Last year, Apple officially discontinued the iPad Air 2 (along with the entire iPad Air line) and replaced it with the “iPad,” a 9.7-inch tablet that starts at just $329. At the time, this new iPad was $70 cheaper than the latest iPad Air (the iPad Air 2) and came with a newer better processor — but it was also heavier and roughly 20-percent thicker than the iPad Air 2.
For those still interested in thinner and lighter, Apple currently sells refurbished iPad Air 2 models for $319 and up. However, if the price is a sticking point, you can also get an older refurbished iPad Air (5th-generation, released in 2013) for $180 on Amazon. It has a Retina display and is almost the same size as the newer iPad Air 2. The main downsides are that you’re getting a slower processor and no Touch ID. (You can break down a few other differences between two models, here.) It’s a good deal and, considering that Amazon has a 30-day return policy, it’s also a pretty safe bet.
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