Walmart Already Discounting iPad Air Ahead of Launch

Apple just announced the iPad Air earlier this week. In fact, it hasn't even been released yet. However, that hasn't stopped Walmart from discounting the newest iPad ahead of its launch. According to ZDNet, Walmart is offering the iPad Air for $20 less than the price Apple announced on Tuesday.


It's not a lot, but the difference between $499 and $479 might be enough to make some shoppers take their business to Walmart as opposed to the Apple Store. The Apple Store is also usually the first to sell out of new devices, given the number of people who will queue up outside to get their hands on new technology before anyone else.

Apple's iPad Air, which was announced on Tuesday, is 20 percent thinner than the iPad 2 (7.5 mm vs. 8.6 mm). It has a bezel that is 43 percent thinner. It is also significantly lighter than the iPad 2, weighing in at just one pound (the iPad 2 weighs 1.4 pounds). Under the hood, you've got the same 64-bit A7 chip that powers the iPhone 5S, as well as a 9.7-inch Retina display (2048 x 1536 resolution), a 5-megapixel iSight camera, and a 10 hour battery life. Pricing for the iPad Air starts at $499 (from Apple) for the WiFi-only version, while the LTE+WiFi version will start at $629. Apple is still selling the iPad 2 at $399.

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  • danwat1234
    Strange how it doesn't have a USB port or sd card slot or mini-HDMI port..
  • CyranD
    The only surprising thing about this article is the fact Apple allows Walmart to do this. In the past, I have always thought fixed pricing was a requirement in order for Apple to provide there products to a supplier.
  • iamadev
    Another slightly surprising thing is that this article, like the last one on the iPad Air, states that 7.5mm from 8.6mm is a 20% drop. Just glancing at the numbers from a mildly intelligent person should show that it isn't even close to 20%.

    I pointed out in the comments of the last post about it actually being 13% but I guess the writers never read what people are saying about the articles they are writing.