New iPad to battle Amazon Kindle Fire?

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Earlier today we told you that the release of the Amazon Kindle Fire could be delayed because of some patent issues. This came after we heard that preorders for the device were pretty strong, now in light of this could a new iPad model do battle with the Amazon Kindle Fire?

Amazon’s new tablet PC has been given the low entry price of only $199, and according to AppleInsider there is talk that Apple are looking at the possibility of a low cost iPad early next year. We reported before that the iPad 3 launch was rumored to have been brought forward to the beginning of 2012.

Brian White an analyst with Ticonderoga Securities has been visiting China and Taiwan meeting component manufacturers. This is where he heard talk of a proposed iPad mini coming next year, and the name doesn’t represent screen size, but a lower entry level price.

The move by Apple is seen as a way to tempt consumers who are on more of a budget, which is similar to what the company has done with the iPhone 3GS. It is also felt to be a way of rising to the competition of the Kindle Fire. White is claiming the new lower priced iPad will cost around $200, and be launched alongside a new and more powerful iPad 3.

If these rumors are true the new cheaper iPad could be available around the same time as Amazon is expected to launch a bigger touchscreen tablet. The Kindle Fire will have a screen size of seven inches compared to the 9.7-inch iPad.

A lower priced iPad could result big sales in emerging markets such as China, and other areas across the world. Do you think Apple will release a cheaper iPad next year?

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