Apple To Announce 8GB iPad 2 Alongside 16GB And 32GB iPad 3 On March 7th
Digitimes has been a reliable source of information for a long time, and today, the publication is citing numerous sources across various articles who say that Apple is going to have a very busy year. First comes the March 7th event where the Cupertino-based company will announce the iPad 3 along with an iPad 2 8GB.
The iPad 3 will be available in only two flavors: 16GB and 32GB, said an inside source. The previous iPads also had a 64GB version, but those high-end units were pretty expensive. Still we find it weird that Apple will ditch the 64GB unit so we’re going to have to wait for the next week’s event.
Besides the iPad 3, the 8GB version of the iPad 2 will also be introduced in order to make Apple’s tablet series a little more appealing to the entry-level markets. It is said that Apple is “scared” of the upcoming Windows 8 tablets, but we have to say that the iPad is still the best-selling tablet worldwide, and all signs say that the situations will not change.
Apple has already placed massive orders to manufacturers as it’s expecting heavy iPad 3 demand. The tablet is rumored to feature a 9.7-inch Retina Display at 2,048 x 1,536 resolution along with two LED backlights. It will look almost the same as the previous generations, but the edges will be more tapered, and the camera module will be bigger.
The rumors go even further as sources familiar with the matter claim that Apple is working on an iPad mini which would feature a 7.85-inch display. The iPad mini release date is expected to be Q4 2012 with production starting in the third quarter of this year, and it is said that it will not cost more than $250. If it will become a reality, then the smaller iOS tablet will compete against the likes of Amazon Kindle Fire, Nook 8GB, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7, and others.
Apple declined to comment on rumor and speculation, and invited us to keep an eye on the event in San Francisco next week. We remind you that the iPad 3 is also rumored to feature a quad-core processor and 4G LTE network support though a recent report claimed otherwise.