Apple iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 release date in October as older models receive discounts

The release date of iPad Air and iPad Mini 3 is nearing and this is backed up by the discounts in the current models.

Amazon offers discounts to the current iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display. The iPad Air originally costs $499, but is offered for $432, that saves the buyer $67. The iPad Mini with Retina Display originally costs $399 and is now offered for $347 that saves buyers a little over $50.

This is not the first time that the iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina received discounts. Apple itself gave away educational discounts for students and teachers coming back to school this fall. Apple slashed $30 off the price of iPad Air and $20 price off on the iPad Mini Retina for buyers with valid .edu email. Moreover, the company offers refurbished units of iPad tablets, which are basically once defected yet fixed units of the device.

According to reports, iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina will head to production this month in order to make it on its target release date in the fall. The display components were reportedly set to be finished this month, while the camera and sensors will begin next month.

The upcoming iPad Air and iPad Mini 3 will pack the same design and form factor of their predecessors. The two will also pack the same screen display with the upgraded pixel resolution. The tablets will be powered by the upcoming A8 processor and will run with the new iOS 8. The tablets will also pack the much awaited TouchID fingerprint sensor, upgraded camera at the back and more efficient and longer battery life.

iPad Air and iPad Mini 3 are set to arrive in October, which is the usual release date window of the company's tablet line. However, Apple has not revealed any official information about the iPad release date and features.