Less than a week after it announced that the price of the original iPad would be slashed from $499 (for the 16GB, Wi-Fi only version) to $399, Apple has cut the prices of the iPad in India. This is significant because the tablet hit the country officially barely a month ago. While previously the iPad’s pricing in India had started from Rs 27,990, it now has come down to Rs 24,500, a fall of about 12.47%, bringing it well below the Rs 25,000 barrier and actually bang into high-end smartphone and netbook territory. Prices of other models have been slashed too – the new prices can be seen at the Apple India website (alternatively, take a REALLY close look at that screenshot we have attached, ever so helpfully). Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Galaxy Z Flip3 launch on August 27? New report suggests
While the price fall in itself is significant news for all those in the country looking for the iPad, it also throws a spanner in the works of other Indian tablet manufacturers who find themselves in the unfamiliar position of slugging it out with the Cupertino gang on price. At the time of writing this, the two major competitors to the iPad are the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which is available in the market for approximately Rs 27,000 and the OlivePad, which is being sold at Rs 21,500. Neither party is likely to welcome the iPad price cut, especially Samsung who had slashed the price of its Galaxy Tab in India just prior to the launch of the iPad. The move will also have sown a fair bit of confusion in the Motorola India quarters, which is believed to be readying its Xoom for an India launch – the rumoured price of Rs 29,000 will now seem excessive! On the flip side, we cannot hear too many Indian consumers complaining, although those who bought the iPad on its launch in the country might feel entitled for a refund. Also Read - Samsung now lets you make an appointment to shop at its stores, book demo via WhatsApp
While on the subject, we have no news as of yet whether Indian consumers who recently bought the iPad will be eligible for a refund of the price difference caused by the cut, as their US counterparts are. We are keeping our eyes and ears open, though, so watch this space, do.