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Apple Reportedly Launching 8GB iPad 2 at iPad 3 Event

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Apple is holding an iPad event on March 7th in Sans Fransisco where we expect to hear all the details about the iPad 3, but a new rumor suggests we’ll see more than that.

According to DigiTimes, we’ll see an 8GB iPad 2 model announced, which will help apple compete with price conscious consumers that are opting for the $200 Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet devices.

The rumor comes from the same source that says we will see an 8-inch iPad this fall.

At the iPad event on March 7th we expect to hear about the iPad 3, a new iPad with a Retina Display, better processor and an improved camera. The iPad 3 may also come with 4G LTE connectivity.

Check Out: Apple’s iPad 3 Event: What You Should Expect

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Apple could release a cheaper 8GB iPad 2.

We expect the iPad 3 price to remain at $499, but Apple could use an 8GB iPad 2 to deliver an even lower price for the iPad line. It wouldn’t be out of line for Apple to release a lower storage device at a lower price.

Apple launched the 8GB iPhone 4 in October for $99, when the iPhone 4S was announced. Apple also announced an 8GB iPhone 3GS in June of 2010 when the iPhone 4 was announced. Don’t forget that you can get a free iPhone 3GS on contract at AT&T.

A smaller capacity iPad 2 would help Apple in many of the same ways that the 8-inch iPad could. Not only would an 8GB ipad priced at $299 offer serious competition to the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, but the rest of the real Android tablet market which already has a tough time competing with the iPad on price.

If Apple wants the eTextbook program to kick off in high schools and grade schools, a low capacity iPad 2 with enough storage for eTextbooks and iCloud for documents at attractive bulk pricing could help Apple get more schools on board.

I couldn’t use an 8GB iPad 2, even if there was no iPad 3, but I know many users that could survive on 8GB by relying on cloud services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora for entertainment.

The most common complaint I hear from tablet shoppers is that the iPad is too expensive, so they settle for a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet. If you cut the price difference from $300 to $100, I’m convinced that many shoppers will make the jump.

 

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

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  1. julialynch

    03/01/2012 at 9:52 am

    An app that is an excellent fit for all versions of the iPad 3 is kikin Browser, a browser exclusively for the iPad that is available for download in the App Store: http://bit.ly/kikinappstore.    kikin Browser aims to deliver a streamlined browsing experience to its users through the use of unique, touch-based features.  It was recently updated to include SmartSuggestions, an app that prompts users to touch the omni-bar for a list of sites that are similar to the one that is currently being displayed.  This allows users to jump from site to site without even typing, thus streamlining the search process!  Learn more about kikin Browser at: http://bit.ly/kikinsite.

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