Looks like Apple has started focusing more towards the emerging markets. It recently brought India in the first tier of cities for the iPhone X availability and now is being said to launch an even cheaper iPad model. This new iPad model could be launching next year and maybe a variant of the 9.7-inch iPad that launched earlier this year. Although the report has only mentioned emerging markets, it may also include India.
So how much cheaper will this new 9.7 inch Apple iPad will be? Well, there is no particular answer yet. But for your reference the current 9.7-inch iPad Wifi-only 32GB base model cost Rs 28,000 in India.
Although there is no word on specifications of the device, Digitimes website says that it may be less powerful than the current 9.7-inch model. In addition to this, it has been said that the new model will be made by Compal Electronics and may hit the shelves by Q2 2018. This means you’ll be able to get your hands on it sometime in April May or June next year.
We are not sure whether this idea will work for Apple or not, however, making the iPad affordable to more users will surely shoot up the sales numbers of the otherwise declining segment. Apple has been witnessing a decline in its tablet section since past three years.
Naturally, Apple has not yet confirmed this move nor have any other reports on the web. Also, Digitimes doesn’t have 100% credit score when it comes to breaking news on upcoming Apple devices. So you might want to take this with a pinch of salt.
Who knows you may also see 2018 iPads coming with FaceID.
9.7-inch iPad 2017 specifications
For your reference, the current 9.7 inch iPad model comes in two variants based on Wi-Fi only and WiFi + cellular connectivity options. The Wi-Fi only 32GB variant comes at Rs 28000, while the 128GB model comes at Rs 35,700. The cellular variants come at Rs 38,600 and Rs 46,300 for the same storage space.
This year’s 9.7 inch iPad has a 2048×1536 pixels Retina display and is powered by the A9 processor. The chipset comes alongside the M9 co-processor. You also get a rear 8-megapixel autofocus camera with F/2.4 aperture and a 1.2-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with F/2.2 aperture.