Apple’s third generation iPad is already being kicked to the curb, just seven months after its March launch. Apple’s typical spring refresh was upstaged by a fall cornucopia of new kit, and the company obviously didn’t want to leave its larger iPad behind seeing as the new Lightning connector is on the market. But it’s a bit of a blow for current Retina iPad owners, especially since the third gen, “new iPad,” is already old and discontinued.
The good news is that refurbished third generation iPads start at $379 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only version. That’s a pretty awesome price, all things considered, even despite the fact it comes with the junky 30-pin connector. Apple’s iPad mini costs $329 for the 16GB model, so refurbished might be a solid way to go if you don’t want a 7.9-inch device. Additionally, a refurbished third gen 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi and cellular slots in at $509 which, again, is a pretty enticing price point.
The fact that the fourth generation iPad has improved internals probably isn’t a huge deal for most people, but the disparity in price folks paid just seven months ago is disappointing. If you’re not bothered by the outgoing 30-pin connector, you can still get a third generation iPad with Retina for a pretty good price. You better act quick before they sell out.