Apple’s latest iPad Mini is $100 off for the first time

There’s a veritable mess of deals going on today, and I’m excited to share some of them with you. The most impressive (and unexpected) deal is for Apple’s 2021 iPad Mini, which received a similar design overhaul to the iPad Air. Normally $499.99 for the 64GB Wi-Fi version, you can get it for just $399.99 today at Amazon, Best Buy, and Target. That beats the best price by almost $50. Given that this is such an aggressive and out-of-the-box offer, this one could see some color options sell out quickly. And if you’re interested in more storage, the 256GB configuration is also $100, which costs $549.99 instead of $649.99.

The 2021 iPad Mini features an 8.3-inch display and is powered by the A15 Bionic chipset. One of the big advantages it has over the more affordable base iPad is its USB-C charging port, which allows for wider compatibility with accessories. The second-generation Apple Pencil can snap to the side to charge at startup. Read our review.

iPad Mini 2021 (64GB, Wi-Fi)

Apple’s revamped iPad Mini ditches the home button and opts for a larger, edge-to-edge screen. It also has a faster processor, USB-C support, and a top-mounted power button that functions as a Touch ID sensor.

Photo by Jay Peters/The Verge

It’s also a milestone day for Nintendo Switch owners who haven’t purchased yet. Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The relaxing game where you craft, meet other islanders, catch bugs and more is $39.99 at GameStop, Best Buy and Target. The game typically costs $59.99, and among Nintendo’s exclusive titles for the Switch, price drops haven’t taken this game below $15. But today, you can get $20 off the digital or physical title. Read our review.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons lets you build and grow your own lingering island and eventually manage the general well-being of the cast of characters who will call your island their home. By harvesting resources and trading with other islands, you’ll slowly transform the vacant island into something truly unique. Read our review.

About Switch games, Ring shaped adventure also sees a return to its lowest price. Normally $79.99 (and at one point extremely hard to find at regular price at the start of the pandemic), it’s now $54.99 at Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Amazon. This game includes a pilates ring, and with its single-player campaign, it will have you stretching, doing yoga poses, squats, and more to defeat enemies. It’s a surprisingly fun (and physically engaging) experience. The kit includes a leg strap, which you can also use with Nintendo Switch Sports play soccer.

Ring shaped adventure

Nintendo’s practice game for the Switch. In addition to the game, Ring shaped adventure also includes Ring-Con and leg strap.

The good deals don’t stop there. Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy are offering a great price on the 41mm Apple Watch Series 7, Apple’s latest smartwatch. Normally $399, it’s back to its lowest price of $329. We’ve seen this price many times, but a $70 discount on Apple’s latest product is not to be overlooked. This price is valid on multiple colorways, including watches that include blue, green, black, red, or white bands. Read our review.

If you have a bigger wrist or just prefer a bigger screen, the 45mm model isn’t much more expensive. There’s also a $70 deal with this one, bringing the price down to $359.

Some other offers to start your Monday

  • The latest Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (with ad) featuring a 6.8-inch display, USB-C charging, and display support for adjustable color temperature for easier reading in multiple reading environments is $40 at Best Buy, retailing for $99.99. Amazon and Target also offer a discount, but it’s a bit smaller, each costing $104.99. Read our review.
  • Amazon’s new Echo Show 15 that can be hung on your wall is getting its first big price drop, knocking $50 off its price from $249.99. You can buy it for $199.99. In our Jennifer Pattison Tuohy review, she praised the design and how easy it was to assemble. She also thought it was a good kitchen TV, but considering the price, its camera quality is poor and its customization options are limited. Read our review.
  • Target is offering a buy, get one 30% off a bunch of tech accessories, including Apple’s AirTag tracker (via Slickdeals). Whatever products you add to your cart, the lower value one will be 30% off.
  • If you need a lot of extra storage for your Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck, you can pick up one of the Samsung Pro Plus 512GB microSD cards from Newegg for a great price. Normally $99.99, it’s only $55.99 when you add it to your cart and use the code SSBS238. (It should automatically apply at checkout.) This same product is $79.99 on Amazon.

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