatable? I’m eggspecially interested in finding out!

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 πŸ™‚

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.

(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.

Tech Deal: certified refurbished Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ with 4G LTE for $65

Another tech doorbuster, in certified refurbished condition, you can get the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ with 4G AT&T LTE for $65 with free shipping by Woot fulfilled by Amazon. Two-day free shipping for Prime members! 32GB on-board storage and 1920×1200 resolution. This is a second generation model. Can be used as a digital picture frame among other things given the screen size/resolution πŸ™‚

You can find this and other on-going non-lightning Amazon deals in the Elsewhere at Amazon sections of the lightning deal roundups.

Tech Deal: certified refurbished Fire HD 6 tablet for $35

A secret fire sale (pun intended) has gone live at Amazon! The Amazon Fire HD 6 Tablet is on sale for $34.99 as certified refurbished by Woot fulfilled by Amazon. Free shipping with a $35+ order for non-Prime members. Primes get the usual free 2-day shipping. This has a six inch 1280 x 800 touchscreen, 8GB storage, no memory card, and the Amazon-obligatory Special Offers. The new condition price is $70. You get a 90-day warranty and all original accessories.

This is open to everyone, unlike the Kindle e-reader sale that’s restricted to Prime members. Limit 30 units per customer.

Pre-order new iPads ($319 to $549) with $10 discount and 5% rewards

Now that we mentioned an Android device, the Fairness Doctrine dictates that we must needs also mention an iOS device. Which is handy, because B&H Photo is not only accepting new iPad pre-orders, they are also offering a $10 off discount and more importantly 5% promotional rewards on the purchase price. The promotional rewards can be used on future B&H purchases. With a price range of $319 to $549, the promotional rewards range from $16~ to $27~.

There are two storage options, 32GB for $319, and 128GB for $419. The 4G LTE versions cost $130 more than their Wifi-only storage counterparts as usual. Sadly this has no easily distinguishable name, it’s just “the new iPad”. Of photo interest, the 9.7-inch screen has a 2048 x 1536 resolution (4:3~).