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

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. 

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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1. iankellogg

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 15, 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.

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

2. M0nkeyBr

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

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

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

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. ;-)

17. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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

22. ilia1986 unregistered

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

23. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

25. AKm007

Posts: 108; Member since: Sep 06, 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.

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.

45. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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.

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, 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....

57. thekai12

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

lets dislike him so much for a phandroid hater

26. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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? :)

32. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

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 :)

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

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

41. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

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

47. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

46. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 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.

48. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

51. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

remizfa -- point out that you come across the as poster child how to look stupid on 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.

54. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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. :)

58. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

4. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

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

59. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

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.

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