If you cannot afford the third generation New iPad and wish to buy either first generation or second generation iPad at a lower price, Apple’s latest retooling of their refurbished iPad and iPad 2 pricing is a good news for you.
A refurbished 16GB WiFi iPad can now be purchased for as little as $279. The 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 costs $319. However, the 3G equivalents still hold a $130 premium over their WiFi counterparts.
2nd Generation Apple iPads:
16GB $319; 3G $449
32GB $399 ; 3G $529
64GB $499 ; 3G $629
1st Generation Apple iPads:
16GB Wifi $279; + 3G $379
32GB WiFi $349; + 3G $449
64GB Wifi $449; + 3G $549
The lower prices are likely in response to the lower price of the retooled 16GB iPad 2, which has a considerably longer battery life because of the smaller A5 processor inside. Other refurbished sellers or “slightly used sellers” like Glyde.com still have the 2011 16GB iPad 2 priced at $345 plus $11.53 shipping. Apple store refurbs have the advantage of a full year Apple warranty, the same bestowed upon a “new” iPad, as well as a brand new back plate and brand new battery.
Probably this is the best time to buy a cheaper iPad.