Apple at its 'Let Us Loop You In' event on Monday did announce price cuts on its Apple Watch along with the new iPhone SE and the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablet. However, what it did not announce was the price cut on the second-generation iPad Air tablet - the iPad Air 2.
The iPad Air 2, which was launched back in 2014, will stay on sale despite the launch of the smaller iPad Pro. However, it will now start at $399 (roughly Rs. 26,600), the price of the Wi-Fi only 16GB variant in the US. For now, updated pricing is not yet available in India, where the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is set to launch in early April.
For those wondering, the previous base price of the tablet was $499 (roughly Rs. 33,300), which now is the new price for the 64GB Wi-Fi only variant. These are only two options for Wi-Fi only iPad Air available on the company's US website for now. However, the price of the Wi-Fi+LTE 16GB version is for now the same as before ($529 or roughly Rs. 35,300) on the website.
Interestingly, the new $399 price tag of the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad Air 2 is the same as that of the 16GB Wi-Fi only version of the iPad Mini 4. The price of the 64GB Wi-Fi only version and Wi-Fi+LTE 16GB version also stays the same between the two. However, the iPad Mini 4 additionally has a 128GB model listed on the US website.
Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad Pro will start at Rs. 49,900 for the 32GB storage variant (Wi-Fi only), and Rs. 61,900 for the 32GB storage variant (Wi-Fi + Cellular). Apple also revealed the Apple Pencil will be available at Rs. 8,600, the Smart Keyboard at Rs. 13,900, Polyurethane iPad Pro Smart Cover at Rs. 3,700, Silicone Cases at Rs. 5,200, Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader at Rs. 2,500, Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter at Rs. 2,900, Apple 29W USB-C Power Adapter at Rs. 4,100, Lightning to USB-C Cable (1 metre) at Rs. 2,300, and Lightning to USB-C Cable (2 metre) for at Rs. 2,900.