by Joe White
December 2, 2013
India is expected to receive both of Apple's new iPads, the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, this week on Dec. 7, according to a recent press release. The news, which reached us from BGR India, indeed marks a break in tradition given that Apple usually releases new iDevices on a Friday. However, both new products will launch in India one day later, on this coming Saturday; known prices for the iPad Air and second-generation iPad mini are outlined below. Apple's iPad Air (Wi-Fi Only) will be priced at Rs 35,900 (16GB), Rs 42,900 (32GB), Rs 49,900 (64GB), and Rs 56,900 (128GB). For the Wi-Fi + Cellular models, users will need to pay an additional Rs 9,000 per iteration. The iPad mini with Retina display (Wi-Fi Only), however, will be available for Rs 28,900 (16GB), Rs 35,900 (32GB), Rs 42,900 (64GB), and Rs 49,900 (128GB). As with the iPad Air, the Wi-Fi + Cellular second-generation iPad mini will set consumers back an additional Rs 9,000 per iteration, meaning the cellular iPad mini with Retina display starts at Rs 37,900. As a reminder, despite reports indicating that the price point could be too high, Apple's iPhone 5s proved to be incredibly popular in India and initial shipments of the handset sold out in a matter of hours. Our original report explained:
The news comes following confirmation from Indian carrier Reliance Communication that for the first time ever, Apple’s new handsets, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, would be available on-contract at a subsidized price. In previous years, this hasn’t been the case, and some even consider this to be one of several reasons why Apple’s share of the Indian smartphone market is particularly low.Retailers were left asking Apple for emergency shipments, which reached the country some days later. In the United States, Apple's new iPads have proven to be particularly popular. In fact, several major U.S. retailers, including both Target and Walmart, noted that the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display were partly responsible for attracting record-breaking numbers of customers this Black Friday. As such, Apple chief executive officer Tim Cook indeed appears right in noting that this year is going to be an "iPad Christmas" for countless consumers, both in the United States and overseas - even if competitors such as Amazon and Microsoft are trying their best to dissuade customers from choosing Apple's popular tablet. We'll keep you updated with further information on the launch of Apple's iPads in India as we receive it. In the meantime, see: Kantar Reports Increase In Apple's Market Share Thanks To Its New iPhones, Apple Worm Case For iPhone Hides A Lightning Cable, But Doubles As A Stand, and Review: Slope Could Be The Best iPad Stand You’ll Ever Use.