iPad 3 prices, storage capacities rumored to be identical to iPad 2

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No huge surprises here, but it sounds like iPad 3 prices and storage capacities will be identical to iPad 2, which were identical to the original iPad. 9to5Macs Mark Gurman has the details:

We’ve gotten word that iPad pricing is going to be the same across the board as the current iPad 2 models which should be no big surprise given Apple’s history – they rarely raise prices. Even better, some countries with currencies doing better than the US dollar should expect to see marginal drops in prices.

This directly contradicts some of the zanier rumors heard earlier in the week, which included seemingly random price hikes and the bizarre exclusion of the 64GB model.

Unfortunately, if accurate, it also means there won't be a 128GB model, which some users have been hoping for. It's possible 24nm 128GB NAND Flash chips are still prohibitively expensive, even in the quantities Apple typically buys.

Source: 9to5Mac

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iPad 3 prices, storage capacities rumored to be identical to iPad 2


Every time this image is posted I am reminded of this scene:
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[turning to Fezzik]
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Puts a smile on my face every time.

Am I alone in worrying about those who can literally remember every line from movies and can nerdy blurt them out at will whenever they are even remotely reminded on a certain movie. I had a girlfriend years ago, and in either Grease or Princess Bride was mentioned, she'd go off on a tangent, repeating lines for minutes on end, and in some cases, for the rest of a day. Needless to say, I broke up with her rather quickly after she couldn't refrain from speaking every line of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. To this day, nothing annoys me more than when people speak the lines to movies as the movie is playing. A one liner or two, not so bad, but EVERY FRACKING WORD???

Dude, princess bride is a classic! Lol. On a side note I just have no need for 128 gigs in the pad, the 64 is fine holds all music and movies I really need with me... Sure I have about 75-80ish gb of mp3s but who needs that with them all the time, hell who accually listens to that many different songs at once... If the pricing stays in line that's the main thing..

Re: "Unfortunately, if accurate, it also means there won’t be a 128GB model, which some users have been hoping for. "
If there ever is a 128GB iPad and/or iPhone and/or iPod touch, that will be the max amount of storage in an iOS device. Possible for all time. Apple wants you to use iCloud. Apple doesn't want you to store all your stuff on each of your devices all the time.
Limiting the amount of onboard storage will help encourage non-iCloud users to use iCloud. That's what Apple wants. iCloud is to Apple in the next decade what iTunes was in the past decade. It's that important.

I was hoping for more storage. I didn't really think it would happen this time around. I want to see them double their current models making 32 gigs the smallest option but keep the entry price point of $500.
I won't pretend to know how much data icloud uses but for people on tiered data plans relying on icloud could be a problem. We're in the process of buying a house where there currently isn't the availability of true broadband. Only tiered satellite or cellular data options. I've loved using icloud but if i'm forced to watch my data consumption, i'm going to be a little nervous every time my ipad has to run to the cloud to get whatever i'm looking for.

I got OG iPad never thought it was worth upgrading to the ipad2. But I'm seriously considering the upgrade to iPad3.