Reliance Jio Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer extends unlimited benefits, 100% cashback

Reliance Jio today announced a new Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer that extends the all unlimited benefits currently being provided. This new offer comes at a time when users have almost a month’s validity left under the Dhan Dhana Dhan offer announced a couple of months ago.

Under the Jio Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer, users can extend the all unlimited benefits that users are enjoying now. You can get unlimited data, voice and SMS, along with access to all Jio apps as well. The offer is priced at Rs. 399 and comes with 84 days validity for prepaid users and 3 months validity for postpaid users.

Jio Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer details

According to Reliance Jio, users who have already recharged with the Dhan Dhana Dhan offer can also recharge with the Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer. If your current plan still has validity left, the Diwali offer plan will be lined up and activated only once your current plan validity expires.

In addition to this, Jio is also offering 100% cashback on recharge with Rs. 399. Users will be given 8 discount vouchers worth Rs. 50 each after recharging with Rs. 399. These discount vouchers can then be used for plan recharges of Rs. 309 and above, and on add-on vouchers of Rs. 91 and above.

One aspect that users need to keep in mind is that the Jio Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer can be availed from October 12th to October 19th only. This is a limited time period offer.

Reliance Jio planning to revise tariffs soon

Another important point to note is that Reliance Jio is planning to revise its tariffs soon. The note sent by the company says that tariffs may be revised from October 19th. In saying so, Jio is offering its customers a chance to lock in the existing all unlimited benefits for another 84 days. It is unknown what kind of tariff revisions are going to be announced, but considering all factors, it looks like there will be an upward revision.

How to avail Jio Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer

Reliance Jio has also noted that users can avail the Diwali Dhan Dhana Dhan offer from several portals like Myjio,, Jio Digital stores, Reliance Digital outlets etc. Users can also recharge on online portal partners like Paytm, AmazonPay, PhonePe, JioMoney and Mobikwik.


Honor WaterPlay tablet with water resistance and 10.1-inch display launched

Alongside the Honor 7X, Huawei’s sub-brand Honor saw another launch in the form of the Honor WaterPlay. This new Android tablet features water resistance as one of the key selling points – a feature that is seldom found on Android tablets. Honor has priced it attractively, starting at a price of 1999 yuan or $303.

IP67 water resistance

Finding a good Android tablet that offers decent specs at a good price can be a little challenging. With the state of Android tablets over the last couple of years, it has become that much more difficult to find good options. However, the new Honor WaterPlay could be a good option if you’re looking for something that can withstand water spills – it features IP67 certification, which means it is water and dust resistant.

Other features of the Honor WaterPlay include a big 10.1-inch QXGA resolution display (1920 x 1200 pixels), and Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on top. It is powered by the same Kirin 659 processor that is present in the Honor 7X as well. This is coupled with 3GB or 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, along with support for microSD cards up to 256GB.

Imaging duties are handled by an 8MP rear camera and an unspecified front camera. Another interesting addition is support for Harman Kardon audio for an enhanced experience. Honor has retained the 3.5mm audio jack to help you enjoy a rich audio experience using your existing pair of headphones.

A fingerprint sensor is embedded in the home button, while connectivity duties are handled by Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth, GPS and a USB Type C port. The Honor WaterPlay also comes in a 4G LTE variant, allowing you to connect to the internet on the go. The tablet is backed by a big 6660mAh battery, and Honor has included support for fast charging too.

Honor WaterPlay Price and Availability

The Honor WaterPlay starts at 1999 yuan ($303) for the 3GB/32GB version, while the 4GB/64GB variant is priced at 2399 yuan ($365). Honor has also announced a 4G LTE variant which comes with 4GB/64GB memory, available at a price of 2699 yuan ($410). All the variants are currently up for pre-order in China, with the sale starting on October 24th.


Confusion reigns over Windows 10 update that causes blue screen of death

A freshly introduced update for Windows 10 has apparently been causing havoc with some users’ machines, invoking the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD), and in some cases triggering the even-more-dreaded boot loop (i.e. repeated rebooting).

The problem lies with update KB4041676 for Windows 10 (Creators Update), and is described in this post on Microsoft’s ‘answers’ community message board, where the original poster says: “My computer keeps restarting because windows update won’t install KB4041676.”

A further post (from SCCMGuy74) describes the problem with multiple systems: “ALL of the systems running 1703 blue screen upon reboot AFTER applying this patch (KB4041676). The message that comes up is INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE. After that, it reboots automatically, attempts to boot again, and then displays the ‘Automatic Repair’ screen. None of these systems make it past this message.”

Now, this is where it gets thorny, because the Microsoft moderator on the post notes that this is caused by a ‘dual patching disaster’ in enterprise environments. In other words, it’s not the fault of the update itself, but the fact that users have been led to install “both the delta update and the cumulative update which shouldn’t have been pushed to WSUS [Windows Server Update Services] last night”.

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Home free?

So, your average home user simply downloading updates from Windows Update shouldn’t be affected by this issue – and yet there are reports on that same thread from such users who claim they have been hit by the problem.

NicDG observes: “I had this issue on my home PC. After Automatic Repair failed, I rebooted and hit F8 to get the boot options menu and booted into safe mode. Windows started to load, then crashed. Rinse and repeat (once, maybe twice). Windows booted properly into safe mode, restarted, finished installing updates, restarted at least once and loaded Windows normally.”

To throw a little more confusion into the pot, Microsoft has highlighted the following known issue with the KB4041676 update: “Systems with support enabled for USB Type-C Connector System Software Interface (UCSI) may experience a blue screen or stop responding with a black screen when a system shutdown is initiated.”

Although user NicDG notes that his PC doesn’t have USB Type-C on board. At any rate, Microsoft has said it’s working on a fix for the USB-C issue, which will be provided in a future update. The workaround for now is to “disable UCSI in the computer system’s BIOS”, although that will fully disable UCSI features across Windows, of course.

While there may not be much of an issue here for the majority of home users, if indeed any, the more cautious out there might want to give this particular update a little breathing room.

These sort of potential problems, of course, are one reason why updates being piped directly and automatically to a Windows 10 PC can be a cause of frustration. Certainly, when it comes to the major updates, we’re never keen to be an early adopter, preferring the strategy of waiting to see what issues crop up (if any) before we take the plunge.

Via: PC Gamer

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Cortana will soon jump into your Skype conversations to ‘help’

Microsoft’s virtual assistant is spreading its digital tendrils into fresh avenues with news that Cortana has now been incorporated into Skype.

At least for users in the US to begin with, and those on iOS and Android phones for that matter, although doubtless these are the first steps towards a global cross-platform rollout for all Skype software.

The big idea here is that Cortana can pop up in chats (group or private) to offer intelligent suggestions along various lines. (Or, as more cynical types out there might argue, Cortana will be constantly eavesdropping on your conversations and will butt in from time to time to annoy you).

To be fair, the context-sensitive snippets Cortana will provide in chats sound quite useful in some respects, such as offering suggestions for short smart replies (‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘let’s go’) in order to help you make quick responses in chats. Or if you’re arranging to go for a meal, Cortana will suggest nearby restaurants.

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Smart scheduling

The digital assistant will also pick up on when you’re scheduling something like an event, and offer to remind you of the event nearer the time (across all your Cortana-infused devices, naturally).

Furthermore, Skype users will be able to chat with Cortana directly, and ask the assistant questions in one-to-one conversations, if needed.

As mentioned, all this is coming to mobile initially, as this is the first obvious step when it comes to facilitating the slicker organizing of chats and meetings – and on-the-spot queries for Cortana – but it will doubtless be bound for the likes of the PC client before too long.

Via The Verge

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Best laptop for programming 2017

Are you an IT professional that’s looking for the best laptop for programming and coding on? If you are, you’ll be looking for laptops that meet a certain criteria.

This can making buying the best laptop for programming and coding on a difficult process, as you need certain features that not all laptops have. The good news is that we’re here to help with this list of the very best laptops for programming and coding on that money can buy.

So what kind of laptop are you looking for to program on? Well, to start with, you’re going to need plenty of processing power in a laptop for programming, so that it can compile and run your code as fast as possible. Thankfully, modern laptop processors come with plenty of cores and high clock speeds, which certainly makes looking for the best laptop for programming easier.

You’ll also want plenty of RAM. We’d recommend at least 8GB – if you’re running complex code, and you’ll need a large hard drive. If a laptop also comes with a solid state drive (SSD), that’s even better, as it will help with the overall speed of your programming and coding – especially if you regularly rebuild the code you write with minor changes.

Having a dedicated graphics card isn’t essential for a laptop for programming, unless you are coding graphically-intensive games that you then want to test out. Modern Intel processors come with integrated graphics capabilities that are powerful enough for pretty much all programming tasks.

So, without further ado, here’s our list of the best laptops for programming in 2017.


In our view, the Toshiba Portege Z30-C-138 is the best laptop for programming, as it features a fast processor, a large SSD and hefty 16GB of RAM. Best of all, it also manages 11 hours of battery life, which is ideal if you’re looking for a laptop for programming and coding on the go. Toshiba has also managed to squeeze an extraordinary amount of components in this device including a VGA port, a fingerprint reader and even a 4G/LTE modem and A-GPS!

Thinkpad X

Lenovo took an existing form factor and refined it to deliver the new 2016-2017 ThinkPad E470. Powered by the 7th generation Intel Core processors, this particular SKU has a 14-inch FHD anti-glare display, powered by a discrete Nvidia Geforce 940MX 2GB GPU.

Equipped with a spill resistant keyboard, a TrackPoint and a 3+2 buttons click pad, the E470 has more than enough ports and expansion capabilities to keep the average user happy.


The 255 G5 is HP’s entry-level business laptop and is a solid candidate should you be looking for a straightforward, reliable, laptop for programming at a bargain price. The RAM is a little on the low side, but that can be upgraded later on, and there’s no denying that this is an excellent laptop for coding on. If you want a similar programming laptop with an Intel processor, rather than AMD, then the HP 250 G5 is worth looking into. There are various configurations of both the HP 255 G5 and the HP 250 G5, so it’s worth shopping around and finding one with the right components for your needs.

Apple’s range of MacBooks are excellent laptops for programming on, thanks to excellent build quality, fast components, great battery life and powerful software. The 13-inch Macbook Pro with touchbar is the best laptop Apple has ever made, and builds new features into the classic design. Of course the headline feature is the touchbar – it’s a thin OLED display at the top of the keyboard which can be used for any number of things, whether that be auto-suggesting words as you type or offering Touch ID so you can log in with just your fingerprint. It’s 13-inch screen keeps the laptop thin and light enough to carry around with you if you travel a lot.

Read the full review: Apple Macbook with touchbar (2017)
See more like this: The best Macs and Macbooks 2017

Best Windows tablets

Despite the subdued naming convention, this is actually the fifth iteration of the Surface Pro. As a follow-up to the winning Surface Pro 4, it would have been every bit deserving of a number attached to it, too. That’s because the latest Surface Pro sees not only the battery life improve by as much as 32%, but, of course, the processor has been updated to Kaby Lake as well. Plus, although it’s now sold separately, the Surface Pen has 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. It can switch between tablet and laptop modes, which makes it easy to carry around with you, and it runs Windows 10, so you can access your favourite apps.

Read the full review: Microsoft Surface Pro

A Chromebook doesn’t run Windows, Android or Apple’s macOS. Instead it’s powered by Google’s Chrome OS – a super lightweight operating system based on the Chrome web browser. It’s a great way to save money on a laptop (no Windows license to pay for and no need for top-end Intel chips etc) while still retaining all of the productivity options you’d get on a full-blown windows or Mac OS laptop. The Chromebook Flip is the best Chromebook out there at the moment, offering truly premium build quality, a fabulous touchscreen and keyboard and excellent performance. All while offering great value for money too. While Chrome OS doesn’t have the range of programming tools available for Windows and macOS, it has a growing library, and Chromebooks such as the Asus Chromebook Flip are excellent for building websites on.

Read the full review: Asus Chromebook Flip C302
See more like this: The best Chromebooks 2017


If you like the sound of an Apple MacBook as a laptop for programming, then you can save a bit of money by getting a slightly older model. The MacBook Pro from 2016 doesn’t come with cutting-edge features such as the touchbar or USB-C ports, but it is still a fantastic laptop that offers plenty of power for all your programming needs. Plus, Apple’s top of the range models are certainly not overly expensive compared to their Windows-based counterparts, especially if you buy them from trusted third-party websites.


If you are willing to sacrifice portability for sheer power, then this laptop is worth considering. Oddly enough, although it is part of Lenovo’s B-series (essentially aiming for the SMB market), it comes with Windows Home rather than Professional. Other than this, the B51 is a very decent all-rounder that hits almost all the right notes: from the powerful CPU to the full HD display and the discrete GPU. It’s a great choice if you’re looking for an easily-portable laptop for programming and coding on.


Dell managed to deliver a magnificent piece of kit which it says is the most secure, most reliable and most manageable business-class laptop. That Latitude 5480 does come at a hefty price though and compared to the competition, this notebook may feel underwhelming. However, Dell’s forte lies in its services and aftersales. That particular model comes with a 7th generation Intel CPU, one that is an actual four-core CPU. While it has a far higher TDP than most of its peers (45W vs 15W), it is likely to be more powerful than even a top of the range Core i7-7600U.


Lenovo calls the newest member of the ThinkPad T-series family the ‘new standard for highly mobile laptops’. What makes it so special is the fact that it blurs the line between traditional business devices and more powerful mobile workstations. The top-end spec highlighted here boasts some of the highest configuration levels we’ve seen on any laptop and yet manages to pack everything into a very portable and elegant Ultrabook-esque form factor.

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The best wireless broadband deals for October 2017

Finding the best broadband internet deals can be a bit of a minefield because there are so many options. Do you go for fibre broadband? Can you get 200Mbps cable broadband? Are you best off sticking with ADSL? Whatever service you currently have, we reckon we can get you a great broadband deal.

It’s important to bear in mind who your current phone provider is – do you already have Sky TV and phone, for example. Or a BT line? The easiest option could be to get Sky Fibre or BT Infinity respectively – or you could make a significant saving by signing up with someone completely different for both your phone and broadband (and you can even save more money by bolting on TV with Virgin, Sky or BT, too).

On this page, you’ll find a list of the broadband deals separated out by broadband providers like Sky, Plusnet, BT, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and others. As mentioned, it’s worth coming back to this article periodically to check whether the deals have changed.

Some providers have scrapped separate line rental charges, so others could also follow suit in the coming months.

When applying for new broadband deals, make sure you’re not already signed up to a contract you can’t get out of – most broadband contracts are on 12 or 18 month terms. Now let’s get to the best broadband deals!

The best Broadband internet deals this month


Fake Adblock Plus extension takes the shine off Chrome’s reputation for security

In a clear lesson about the potential dangers involved with browser add-ons, a fake copy of a popular ad-blocking Chrome extension has tricked an estimated 37,000 users of the browser into downloading it.

The phony Adblock Plus extension used the exact same name as the genuine add-on in the Chrome web store – save for the fact that it was written as ‘AdBlock’, with a capital ‘B’ which most folks wouldn’t have noticed – and the same developer name. Also, users wouldn’t necessarily have spotted a problem scanning the feedback, as there were a good amount of reviews for the dodgy product.

But the fact is that the extension was a fake, and naturally as soon as it was spotted by SwiftOnSecurity and flagged up to Google, the offending add-on was removed from the Chrome store.

Not before nearly 40,000 folks had downloaded it, however, and it’s not clear what ill effects the extension could inflict. Engadget reports that some users of the fake extension have said they’ve been affected by rogue adverts opening multiple tabs, which sounds about right.

Indeed, fingers crossed that’s the worst thing any malicious payload hidden in the extension carries.

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Image credit: SwiftOnSecurity

Fake finding

The real developer of Adblock Plus has offered some advice for those who have downloaded the extension recently, and are concerned they might have picked up the fake one.

The developer wrote: “One way to see if you have the real [extension] is by going to Chrome > More Tools > Extensions. The phony app also shows up as an APP in the store – not as an EXTENSION, as Adblock Plus does.

“Once you’re there, find Adblock Plus and click Details. That will take you to the Chrome Web Store. Just make sure that the extension you’re seeing says ‘offered by’ If so, you’re probably good.”

But if you’re still not happy and want to make 100% certain you’re safe, you can always simply uninstall your existing extension, and reinstall Adblock Plus from the Chrome store (now that the phony add-on has been vanquished).

Of course, when installing any extensions – or software for that matter – it pays to carefully look at the source, and examine all aspects with a critical eye (in this case, the capital ‘B’ in the name was a clue, but hardly a glaring one).

Regardless, Google shouldn’t be letting this sort of phony extension slip through the net, and hopefully a review of Chrome store moderation procedures will be underway as we type…


A popular porn website has been hit by a massive malware attack

Surfers who have been visiting PornHub could have been hit by a major ‘malvertising’ campaign which has been underway for over a year now.

The malvertising strain in question is Kovter, and this is malware which fraudulently generates money by clicking on ads stealthily in the background, with the browser user unaware that anything is going on – although the malware payload could have easily been something even nastier like ransomware.

As the security firm which discovered this malware campaign, Proofpoint, observes, it infected the PornHub website via the Traffic Junky ad network, potentially affecting millions of users in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

Critical cons

The malware infected the victim’s system by masquerading as fake updates for popular browsers including Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Edge – as either a ‘critical’ update for the browser itself, or for software such as Adobe Flash.

Having been notified of the malware activity, this particular avenue of attack has now been shut down by PornHub and Traffic Junky, but not before, as noted, millions of surfers have already been hit.

Of course, Kovter is active elsewhere on the net, and as Proofpoint notes: “Threat actors are following the money and looking to more effective combinations of social engineering, targeting, and pre-filtering to infect new victims at scale.”

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Survey reveals Middle East organizations don’t see cybersecurity as a priority

Despite high profile cyberattacks, almost half of the IT decision makers at 250+ employee organizations in the Middle East believe that cybersecurity is still not a significant priority for board members. That’s according to Fortinet’s latest Global Enterprise Security Survey, which highlighted that 47% of IT decision makers believe that IT security is still not a top priority discussion for the board.

It’s an alarming statistic to report about, given that malware and ransomware attacks have been growing steadily in the past year alone. As companies integrate more cloud services into their infrastructure, the security requirements need to change as well, allowing for more cloud services to communicate with local networks in a secure manner.

Speaking to Techradar at GITEX Technology Week, Kalle Björn, Director, Systems Engineering – Middle East at Fortinet says that with the growing number of IoT devices being brought into the corporate environment, companies need to look at ways to keep these devices away from core enterprise systems.

“A lot of IoT devices integrate with a network via WiFi, and we’ve got protocols in our portfolio that can help secure a wireless network and identify devices communicating with the network. A lot of times you’ll have corporate devices on the network that you’re managing anyway, but users may bring in other foreign devices that you need to monitor and isolate from your corporate network.”

‘…a few years ago, it would have been relatively easy to differentiate between a legitimate email and a phishing email.’

Kalle Björn, Fortinet

Expanding about common security threats in the region, Björn commented that ransomware was still greatly affecting local companies, and that users should be more vigilant about files that were sent to them. “There’s a lot that companies can do to secure themselves such as security patches and making sure you have advanced threat protections on your network, but even with these in place, what’s often missing is a policy for what to do if and when your network does get compromised. It’s important to know that when an attack occurs and say an encryption takes place, that there are backups available, and further measures in place to ensure that the attack doesn’t spread further.”

“If you look at phishing emails a few years ago, it would have been relatively easy to differentiate between a legitimate email and a phishing email. But now they are getting more and more advanced, so users are having a harder time figuring out when it is a hoax. Users need to be educated about the risks of opening files from unknown sources, or they will inevitably face the consequences.”

FortiGuard is Fortinet’s core solution to enterprise security threats, and forms the basis of most of their products. Customers who opt-in to provide feedback on detected threats helps Fortinet to update their signatures and also monitor security trends. An internal research team further pores over the data, and is distributed back into the FortiGuard network to be updated accordingly.

“We’ve actually begun to cooperate with a lot of different entities – we’re one of the founding members of the Cyberthreat Alliance, which is a group of large vendors such as McAfee, Symantec, etc., and the objective is to share information. So there’s tens of thousands of events that we’re sending out and receiving from everyone else on a daily basis,” said Björn.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest news and announcements coming out of GITEX Technology Week 2017 with TechRadar.


How to get a good iPad deal on Black Friday

Apple’s products are notoriously expensive, and nowhere is that more evident than the eye-watering $999 / £999 / AU$1,579 price of the iPhone X. We wouldn’t expect to see that discounted on Black Friday, but if you’re in the market for an iPad then you may well be able to save some money if you wait until then to purchase one.

It’s the biggest shopping day of the year, driven by big discounts at dozens of retailers online and in-store.

While we don’t know for sure what products will be discounted yet, or by how much, there’s a good chance that certain iPad models will be among them.

And, as there are only really a handful of models to choose from, it’s an easier product to shop for than a lot of things in the world of tech, but there are still various things to look out for, be it key features or deals that aren’t quite as good as they first appear.

We’ll bring you all the best deals on the day, but to ensure you’re fully prepared for a day of shopping madness here’s how to make sure you spot the good iPad deals on Black Friday, and leave the bad ones well alone.

The features to look out for

If you’ve decided on an iPad then you’ve already avoided the decidedly mixed bag of tablet offerings from other manufacturers. There are no bad iPads as such, so you can’t go too wrong, but there are some things to bear in mind.

Everything has an expiry date

Firstly, how old a model is it? Although Apple itself only currently sells the iPad Pro 10.5, iPad Pro 12.9 (2017), new iPad and iPad Mini 4, some retailers may try to flog you an older model. That’s not necessarily a problem, but you need to be aware that they won’t be supported for as long.

Grab an iPad Mini 2 or iPad Air for example, and while you can get the latest version of iOS (iOS 11) you probably won’t be able to update it to next year’s version.

Go for something spacious

Storage is another consideration. Apps and games are getting bigger and Apple still isn’t including microSD card slot in its products, so you want a decent amount built-in.

Unless the tablet is being virtually given away we wouldn’t suggest going below 32GB. Even that will be a tight squeeze if you want much locally stored content.

The where, what, how and why

Most other considerations are more subjective, but you should consider what you actually plan to use the iPad for. Want to work on it? Consider an iPad Pro, for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support, plus the potentially larger screen and extra power.

Just want an entertainment device? There’s really not that much need to splash out on a top-end model in that case. So you might want to consider the new iPad instead.

Travel a lot? The small size of the iPad Mini 4 could be a real winner, but if you mostly plan to use it at home then opting for a larger screen could be preferable.

Stick with Wi-Fi

Also consider whether or not you need cellular connectivity. Adding that can pump up the price, both at the point of purchase and going forward (as you’ll need a monthly data allowance to go with it).

Even if mobile data does sound handy, bear in mind that you can probably tether your phone to a Wi-Fi-only iPad and get it online that way, just as long as you’ve got a decent data allowance for your handset, so opting for a cellular model could be unnecessary.

That, plus the wide availability of free Wi-Fi hotspots, means a cellular iPad is probably an unneeded extra expense for most buyers.

Safe compromises

Other areas where you should be safe to compromise if it saves you some money include the screen tech, as even iPads from several years ago still have decent displays (just make sure the one you’re looking at has a pixel density of 264ppi or more), and performance, as that too should be solid as long as you get one with at least an Apple A8 chipset and 2GB of RAM.

Our deal predictions

If you’re after a deal on the iPad Pro 10.5 or iPad Pro 12.9 (2017) you might be out of luck. Being Apple’s latest slates we’d imagine they’re selling fine without the aid of discounts – but you never know, and if they are reduced we’ll be sure to tell you about it.

Products that are more likely to be reduced – and that are worth looking out – for include the following:

iPad Mini 4

The iPad Mini 4 has been around for a couple of years now, yet it’s still Apple’s newest 7.9-inch iPad and still available on the Apple Store.

The fact that Apple’s still selling it means it’s likely to be supported with software updates for a while yet, but because it’s no longer new it’s one of the more affordable iPads and likely to be in line for additional discounts.

Its A8 chipset and 2GB of RAM should still allow for solid performance (though it’s at the lower end of what we’d recommend) and its screen is competitively sharp.

It’s small though, which could be a good or bad thing depending on where and how you plan to use your tablet. As we mentioned above, if you’ll mostly be using it at home then a bigger screen could be preferable, but the iPad Mini 4 is exceedingly portable.

Watch out for the storage capacity though – Apple itself only now sells a 128GB model, but there used to be a 16GB version and that’s probably still floating around in some stores. Unless you plan to almost exclusively stream your content or rely on cloud storage we wouldn’t go below 32GB.

iPad Air 2

Released back in 2014, the iPad Air 2 is getting on a bit now, but its A8X chipset and 2GB of RAM were cutting edge at the time, and it can still outperform the newer iPad Mini 4.

Its 9.7-inch screen is also as sharp as newer models, though lacking in other ways – there’s no True Tone (which allows it to automatically adjust the white balance) for example.

Apple’s stopped selling this, but other stores will likely be looking to clear any remaining stock, so you might be able to snap up a good deal on what’s still a great slate.

Bear in mind that although it’s updateable to iOS 11 and will quite possibly get iOS 12 as well, we suspect that will be the end of the line for iPad Air 2. So if you want more than another year’s worth of software updates it might not be for you, but most apps and games work on older versions of iOS anyway, so it should still be perfectly functional for at least a few years.

As with the iPad Mini 4, just check the storage capacity, and think twice before opting for a 16GB version, no matter how cheap it is.

iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad Pro 12.9 (2016)

Discontinued and superseded by the iPad Pro 10.5 and iPad Pro 12.9 (2017), the iPad Pro 9.7 and iPad Pro 12.9 (2016) are less than two years old, but because they’re no longer the newest models and no longer sold by Apple other shops will likely be looking to clear stock, which is when you often get the best discounts.

These ‘Pro’ iPads have lots of power even now, good screens and support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, making them a great choice if you’re a digital artist or are looking for a laptop replacement.

That said, if you’re a more casual user you’d probably be just as happy with a non-Pro model and might be able to save some money by choosing one.

New iPad

The new iPad is Apple’s standard, non-Pro 2017 model, it’s a great slate, garnering a five-star review from us.

It’s also the latest ‘budget’ iPad, meaning it will likely be supported for a long time and is already fairly affordable.

We’re less sure this will be discounted than some of the older models, but if it is it could be the bargain to beat.

The specs can’t match even the previous generation of iPad Pros, but it still has a great screen, and if you want a tablet mostly for video, web browsing or undemanding apps then it’s really all you need.


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