iDeal Bargains: Older Apple Gadgets Get a Price Cut

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By Keith Wagstaff

Apple revealed a slew of products on Wednesday, including two new iPhones, the iPad Pro and the long-anticipated new Apple TV. For early-adopters, it's a chance to blow some cash and be the first kid on the block with some fancy new toys. Everyone else, however, has a chance to score some perfectly good Apple tech at lower prices.

So what's in the (relative) bargain bin right now?


iPad mini 2

Apple unveiled the iPad mini 4 on Wednesday, which packs the power of the iPad Air 2 into a smaller 7.9-inch body. That starts at $399.

The release of the iPad mini 4 pushed down the price of the iPad mini 2 to a very reasonable $269. It might not be as fast as the newer models, but the iPad mini 2 still features a Retina display and 10 hours of battery life.

Related: Apple Unveils iPad Pro, Its Largest Tablet Ever, Starting at $799

In fact, for most people who want to run the more than 500,000 apps in the App Store, it should be plenty powerful — and leave them some extra cash to pay for a new iPhone.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

With most carriers cutting out two-year contracts, the pricing on iPhones is a little different than it was before. All you need to know is that the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6 Plus have lowered the price of the previous models —the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — by $100.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are now available for $549 and $649, respectively. Each carrier offers financing plans that split the cost over 24 months. AT&T still offers two-year contracts, which require $99 for the iPhone 6 and $199 for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Related: Apple's New iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus Can Record 4K Video

The new models feature a 12-megapixel camera capable of recording 4K video and Apple's 3D Touch feature. Those features aside, the iPhone 6S really isn't that much of a leap from the iPhone 6. That could provide tempting for people who want to save $100.


iPhone 5S

There are plenty of people still using and loving their iPhone 5S. Now it's essentially free for people with two-year contracts, or $450 if you want to buy it outright. Refurbished, these phones can be bought for around $300 on sites like Gazelle, a price that could decline as more iPhone 6 units are sold by customers looking to upgrade to the 6S.

Apple TV

Technically, the old Apple TV didn't get a price cut. That already happened in March when Apple lowered it to its current price of $69. Still, that is significantly less than the new Apple TV, which will cost $149, and competing devices like the Roku 3.