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Alleged iPad 3 price may turn consumers away

There has been plenty of talk on whether the Apple’s elusive third generation iPad will feature a quad-core processor or not. One factor that hasn’t been discussed though is price and how much it is going to cost consumers for the exciting new tech.

At the moment, there is still no solid information on if the company will be launching their iPad 3 with a quad-core chip, or if the new device will just end up with an enhanced version of the Apple A5 processor that features in the iPad 2. One feature that does look set to happen though is the inclusion of a Retina Display for the elusive device, but just like the processor, its a feature that could increase the price of the iPad compared to the $499 that consumers have been become accustomed to seeing for the WiFi version of the device.

Now though, a fresh report emerging from China has revealed that Apple may be putting plans in place to increase the price of their third generation iPad by as much as $70 or $80, which we’re assuming may be due to the new hardware that will be featured on the device. According to a chart discovered by MacRumors, we could be seeing a starting price of $579 for the 16GB WiFi model and a new price of $679 for the 32GB WiFi iPad 3.

The 3G model will also allegedly be given a price increase too. At the moment, Apple lists the 3G iPad 2 on the US store for $629, but according to this new chart, the WiFi + 3G iPad 3 will be priced at 699 instead and then increased by $100 depending on which storage capacity you opt for.

If the information turns out to be true, would you be happy paying the extra $80 or so for the brand new features in your iPad? Don’t forget that we could also be seeing an iPad with 4G LTE connectivity for the very first time, so when you combine that with a quad-core processor, a Retina Display and a possible 8 megapixel camera – it does seem logical for Apple to increase the price significantly from a business point of view.

It’s not official yet of course but something to consider as we wait for Apple to announce the next generation device to the world. $579 isn’t too surprising to us, but we’re interested to hear your thoughts on the matter. Just for comparison purposes, we will soon be seeing an upgraded version of the ASUS Tranformer Prime for $600, which will relate to the 32GB WiFi model and obviously includes the likes of a quad-core processor and an 8 megapixel camera. Would you be happy paying $579 for the entry level iPad 3 or not?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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