Add to the iPad 3 rumors a report that Apple is also planning to reveal a low-priced, 8GB iPad 2. This should help Apple beat back Windows 8-running tablets.
The Apple iPad 3, according to the latest rumors, will come
in two versions, 16GB or 32GB, according to DigiTimes
, which points to information
from upstream supply chain sources. Less expected, the report adds that
Apple during its scheduled March 7 event, will also introduce an 8GB
version of the iPad 2, to help it "defend against Windows 8-based tablet
In a separate
March 1 report, the Taipei-based DigiTimes added that Apple has lowered the
price of both iPad 2 models by $50, to $450 and $550though as of 11 a.m. in
New York, the price on the Apple site had yet to budgeand that the 8GB iPad
will retail for between $349 and $399, a price that "should place even
more pressure on non-Apple tablet PC players."
empire has inspired a market full of knockoffs and thoughtfully inspired
designs, both categories of which have nearly all run Android. While the iPad
continues to dominate, pricing has been a main determinant among non-Apple
devices, with the fire sale of Hewlett-Packard's $99 TouchPad causing such a
frenzy that HP was actually made to turn back on the conveyor belts and build
more, in order to meet sales promises.
Over the holiday season, Amazon enjoyed significant sales
with its relatively low-priced Kindle Firelow, at $199, relative to tablets
such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which as of January ranged from $530 to
$630, or the Motorola Xoom, which in December ranged from $530 to $730. Barnes
& Noble has since lowered
its Nook tablet price by $50 to $199.
have been unique iPad competitors in that Amazon takes a hit on the hardware
end, so confident is it in its ability to drive profits through the
considerable access it offers to media content.
appealing to its long-time base, is expected to prove a notable competitor in
its own right
, with tablets running Windows 8. On Feb. 29, it offered a
beta version of the OS, which is expected to arrive later this year, with
features comfortably familiar to longtime Microsoft users while also offering a
robust, "no compromises" user experience.
There will be
a strong connection to the cloud and cloud-benefitting features, a wide variety
of apps and a start screen that can switch, with a single click, between a
modern layout with colorful tiles and the "old-style" desktop
as ever, remains tight-lipped about what it has in store. Analysts, the media
and other unnamed sources, however, have predicted that the iPad 3 will also include
a much faster processor; have the ability to operate across all carrier
networks; feature an improved display, often called a Retina Display; run Siri;
maintain a $500 price point and come in a 7-inch version.
analysis of Apple's invitation to its March 7 event, by a number of sites,
suggests the iPad 3 may also do away with its home button and that Apple may
also introduce Apple TV 3 at the event.
lines on the Apple invite: "We have something you really have to see. And