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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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