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iPad 2 Price Dropped in Advance of iPad 3: Coming March 7

Best Buy and other retailers have started dropping the price of the iPad 2. The price drop reinforces the rumor that the iPad 3 is on the way – and possibly as early as March 7. (Apple sent members of the press an invitation for March 7 event today.)

Best Buy dropped the price of the iPad 2 across the board – the 16-gigabyte, Wi-Fi-only iPad 2 is now $449.99 down from $499.99, while the most expensive model, the 64-gigabyte iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G capability, is now $779.99 down from $829.99.

Apple insiders and retail analyst point to the fact that both Apple and authorized retailers will usually drop prices in addition to pumping more dollars in advertising to promote sales of products that are about to be phased out. (Retailers don’t want to be stuck holding older tech products, especially Apple ones.)

The Next Big Thing
The first two iPads were introduced by the late Steve Jobs. The first iPad was first announced on Jan. 27, 2010, it was  released to stores April 3, 2010. The iPad 2 was unveiled on March 2, 2011. It was available for sale to the public on March 11, 2011. Apple has made no comment or announcement about the iPad 3 or hinted to an expected release date.

This artist conception of the iPad 3 is said to be too futuristic, this is more like the iPad 5.

As far as what technology will the iPad 3 include, and the iPad 3 features, Apple hasn’t revealed any information. Still that hasn’t stopped industry insiders and analyst from speculating – they’re confident Apple will include a “retina display.” This will double the resolution of the device display. It’s also rumored the iPad 3 will work with 4G LTE networks, like those supported by AT&T and Verizon. While there is a 3G iPad, a 4G iPad has yet to be released.

Apps Make the iPad
App development for iPad is a big business and there’s no doubt the newest iPad features – no matter what they are – will push the device to new limits. It’s up to app developers to truly exploit the device. Are you looking forward to the iPad 3 or are you buying an iPad 2?


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When Does The iPad 3 Come Out?

Even though the cheapest iPad is $499, the iPad is still one of the most popular device on the market today and sets the standard for tablet computers. And while new devices like the Kindle Fire have sparked consumer interest, folks are still flocking to the iPad.

The iPad tops the list of the hottest gifts this season. 

The iPad easily tops the list as the must-have holiday gift of 2011 and based on industry analyst research, Apple will sell 13.5 million iPads in December alone. That’s more than an 84% increase over the same time last year and bring $8.26 billion in revenue to Apple.

iPad 3 Release Date
The iPad runs toe-to-toe with the iPhone as the most sought after Apple product. According to Gene Munster senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, “the iPad is appealing to more price-sensitive buyers, while the Mac has retained a premium appeal.”

Recent reports indicate a new iPad (what’s being called iPad 3) may hit the market as soon as February, but don’t hold your breath. The original iPad was released April 2010, and the iPad 2 was just released this past March 2011. Analyst say Apple would want to give the iPad 2 at least a year on the market.

iPad 3 Features
These are rumored features, keep in mind, Apple hasn’t announced anything officially:

  • A high-resolution retina display like the the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Basically, the iPad 3 will double the screen resolution at 2048 x 1536
  • Thinner, sleeker, losing 20 percent of the device’s current mass
  • A better 5MP camera (maybe even a flash)
  • Improved battery life
  • Wireless charging technology
  • A new A6 processor

Must-Have iPad
You shouldn’t let this put you off from buying an iPad 2 though. The iPad 2 is an incredible device, it features a front and rear facing camera and app development for the iPad is a booming business. More apps are available in the App Store than on Google’s Android, and they’re optimized for the iPad’s HD display.


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iPad 3 Features & Release Date

The iPad, just as Apple’s Steve Jobs predicted, has changed the face of computing. Some analysts predict that in 5 to 10 years, almost all desktop and laptop computers will be replaced by tablet devices. In the same way, smartphones have revolutionized cell phones, tablets, and particularly the iPad…and these devices are already revolutionizing computing.

A 3D artist’s rendering of the iPad 3. 

While the tablet business has been brisk for Apple, it hasn’t been as lucrative for some. Hewlitt-Packard recently announced it would leave the computer hardware business entirely, including its tablet business. HP recently sold out its 16GB HP Touchpad for the jaw-dropping, basement price of $99.

Outside of Apple, Amazon is probably the company most aggressive about the tablet business, and Amazon expects to sell 3 to 5 million tablets by 2012. Still, the king of the tablet throne is Apple’s iPad, and rumors are already circulating around the next version of that device. We’ve done some investigation and here’s what the iPad 3 could offer and when you can expect it:

Better Display
iPad 3′s screen resolution and possibly its size will be increased. The iPad 2 has a 9.7-inch screen and 1024 x 768 resolution – the same as the first-generation iPad. A retina display (like the iPhone 4) with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 is rumored to be in the works for the iPad 3.

The iPad has also taken knocks for its glossy screen. Sure, it looks great, but the glare can be a real problem when trying to read a book or play a game. Amazon’s Kindle features a matte-like screen that diffuses light rather than reflecting it; Apple could offer a version of the iPad 3 with anti-glare.

Apple quietly re-introduced an anti-glare option for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. A similar option could be made available for the iPad 3.

Better Camera
The camera on the iPad 2 is less than 1 megapixel. Frankly, it’s appalling that such a cutting-edge device has such an outdated camera. Rumors suggest that the iPad 3 camera resolution will be significantly improved.

New OS
In addition to hardware upgrades, Apple insiders also point to a new or updated iPad operating system. Ideally, this OS would be released just prior to the iPad 3 release, and original iPad and iPad 2 owners would also benefit from the update. iOS 5 is already slated for release this fall.

New Outputs
Currently, the iPad requires an adapter (which must be bought separately) in order to connect the device to your flatscreen or to view pictures on the device you’ve taken with a separate camera. Some analysts have said a next-generation iPad may at least have HDMI out. However Apple insiders have ruled this out, because the addition of another output would increase the cost of hardware, which is something Apple is not fond of doing.

Release Date & New iPad Retailer
Apple’s hardware release pattern is somewhat predictable, at least it was until component manufacturers located in Japan, China and other Asian regions were affected by this past year’s tsunami. But most analysts look to a Spring 2012 iPad 3 release. Here’s why: A newly forged relationship with communications provider Sprint, which is rumored to be getting iPad distribution rights in 2012. Also, Apple has a tendency to release devices well in advance of the holiday season (usually during spring or early summer) to allow consumer demand to build for almost an entire year. In addition, Apple will not want to cannibalize sales of the iPhone 5, which drops in September. Apple will want that device to have all the limelight possible well into the end of this year.

Developing For The Future
As the computer hardware industry changes to embrace tablets, the development community must change, too. Almost all tablets not made by Apple are driven by the Android OS, and apps are the primary way to experience content. Learning app development or the Android OS could help you get your foot in the door of the tablet revolution. It’s a revolution that’s already well underway.


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