Apple may launch an affordable 9.7-inch iPad in 2018

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According to DigiTimes, the tech giant's upcoming 9.7-inch iPad will be priced at around $259 for 2018. They are saying that Apple is now working on an iPad which may cost even less than the current model. At this pricing, the iPad will become even more attractive for consumers who have desired an iPad, but dreaded Apple's premium pricing scheme. It could also spark price competition among rivals including Samsung, Amazon, Huawei and Lenovo. Apple has recently claimed that the company has exported 10 million units of tablet every quarter of this year.

Rumor has it that Apple is preparing its cheapest iPad ever for a 2018 release.

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For fans and anyone coveting an iPad at a more affordable rate, there is still a few months to wait to find out.

The sources pointed out that Apple's new iPad may arrive in the second quarter of 2018 and in addition to regular consumers Apple is also looking to expand the affordable iPad into the industrial and service sectors.

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The step is being taken to revive the sales of the flagship tablet which have been falling since the year 2014. Selling iPad at a lower price will help the brand reach out to the industrial and service sectors. Analysts have also predicted in the past that these markets are the future for Apple products, which is why a cheaper iPad next year could attract more consumers in these markets. This distinction will provide users a better decision-making power regarding the kind of iPad they want to go for.

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