In just a few months, Apple will be announcing its next generation tablet. There are a frenzy of rumors ahead of any product release, and the iPad 3 is no different. Between now and March or April, you can expect to hear all kinds of rumors about the specs, form factor, and cost of the new iPad 3.
Some of those rumors will be true, and some won’t, but speculation gives us all something to do while we wait impatiently for Apple’s upgrade. Today rumormonger site Digitimes has new information from its oft-cited “Apple supply chain,” stating that there will be more than one version of the new iPad.
Apple’s current base iPad model starts at $499 for 16GB of storage. For mobile devices – the iPod, the iPod Nano, the iPod Touch, the iPhone, and the iPad – Apple has traditionally based its pricing on storage capacity.
Digitimes believes that Apple is going to change its pricing strategy for the iPad 3, introducing two versions of the tablet. While both will feature the A6 processor, the higher end model will have a high resolution display (2048×1536) and the mid-tier model will have the same display that’s currently in the iPad 2 (1024×768). The current iPad 2 would be considered Apple’s low end model, and have the lowest pricing.
Will Apple bend under the pressure of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and introduce a low-end version of the iPad 3? Or will it simply keep the iPad 2 on shelves and lower its price once the iPad 3 is out? While it’s unlikely and out of character for the company, a lower cost iPad is a possibility, especially given the success of the Kindle Fire.