Apple's cheapest ever 9.7-inch iPad will arrive in 2018


Apple is apparently planning a new 9.7-inch iPad that is expected to be $70 cheaper than the existing model of the device.

According to DigiTimes, sources have stated 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. If a new report is to be believed, the Cupertino-based tech giant is planning for a similar surprise by releasing a new iPad model next year that will be even more cheap.

Considering that the tablet segment has been falling quite dramatically in the past year, this new cheap iPad might revive Apple's presence in the market. If that pans out, the rumored device will undoubtedly start a resurgence of the tablet sector in the mobile world, which hasn't been doing all that well in the past few years. Amazon's new Fire HD 10 tablet with Alexa is sold at $150, while its Fire 7 tablet sells for as low as $50.

A store employee writes on an iPad during a preview event at the new Apple Store.

One worrisome note in this report states that "Apple is likely to outsource the production of the new iPad", moving it from its current production lines to a company called Compal Electronics.

Henry T. Casey, After graduating from Bard College a Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Content rules everything around him.