RUMOR: iPad 3 with Retina display may see $70-80 price hike over iPad 2

“Over the past several days, several unverified rumors about the iPad 3 have been showing up on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo, offering tidbits of information about Apple’s plans for the device,” Arnold Kim reports for MacRumors.

“One post seems to depict a price comparison between the iPad 2 and iPad 3 possibly revealing a price increase for the iPad 3… [which] is listed at a starting price of $579 for the $16GB+WiFi model and goes as high as $899 for the 64GB+WiFi+3G model. According to the chart, the iPad 3 costs $80 more for the equivalent Wi-Fi models, and $70 more for the equivalent 3G models,” Kim reports. “Apple is believed to be upgrading the iPad 3 to a 2048×1536 “Retina” display, which could account for some price increase to the iPad 3.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Lynn Weiler,” and “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]

25 Comments

    1. Why not? Keep the iPad 2 line and drop it $50. The iPad 3 will need better CPU and supporting chips along with a larger battery to support it’s power requirements. I also believe that Apple will make a Fat iPod touch later this year with Siri. This will become the remotes and playing iOS devices for the AppleTV and it NEW generation that is coming out this year.

    2. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! In what world do you believe that Apple Inc. has started making their business and marketing PLANS in CHINA??!!??!!

      Certainly, any pricing structure is still possible… and who’s to say that the Chinese microbloggers didn’t get lucky and guess correctly or use some preliminary price estimates to foresee some different pricing levels. BUT, to give any sort of credibility to the obvious faked pricing lists on this site is just pure ignorance.

  1. This would be very inconsistent with current Apple practices. They’ve been very good about introducing new models while keeping the prices of those new models consistent, and sometimes (in the case of the iPhone) selling the older models for less.

    1. Inconsistent, sure, but not unprecedented.

      Remember the Mac Mini. I believe the mini was release as a $499 machine. Right now, base model is $599 so Apple did this before.

      Honestly, I’m not surprise if this rumor is true. You’re talking about a display with the highest display resolution in any portable device here. It’s probably more costly and has a low profit margin compare to iPad 2.

  2. I’m in for one at the old price. Otherwise, I’ll stay with the free replacement (exchanged two weeks ago because of battery issues) of my iPad 1, which I bought on the first day available, a couple of years ago – or was it three years ago? Is that a sentence?

  3. Apple cannot perform miracles. It is possible that the iPad 3 with high-res display, etc. may cost a good bit more to produce. Even if Apple sacrifices it gross margin percentage, which is not typical behavior for the company, the retail cost for the iPad 3 might need to be higher than the current iPad 2 pricing.

    However, if Apple provides a lower cost option, such as a discounted iPad 2 in parallel to the iPad 3, then I would not have a big problem with a slightly more expensive iPad 3 if it represents a substantial leap forward in performance and capability. You can’t get premium products for bargain pricing.

  4. I don’t care how what it costs. i want the first one. Even if $100 more that is soon to be the price of a tank of gas. Just don’t drive for a few days if you are that hard up. Plus you can get most of your money back next year on eBay.

  5. Time to post my iPad 2 for Sale on eBay and Facebook. I love how Apple products keep their resale value. After selling my iPad 2 I will only pay a small difference in price. Cant complain about that.

  6. First of all, this is a rumor, not substantiated fact. Secondly, even if accurate, I’m not going to let $70 keep me from buying an iPad 3. Can’t wait to see it and its retina display.

  7. I guarantee that many stupid people will still buy it no matter what. People just their judgement over apple products. I won’t buy it. I just want to use none apple stuff. It is too much today. By the way I love my amazon kindle fire so much. Good luck to you.

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