Ahead of the Apple “education” event yesterday much of the talk was about the new, low-cost iPad that Apple was set to announce.
We now know what that iPad is, and while the iPad is indeed focused on education – complete with Apple Pencil support – it did not turn out to be cheap iPad many had hoped for. However, while the new sixth generation iPad does not see a price reduction in the United States, that is not quite accurate in other countries around the globe.
Despite initial rumors that the sixth generation iPad could be sold for as little as $259 in the United States, the price remained the same. However, in the United Kingdom the new iPad carries a price of £319, down from the £339 asking price that the fifth generation device carried.
The same goes for Canada, where a fifth generation entry-level iPad cost $449 before yesterday’s changes, with the sixth generation devices selling for just $429.
Moving into Europe, the starting price for an iPad is now between €349 to €369, down from €399 to €419.
It’s not just the United States where the prices have not changed, though. Australia and New Zealand now sell the sixth generation iPad as a direct replacement for the outgoing fifth generation device.
It is not clear why the pricing of some countries has seen a reduction with the newly released hardware, although it is likely related to the many different permutations involved in modern business and the exchange rates used by various countries. However, none of that really matters to anyone able to pick a new, improved device up for less money than it would have cost yesterday.
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