The Apple Sea is calm on the heels of iPad Air and iPad Mini 2’s intros and we expect no big surprises or important announcements until next week. But to temporarily quench your thirst of Cupertino-related news, we have two little tidbits for you today.
First, it appears the space gray first-gen iPad mini (non-Retina), replacing the old “black and slate” model, has made its way to the first few Apple stores without much fanfare. For now, stocks are reported to be fairly limited, but expect all that to change by the time the Mini 2 will start selling.
Remember, since last year’s [easyazon-link asin=”B00746W3HG” locale=”us”]iPad mini[/easyazon-link] is now positioned as Apple’s entry-level 7.9-incher, the tab has had its price slashed to $299 in a Wi-Fi only 16 GB variation, valid both for silver and gray paint jobs.
Meanwhile, the iPad Air, which is still not up for grabs yet, has been treated to a premature and somewhat surprising discount via Walmart, who’ll be asking $479 for the 1-pound 9.7-incher after all. Of course, with just Wi-Fi and 16 GB of on-board storage.
That’s 20 bucks off the thing’s list price, which is definitely not the deal of a lifetime, but it may be a strong hint of what’s to come. Hmm, what if the Air was to go as low as 400 bucks before the holidays? That would be downright legendary, eh?