iPad 3 evidence mounts with iPad 2 price cut

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Apple are obviously remaining tight-lipped on whether the world will witness the iPad 3 over the next few weeks, but just like Apple’s iPhone products, clues are often revealed with or without Apple’s blessing. The latest one can now be seen with Meijer, a prominent US retailer who have now given the iPad 2 a huge discount.

Over the weekend, we told you how stocks of the iPad 2 were beginning to deplete over in the UK with retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Orange completely out of stock of the 3G iPad 2.

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Take that into account and then head to Meijer’s iPad 2 listing here, as noted by Apple Insider. There in black and white you can see that they are slashing the price of the iPad 2 by as much as $70, with the price now standing at $429 compared to the normal price of $499. For those that want to jump on this straight away, be aware that this is the 16GB WiFi version only and that the deal is only in place until February 25th, and you’ll have head into your nearest Meijer store since this offer isn’t available online.

So why has this iPad 2 price cut come so sudden? Is it a coincidence that it has happened in the midst of an imminent iPad 3 announcement, or is it just part of Meijer’s Valentine’s Day savings? A quick glance on Amazon and there’s no price cut yet for the same WiFi iPad 2, nor is there a discount on Walmart or Best Buy’s product page for the device.

Do Meijer know something we don’t and they are trying to clear as much iPad 2 stock as possible? Going back to that earlier report about UK stock depleting, it does suggest that retailers have already been given an indication that a new iPad will be arriving soon, much to the excitement of consumers. As for the iPad 3 itself, confirmed hardware specs are still very much in the air. After initial speculation that the third-generation iPad 3 would support a quad-core processor, it now seems likely that consumers will have to make do with a dual-core A6 processor instead. All eyes will be on the new Retina Display though, as Apple will ‘magically’ try and convince consumers in typical fashion, that the display is something special which we haven’t seen in a tablet to date.

What are your thoughts on this price cut by Meijers, do you think it is a mere coincidence, or are they the first big name retailer to let the cat out of the bag so to speak?