updated 12:41 pm EDT, Wed August 13, 2014
Carrier likely clearing out stock ahead of next-gen hardware
AT&T has begun a new promotion aimed at people on Next upgrade plans. If a subscriber buys an iPhone 5s or 5c, the carrier is offering $200 off a cellular-equipped iPad. That brings the price of a 16GB cellular Retina Mini down to $329, and an equivalent Air to $429. There are other stipulations as well however, namely that an iPad has to be activated under a two-year wireless agreement on a Mobile Share Value plan or a standalone data plan.
The company is also likely trying to clear out stock ahead of new iPhones due next month, and new iPads in October. While the iPads are expected to be relatively minor upgrades, the iPhones should be Apple's first to match the size of rival Android and Windows Phone devices.