The production of various Apple products, including AirPods, iPads, iPhones, and Macs, seems to have taken a hit due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, there appears to be an unexpected result of the pandemic, which is working in the iPad maker’s favor.
According to a report from DigiTimes, the demand for iPads seems to be higher than usual at this time of the year. This unexpected consequence is reportedly due to the Coronavirus outbreak in China and other Asian markets where people, including students and workers, have been told to stay home.
Due to the higher demand for Apple’s tablets, retailers seem to have jacked up the prices. While there’s no credible information about the iPad model that is seeing the highest demand, it is logical to expect that the 10.2-inch iPad might be selling well due to its lower price among most other iPads.
iPads seem to be out of stock from e-commerce platforms in China. Now, retailers are selling 32GB and 128GB variants of the 10.2-inch iPad at CNY 2,499 and CNY 3,099, respectively, which is CNY 100 and CNY 200 higher than the usual.
It is being reported that Apple is now making only half the iPads as it used to do earlier. However, due to increased demand, the prices are expected to go even higher, at least until production ramps up to the highest capacity or people start hitting work and schools.[Via DigiTimes]