Rumor: Apple May Be Working On An Even Cheaper iPad for 2018

Apple to Launch Cheaper 9.7-Inch iPad in 2018: Report

Apple is reportedly planning to release a new affordable 9.7-inch iPad in 2018 for around $259, according to a DigiTimes report. Next year's regular 9.7-inch iPad could be launched starting at $259 (approx Rs 16,700), which will be even lower compared to this year's 9.7-inch iPad at $329 (approx Rs 21,500). Apple has been aggressively pushing its iPad range with cheaper prices on the regular variant and major yearly updates for the iPad Pro.

The new tablet is expected to attract demand from price-oriented consumers and help Apple maintain shipments of 10 million units per quarter.

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It is expected that the main competitors in this section such as Samsung, Amazon, Huawei and Lenovo, will come up with available options to compete with the new iPad. If true, this will be the most affordable iPad from Apple, replacing the smaller iPad mini 4 that was discontinued earlier this year. This year's iPad has already seen a pickup in sales, especially in countries like China and India thanks to its mid-range price point. According to the reports, this iPad will come up with quite powerful features from the cheap iPad coming in the market. This iPad can be launched anytime in the first six months of 2018. That should also make it more accessible to schools that have been wanting iPad as part of their school kits. This distinction will provide users a better decision-making power regarding the kind of iPad they want to go for.