(140909) -- CUPERTINO, Sept. 9, 2014 (Xinhua) -- Apple Vice President Phil Schiller introduces the new products during an Apple special event in Cupertino, California, the United States, on Sept. 9, 2014. (Xinhua)

Apple iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 Sales Begin in India, Prices Higher with VAT

Apple’s latest range of iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 have been finally launched in India, both online and in its authorised Apple stores. In all six models of iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 are available, though prices are higher including VAT.

Apple has partnered with Flipkart and Infibeam to sell the new iPad Air2 and iPad Mini3 in India and these e-commerce retailers have begun shipping devices for those who have placed pre-orders for 16GB, 64GB and 128GB versions of both devices online.

Infibeam has announced the availability of the iPad Air 2 for delivery in Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Noida, Gurgaon, Pune, Faridabad, Secunderabad and Nagpur.

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi connectivity is priced Rs.35,900 for 16GB version, Rs.42,900 for 64GB version and Rs.49,900 for 128GB version but for all devices with cellular connectivity Rs.10,000 in addition is being charged. All the prices include VAT or value added tax.

The iPad Mini 3 with 7.9-inch display is being sold for Rs 28,900 for 16 GB version, Rs.53,900 for 64 GB version and Rs.42,900 for 128GB version and the models with cellular connectivity will cost Rs.10,000 extra.

The latest devices from Apple come with the iOS 8.1 operating system, Apple’s latest Touch ID biometric sensor and 2048 x 1536p resolution Retina display. The iPad Air 2 is powered by the ew A8X processor but the mini is still uses the old A7 chips. All the models are supported through a nano SIM.

Apple has slightly updated its iPad Mini 3, which comes in silver, space gray and gold. Both the Mini and Air incorporate a Touch ID fingerprint sensor for security. While iPad Air 2 has been priced $499 in the US market and the iPad Mini 3 is selling at $399, the Indian prices are slightly higher.

“It’s been an incredible year and tremendously busy already,” Cook said stressing that both iPhone6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the fastest-selling in Apple’s history. “This is the strongest lineup of products Apple has ever had,” he said, while releasing them.

Craig Federighi, senior VP of Mac Software Engineering, also touted the new features of iOS 8 and its new Mac operating system, Yosemite, terming them the “most advanced operating system on the planet.”

“What really sets iOS apart is the incredible technologies it puts in the hands of our developers,” Federighi said. Schiller has pointed out that the high-resolution Retina 5K display on the iMac is “the most incredible display we’ve ever made.”

The iPad Air 2 16 GB WiFi-only model is priced at Rs 35,900, 64 GB at Rs 42,900 and 128 GB model at Rs 49,900, including value added tax.

The three models of iPad Air 2 with both WiFi and cellular connectivity have been priced at Rs 45,900, Rs 52,900 and Rs 59,900, including VAT.


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