Since Apple first ignited the tablet PC market with the original iPad, we have seen an explosion of rival products being released. Not all of these have proven to be successful but the competition is certainly getting better and cheaper. There has been plenty of speculation regarding what we may see with the next version of the iPad, and when it may be available. There are now new rumors of possible specifications for the next version with news of the iPad 3, and what Apple may be planning to keep ahead of the competition.
There has long been talk that Apple would release the iPad 3 in the first part of 2012, and now according to TechRadar the company could be set to launch not one, but two versions of the iPad 3. Apple is reportedly looking to have a variety of devices available for consumers looking to enter the tablet PC market.
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Two new models are rumored to be on route that will offer something for all budgets, and to include more battery life than the current model. The supposed release date for the new iPad 3 release date is on January 26th, which is the date of the iWorld/Macworld event.
These two rumored devices will continue to use the same 9.7-inch screen size currently seen with the iPad 2, but one major difference will be the screen resolution. This is claimed to be increased to 1,536 x 2,048 pixels, and will be achieved by having a dual LED bar technology inside the device.
Other enhancements are said to include new A6 processors, and the more expensive model getting an 8-megapixel camera with the cheaper version getting 5-megapixels. The battery could be about to receive a major boost with a 14,000mAh unit installed, which compares to the 6,500mAh that is currently used.
Trouble is Apple previously have stated it would no longer exhibit at the Macworld conference after 2009. Apple normally does refresh their products within a year of release and there is no reason it won’t do the same again with the iPad.
There will be many consumers who would like to own an iPad but can’t currently afford one, so having a cheaper version available makes sense. We could see a slightly upgraded iPad 2 become available but for a cheaper price, and hopefully it will be priced to compete with the Kindle Fire that starts at $199.
If Apple has managed to source components for the current model at lower rates it will certainly enable them to offer it at a more affordable price. They have done something similar recently with the iPhone and the 3GS model, and allowed consumers who would not normally have the money to get hold of an iPhone.
Do you think Apple will offer a cheaper iPad?