As we are all waiting on March 7th to finally arrive when we can see Tim Cook take the stage and introduce us all to the iPad 3, there be a smaller surprise included as well. Not unlike the iPhone 4S launch where Apple also kept the iPhone 4 and 3GS version in it’s ranks as a cost alternative to the hordes of Android devices running around, so might it also do with the iPad. It appears there could be an 8GB version of the iPad 2 that would allow Apple to lower the cost and capture price pointed customers unwilling to spend 500 bucks for a new iPad 3. Still a current design from what rumors suggest, the iPad 2 is an excellent performing tablet even without a revised A6 processor or Retina Display.
If in fact released, the 8GB iPad 2 might fetch a $399.99 price and help relive the sting out of spending $500. But is that enough? Even though as I say, the iPad 2 is an excellent tablet, I think spending $100 dollar more to get the iPad 3 with the high-definition 2,048 x 1,536-pixel display, quad-core A6 processor, and 4G LTE would be the better way to go. I think Apple would cut hard into the growing price pointed consumer currently eating up the Amazon Kindle Fire than at the $400 dollar mark.
Where the pricing falls is anyone’s guess at this point as is the final build of the iPad 3, but the fact that Apple continues to offer more product price points is good for customers and help maintain their dominance in the Tablet market. After seeing the videos on Windows 8 working on a tablet, Apple would do well to keep their eye on the ball this next year.