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Apple May Release a Cheaper iPad This Year

July 29, 2011  |  iPad News  |  Share

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iPad is the most desirable of the iDevices. But there are many who cannot afford something about the price range of an iPad. So this time around have their prayers been answered? An iPad much cheaper than the existing ones? Maybe. Rumors are flying around again. But this time about something other than how an iPhone 5 might look. Its about Apple gearing up for the launch of a new range of iPad device priced much lower than the existing iPads sometime at the end of this year. Apple is said to achieve this by partnering up with three new hardware companies. The plans of teaming up with three new partners is because this will help Apple to bring down manufacturing costs of the new iPad in talks, according to DigiTimes.

The main reason for the lower priced tablet is so that Apple would be in a stronger position to take on companies which are going to come up with tablets of their own priced at much cheaper prices compared to the current models of iPad.

“Apple is now more willing to adopt IC solutions from Taiwan-based IC design houses as it is adjusting the cost structure for iPad tablets in order to compete with an array of tablet PCs to be launched by rivals in the second half of 2011, commented the sources.”

This again goes against previous reports which had hinted towards Apple’s plan to release a Ratina Display equipped version of the iPad. Mainly aimed at professionals and enthusiast who demand a high resolution for their tablet. This comes in the form of iPad HD, which was expected to be released along with apps such as Final Cut.

What ever it is going to be, some version of iPad is almost surely expected to be released by the end of this year, or maybe even along with the launch of iPhone 5.

But whether it will be the budget model or the HD model we are not sure.

Perhaps Apple might release both models, only a few months apart from each other with the budget model balancing out the more expensive premium iPad HD. But all this does bring out a question. What happens to the current models which millions have bought. Outdated within a year. That does not sound good. That is the world of gadgets. Changing faster than the world of fashion.

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