Apple may not yet be ready to reveal its next iPad models, but Microsoft wants people who are tired of using their current iPads to consider trading them in at one of the company's retail store locations.
The Microsoft Store website quietly announced the trade-in offer last week as a limited time offer that ends on Oct. 27. People who live near a Microsoft Store can bring in an second-, third- or fourth-generation iPad (along with the tablet's power cord) during that time and then receive at least a $200 Microsoft Store gift card. The offer does not include the first-generation iPad nor does it support the iPad mini.
While the gift card can be used to buy anything Microsoft has in its store locations, the company clearly wants people to consider using the card to buy a Surface tablet. With the recent price cuts in both the Surface RT and Surface Pro versions, people who have been waiting to buy one of Microsoft's own tablets who already own an iPad just got another reason to take the plunge.
Of course, Microsoft could also launch its rumored next-generation Surface tablets before the iPad trading period ends, which would make buying those new products with a $200 gift card even more of an enticement.