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A very low-key announcement was made by Apple overnight about some new products. There was not the usual 'event' to make the announcement, indicating that these products are perhaps nothing significant in the scheme of Apple product evolution.
Here are today's articles about the announced products - a replacement iPad for the iPad Air that will be a bit cheaper (but faster); a special edition red iPhone 7/7Plus; some new Apple Watch watchbands; and some iOS App news.
A new iPad model
A new, cheaper iPad will be available to order online from 25/3/17, and available in store in early April.
This new iPad will be a upgrade from the iPad Air 2, but will not support the Apple Pencil or keyboard - these will still only work with the new, more expensive iPad Pro.
While they new iPad may not support these 'add-on' accessories, the price of the new iPad is significantly less than those iPad Pro models - and the new iPads will do nearly everything else that an iPad Pro can do!
The new iPad will come in 32GB and 128GB models. In Australia, the following retail prices will apply:
As you can see in the above pricing, you will add another $200 to each of these models if you want to have the cellular capability (i.e. you want a SIM card in the iPad so that you can use mobile data 'on the go' on the iPad).
The iPad Pro of the same size retails for $849 for the 32GB Wi-Fi only model ($1049 with cellular), and $999 for the 128GB WiFi only version ($1199 with cellular).
That's quite a difference in price!
Most iTandCoffee clients and subscribers would are not 'power' users of their iPad would find the new, cheaper model perfectly adequate for their requirements.
It will also be interesting to see the price that will apply to the 'now old' iPad Air 2 that retailers currently have in stock - these may end up being quite a bargain, and also worth considering for those on a budget.
If you need further advice on which iPad to buy, iTandCoffee can assist. Just call 1300 885 420 to make an appointment.
You may well have already seen the press articles on this, but I promised to include an update in this newsletter about the new products that were announced by Apple on September 9 (September 10 in Australia).
Here is the list, just to offer a summary for those who are no yet 'in the know'. For further details on each, click on the item to view the relevant article.
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