“Both Microsoft and Intel are said to have been working closely with PC makers in hopes of pushing Apple’s iPad to less than 50 percent of the global tablet market by mid-2013,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.

“Original design manufacturers based in Taiwan indicated to DigiTimes that Intel and Microsoft have been working closely with partners to develop new tablets based on the forthcoming Windows 8 operating system, which will launch this fall,” Oliver reports. “The sources indicated that Microsoft will release Windows 8 for traditional PCs to device makers in September, while Windows RT, the newly announced name for the ARM-based version, will be issued some time after.”

Oliver reports, “Windows 8 tablets from Lenovo and Acer are expected to be priced as low as $300, to take on low-end Android tablets, while more expensive and powerful models will target Apple’s iPad. Those tablets will reportedly cost as much as $1,000; Apple’s most expensive iPad model with a 64-gigabyte capacity and wireless cellular connectivity is $829.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We await the mock iPad funeral with bated breath.

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