Apple tipped to launch new budget iPad in 2018

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Apple could be about to launch a new budget iPad alongside its higher spec models next year, a new report has claimed.

The new 9.7 inch iPad, which is believed to cost around $250 will even include the Face ID recognition system featured on the iPhone X.

Sales of the iPad have fallen in recent years but software and other improvements have seen sales grow again in 2017.

According to the Digitimes, Apple will use the budget price model to target price conscious and emerging markets, such as in India, Indonesia and Thailand.

The budget price iPad would look identical to the current iPad but will be introduced when Apple refreshes its iPad lineup next year with new models all expected include Face ID, while premium models may even include the same all screen display featured on the iPhone X.

The report goes onto say that in releasing the new iPad, Apple would hope to win back some of the market share from rivals Samsung, Huawei and Lenovo, all of whom offer a range of tablets that are much more affordable than Apple’s current iPad range.

The unnamed sources cited in the report say that the budget iPad should arrive in the second quarter of 2018, although no official release date is known as yet.

Last month, Bloomberg reported that Apple is already working on a high end iPad that could be ready “as early as 2018”.

The high end model is expected to share many of the new features of the iPhone X, bringing the iPad in line with Apple’s new premium smartphone.

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