Apple took a promising start with its newly launched 9.7-inch iPad Pro units and a significant price cut on the iPad Air 2 this year. A huge chunk of iPads are expected to ship in the first half of this year, of which almost 4 million is estimated to be the freshly-announced iPad Pro series.
The drastic price slash on the iPad Air 2 is likely to pose a threat to the 9.7-inch mini iPads, which are priced at $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model. After the massive discount, the iPad Air 2, which was earlier priced at $499, is now available at $399.
Previous record indicates that Apple sold 12.62 million iPads in the second quarter of 2015. If Apple manages to sell about 4 million newly-released iPad Pro units this time, it will likely boost the number of total sales. This means more profit and enhanced productivity for the Cupertino tech giant, according to Cultofmac.
One of the most touted technical specifications is the Apple Sim, which happens to come embedded in the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro units. The lingering doubt is whether the already installed Apple SIM can be re-programmed, since the earlier iPad Air 2 device had a programmable version of a regular SIM, which was compatible with all carriers across the globe.
The following will clarify whether the embedded version of the SIM is re-programmable.
- If you buy from an AT&T store, the device will have a locked SIM, and you have no other option than to use this particular carrier even when moving to other countries. On the other hand, if you buy the device from a source other than AT&T then select the carrier manually in your device, it is not locked and you can switch carriers easily.
- Those who bought the Verizon version of iPad Pro will have to swap the physical SIM for a local or global carrier, since the embedded SIM is deactivated on the Verizon version.
- All other carriers are unlocked. For instance, the T-Mobile is safe to use, but units bought from individual Japanese carrier stores can get locked, reports Tech Crunch.
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