Get ready for the next iPad that comes after the iPad that isn’t out yet
The iPad 3? Puh-leeze, that’s such old news even though it doesn’t come out until next week. The hot buzz this morning is all about an upcoming smaller version of the iPad that is supposedly in the works. DigiTimes, the Chinese blog that always has a lot to say and some of it accurately, reports that a 7.85-inch iPad is in the works, about 2 inches smaller than the current standard, and will come out later this year at a price point between $249 and $299. If this is true, and it is best to eat a whole handful of grains of salt on a DigiTimes story, it would be Apple squaring up against the Kindle Fire, making a tablet that is more of a souped up reader than anything else but could still run apps, stream video, and do a lot of consumer end stuff.
Also, there may be a cheap Deuce premiering with the Trey. Rumors going around this morning that next week’s announcement of the iPad 3 will also feature an announcement of an 8gb iPad 2, which would be half the memory of the current baseline iPad 2. It would also be cheaper and aimed at reaching more of a mass audience than the hipster crowd. I think this might make sense if the OTHER rumors are true that the Trey will come in a little more expensive than the Deuce.
Although! It wouldn’t surprise me either if that more expensive price point rumor was floated to throw people off so the actual price will seem cheaper. It’s like a dang soap opera sometimes with Cupertino.
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