Report says Apple iPad 3 could cost more than Apple iPad 2

Report says Apple iPad 3 could cost more than Apple iPad 2
A leaked pricing sheet that appeared on the Chinese website Sina Weibo was looked into by MacRumors. The latter site discovered that the pricing sheet showed that the Apple iPad 3 will cost more than the current Apple iPad 2. The iPad 3 looks to be $80 more expensive than the equivalent Wi-Fi only model of the iPad 2. The difference with the equivalent 3G models is a $70 premium for the newer version of the tablet.

A good sign that the new iteration of Apple's tablet is indeed coming to market soon, is that retailers are beginning to cut prices for the Apple iPad 2. Best Buy has recently sliced $50 off the price of its iPad 2 inventory. Chinese blog Sina Weibo says that the front of the Apple iPad 3 resembles the current model, something that has been said of the new iPad for months. The big difference seems to be in the length of a ribbon cable which runs up the side of the tablet's display and is longer in the upcoming version.

A higher price for the Apple iPad 3 could be due to the hike in the resolution of the tablet's display to 2048 x 1536, the faster processor whether it is the A5X or the A6, and an upgraded camera. The Apple iPad 3 could extend Apple's lead in the tablet market where analysts see no competition for Apple's device. Even the low priced Amazon Kindle Fire, which supposedly was a challenger to Apple during the holidays, was more of a threat to e-reader sales than the Apple iPad 2, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley. The Apple iPad 3 is expectred to be introduced on March 7th with a possible launch in the middle of the month.

source: weibo (translated) via eWeek, MacRumors


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34 Comments

1. joey18

Posts: 673; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

Tablets are so spenced apple need to challenge kindle fire the price the economy right now makes people get the fire st of the ipad

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Lol. Gotta keep those rape sized profit margins. Anyone who voluntarily lets Apple rob them are idiots.

33. stealthd unregistered

Anyone who posts obnoxious sentences like these is an idiot.

3. android_hitman unregistered

you ment iPAD2s i presume and of course it will cost more .. apple fans are rich and they deserve the best of the best

10. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Apple fans are idiots! I'm rich and i want the best of the best! That's why i hate apple!

4. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

yay for more expensive toys from apple. i honestly don't understand how they can keep such a high price point when others such as ASUS can undercut them by several hundred dollars

5. ilia1986 unregistered

I heard Apple is working this year on the iDollar. It's like a regular dollar, only that 1 iDollar costs 100 regular dollars. You can only then buy products from Apple (including iTunes songs and App store apps) using only iDollars. Oh, and the prices stay the same. Now you can spend 100 times more on Apple products in a new, magical and revolutionary way!

8. Gawain

Posts: 448; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

At the rate the Apple is squirreling away cash, the iDollar might just become the new reserve currency for the world.

6. abish1234

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

Captain Obvious... To the rescue!!!!

7. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

apple should sell even higher as anyway fans will buy at any cost

12. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

i bet a $1000 8GB 7" iPad 4 with the same specs as Transformer 300 will still sell like a hotcake..

9. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

the funny thing is that the windows 8 tablets will cost more and thats were my eye is for this year

11. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

For better or for worse ... considering all of the tablets just announced ... at varying prices and sizes ... for Apple to launch a tablet at these prices ... is really really bold. Apple knows they have a following ... people will buy it ... because it is Apple. With that being said ... with all of these "other" tablets ... this may be the last time Apple can pull this off ... people are figuring out that their are equivalent cheaper (much) options. My secret hope for the iPad3 ... I have heard "rumors" that the iPad3 will support dual displays. Maybe ... maybe ... the iPad3 with its resolution "doubled" ... will essentially be able to have an app run on one side of the screen ... and ... ANOTHER app ... running on the other side of the screen - simultaneous. I would drop money on this in a flash ... but considering Apple does not support Flash ... not sure if this will happen ;) This would be revolutionary and worth the money ... I would drop money on the iPad 3 for this.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

sorry but u got your companies confused. that app is being designed for ICS tablets. they had a blurb about it a few weeks ago on the site. up to 3 "windows" at a time running anything u want all on screen.

19. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I was referring to this post: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Retina-display-confirmed-for-Apple-iPad-3_id27027 Look near the end ... "dual LED display technology"

15. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

hhmm, if the resolution is doubled, it theoretically can run 4 apps at the same time.. let's say a rectangle with a 2x1 dimension can fit one window, if that is doubled to 4x2, you can fit 4 windows at the same time since you times two to both length and width.. just like a qHD display with a 540x960 vs an fullHD of 1080x1920.. notice that the width and length are only multiplied by 2 but it can actually fit 4 of those qHD display in a fullHD display, hence the term qHD (which means quarter, or 1/4)? but, remember, it is only in theory, may or may not be feasible.. confused? yeah, pardon my explanation.. but just draw a 2x1 and 4x2 rectangle and you'll know..

22. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Duh ... of course ... even better though! Mind you ... it would be very very small for four. Depends on the application I suppose.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

"guys, 70% profit on iDevices just isnt enough.. lets see if we can rape our slav...err.. customers for another 5%.. what do ya say?" lol sorry, but at the economies of scale that Apple runs at, those "bump in spec" parts, dont cost but a few dollars more, probably not even 10. Its just apple sucking idiots dry, thats all.

34. stealthd unregistered

I like how the 70% figure is completely made up.

16. ENIGMA

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

which stupid$ idi ot s wiil by this ur paying 500 pounds and u cant watch or browse the web with flash this is ment to replace netbooks labtops if flash is dead why is macbook using adobe flash and windows we dont like that u ios is diffrent from us u totally disagree then why are u they using flash what happend to cheap html5

17. ENIGMA

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

which stupid$ idi ot s wiil by this ur paying 500 pounds and u cant watch or browse the web with flash this is ment to replace netbooks labtops if flash is dead why is macbook using adobe flash and windows we dont like that u ios is diffrent from us u totally disagree then why are u they using flash what happend to cheap html5

18. ENIGMA

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

apple never sponsor they are the greediest filtye lowlife coward company the fruit master ov disguise is very clever to attract dum $tupid people but not the smart ones like we are android

20. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow cant wait for the PA team to control the trolling on Apple articles.. I tell you fandroids are more interested in what Appke does than members of the Apple Army... i just got here and 18 hating comments already.... wow

21. ENIGMA

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

the world is full ov idiots who buy apple products they get ripet ov when we see u we laugh at you this is apple forum but full ov androids u apple fans cant argue or dispute cause u are ashmed ov ur selfs but u still deny so that shows u are not humans with brains we android atleast admit to pros and cons androids for smart techy clever inteligent people appke users are dum and its true a fact apple is a passion for fashion wow look ive got an iphone im cool yea more like stupid and typical iphone users are all kids granies grandads who find it easy and simple apple users cant find it hard to understand or to function it

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

dude where have you been.. ashamed? of what??.. we are happy with Apple products. no shame here... is you guys that want Apple to be more like Android... is not going to happen so stay with the green robot... but whatever.. man.. you appear today... gone in 4 hours.. tops

24. ENIGMA

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

if the ipad had flash and with no restrictions open like android i would bye one!!!!

25. ENIGMA

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

dude galitoking ur observed me like that i like that smart boy u are nope this time ile stay will be here for long galitoking u gave me that thums down so whats wrong with apple running android android running ios thats how it should be vice versa so u prefer restrictions rather than freedom ur weird

28. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

no Enigma I didn't give you thumbs down.. I don't believe in thumbing people up or down... cool you stay here long

26. ENIGMA

Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

gali u must like love chickens i recall a cartoon that i love and it goes like i say isay whats the big idear the cartoon is based on a farm how funny... i like that!!!

29. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

love fog Horn Leg horn.. my favorite looney tunes character

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