Saturday, March 03, 2012

iPad 3 (HD?) pricing unchanged from iPad 2: report

As we close in on the March 7 iPad 3 (or iPad HD) announcement, there is still time for rumors to fly. The latest one seems to refute an earlier rumor: it seems Apple won't be changing the pricing of the next-generation iPad after all.

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It had been rumored recently that Apple was going to increase the price of each iPad tier from $70 to $80. That would mean that the lowest cost iPad (wi-fi only, 16GB) would cost $569 or $579 instead of $499.

We could actually imagine Apple making such a change considering it is reported to be changing the screen resolution to a "retina display" of 2,048 x 1,536, along with other changes such as 4G LTE support, but it would also somewhat spoil the naturalness of a just below $500 initial price point.

9to5Mac said that their sources indicate that next-gen iPad pricing will stays the same across the board.

While we still don't know any details about the new iPad, in addition to the retina display, other rumors include:
  • Possibly dubbed the iPad HD, not iPad 3
  • Dual-core A5X or quad-core A6 processor (of late, this has been leaning toward the A5X --- an enhanced A5 processor)
  • Slightly (1mm) thicker
  • LTE-capable
  • 8MP rear-facing camera
  • HD Facetime camera
  • Better battery life
  • Nearly identical form factor to the iPad 2
  • iPad 2 to continue to be sold at a lower price with lower storage
If you want to get a slight deal on an iPad 2 and don't want to "settle" for the expected 8GB iPad 2 that Apple will continue to sell when the iPad 3 launches, you can head over to Best Buy's website. The site has iPad 2 variants at $50 off right now, probably trying to move inventory ahead of the iPad 3 launch (for example, wi-fi, black, 16GB, $449).

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