Well this isn’t a great news for those who recently purchased a new Retina Display iPad. According to a report by 9to5Mac, Apple might release a revised version of the current 3rd gen. iPad along with the new iPad mini. This new iPad that will be equipped with the new lightning connector found on recent iOS devices including iPhone 5 and feature other improvements. The other improvements according to the report include global LTE support, and possibly new processor, upgraded RAM, and better specs.
Despite the upgrades, the revamped model of iPad is expected to retain the prices of the current model. That means the entry level Wi-Fi model of iPad will cost $499 while the entry level iPad with LTE will cost $629. Apple is holding an event on October 23rd in which it is going to announce a new model of iPad tablet with 7-inch form factor. Apple is also rumored to announce new 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, new Mac minis, and iMacs.
While we do not have any concrete info to agree or disagree with this report, it simply does not make sense for Apple to release a revised version of iPad at this point, as the company usually releases a new iPad model during February-April time frame which is not that far from today. Then why release an upgrade to a device that will get a refresh in next few months?
One explanation to this could be because Apple does not want people to think the third generation iPad as old and outdated due to its larger/older port that is now a thing of the past in the minds of most iOS users.
There are a lot of rumors regarding the October 23rd event right now so it is hard to digest them all. We will have to wait a few more days to get a clear picture of what Apple is actually going to announce during the upcoming event.
- Alleged shell for iPad with lightning port leaks ahead of October 23rd event
- Apple Sends Out Invitations for October 23rd Event. Will Hopefully Unveil iPad mini
- Apple to hold iPad mini event on October 23? [Update: Yep]
- Apple begins taking pre-orders for iPad mini and refreshed iPad 4th generation
- NYTimes: Apple is developing a 7.85-inch iPad to sell for significantly less than the $499 iPad
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