According to the India Times (via Forbes), Apple will begin selling its two newest tablets – the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display – this Saturday, December 7th in the second most populous country on the planet. The report says that the 16GB Wi-Fi only model of the iPad Air will come in at Rs 35,900 ($575) and the 16GB Wi-Fi only model of the iPad mini with Retina display will come in at Rs 28,900 ($463).
iPad sales in the country have not been all the great compared to other manufacturers, but rumors are that it will implement buyback programs and promotions similar to those that are currently helping boost iPhone sales. Apple is said to have only shipped between 7,000 and 8,000 iPads during the June quarter in India, which was much less than the estimated 244,000 units that Samsung shipped in that same time.
Something pointed out as well is that with Apple moving into other countries, it could mean that supplies of the new devices (mostly the iPad mini with Retina display) could be improving. iPad mini with Retina display is known for being hard to come by, but gradually we are seeing supplies improve as Apple Stores are allowing walking purchases as well as Personal Pickup through the Apple Store app.
Both iPads have been selling well in their first weeks or month of sale, so it isn’t a surprise that Apple would want to get this out as quickly as possible (even with supplies still in a slight struggle). I personally picked up and iPad mini with Retina display and absolutely love it. If you are looking to pick up and iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina display in time for the holiday season, Apple recently put up a list of dates for when you would need to purchase the device of your choice by in order to receive it by December 24th.
What do you think? Will you be picking one of these devices up? Looking forward to getting it when it launches in India? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.