New 9.7-Inch iPad Cheaper by a Small Margin in Some Countries

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Apple’s newly unveiled sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad carries the same price tag as its predecessor in the United States: $ 329. However, in some parts of the world, the new iPad is slightly cheaper than the outgoing model. Apple did not mention this during its announcement but a quick look through its online store confirms this. Continue reading
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What to expect from Apple’s March event: Cheaper iPad, new software and more

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Apple will hold its first media event of the year this Tuesday morning at 11:00 AM ET, and it promises to be unique in many ways. The rumored star of the show is expected to be a new kind of Apple product: An even cheaper iPad that’s going to target students and schools. And, in the process, Google’s Chromebooks.

Apple is going on a “field trip” to Chicago for this one, rather than hosting it somewhere in California, as is usually the case for Apple keynotes. That’s unusual, but it makes sense given the context of the event.

Also unique is the fact that Apple won’t stream the event, as has become the norm for Apple recently. Instead, Apple will provide a video after the event, the company revealed on its Apple Events app for Apple TV. The app shows the same image Apple used on its invitation, and a short blurb confirming the lack of live stream:

Watch the special event—held at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois—after it concludes.

At $ 329, the current 9.7-inch iPad is already more affordable than any other similarly-sized iPad before. But you could always get a cheaper Chromebook for education purposes.

Apple, however, is expected to further drop the price of the iPad, as it’s targeting schools and students. A $ 259 iPad would be a more than decent competitor to many cheap Chromebooks on the market.

It may be an even more attractive device when you consider the fact that the Chromebook is basically a cloud-based computer ready to run Android apps. The iPad, meanwhile, would have great specs, a tablet-friendly iOS 11 platform, and access to all the apps inside the App Store, many of them specifically optimized for tablets. On top of that, Apple is rumored to unveil a slew of new software features for the classroom as well.

A cheaper Apple Pencil is also rumored to be in the works, and given Apple’s description of the event, we might see it this week. The Apple Pencil currently costs $ 99, so a cheaper model could be key for Apple’s classroom aspirations.

Rumors are also swirling about Apple launching a second-generation iPhone SE, new iPhone X colors, and a Retina MacBook Air, but we don’t expect Apple to announce any of them during Tuesday’s press conference. Apple has made it clear that education will be the primary focus of the March event in Chicago.

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Apple is ready to fight Google’s Chromebooks with cheaper iPads

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Apple has a big problem. Just five years ago, its iPads and Mac laptops reigned supreme in US classrooms, accounting for half of all mobile devices shipped to schools in 2013. Apple has now slipped behind both Google and Microsoft in US schools with Google’s Chromebooks leading the way in classrooms, securing nearly 60 percent of shipments in the US as overall iPad sales declined for three straight years. Apple is now ready to strike back against Chromebooks with some cheaper iPads.

Apple is holding a special education-focused event on Tuesday that promises “creative new ideas for teachers and students.” Rumors suggest Apple is preparing to launch a $ 259 budget iPad model this year, while Bloomberg reports that a “low-cost iPad” will be…

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KGI: Cheaper 9.7-inch iPad will likely support Apple Pencil

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a new report that predicts Apple Pencil shipments will double this year. Kuo believes it is possible the iPhone could eventually support Apple Pencil, but it’s more likely that the new 9.7-inch iPad expected to be unveiled next week will work with Apple Pencil.

As a result, Kuo forecasts Apple Pencil sales — which the company doesn’t specifically disclose — will double to 9-10 million this year from what Kuo estimates at 4-4.5 million last year.

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Mark Gurman: Cheaper iPad to Debut Next Week, Sub-$1,000 MacBook Likely Not Ready Yet

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Apple plans to introduce a cheaper iPad next week that should appeal to the education market, and new software for the classroom, according to Bloomberg News‘ Mark Gurman. The new products should be announced at Apple’s education-themed event on Tuesday at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago.


Apple is also said to be working on a new, lower-priced notebook, likely to replace the MacBook Air with a sub-$1,000 price in the United States:

A new, cheaper MacBook laptop is in the works and likely destined to replace the MacBook Air at a price less than $1,000, but it probably won’t be ready in time for next week, the people said. The MacBook Air, introduced about a decade ago, hasn’t seen a major change since 2010, the same year the iPad came out. Although the laptop is popular with college students, it has languished as Apple focuses on more expensive Macs.

At first glance, it would appear that Gurman is referring to a lower-priced 12-inch MacBook, as many people believe that Apple will eventually phase out the MacBook Air. However, the “MacBook laptop” wording is perhaps intentionally vague, in case it does end up being a cheaper MacBook Air.

12-inch MacBook models currently start at $1,299, and were last updated with Kaby Lake processors and faster graphics in June 2017. MacBook Air starts at $999 and hasn’t received a meaningful update since March 2015.


Earlier this month, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple plans to launch a more affordable MacBook Air in the second quarter of 2018, which essentially runs between next week and the end of June. WitsView researcher Yubin Qiu estimated the notebook could start at $799 to $899 in the United States.

Gurman said the new MacBook “probably won’t be ready in time for next week,” suggesting it won’t be unveiled at the Chicago event. Of course, Apple could still mention the notebook at the event, even if orders begin later.

Gurman nor Kuo have elaborated on what we can expect from the new MacBook or MacBook Air, whichever it ends up being, but it’s reasonable to assume that we’ll see a bump to the processors and graphics. If it’s a new MacBook Air, a Retina display is also a possibility, but that may go against the sub-$1,000 price.

Apple hasn’t specified if the Chicago event will be live streamed. MacRumors will provide coverage on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.

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Electric Cars May Be Cheaper Than Gas Guzzlers in 7 Years — If People Actually Buy Them

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We may soon be in the era of the electric car.

Today, they’re around of course, but they’re not yet ubiquitous. That may soon change, Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts — by 2025, some EV models could cost less than their gas-guzzling competitors.

The biggest reason? Lithium-ion batteries, a key component of tomorrow’s electric cars, are getting cheaper. Analysts suspect that is enough to make the price of electric cars go way, way down.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves — the global electric car revolution is coming, but its timeline may not be speeding up so much. And there are a bunch of practical reasons why.

First, the researchers caution that for the price of electric cars to dip lower than that of petroleum cars, the cost of the battery pack needs to keep going down, even though the price of lithium and other components may increase in the future. Granted, a price drop may still be possible if they’re mass produced. China, for example, is racing to become a leader in EV manufacturing

China’s pushing EV adoption, too, going as far as suggesting a ban on oil-guzzling cars “in the near future,” according to CityLab. France and the United Kingdom also announced they will ban gasoline cars by 2040, a sign of their commitment to alternative forms of transportation.

But ultimately, if electric cars are to really take off, countries will need a charging network big and efficient enough to actually work. When cars first became popular, gas stations started popped up, first in cities, then in smaller towns, eventually reaching even the most remote rural settlements. This spread was haphazard and over a long period of time, but today’s drivers know that wherever they go, they are almost certainly not going to run out of fuel.

The same can’t be said for electric cars. At least, not yet.

Numbers-wise, China is way ahead, with around 150,000 public charging points already; the U.S. has around 16,000. While China’s numbers may seem impressive, “I don’t think there are more than a couple dozen publicly available charging stations in any city,” Sabrina Howell, a New York University finance expert, told CityLab.

Beijing plans to boost its network of charging stations to meet the demands of 5 million electric cars by 2020, but experts say that simply upping the numbers is not enough. For example, charging several EVs at the same time may cause brownouts if there’s not enough voltage in supply. Souping up the existing electric networks to make room for charging points would likely cost a fortune, studies found.

“I don’t get a sense that China has thought through the charging issue, and the economics of it,” said Henry Lee, the director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program at Harvard University, speaking with City Lab, “Nor do I think that they have a business plan for it.”

When you think about it, putting charging points where drivers will need them most really doesn’t seem all that hard. After all, we equipped the world with gas stations without a business plan or a strategy at all.

But  but  it took a very long time to get there. As climate change threatens the way of life of billions of people around the globe, we don’t have that same luxury.

Even the coolest, cheapest electric model won’t win people over if they don’t know where to charge it.

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Apple is reportedly ready to announce a cheaper iPad model geared towards educators and students at its upcoming March 27 event in Chicago. Apple’s new focus on education and a potential release of a lower-priced iPad for students is directly aimed at a market that’s dominated by Google Chromebooks and Android tablets. The educational market is worth around $ 17.7B globally and Google holds a big chunk of it – 60% share. Currently Apple’s cheapest iPad will run you €399 for a 32GB variant. On the opposite end there are a bunch of Chromebooks by Asus, Samsung and Acer that cost…

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Apple may launch cheaper iPad during next week’s education event

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If you’re expecting Apple to launch a new, more affordable laptop during next week’s education-themed launch event, you’re going to be disappointed. Bloomberg is reporting that alongside a slew of education software, Apple will launch a cheaper iPad. This isn’t much of a surprise, based on what we’ve heard from the rumor mill. Earlier this month, Taiwanese publication Digitimes said that Apple planned on launching a cheaper 9.7-inch tablet computer during the second quarter of 2018. Bloomberg didn’t say how much this would cost, but earlier rumors have priced it around the $ 259 mark. That would allow Apple to flex…

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