Report: Apple plans to release cheapest iPad ever in Q2 2018
by Plamen Dimitrov / Dec 01, 2017, 9:33 AM
In March 2017, Apple surprised many by introducing the rather affordable 9.7-inch iPad. Now, a report is claiming that Tim Cook & Co. are considering releasing a new model that will be even more inexpensive.
According to sources of Digitimes, we might see a new 9.7-inch model break cover in the second quarter of 2018. The cheapest version of this iPad will be priced at about $259. If this turns out to be true, it would mean that the new model will have a starting price that's $70 cheaper than its current counterpart.
Needless to say, this information is unofficial and should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism, but a lower price would certainly increase demand from budget-minded consumers. As you might know, the global tablet market has been in decline for the past few years, but Apple's new tablets managed to find success even in these circumstances. According to Cupertino's November earnings call, the company has seen double-digit growth in iPad sales for the last two quarters.
The sources mentioned in the report also predict that this new aggressive pricing would spur a new wave of competition between Apple and its main rivals in that sector - Samsung, Amazon, Huawei, and Lenovo.
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After the low-demand of iphoneX, this is how they respond?
posted on Dec 01, 2017, 9:43 AM 5
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If low demand equals six million sales in two days, that must make Android flagship demand anemic. They (Android OEMs) can't even get six million out the door in a year, let alone two days lol.
posted on Dec 01, 2017, 10:18 AM 15
Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012
Well aegislash, iPhone is the sole competitor (monopoly) in ios. Let all OEMs sell on ios, then nobody will completely miss Kiko's point! Could YOU imaging the chose ios customers would have, to choose which OEM running ios on. Nahhhh, I laugh at you, as you wait for 1 phone selection a year. O.o
posted on Dec 02, 2017, 5:44 AM 0
Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017
Proof please seeing as you like statistics so much. Please don't qoute some obscure analyst who is guessing as those are not official Apple numbers. And even if those figures are real (15 mil) then what happened to the 50 million pre orders that these same analysts were touting 6 weeks ago?.
posted on Dec 01, 2017, 5:36 PM 0
Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015
Apple probably just decided to release an iPad mini that isn't overpriced, the mini 4 was really overpriced at launch for what it offered in comparison to the Air 2 and 6 months later when compared to the 9.7in iPad pro, hell even the 2017 9.7in ipad smh, seriously the iPad mini 4 is the worst iPad you can buy value wise. I'd like to see an appropriately priced mini for once but at $259 a 9.7in that is actually good will be nice.
posted on Dec 01, 2017, 11:23 AM 0
Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016
If true ill finally get an iPad. iOS is better on iPads tbh. I call a mini size with an a9 or A10 because its Apple.
posted on Dec 01, 2017, 10:13 AM 3
Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012
i just got the ipad pro 10.5 and honestly its a great tablet, but i honestly cant stand iOS. the keyboard is terrible, multitasking is annoying as h*ll and i hate the fact that it doesnt have an app drawer. but its fast, responsive, the battery life is almost as good as my old xperia z4 tablet, the screen is beautiful and i love the true tone display.
posted on Dec 01, 2017, 10:38 AM 5
Posts: 212; Member since: Apr 10, 2017
If this is true, I would buy one to replace my iPad mini 2. Love my iPad mini but wish it was bigger.
posted on Dec 01, 2017, 11:03 AM 1
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Pretty cool price, iPads kill the tablet game bug time. I wish the iPhone had more iPad features.
posted on Dec 01, 2017, 11:29 AM 0
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