The word is go–
The most recent volley of iPad 3 rumors says Apple contract manufacturers, Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron Technology, have been issued the green light for assembling Apple’s next-generation of iPads for a launch sometime in March.
It’s all on the inside
The unnamed Chinese sources for the rumor state that the iPad 3 will be virtually indistinguishable from the iPad 2 in appearance, but will offer several internal upgrades and changes.
The iPad 3 can be expected to offer better screen resolution. The latest hint seems to indicate that it will have a 2048 x 1536 pixel full HD display. Battery life is also expected to be better by doubling the power of the current iPad 2 power cells to 14,000mAh.
An improved camera is also rumored for the new iPad 3.
iPad 4 for October
According to DigiTimes, a new 9.7-inch iPad 4 will be released by Apple sometime in October that will have “integrated applications so as to compete with an array of Android-, Wintel- or WoA (Windows on ARM)-based tablet PCs.”
The iPad 2 price will drop
Currently, an entry level iPad 2 with 16GB of memory sells for $499 with upgrades for more memory substantially higher.
If the new iPad 3 and iPad 4 do make its appearance this year, the iPad 2 price is expected to drop by $100 to $399.
However, with the price wars going on from Barnes and Noble’s $249 NOOK tablet and Amazon’s $199 Kindle Fire, iPad prices may go even lower than what industry experts are predicting.
Wait and see
The tablet industry is in constant flux, thanks to HP’s failed TouchPad tablet, that first introduced the public to truly affordable tablets, but at the cost of selling them at fire sale prices.
Will Apple take up the challenge of making affordable tablets for the masses by restructuring its pricing?
We’ll all have to wait and see.
Via 9to5 Mac
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Written by: Frank Ling on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 – 12:38 PM