A number of Apple devices are on sale today, including new iPads and AirPods

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Today’s Dealmaster is headlined by a handful of good price drops on various Apple devices. The entry-level iPad Air, for instance, is back down to $500 at various retailers. That equals a deal we first saw last month but nevertheless remains $100 off Apple’s MSRP and tied for the best price we’ve tracked. If you need more storage, the 256GB model is also discounted to a joint-low of $650.

If you’d rather step up to the higher-quality hardware and M1 processor of a new iPad Pro, though, various models of those recently released slates are $100 off their standard going rates as well. Of particular note, this brings the 11-inch Pro down to $700, a price we’ve only tracked a couple of times before. That’s still undeniably pricey for a tablet that still isn’t quite capable of being a true laptop replacement for most, but as we noted in a recent Dealmaster, the Pro does give you such upgrades a brighter and smoother 120 Hz display, a faster chip, a Thunderbolt 3 port, and slightly better mics, cameras, and speakers. The Air is still likely the better value for most, as its accurate display and A14 Bionic chip are still luxurious for most tablet needs. But if money is less of an object, the Pro is a superior piece of hardware all the same.

Besides tablets, our deals roundup also has Apple’s Pencil stylus for $100, which again ties the best price we’ve seen. It’s still a convenient and accurate tool for sketching and note taking, but note that this is the second-gen model, which means it’s only compatible with recent iPad Pro models and the newest iPad Air mentioned above. Meanwhile, the MagSafe wireless charger, which we’ve tested and recommend for iPhone 12 users, is still down to $30 at Amazon-owned Woot.

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