Apple May Launch 8GB iPad 2 Alongside iPad 3 at Next Week’s Event?

According to Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, Apple may launch an 8GB iPad 2 alongside iPad 3 models at the media event next week.

DigiTimes reports:

As Apple has scheduled an event on March 7, sources from its upstream supply chain pointed out that the company is expected to launch two iPad 3 models – a 16GB version and 32GB version.

In addition to iPad 3, Apple is also expected to unveil an 8GB iPad 2, allowing the tablet PC series to cover different segments and to defend against Windows 8-based tablet PCs, the sources noted.

This is not the first time, we’ve heard rumors of Apple’s plan to continue selling iPad 2 along with the third-generation iPad.

The speculation that Apple will continue to offer iPad 2 when iPad 3 is launched does make sense to us. The strategy of offering an older generation iPhone at a lower price when the new iPhone is launched has worked out extremely well for Apple.

Another reason for offering an 8GB iPad instead of a 16GB iPad 2 could be to avoid disappointing users who may have recently purchased an 16GB iPad for $499. An 8GB iPad would also help Apple to drop the price of the iPad all the way down to $299 or $349 (rather than $399 for a 16GB iPad 2), which would be an extremely attractive price point for users looking for a cheaper tablet. It will also help Apple to compete with rivals such as Amazon who launched their Android-based tablet – Kindle Fire last year for only $199.

We also expect Apple to offer iPad 3 with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage capacities, but DigiTimes has made no mention of either a 64GB or 128GB iPad 3 in their report.

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  • Alex

    I’d be fine with an 8GB iPad3 if it had an SD slot ;)

    • Christian

      That would defeat the purpose of the 8gb. Apple will never offer a sd slot

  • TheDre

    Stop with the stupid rumors. Have you ever used 8gb iPhone/iPod let alone iPad? You know how quick and easy it is to use up 16gb?
    And with the introduction of textbooks etc, 8GB would be outright ridicolous no matter what price point. Expect 16gb minimum for iPad2, 32 for iPad3, otherwise Apple is dumb and at least we’ll see their overhyped stock plummet back where it belongs..

    • Jerzy

      Have you heard about the iCloud?

  • teenbot

    8GB ipad 2? i think it makes no sense, the IOS it self takes more than 1GB of memory, you will only get about 6.5 GB of storage space, and now apps are increasing in size, and the more updates a app gets, the more bigger it will get.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com/ iPhoneHacks

      Just to give you some perspective, Kindle Fire comes with only 8GB storage and there is a market for it.

      • Macdaddy

        Yeah if a user just wants an iPad for music and web browsing and a few apps 8 is good wrought it depends so stop insulting btw this site is very entertaining with rumors

      • Sm0ke

        True, but the kindle also doesn’t have the operating system iPad does, additionally, an 8gb doesn’t seem realistic, given the current technology trends. More memory for cheaper. The most we can hope for is a 16gb, and price drop in iPad 2.

      • teenbot

        i know but the Fire’s apps and operaiting system arent as big as the ipad’s. a tablet that has a dual core prosseser, and high resolution screen and really good camra should have enough space, and like a ipod 8GB u only have 6.5 GB of storage when its empty , so an ipad thats 8gb doesnt seem like a good idea…

  • philit

    it’sjust rip off i think

  • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

    8GB is useless considering you get only 6.5 GB of usable storage!

    • teenbot

      Some one who agrees!!!

  • TheDre

    Yes I have heard and use iCloud. But when your’re e.g. on an airplane with no wi-fi it’s quite useless. And it’s not like Apple does or will ever offer iTunes Match for videos or movies. 8GB is for wankers

  • TheDre

    BTW Apple TV 2 has 8GB yet it is advertised as having no storage. By your iCloud reasoning they might as well do the same for iPad..