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Apple to Release Low-End $299 iPad Alongside iPad 3?

Apple to Release Low-End $299 iPad Alongside iPad 3?

Although there have been prior rumors suggesting a lower-cost iPad, a new report from Digitimes adds more fuel to the fire, suggesting the introduction of a new $299 low-end iPad model alongside the iPad 3.

Sources from Apple’s supply chain have claimed that there will be two versions of the new iPad, one targeting the high-end segment and the other the mid-range. Digitimes Research believe the two new iPad models will both be equipped the A6 processor with high-end model coming with a high resolution panel (2048×1536) and the mid-tier model featuring the same grade of panel as iPad 2 (1024×768).

Digitimes admittedly has a spotty record with their rumors and predictions, but considering the availability of competing tablets at cheaper prices, such as the popular Kindle Fire available at $199, bringing a lower-cost iPad model into the fray might be a good idea to help them keep their edge over the competition.

It doesn’t make much sense for Apple to release a new low-end tablet, and makes even less sense to include their upcoming “A6” processor in such a product  when they could instead continue offering the iPad 2 at a discounted price, much as they have done with the iPhone in the past.

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  1. dualmal says:

    While its possible that there could be a budget version of the iPad three I don’t think it will happen. A quote from Jobs once explained that Apple’s answer getting customers and building the company was not slashing prices and laying people off, it was innovation. In a company you can have 2 of the 3: Service, Quality, Price. Apple clearly chose Quality and Service. 

    If you look at the past everyone had rumors about an iPhone mini–the supposed smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone. Well guess what, it didn’t happen. The closest thing Apple has ever gotten to “cheap and affordable” when it comes to hardware is the Mac Mini. 

    Its evident the cheaper version of the iPad 3 will be the iPad 2. Just as the iPhone 4 is now the cheaper alternative to the iPhone 4S, and the 3GS before that. Apple doesn’t care about competing with prices of competitors because they win their battle by having a consistently-consumer-satisfying product. 

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