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iPad 3 prices, capacities rumored staying put

updated 07:05 pm EST, Fri March 2, 2012

iPad 3 to up features while keeping prices

Rumors that the iPad 3 might get a price hike were theoretically debunked in a form of counter-rumor on Friday. Prices are expected by a familiar 9to5 source to be the same as they are for the iPad 2 despite the anticipated 2048x1536 screen, faster processor, and upgraded camera. Talk of cutting off a 64GB model and possibly adding an 8GB iPad 2 were tossed aside as well, with at least the iPad 3 still sitting at the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities of today.

The strategy, if true, would have Apple shipping the same capacities of iPad for a total of three years and at prices between $499 and $829 for a 16GB Wi-Fi version through to a 64GB cellular edition. The technology behind the new iPad may make it less practical to increase the capacity. Along with the display, which will be the first truly high-density tablet display actually shipping to customers, Apple is expected to have a new processor and possibly more RAM to accommodate the much larger visuals. Cellular versions may adopt LTE.

The costs could put the squeeze on Android manufacturers that have had trouble competing with Apple on price for similar features. Acer has yet to price out its Iconia Tab A700, whose features will compete closely with the next iPad, but 3G and 4G Android tablets have almost always been more expensive than their iPad equivalents. The Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE on Verizon, despite its smaller screen, only costs less than a cellular iPad through a two-year contract and is $70 more expensive without.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. iphonerulez

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    +1

    I wonder if Apple's decision to

    stay with 64 GB of memory is a problem to the Flash industry that would normally be creating higher density memory every year. If flash memory makers produce higher density chips, who would be using them in quantity if not Apple. They'd be rather expensive and only Apple would have that kind of money to buy those higher density chips in quantity. I wonder if Apple will use those higher density chips in their MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros.

  1. DaJoNel

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    Joined: Aug 2010

    +5

    Interesting

    iphonerulez's comment isn't offensive to anyone and seems reasonable... Why all the down votes? lol

  1. LeoNobilis

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    Joined: Nov 2007

    -1

    Rubbish! Utterly illogical.

    "The technology behind the new iPad may make it less practical to increase the capacity." - what nonsense is that! To the contrary! Here's 3 reasons the iPad storage capacity must increase:

    - The first (or was it second?) generation iPad already had that capacity - and that was 3 years ago!

    - Apps quantity in the iTunes store increases with the day.

    - So does most users' media collection.

    - An average app would weigh in at a couple of MBs in 2010. Now the lion's share of apps are over 15 MB in size. That - without taking into account the increased resolution of the iPad 3!

    - The increased resolution of the iPad 3 will necessitate a much greater storage than its predecessor's.

    - On top of that, the mobile network providers' cartel has seen to enormous mobile data costs and ridiculous data caps. This idiotic trend is as counter-progressive as would be trading our newest tech for 1990 technology. I fail to understand consumers' endorsement of these measures, but that's another topic. These measures do, again - among other things - necessitate a far greater capacity in the new iPads for offline storage of media, navigation apps, etc.…


  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: Rubbish! Utterly illogical

    To the contrary! Here's 3 reasons the iPad storage capacity must increase:

    If Apple says they don't need to increase, they don't need to increase!

    - The first (or was it second?) generation iPad already had that capacity - and that was 3 years ago!

    So? Apple follows the rule of "incrementally better". They don't want to load in a bunch of new stuff, since then there's less to bring in next year.

    - Apps quantity in the iTunes store increases with the day.

    Again, so? It isn't like people just keep buying and buying and adding apps to their devices. App downloading decreases rapidly over time for users. Just like app buying on a computer. You get what you need/want, then you just use it. Maybe now and then you buy something new. But it isn't like people get a new app or two every day.

    - So does most users' media collection.

    What, people didn't have 100GB media collections before? Plus, Apple wants everything to be in the cloud, so then why would they want to keep increasing the storage capacity? Esp. for media.

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