“I saw two curious entries in Instapaper’s device stats today: one iPad2,5 and one iPad2,6,” Marco Arment reports via Marco.org. “(There were also a few iPhone5,1 devices, but that’s not a surprise — that’s almost certainly next month’s new GSM iPhone.)”
“These device models, as reported by the OS, could be faked by a jailbreaker with enough free time. But I’ve never had a device show up there that didn’t end up being a real, about-to-be-released Apple device,” Arment reports. “The much more likely explanation is that iPad2,5 and iPad2,6 are the new ‘iPad Mini’ in Wi-Fi and GSM, and I haven’t recorded the likely iPad2,7 CDMA version yet.”
Arment reports, “Rather than just sell the original iPad 2 with a price cut, they’ve made a new product designed to be far less expensive from day one by combining old and new parts: the 32nm iPad 2’s guts, larger-cut iPhone 3GS screens, a smaller case and battery, and the new iPhone’s low-power LTE chip for $100 more. This is all speculation, of course, but I’m convinced: like the leaked Dock connector, this move is so ingenius that it’s most likely to be what Apple has really done. I bet they could sell that for $249, and that would be a steal.”
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