New iPad prices for SA confirmed

2012-04-23 11:29
Apple has confirmed the South African pricing for the latest generation iPad. (Picture provided)

Apple has confirmed the South African pricing for the latest generation iPad. (Picture provided)

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Cape Town - Prices for the new iPad to be released in South Africa shortly have been confirmed by the distributors.

Core Group has announced that the price of the popular Apple tablet will start at R4 999 for the 16GB version with Wi-Fi, up to R8 299 for the 64GB iPad with Wi-Fi and 4G.

Core said that although the next-generation LTE networks are not available in SA, the device will work on local 3G networks.

Apple recently came under fire in Australia for advertising its devices as 4G in that country.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has taken legal action to ensure Apple makes consumers aware its third-generation iPad cannot connect to a 4G mobile data network in Australia due to technical incompatibility.

The company has offered consumers a refund over the misleading advertising.

Apple has remained aggressive with the pricing of the iPad, despite claims that the device is more expensive to build due to its high resolution screen.

Research firm IHS iSuppli said in March that a model with 32GB of RAM and a cellular modem costs $364.35 to manufacture, 9% more than the corresponding iPad 2, which cost $335 to make a year ago.

The aggressive pricing of the iPad makes it harder for competitors to grab a share of the market. Apple announced in March that it had already sold over three million of the tablet computers since the global launch.

The latest generation iPad launches in SA on April 27.

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