“Never one to disappoint, Digitimes is out with a new report today with some more supply chain rumblings from the Far East on what to expect. In standard Digitimes fashion, take with six handfuls of salt and expect about 50% accuracy,” Evan Niu writes fro The Motley Fool. “The report claims that Apple will unveil an 8 GB iPad 2 entry-level model. This is where the plot thickens, because this speculation checks out with Apple’s practice of reducing storage on older models to tackle lower price points. It did this with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 over the past two years.”

“Some type of iPad price cut seems inevitable, and this would be a killer move. Let’s say that Apple moves the current entry-level 16 GB iPad 2 down to the $399 spot once the new iPad 3 takes the $499 place. If Cupertino puts an 8 GB iPad 2 at either $299 or $349, that would aggressively target some would-be Amazon.com Kindle Fire buyers,” Niu writes. “It would also inevitably take a bite out of some Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet shoppers too, just as B&N introduced an 8 GB model of its Nook Tablet at $199 to directly take on the Kindle Fire.”

Niu writes, “If Apple were to go for the jugular with a $299 iPad 2, the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet should be shaking in their plastic body casings. Such an aggressive pricing move would knock down the Fire and Nook just as they were gaining momentum, and potentially jump the gun on an official Google (Nasdaq: GOOG ) Nexus Android Tablet, which is rumored to begin production next month with a price potentially as low as $199.”

“In all likelihood, though, Apple may end up pricing the 8 GB iPad 2 at $399 and eliminate the 16 GB second-generation model like it has done with iPhones in the past — but a Fool can dream, can’t he?” Niu writes. “Just for the record, if we see a $299 iPad 2 next week, you heard it here first.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Nope, actually you heard it here first.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]

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