updated 11:25 pm EST, Sun February 12, 2012
Meijer hints at 2012 refresh with price cuts
Large US retailer Meijer has instituted an unusually steep discount on the iPad 2 that may be a further sign of clearing iPad 2 stock ahead of a refresh. All versions of the tablet sold at the store are on sale and start off with sharp price cuts even on the entry 16GB Wi-Fi model, which is down $70 to $429. The deal lasts until February 25, or nearly the rest of the month.
The iPad sale isn't the only Apple-related sale, as it's giving away $15 iTunes cards with 8GB iPod touch players and cutting the price on iPad 2 Smart Covers slightly, to $35. Only the iPad discount is so deep, however, and it runs lower than the Black Friday discounts offered by Apple itself.
While stores have occasionally been known to run sales of this sort purely to draw store traffic, even if it means taking a loss on the price, the cut is arriving just as it's thought Apple might have an iPad 3 event in early March. Meijer may suspect, though not know, that a refresh is coming and could be trying to clear stock of the iPad 2 when it's easier to sell. [via AppleInsider]