While we feel like we know just about everything there is to know about the iPad 3, what about the other tablet Apple is launching? That’s right, the rumor mill is suggesting that we’ll see two new tablets out of Cupertino this month.

This particular piece of gossip comes from DigiTimes. And while the publication doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to Apple information, this tidbit actually sounds fairly plausible…

According to the report, which surfaced this morning, Apple will unveil an 8GB iPad 2 alongside a brand new tablet during its iPad 3 event next week.

“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 the 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.”

It wouldn’t surprise us to see Apple take this route with the iPad 2, considering it’s exactly what the company did with its iPhone 4 model when the 4S debuted. Plus, we’ve heard a lot of talk of Apple keeping the iPad 2 around this year at a cheaper price point. And this would certainly fall in line with that theory.

Theoretically, Apple could price such a tablet as low as $399 (or even lower), meaning would-be Amazon Kindle Fire customers could upgrade to an iPad (and Apple’s ecosystem) for an extra $150.

Even if the 8GB iPad 2 doesn’t materialize, we expect to see prices drop dramatically on current iPad 2 models. Yeah, next week could get pretty interesting.

[AppleInsider]

  • Never gonna happen!

  • It makes more sense for Apple to offer an 8GB iPad 2 for $399 than to “reduce” the price of the existing 16GB. The 16GB will retain more of it’s resale value.

  • I’d possibly buy an 8GB iPad 2 if it was under $400. Even better chance if it was under $350. The reason I went with the Kindle Fire over the iPad was most definitely price. There’s no reason an 8GB version of the iPad 2 needs to be that much more than the Fire, especially since both will utilize their Cloud services.

  • Anonymous

    No 64 gig iPad 3…
    Why? I would mutch rather have a 64 gig iPad, so I don’t need to connect it to the pc each time I want to see a movie and have the possibillity to install as many apps and have as much music as I would like…

  • Dan

    Wow 8GB? I have trouble managing with my 64GB, I can’t imagine what people could do with such low memory reserves.

    I find it pretty weird that they won’t offer 64GB on the newer model.

    • The Kindle Fire is 8GB. Level playing surface with that market. I think it’ll be 8GB Wifi for $349.

  • Anonymous

    Digitimes is about as accurate as that psychic in a late night informercial. Why other outlets continue to source them is beyond me.

  • Wait don’t u need higher then a 32 for higher then blueray movies??? Also will the create a new player if so please call it spj (Steve Paul jobs) just a thought thxs 😀