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Surprise, surprise! iPad 3 to be thinner and lighter than iPad 2, may be more expensive

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Surprise, surprise! iPad 3 to be thinner and lighter than iPad 2, may be more expensive
Given the design philosophy of Apple, and the thinness of new Samsung tablets, we pretty much already knew that the iPad 3 would be thinner and lighter than the iPad 2, but now we're seeing some actual proof to that fact. Unfortunately, it may also drive up the price of the tablet as well. 

Surprise, surprise! iPad 3 to be thinner and lighter than iPad 2, may be more expensive
A report from the Taiwan Economic News says that Apple has tapped Simplo Technology Co. and Dynapack International Technology Corp. for the iPad batteries. The word is that the batteries will be thinner and lighter than previous models, but also about 20-30% more expensive. Couple that with the new retina displays expected for the iPad 3 and the costs for parts alone will pile up fairly quickly for Apple. 

Of course, we also know that Apple is extremely strict about hitting price points for its products, so it seems unlikely that these costs would push the end price of the iPad. But, thinner, lighter, and a retina screen? Seems like a winner to us.

source: CENS via BGR

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posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:10 5

1. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Apple knows how much money they can make with the app store so I wouldn't be surprised if they let it cut into their margins a bit.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 23:26

11. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5958; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Meh. Apple is basically breaking even on the App store. They are going to squeeze the suppliers on the pricing. You may also see some increase in price to the consumer. I doubt that a $50 increase would kill many sales for Apple.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:15

2. M0nkeyBr (Posts: 77; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


Great
But i might as well just get the ipad 2 im fine with everything on that one

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:23 9

3. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


seems like the exact same thing that you already have+ a slightly better screen. wooptiedoo.. wheres the ibots screaming that this will be the best thing ever..lol.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 00:09 10

13. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Not here yet. But I can provide you with their priceless feedback:


"taco50: another bunch of android fanboys. You guys suck so much. It is known that apple is the best because they pay me regularly to say that, and in return I get to suck TCs i****. I feel like a lucky individual because I reported my whole family to Apple as "android fanboys" because I heard them talking about such crimes like freedom of choice and such"

"The_Miz: lol remixfa you such so much, all you android fanboys, iPhone 5 will have 5000GHz processor cause Apple always makes great experiences and oh my god I need to buy me some more cocaine. It's the best Apple product they ever make. It even got retina display on it. Just like the iPad 3 will which will sell 600,000,000,000,000,000lol units."

"gemini530: lolz look at tem android fanboys all around Apple articles. I praise Apple because resistance is futile. I praise Apple because resistance is futile. I praise Apple because resistance is futile. Oh and because they patented my wallet and they own my cash now. That's an in-app purchase. The best one there is"


- Hope I did a good job. ;-)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 02:22 2

17. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


remixfa -- do you even understand English?? How can it "seem like the exact same thing," when it's lighter, thinner, faster, etc, The iPad 3 will have iOS 5, new batteries, new processor, etc...

remixfa, can you do us a favor and work on your English or your use of logic or perhaps both before you post again. You are quickly becoming the poster child of how to look stupid on phonearena.com

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 03:03 4

22. ilia1986 (unregistered)


here's the thing ardent1 - iOS 5 = iOS 4 + minor tweaks.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 06:38 3

23. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


There's a few hundred new features for iOS 5. It's more than a minor tweak plus the upgrades with be deltas as opposes to an entire new program. Lots of cool stuff in the promo video.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:09 1

25. AKm007 (Posts: 108; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


@ardent1 : yes, thinner and lighter are minor tweaks. how much thinner can a pad get? it will be about 2-3mm less and all you isheep will be screaming for it. Lighter : unless its anything less than 500g, the use of the word lighter as a major factor is bulls**t. And faster : no matter how fast it is, ios5 is still s**t. get me bluetooth file transfers, more freedom within the OS and a nicer company than apple and i will buy it before anybody else.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:23 1

28. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Few hundred new features.. yet Android has many many many many many more of them. Unique once, not notification shade rip-offs. Ever since 2009.

As I said - iOS 5 = iOS 4 + minor tweaks. Mostly Things-which-are-already-in-Cydia tweaks.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 13:03 1

45. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Don't talk about others use of logic if you don't have any yourself.

How can you say iOS 5 has a few hundred (300 or more) when you haven't tried the damn device yet? Apple will not tell anyone anything about their products until release how can you make that statement about the iPad 3 before you try it.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 10:28

33. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


lmao you're the biggest idiot ever, who let this guy in?? seriously you're the biggest tool on this site, anyways......you forgot to do my "priceless" feedback

ANNNNNNND

you are retarded, every single update is just the previous plus a few tweaks....idiot, what do you call Ice Cream Sandwich huh? its the same as Gingerbread just with a few added "tweaks" thats what an update is...dumba$$, except iOS 5 doesn't take 2 years to release from the announcement date and then, half of your devices currently being sold can't even use it anyway...useless f@gdroid....

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 19:35

57. thekai12 (Posts: 25; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


lets dislike him so much for a phandroid hater

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:10 5

26. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ardent, you keep attacking me without merrit over n over again. you realize that so far in all of your attacks, you have made ZERO points.

There have been many people that have attacked me over n over again without merrit. Normally its taco and gemini. And they very rarely have points either. What is it with you crazy iSheep.. lol

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:11 5

27. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


oh.. wait.. now i get it.
you graduated Apple's training school for how to annoy those that make superior products.

apple sues samsung for making better products, and you blindly and crazily attack those that make valid arguements on a regular basis because you lack the ability to. i see now.

Want a cookie? :)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 09:15 5

32. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4438; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


No iSheep eat hay! lol So no cookie for him!

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 10:31 1

34. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


HTC is suing Apple, I don't see you talking $hit about that.....oh wait, the Evo 4G sucks anyways and you can't use your 4G in over 75% of the country anyways....but you're right, your product is superior....seems to me like Apple is the superior one that's why you can't take its name out of your mouth :)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 10:58 3

38. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


speaking of lack of points... lol

what is with the isheep and this time of year.. they all go extra crazy..

its it a full moon!? lol..

no, i know.. they are going nuts because they are used to a new iDevice earlier in the year and are jonsing for their "minor" upgrade.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 11:07 1

40. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


lol you're an idiot man, I'm telling you, you guys are on Apple's nuts just cuz they sue Samsung, with a valid lawsuit at that, why don't you talk s**t about HTC suing Apple huh? Cuz you're a f@gdroid man, that's why lol

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 11:23 1

41. Kjayhawk (Posts: 291; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


This is your argument... Your stupid...But i liked the f@gdroid, clever. A lot of people on this site like android over apple. Your saying hey since you don't like the same OS as me your a f@g... I'm all for that mentallity, but remember you really have no point to your argument. it took iOS like 4 years to fix a broken notification system i mean come on... At least google fixes the major problem every almost every time on an update...

BACK TO THE iPAD. Seriously thinner and lighter that's freaking ridiculous that thing is already supper thin as it is. Will it be quad core? If so the extra 100 bucks would be well spent if you ask me. Personally i thought the iPad 2 was under priced... And for people are bashing on the likely price increase i mean the ipad 2 was 100 less than the xoom (Awesome device) I would pay 100 more for a much a quad core, thinner and lighter iPad... But I don't buy usless s**t like tablet sooo im going to stay away but for the people who do purchase these products and need them its defiantly worth it if you ask me.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 11:31

42. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


lol first off, the F@gdroid comment is just a response to your guys' iSheep comment, if you were Sniggly or Superandroidevo, you'd kno that, we always eff around like that, second off...yeah, took em quite a bit, now they made it better than what Android has because they combined bits and pieces for their notification system, now an iPad is really a good toy to have, I love it, sure if they increase the price it'll suck a bit but eff it, quality costs a bit more and honestly the Galaxy Tab, among others, is s**t like you were saying, but F@gdroids will say it's not, just cuz they're Android fanboys, bring me a tablet that flows better than the iPad 2 RIGHT NOW and I will switch over to that, doesnt matter what brand/OS it is as long as it flows that well...there really isnt one out there, I use mine for eBay and online releases of different sorts and trust me, that "dumbed" down browser with that dual core processor is great for that sort of thing, no lagging at all and no crashing at all...just my 2 cents

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 13:13 1

47. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


hey fanboy..

first off.. register, dont be a punk :)

second off, sniggly generally gets pretty miffed at *** putdowns and calling people f@gs.

3rd, its kind of rude. iSheep goes with Fandroid. Neither are vicious enough to have to take it to the level u want to go to. That's stooping lower than Taco's mama on a saturday night :) Someone has to pay for his iphone.. lol


you prefer "flowing" over functionality.. good for you. some people prefer sizzle.. i prefer steak. I dont mind a lil lack of smoothness if im getting a lot of other things instead.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 13:06 1

46. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


Does that mean he is gonna start suing you everytime you say something smarter than him?
Or make a point where he has none.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 13:14 1

48. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lord i hope not.. thats a lot of lawsuits.. lol

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 14:56 2

51. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


remizfa -- point out that you come across the as poster child how to look stupid on phonearena.com is just stating the obvious.

You don't need merit to state the obvious. I am not trying to make points, I just pointing out that you have a history of making really, really stupid posts.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 15:50

54. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ardent,
if your post has no point, then its a STUPID post.. especially when you are trying to argue against someone else.

wow dude.

your STILL thumbing up all your own posts.. its sad man.. really sad. :)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 19:42 1

58. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)


And you could say the exact same thing with any upgraded hardware. Android fans go crazy over the SGSII, but it's a faster CPU and prettier screen. We like what we like, and there will always be incremental upgrades in hardware. So it goes.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:31 1

4. skymitch89 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I don't see how they can make the iPad any more thinner. It'll be just the screen if they do.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 19:43

59. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I'm sure that's been Steve's vision all along. Nothing but screen. They'll get there some day.

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 00:37

60. ilia1986 (unregistered)


They did - with the Nokia N9, as well as with the 3.x tablets. However, I think that when it comes to game controls - nothing beats physical buttons. No need for huge popping X-Play ones either - just N-Gage style game controls on the phone. 2 - 3 buttons at the button with a D-pad, and 2 - 3 buttons at the top with another keypad.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:34

5. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


I think its really the iphone there talking about lol

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:36 1

6. Poor Guy (unregistered)


Thinner, lighter? Maybe.. But it sure as heck is gonna be more expensive...

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:36 3

7. YakinYaks (unregistered)


Samsung, should sue ; Apple for making the iPad3 thinner ;)

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:40 1

8. pongkie (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


they should call it iFan serves as tablet an a fan at the same time

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 21:43 4

9. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


it will be so thin, they should call it the iBreak.. breathe on it wrong and it will crack the screen since it has almost no structural support.. lol

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 23:35 1

12. LionStone (Posts: 468; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


No doubt...I don't want anything thinner than the Galaxy Tab 10.1, its the perfect size and weight...for me :-)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 08:07 1

31. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I have an LG Gslate. Sizewise i think its perfect, but it could definately stand to lose a few oz.. lol Of course it is one of the thickest tablets though with those 3d cameras on it.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 02:24 2

18. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


remizfa, have you NOT followed the iPod Touch from 1G to 2G to 3G to 4G.

Do you even know the differences between 3G vs 4G iPod Touch?

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 08:06 2

30. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


who the heck is talking about an ipod touch you crazy delusional iDiot??? lol

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 10:59 2

39. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


i also love how you constantly thumb up your own comments, and your the only one.. lol

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 12:37 1

43. ilia1986 (unregistered)


But - he ain't the only one thumbing them down!

Just proved that. :)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 14:58 2

52. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


@ remixfa, did you not notice how Apple continued to shrink the iPod Touch.

You are who stated "breathe on it wrong and it will crack the screen since it has almost no structural support..."

What Apple has shown with the iPod touch by making it lighter, faster, etc, it's doing the same with the iPad.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 15:52

55. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


there is a world of difference between a thin 3.5 inch screen and a thin 10.1 inch screen. Especially since the ipad2 is THINNER :)

Where in the world do u get your logic? Next you will tell me a model 747 and a real 747 can stand up to the exact same structural stresses..

OMG. your hillarious.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 15:53

56. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


im really starting to think your dumber than miz and taco.. seriously. your definately on the same level, thats for sure.

posted on 07 Sep 2011, 22:14 2

10. TOdoubleD (Posts: 114; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)


Maybe more expensive? Are you kidding? Of course it will be. The 64gb model will hit the $1000 mark this time.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 00:09

14. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Bl**dy bugers!!

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 01:14

15. yann (Posts: 42; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


I was able to play around with iPad 2 for a few weeks and I can say for sure: This is just a toy, nothing more. What is the purpose of this toy? Not fully functional browser, not much pre-installed apps - almost nothing... You must buy even mid level games.
I'm not critisizing Apple fans. Just my oppinion.
Have fun.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 02:26 2

19. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I agree it's a toy.

And for many grown-ups, it's a $500 or higher toy that they got to have. Some people drive Ferrari's while some drive Fords and to each, it is considered a toy as well.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 06:54

24. yann (Posts: 42; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


I didn't agree that iPad is like a Ferrari. More like big stupid american cars. Spend a lot of gas for nothing, just to be big. May be the americans have a complex to compensate for something...
Like Apple compensate their limited OS with things like "retina" display, no matter that human eye can't see the difference between 360x640 and 640x960 on 3.5" display without magnifying glass.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 10:44 1

35. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


HAAAHAHA this mofo....let me guess, you're European?

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 10:47 1

37. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


lol....really hope you're not Asian and talking about compensating for "something" hahaha

posted on 09 Sep 2011, 06:53

61. yann (Posts: 42; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


Yes, I'm European.
And you must be one of this complexed americans, right?
Let me enlight you for some proven facts:
Every single empire at the end is conqured by so called barberians.
Can you make the connection?

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 02:16

16. Dr.Phil (Posts: 938; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


If they make it anymore thinner or lighter, it'll just blow away in the wind. *snickers*

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 02:35 1

20. ardent1 (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


It's the same arguments being recycled. The iPad 2 costs more to produce than the iPad 1 when considering component costs. For example, the iPad 2 had a faster processor, it had two additional cameras, etc but it came in at the same price of $500 and up, respectively.

The point is costs are typically higher with new processors, a better display, better batteries, etc, etc, etc, Apple offset these higher costs with economies of scale and economies of scope. Lastly, Apple is a better producer of these products after building millions of these units as well as asking for concessions.

In summary, it's the same argument recycled. Apple has made the $500 price a line in the sand and is using it to destroy the competition. One more thing, when the iPad 2 came out, you could have gotten a new iPad 1 at $100 discount. If this trend continues, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple discounts the iPad 2 at $50 rather than $100 when the iPad 3 shows up as a way to recoup the higher component costs.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 02:38

21. no way (unregistered)


will be overpriced again.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 10:45 1

36. Apple Fanboy (unregistered)


for your brokeass? .....maybe

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 13:15

49. remixfa (Posts: 14193; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


u make a lot of the same lame comments as taco. yall related? :)

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 13:15

50. darth8ball (Posts: 519; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)


I wish instead of just thumbing you down I could give you a different finger. Ask your parents to buy you the iPad 3 and iDiotPhone 5 for christmas and tell all those without we are poor all you want JR.

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 07:52

29. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


Its the same dam thing and you dumb sheep fall for it. Jobs really have a hold on you

posted on 08 Sep 2011, 12:52

44. Goolink (unregistered)


scratch "maybe" from the the tittle and change it with "definitely"

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