More rumors are circulating today that Apple is getting ready to launch a new, cheaper iPad later this year, with three new hardware partners joining the manufacturing chain.

The ever sometimes reliable DigiTimes believes that the three new partners have been brought on board to help drop the manufacturing costs of the next iPad, with Apple aiming to compete with a lower price point than its current model….

“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 contradicts earlier reports that Apple was in fact looking to release a Pro, Retina Display-equipped version of the iPad, aimed at professionals who need a higher-resolution in their tablets. The iPad HD was also expected to ship alongside tablet versions of prosumer apps, such as Final Cut.

Apple is expected to release some form of iPad alongside its iPhone 5 in the next couple of months, and with rumors ranging from a budget model, right up to a premium one— we’re none-the-wiser as to what will actually come out of Cupertino this time around.

It’s also possible that the reason Apple is aiming to cut costs is to absorb the cost of a Retina Display, presumably with the aim of launching the iPad HD at a price-point similar to the current iPad 2 models. If that is indeed the case, however, where does that leave the tablets we all bought just a few short months ago?

Would you be willing to upgrade your tablet twice in less than a year? We’re not sure we would.

Oh, who are we kidding— of course we would!


  • ic0edx

    All their products are going to tuen I to shit just a hug (i) of SHIT!!!

    • Andy

      Why don’t you try posting something written in English that people will understand?

  • Tbv

    I will not be too happy after paying for my wife’s iPad 2 only 2 months ago. P\Apple, please keep the product cycle at 1 new iPad per year.

    • Jon Garrett

      I posted on this and many other sites BEFORE the ipad 2 was released that it was DOA but nobody listened. people run out and buy stuff because of the apple name but never really look at the specs and compare it to what’s already available.

      Now, take the iPhone 5 for example., what is it going to have? dual core and an 8mp camera? Android phones have these already and by the time the iphone 5 comes out., Android phones will have quad core processors, they’ll still come with HDMI ports, USB ports and SD slots. the iphone 5 will be nothing more than a slightly modified iphone 4.

      Do yourself and your wife a favor, stop making apple rich.

      • Tbv

        Numbers on a piece of paper is not everything. It is the user experience that makes a difference. I have tried and owned 2 Android phones with the same 1GHz CPU rating as the Iphone 4, but they were laggy compared to the iPhone 4. Their 5 Megapixel cameras did not compare to the iPhone 4’s. There is also the App store. Apple’s app store offers so much more than the Android market.
        You say the iPad 2 was DOA, Android tablet makers could only wish their devices sell as well. Maybe you should own an iPhone 4 or iPad 2 before you try to make a decision based on specs on a piece of paper.

  • Max

    I know for sure that they are busy enough with the new iPod famely and iPhone, they will never release an iPad HD this year. They still have the new iPods, iPhone and some mac’s to upgrade. iPad HD spring next year at the earlyest.

  • Jonas Andersson

    APPLE WILL NEVER EVER REALESE A CHEAP iPhone, iPad or Mac! if you want a cheap computer BUY A TOSHIBA! If you want a cheap phone buy a ZTE! If you want a cheap tablet BUY A FUCK FAKE IPAD OR SOMETHING! Hate this kinds of rumors.

  • Revvxz

    When apple releases something cheap, you know its the end of the world my friends.

    • me

      Capital G-genius! Lol.

  • babeh

    I would like happy if i can change my bleeding 1 months ipad2.

  • Angelo

    I think its really unnecessary to update a hardware that often an i wouldn’t buy it!