iPad with a bundled keyboard for under US$500: Apple supposedly canceled a cheap iPad with a plastic back

iPad with a bundled keyboard for under US$500: Apple supposedly canceled a cheap iPad with a plastic back

Apple’s 10th gen iPad packs an A14 Bionic SoC. (Source: Apple)Lamenting Apple’s convoluted iPad ecosystem, industry insider Mark Gurman has suggested in the latest edition of his newsletter that the company was considering launching an affordable iPad model with a plastic back. Gurman believes the ill-fated iPad was Cupertino’s “only real hope” against Chromebooks in schools.

Apple recently launched the 10th gen iPad at a starting price of US$449 for a Wi-Fi only 64 GB model. Unfortunately, the tablet doesn’t come with the new Magic Keyboard Folio in the box, and you’ll have to shelve another US$249 for the accessory. So, anyone looking for a low-cost alternative to Chromebooks or Microsoft Surface Go 3 from within the Apple ecosystem will likely be disappointed. Apple insider Mark Gurman now alleges that Apple had planned to produce, at least internally, a cheap plastic iPad.

In the latest edition of his weekly PowerOn newsletter, Gurman, explaining Apple’s confusing iPad strategy, reports that “Apple internally considered launching an iPad with a plastic back and plastic keyboard that ships together in one box for under $500”. Apple ultimately scrapped the plan and with it went “Apple’s only real hope of ever giving Chromebooks a run for their money in most schools”.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any other information about the doomed iPad model. For instance, we don’t know whether the plastic iPad was meant to replace the entry-level iPad 10 or slot inside Cupertino’s existing tablet portfolio.

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Fawad Murtaza – Tech Writer – 256 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021

I am Fawad, a fellow tech nerd. As a tech junkie, my relationship with technology goes back to my childhood years. Getting my first Intel Pentium 4 PC was the start of journey that would eventually bring me to Notebookcheck. Finally, I have been writing for tech media since 2018. From small no-name projects to industry leaders, I have worked with a number of tech publications.

Fawad Murtaza, 2022-10-24 (Update: 2022-10-24)

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