Oh boy, the week before a major Apple is always filled with rumors. Just a few hours ago, it was reported that Apple has stalled Apple TV shipments ahead of the iPad 3 announcement. Now, supply chain sources are claiming that Apple will unveil a cheaper 8GB iPad 2 model alongside the iPad 3 at its media event next week.
DigiTimes reports that according to sources within Apple’s “upstream supply chain,” the iPad maker will release the smaller capacity iPad 2. If this is true, then that would help the company cover a wider price range within the table market.
However, this report was unclear, since it said Apple would release just two “iPad 3″ sizes: a 16GB and 32GB version, without explaining if and why the company would abandon its current high-capacity 64GB iPad model. DigiTimes’ rumors should always be taken with a pinch of salt.
Apple will unveil the iPad 3 next Wednesday, March 7th at 10 AM PST. You can read the five things to expect in the iPad 3 here. If you were to ask me, I think this rumor might turn out to be true. Here’s why: When Apple introduced the iPhone 4S, they also introduced an 8GB iPhone 4 for $99 instead of a 16GB. There’s no doubt we’ll be seeing a cheaper version of the iPad 2, but the only question that remains to be unanswered is the amount of GB it will have to offer.