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Briefly: March iPad rumor, Target AT&T iPhone trade-ins

updated 05:10 pm EST, Sat February 5, 2011

March iPad event rumored as Target trades iPhones

An unconfirmed rumor from a recently reliable source today pointed to Apple launching the iPad in March. The company would have a "small event" to kick off the new tablet in late February and would ship it sometime in March, releasing it slightly earlier than last year. Reporting site MacOtakara wasn't sure which countries would be included in the launch beyond the US.

The tip doesn't have corroborating evidence other than independent rumors of a Marchrelease target, but it comes from a source that has more than once obtained next-generation iPad parts and might have deeper contact than most.

A more tangible tip has pointed to Target helping AT&T maintain some of its iPhone subscribers as Verizon launches Apple's hardware. The store will have a trade-in program between February 6 and 12 that gives discounts between $100 and $200 for those who trade in at least a 16GB iPhone 3G and up to a 32GB iPhone 3GS as they sign up for an iPhone 4 on AT&T. Getting the cash back requires signing up for a new two-year contract and bringing in a working phone.

The deal follows trade-in options from AT&T and Verizon trying to either keep iPhone customers loyal or entice them to switch. The discounts aren't as large as for some dedicated trade-in services or auctions but could help minimize the cost of upgrading for those who prefer convenience first.



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  1. Foe Hammer

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    A Recently Reliable Source?

    Has the source been unreliable until recently?

  1. chippie

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    I Knew With The Introduction Of The Samsung

    Galaxy Tab that the upgrade cycle for the ipad would have to be shorter than every 12 months. The strongly held apple practice of holding back currently available features for next year's upgrade is not going to suffice in the soon to be fiercely competitive tablet market. Also, the perceived notion that apple products are better because they cost more has been turned on its head because major players( Samsung, Motorola, Blackberry and Dell) are not under pricing the ipad to compete, hallelujah!

  1. cartoonspin

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    What?

    Companies are throwing features together without any clear thought of how it all works together. Nothing has been turned on its head. All the players can't compete with products that are the same or more. Traditionally, PC companies had to be cheaper in every way to compete with Apple and the iPad is no different.

    And so far the upgrade cycle has been every 12 months.

  1. ff11

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    re:What?

    Aside from your points, chippie displays a shocking ignorance of how the market works. Apple products are not better because they cost more. (When they do) They cost more because they are better. The one incontrovertible fact of the real world is that if they cost more without being better, they simply would not sell.

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