Apple’s retail website was updated yesterday with new refurbs. It looks like enough customers have returned Apple’s expensive hardware that Apple is now selling refurbished models.
You can now pick up Apple’s iPad Mini Retina for about 16% off. That’s not a great discount, no, but it is about as good as you will get from Apple. They have both the regular and the Retina models in stock, with the the iPad Mini (Retina/Wifi/32GB) starting at $419 and the non-Retina models starting at $339. (The 16GB models are out of stock already).
I have been thinking of getting one as an upgrade from my busted iPad 2, but I keep talking myself out of it. While I would benefit from the smaller screen (I don’t really like large tablets) I think the prices are just too high for me to see it as a good value.
I can pick up a very nice, very functional Android tablet for under $200 (or an adequate model for only $99). Why should I pay $300 or more that to get an iPad Mini?