Date
14 December 2017
The new 9.7-inch iPad with a brighter Retina display will be available to order starting on Friday in the United States and more than 20 other countries and regions. Photo: Apple
The new 9.7-inch iPad with a brighter Retina display will be available to order starting on Friday in the United States and more than 20 other countries and regions. Photo: Apple

Apple unveils updated iPad with lowest-ever price

Apple Inc. introduced a revamped version of the most popular size of its iPad at the cheapest price yet, and a shiny red iPhone 7, whose sales will help to combat AIDS.

Apple unveiled a new 9.7-inch iPad with a brighter Retina display starting at US$329, and a special edition red-aluminum finish iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, part of the company’s decade-long partnership with (RED), which contributes to the Global Fund to fight HIV and AIDS, Bloomberg reports.

“Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition all the way to today’s lineup of Beats products and accessories for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said in a statement on Tuesday.

Apple is the world’s largest corporate donor to the Global Fund, contributing more than US$130 million, the company said.

Apple is expected to reveal a significant upgrade to the iPhone later this year.

Cupertino, California-based Apple last year unveiled a new iPhone which reignited sales growth in the Christmas quarter after a year of declines.

Those falling sales came even as Apple introduced a cheaper handset in March in an effort to spur growth in emerging markets.

The only sales growth in the 2016 fiscal year came from the services business, which includes Apple Music and the App Store, and the other products category.

The new iPad starts at US$329 for 32GB with Wi-Fi and US$459 for 32GB Wi-Fi plus cellular. It will be available to order starting on Friday in the United States and more than 20 other countries and regions.

The iPhone (RED) models will be available in 128GB and 256GB models starting at US$749 from Friday.

Apple also announced new storage capacity for the iPhone SE. That 4-inch display model will now be available in 32GB and 128GB models, doubling the current capacity and replacing the previous models.

Other product launches on Tuesday include a new app called Clips, which helps people combine video clips, photos and music that can be shared through social media and messages.

According to Reuters, the new feature, along with extra iMessage features released in recent years, pushes Apple closer to competing with the features in social networking apps like Snap Inc.

Apple also said its Swift Playgrounds iPad app, which helps students learn to code, is available in five additional languages: Japanese, French, German, Spanish and simplified Chinese, Bloomberg said.

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