Sales celebrating the end of 2017 are in full swing, and Target this week has priced the 32GB 9.7-inch iPad from early 2017 at $249.99, down from $329.99. Currently, that's $30 cheaper than another sale on the same iPad that Best Buy is running, so if you've been looking to purchase one of the lower-end models of Apple's iPad lineup this is a great opportunity. As of writing, the Space Gray and Silver models are in stock to ship while Gold models qualify for free order pickup depending on stock near your location.

9Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running.

Target is also beating many other retailers' sale prices on the 128GB Wi-Fi only iPad mini 4 from 2015, with the tablet priced at $299.99, down from $399.99. Comparatively, the second cheapest options are at Amazon and MacMall where the iPad mini 4 is priced at $357.00 and $369.00, respectively. Both of the Target iPad sales will end around 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, and stock for each appears limited.

A few other nice deals today include $10 off Twelve South's HiRise 2 and HiRise 2 Deluxe stands on Amazon, as well as savings on multiple Bluetooth speaker brands on Best Buy. These include Ultimate Ears ($20 to $127 off), JBL ($30 to $100 off), and harman/kardon ($300 off).

Additionally, Flexibits recently launched a New Year sale of its own, with discounts hitting all of its apps for macOS and iOS devices. The company said that the savings run through the New Year, and are worth up to 25 percent off the Flexibit Mac apps and up to 50 percent off its iOS apps. Check out each app and how much it's been discounted in the list below:

flexibits apps sale

For even more ongoing sales happening in the days before the New Year, head over to our full Deals Roundup.

Related Roundup: Apple Deals

Top Rated Comments

DipDog3 Avatar
44 months ago
Costco has a slightly better deal for the iPad.

The iPad mini "deal" is not good, do not buy it.

The rest of the stuff is just plain junk & waste of money.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
minik Avatar
44 months ago
iPad Mini 4 uses the same A8 processor as the iPhone 6. It originally shipped with iOS 9. It now ships with iOS 11. Buyer beware — it'll be a slow ole dog right out of the box.
The iPad mini 4 has 2GB of RAM and slightly faster processor than the iPhone 6. I updated my iPhone 6 and iPad mini 4 to iOS 11.2.1 and the iPad mini 4 didn't perform any slower than iOS 10.x or iOS 9.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ActionableMango Avatar
44 months ago
The iPad mini 4 has 2GB of RAM and slightly faster processor than the iPhone 6. I updated my iPhone 6 and iPad mini 4 to iOS 11.2.1 and the iPad mini 4 didn't perform any slower than iOS 10.x or iOS 9.
I have to wonder if people who are saying that the Mini is a slow dog are actually using it, or if they are just making assumptions from specs. I have a Mini 4 and it's definitely not a old slow dog. It works perfectly fine.

Now Mini 2 on the other hand was horrifyingly slow after two OS updates. There was lag everywhere...but the Mini 4 is fine on iOS11.

I also have a current gen iPad Pro, so it's not like I have nothing to compare the Mini against. The Mini isn't 120Hz amazeballs like the Pro, but it's not at all slow.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kdarling Avatar
44 months ago
My new iPad mini 4 was delivered to my porch yesterday, and I used it all today.

Yesterday I set it up to restore from an iTunes backup of my original iPad, and although that device's bookmarks got messed up because of an IE merge option, the new iPad is just glorious.

So far no web reloads, I love split screen, and the extra RAM, storage and speed are great improvements.

The only glitch was discovering that I needed a slightly longer case, but that's fine.

Summary: wish I'd upgraded long ago!!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kdarling Avatar
44 months ago
Thanks, MacRumors!

I bought one of the iPad mini 4 to replace one of my original minis.

Not as good a deal as the Best Buy one for $275, but this one's sale actually went through :)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lyngo Avatar
44 months ago
The iPad mini 4 lags even when getting Control Center open, no thanks... Shame!
Have you read the earlier comments or did you just skip to add in your own two cents?

To everyone else, I picked up an iPad mini 4 in order record and control my DJI drones. They mix right in with the remote controls and should work just fine.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

General Music and AirPod 3 Feature

Rumor: Apple to Announce Third-Generation AirPods and HiFi Apple Music Tier on May 18

Thursday May 13, 2021 10:32 pm PDT by
A new rumor suggests that Apple will announce the third-generation AirPods and the recently rumored HiFi, or high-fidelity Apple Music tier, on Tuesday, May 18, via a press release on its website. The new rumor comes from Apple YouTuber Luke Miani who shared the alleged exclusive news with the AppleTrack website. According to the YouTuber, Apple plans to release the next-generation AirPods...
2021 mbp hdmi slot 3d

2021 MacBook Pro Leaks Confirm Returning MagSafe and Ports

Friday May 14, 2021 3:06 am PDT by
Apple's upcoming MacBook Pro models are expected to feature a number of major changes such as larger display options and powerful new Apple silicon chips. Among the more surprising updates to this year's MacBook Pro models is the return of three ports that have been missing from the machines for over five years. Expected to come in 14- and 16-inch sizes, the 2021 MacBook Pro models are...
apple park drone june 2018 2

Apple Fires Newly Hired Ex-Facebook Product Manager Following Revelations of Past Misogynistic Comments

Thursday May 13, 2021 12:10 am PDT by
Apple has fired Antonio García Martínez, an ex-Facebook product manager and author of the controversial book "Chaos Monkeys," following public and internal calls for removal and investigation due to past misogynistic statements, The Verge reports. Apple hired Martínez earlier this week to join its ads team, however, comments that Martínez made in the past sparked condemnation from users...
magic mouse space gray discontinued

Apple Discontinuing Space Gray Mac Accessories Now That iMac Pro is Dead

Friday May 14, 2021 11:52 am PDT by
Following the discontinuation of the iMac Pro, Apple also appears to be discontinuing Space Gray "Magic" accessories that it sold separately alongside the iMac Pro. The iMac Pro was the only Space Gray Mac, and Apple designed special matching accessories for it. The Space Gray Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad all now say "While supplies last" in small wording at the bottom...
tile amazon sidewalk integration

Apple Says Tile Trackers Sold Poorly in Apple Stores

Friday May 14, 2021 4:53 am PDT by
Earlier last month, Spotify, Tile, and Match (owner of Tinder), testified at an app store antitrust hearing spearheaded by the U.S. Senate. During the hearing, Spotify called Apple's App Store "an abusive power grab," while Tile said Apple uses its platform to "unfairly limit competition for its products." Now, in response to their testimonies, Apple's vice president and chief compliance...
google photos

PSA: Google Photos Unlimited Storage Ends Next Month, Here's How to Export Your Pictures to iCloud

Thursday May 13, 2021 5:26 am PDT by
For as long as it's existed, Google Photos has offered free unlimited storage for uploading images at a reduced yet good enough quality for most users. From June 1, 2021, however, all photos and videos uploaded to Google accounts will count against users' cloud storage. If you've been relying on Google to back up your media library, it may be time to move that content elsewhere. This article...
fortnite apple logo 2

Judge in Epic vs. Apple Case Floats Potential Compromise

Wednesday May 12, 2021 3:54 pm PDT by
In the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Epic Games, the two companies are this week calling up their expert witnesses to argue their points before Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who will make a decision in the case after a three week trial. Expert testimony is not as exciting as some of the leaked App Store documents that were highlighted last week, especially as much of what's being...
syng cell alpha

Longtime Apple Designer Christopher Stringer's Latest Project Is a High-Fidelity Speaker With AirPlay 2

Friday May 14, 2021 7:30 am PDT by
Christopher Stringer, a key member of Jony Ive's design team who spent 21 years at Apple before departing in 2017, is resurfacing today with his new venture Syng, which seeks to make an impact in the high-end audio market. Stringer, who contributed to many of the most iconic product designs in Apple's history, announced his plans roughly a year ago, and Syng is today introducing its flagship ...
Twitter Feature

Twitter's 'Blue' Subscription Service May Cost $2.99, Will Offer Undo Tweet Option

Saturday May 15, 2021 11:08 am PDT by
Twitter has been working on some kind of subscription service since last summer, and Jane Manchun Wong, who often digs into new features coming in apps, has shared details on just what Twitter is exploring. Twitter's subscription service could be called Twitter Blue, and at the current time, it's priced at $2.99 per month. There will be a "Collections" section that allows users to save and...
imac m1 blue isolated 16x9 500k

M1 iMac is Up to 56% Faster Than Prior-Generation High-End 21.5-Inch iMac

Wednesday May 12, 2021 10:03 am PDT by
Apple's M1 iMacs are set to start delivering to customers next week, and ahead of the official launch day, benchmarks for the machines have been showing up on Geekbench, likely from reviewers who are testing them. It will come as no surprise that M1 iMac benchmarks are right on par with benchmarks for the M1 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini, coming in with an average single-core score...