While previous rumors have suggested that the iPad 3 may cost up to $80 more than the iPad 2, and be available only in 16GB and 32GB models, 9to5Mac has heard from a “reliable source” that the pricing and capacities will remain the same.
We’ve gotten word that iPad pricing is going to be the same across the board as the current iPad 2 models which should be no big surprise given Apple’s history – they rarely raise prices. Even better, some countries with currencies doing better than the US dollar should expect to see marginal drops in prices.
While we’re squashing, the configurations appear to be the same as current 16/32/64GB. One of the strange succession of posts from Digitimes this week said that Apple would move to 8GB/16GB/32GB. That appears even less likely than before, if that is possible.
It would seem unlikely for Apple to decrease the maximum capacity for the iPad, and equally unlikely for them to raise the price – Apple typically fights to keep price points at the same or lower rates with each successive generation of product, and as we have previously discussed, it simply would not make sense for Apple to eliminate the 64GB option for the iPad.
9to5Mac previously listed supposed part numbers for the next-gen iPad, which also back up the idea that the device will be offered in three separate capacities. Apple is expected to officially unveil the next-gen iPad this Wednesday, March 7th.