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Rumor: 3 iPads Coming in 2012 (iPad 3, iPad 2S and a ‘Budget’ iPad 2)

Rumor: 3 iPads Coming in 2012 (iPad 3, iPad 2S and a ‘Budget’ iPad 2)

Apple may release three separate versions of the iPad next year, reports AppleInsider, although the company is still expected to launch the Retina display toting iPad 3 in March.

According to Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes, Apple could break their tablet offerings into three categories, introducing an iPad 3 with a Retina display, an iPad 2S focused on speed and power, and a converted $299 “budget” version of the iPad 2.

Despite his claims, Reitzes still expects Apple to launch the iPad 3 in March, which will include a Retina display, Siri voice recognition, and a faster processor, and also believe Apple will continue offering the iPad 2 (while the iPad 2S would be faster and feature Siri).

Of course, this is an utter load of crap – it’s extremely unlikely that Apple would release three iPads next year (while continuing to offer the iPad 2), as it would make choosing far more difficult for consumers.

Such a move could also fragment iOS in a terrible way, causing developers to tailor their apps to each device, rather than releasing universal apps that can run on all iPads.

Not to mention that it would be a production nightmare to manufacture that many iPads, each in Wifi-only and 3G options (and multiple storage capacities), and to gage consumer demand for each device.

In short, there’s basically no way on earth Apple would ever do something like this – but hey, rumors are rumors, right? I just wonder why he left the 7″ iPad mini out of his rumor-spinning fun?


  1. I just want a better camera on the Ipad.

  2. And I want a mini projector that will show quicktime movie files to classes.

  3. Ayanthajanith says:

    Are you freaking kidding me!!! That so does not sound like apple! You guys should know better! There is a way even to tweet fake rumors!

  4. Paul says:

    Here’s a neat idea, let’s come up with a secret word that can be posted with your tweets whenever the article you’re linking to is absolute shit. (Hint: you should have used it for this one.) 

  5. Anonymous says:

    If there are three iPads on sale, one of them will be an upsized iPod touch to cut off the Kindle Fire. That way the 7″ iPad can have the pixel count of the 9.7″ iPad 2.

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