iPad 3 to cost more than iPad 2? Unlikely

Why would the price hike for the Wi-Fi models be more than that of the Wi-Fi + 3G models?

With the expected unveiling of the iPad 3 only days away, the rumor mill continues to bubble away.

Today a new rumor, bought to us by Chinese website Weibo (via MacRumors), claims that the iPad 3 will cost some $80 more than the existing models.

Image credit: Weibo

The first column shows the price for the iPad 2 in dollars, the second for the iPad 3, again in dollars, and the final column is in Chinese Yuan (calculated from the US dollar price). As you can see, the iPad 3 Wi-Fi models cost $80 more than the existing iPad 2 models, and the iPad 3 Wi-Fi + 3G models costing $70 more.

Couple of things jump out at me about this:

  • Why is the Chinese Yuan price an exchange rate conversion of the US dollar value? That seems an odd touch.
  • Why would the price hike for the Wi-Fi models be more than that of the Wi-Fi + 3G models? A $10 price difference here seems unusual.

I'm calling this 'rumor' bogus.

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