In 2017 Apple released its cheapest full-sized iPad ever, giving more budget-conscious tablet buyers (think schools and organizations) a lower-cost substitute for those shiny, feature-packed iPad professionals that offer the Apple Pencil and clip-on keyboards and all sorts of those other extras.
Well, in 2018 Apple is apparently gonna get also lower – DigiTimes is reporting your 9.7-inch tablet will receive a discounted to around US$259 (approximately £190 or AU$340). The current model starts at US$329, therefore that's a fall of more than 20 percent.
That would ensure it is a lot more appealing for schools trying to kit down a classroom of young ones, or anybody planning to get some Apple tablet goodness at a very decent cost, but provided the hefty price drop that the tablet was presented with in 2010, it's questionable whether Apple could display the exact same trick again so quickly.
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As AppleInsider points out, the iPad could possibly have to use inferior-quality elements or make other sacrifices to the tablet hitting that price point. Just what might actually take place is the fact that equipment stays unchanged but the tablet gets reduced because it gets older.
DigiTimes and its own anonymous sources have a diverse history about predicting exactly what Apple's planning to get, so don't bet the house on this one yet. There's without doubt though that Apple may wish to carry on having a couple of budget iPads on its roster.
Next year should really be filled with Apple items, from successor towards the iPhone X toward delayed HomePod smart presenter. One of the primary new devices we would see is just a refresh regarding the budget iPhone option, the iPhone SE, which might provide us with a clue about what's available for Apple's lowest-priced iPad.
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