iPad 3: Cheap as chips?

iPad 3: Cheap as chips?

The waiting lists for the iPad 2 have barely been discarded, and it looks like the iPad 3 may very well be on its way. And there's one word to go with it that may very well grab your attention: "cheap".

If you're holding off for something with superhuman powers and ability to make you a cup of tea in the mornings, you may have a while to wait. But if you want a beefed up iPad 2 and don't want to spend too much on it, we could have good news for you.

Novatek Microelectronics, Richtek Technology, Capella Microsystems and Integrated Memory Logic... you may never have heard of them, but these are the firms that have apparently signed up as component manufacturers by Cupertino to get the tablets whirring along and to do it cheaply so that Apple can match other competitors on price.

Not that it needs to worry about that too much when you consider just how much demand there still is for not only the iPad 2 but also the original iteration (just check eBay for an inkling!). But it's good news for us, all the same.

And we're told the iPad 3 (or 'iPad HD', as others are referring to it) may just feature a Retina Display to beat the iPhone 4, and may be released at the same time as the iPhone 5. Which we're expecting in September, though not officially, of course.

We dread to think of the look on our bank manager's face when these two babies hit.

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3 comments

davejones1  Jul. 27, 2011 at 20:25

Well as there is no realistic competition for the iPad 1,2., Apple have decided to make an iPad 2 killer themselves.

tupac  Jul. 27, 2011 at 21:00

Has there ever been a website with less credibility than this? Samsung Galaxy S2 with NFC in June, Ipad 3 this year (with 3d, retina display, amoled, cheap as chips price), all without the faintest sniff of a reliable source. Maybe they should start hacking phones for some scoops.

russ  Jul. 27, 2011 at 22:55

Apple never make anything cheap as chips - they're all about the mark-up, they always have been. Plus there's no real competition in the tablet space for them, so why lower prices?

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