Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

Summary: If the latest iPad rumors are true, we could be seeing not one, but three versions of the iPad 2 set to roll out in 2011.

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If the latest iPad rumors are true, we could be seeing not one, but three versions of the iPad 2 set to roll out in 2011.

According to DigiTimes, Apple is planning to release three versions "supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA." The new iPads are predicted to start going into mass production in January. There isn't any mention about display sizes nor storage capacities.

There are a lot of rumors and reports regarding a second generation of the iPad swirling around these days. DigiTimes has previously reported that we'd see a smaller iPad in 2011, even with OLED displays, and that initial shipments could reach up to 600,000 units.

Neverhteless, Apple has remained mum, so we're really just going to have to wait and see if any of those stories pan out.

[NOTE: The iPad pictured above is the current model, not one of the rumored ones mentioned in this post.]

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  • Good.

    Because toys should be available to all kids, not just some.
    SonofaSailor
  • this is great!!!

    people should have the option on how much money they need to spend - if you got a ton of money you buy the most expensive one
    if your poor then you should be able to buy the cheapest one!
    no reason to force the less fortuneate to pay the same amount as rich people!!!
    Ron Bergundy
    • I do like the idea of a smaller iPad

      I doubt it will be much cheaper, though.

      Apple charges a premium and people gladly pay for it. It's a sad truth that people seem to think the iPad is a good price. It's reported that they're getting around a 50% profit margin on these things.

      Good for Apple stock holders, I guess.
      Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

        <i>It's a sad truth that people seem to think the iPad is a good price.</i> <br><br>@goob256 <br>Just because you're not willing to pay $600 for one doesn't mean other people won't. Thank god that's just your opinion.<br><br>Or have you ever heard the term <i>"relativity"</i>?
        search &amp; destroy
      • RE: Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

        If his statistic of a 50% mark up is true (and it does sound completely believable frankly) than the iPad being overpriced is not just his 'opinion', it's an undeniable fact. 50% mark up is price gouging.
        Doctor Demento
      • I was wrong about 50%

        The 499$ version costs $270.50 to make. (42.9% margin)
        The 629$ version costs $306.50 to make. (52% margin)
        The 599$ version costs $316 to make. (48.1% margin)

        My bad, it's only 42% or higher.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

        @goff256 <br><br>I don't know where you heard that report. The iPad has the lowest profit margin of any of Apple's products. If you've actually followed Apple's quarterly reports and analyst calls, you'd be able to find that out. Just Googling "ipad profit margin," which you obviously did, will give you nothing but guesses from companies like iSuppli.<br><br>As for the 'sad truth,' it must be even sadder that others haven't been able to put out a similar product at that price point.
        msalzberg
      • You're funny

        -The fact is that practically everyone agrees that Apple is making more than a 40% margin. We get it, you love Apple, that doesn't make their profit margins any less... awesome for this thing.

        -As for what everyone else is making? We've only seen a couple of people make anything remotely similar. The Galaxy Tab being the one that comes to mind. You can't really compare the prices of any Windows Table out there because.... really? iOS is not OS X. Windows 7 on a Tablet Computer, while not a good idea, is not "the same thing" as iOS on a Tablet Computer.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

        @goff256 : While these are healthy gross margins, it is important to remember that gross margin is not the same as profit. There are many more lines on the P&L to take into account (like R&D). It is important for all of us to fund healthy R&D investments as long as we can reap the rewards in future generations of products. Back in the 1980s, computer vendors often enjoyed gross margins of 500%. There were many other costs that eroded that number before it hit the bottom line. Just think about the gross margins on software! What does a box and a few DVDs cost...or better yet, a download.

        The bottom line question is not what the vendor is enjoying for a gross margin, but what the customer base places as a value on the product (or service). Customers vote with their pocketbooks and as long as the purchase is completely discretionary and there are no artificial barriers to competition, then capitalism will dictate the appropriate price.
        AncientGeek2
      • Just because?!?!? Wow.

        @search & destroy
        You say:

        "Just because you're not willing to pay $600 for one doesn't mean other people won't. "

        So what do you think that means when you say something like that?

        Seriously.

        What do you think making that statement imparts in so far as what someone reading it is supposed to get from it?

        I can tell you in case you didn't know, exactly what it imparts to any thinking person who reads it. It amounts to about the same as someone saying:

        "Just because your not ready to pay up a bunch of cash for Florida swampland dosnt mean other people wont."

        "Just because your not ready to pay a bunch of money to a Nigerian Prince who sent you an email saying he needed you to send money him dosnt mean other people wont."

        "Just because your not ready to pay $3.95 for a 'Pet Rock' it dosnt mean other people wont"
        http://www.petsdo.com/blog/pet-rock-made-man-multi-millionaire-6-months-lives

        In case the subtlety of not wanting to pay the significantly 'too high' premium for the purchase of an iPad escaped you, this isnt just a case of people saying 'I wont pay' for no good reason, its people saying 'I wont pay' with good reason. See below for just a few reasons;

        http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36179255/ns/technology_and_science-tech_and_gadgets/

        Further then that, even the most expansive iPad is woefully short on storage capacity, but given its limited usability maybe not, after all, its not going to fill up a drive like you might on something a little more functional like a netbook.

        And if you look at the typical netbooks most common compliant, no DVD drive, well, the iPad certainly dosnt fix that.

        And lets have a word about actual usability. What in heavens name is one going to do with an iPad that they have to do so badly, and couldn't already do with their existing hardware, that they had to pay literally hundreds of dollars so they could do it on an iPad? Agreed, due to the fact their are billions of people in this world, which inevitably result in hundreds of billions of various needs, there are going to be some people out there who will find any particular device to be just what they need, and sure, that is bound to include the iPad for some. But not for most. With all its shortcomings the iPad has too few advantages to make it a cost effective means of doing any particular thing for the vast majority of the population.

        Like it or not, this means for the most part, as of right now anyway, the iPad is a cool toy. A very very expensive cool toy. And thats why many refuse to pay out the big bucks Apple wants for an iPad.

        And by the way, I like my iPod and iPhone just fine. When I purchased both of them they were a cost effective purchase that I knew fully well what I would be doing with them before I purchased them. In functionality, size, cost and effective execution of what I wanted them to be able to do, they did it. The iPad is a rather clever, but 'White Elephant' of a device made for those who have more money then they know what to do with and want the latest device to not do it on.
        Cayble
      • Everyone who is getting defensive about my profit margin comment

        Don't.

        There is nothing wrong with a company making a good amount of money on a product. I'm glad that Apple has been able to make something that people like that makes them money. It's good for everyone.

        Products like this are why Apple makes money comparable to Microsoft (who owns the Desktop OS market as well as being in the gaming industry and so forth).
        Michael Alan Goff
      • @Cayble engages in dumb hyperbole

        "Seriously"?

        "Swampland"?

        A "Nigerian prince"?

        LOL...

        That has to be the dumbest analogy I've read here yet.

        And I noticed that you conveniently ignored that last point I made about [b]relativity[/b] and the value some people place on certain things that others don't. Or do you not understand the word or the concept?

        The fact is it's their money and they will spend it as they see fit. Nobody's forcing you to buy an iPad. Nobody's holding a gun to your head telling you, you have to buy one. It's purely an option that some people can afford and others can avoid.

        You should do something about that jealousy of yours. It's causing you to say dumb things. Really dumb things.
        search &amp; destroy
  • This seems rushed

    Aside from the obvious typo, it doesn't really give any information on your side. It even uses a single source, one that isn't reliable.<br><br>This just screams "I know people will respond to an Apple post" which is true.
    Michael Alan Goff
    • RE: Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

      @goff256

      Yep, here you are.
      msalzberg
      • RE: Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

        @msalzberg

        And here you are, foaming at the mouth because somebody said something less than positive about Apple in the talkbacks.
        Michael Alan Goff
      • RE: Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

        <i>This just screams "I know people will respond to an Apple post" which is true.</i> <br><br>@goob256<br>Didn't you just scream? Well here you are.<br><br>Talk about "foam..." Pot + kettle + black<br><br>lol...
        ahh so
  • RE: Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

    I'm so tired about ipad... wanting to get more apps for my ipad 1 enjoyment. more information about ipad: http://www.ifunia.com/ipad-column/index.html
    John Titlow
  • RE: Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

    No.
    james347
  • RE: Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

    @goff256 : While these are healthy gross margins, it is important to remember that gross margin is not the same as profit. There are many more lines on the P&L to take into account (like R&D). It is important for all of us to fund healthy R&D investments as long as we can reap the rewards in future generations of products. Back in the 1980s, computer vendors often enjoyed gross margins of 500%. There were many other costs that eroded that number before it hit the bottom line. Just think about the gross margins on software! What does a box and a few DVDs cost...or better yet, a download.

    The bottom line question is not what the vendor is enjoying for a gross margin, but what the customer base places as a value on the product (or service). Customers vote with their pocketbooks and as long as the purchase is completely discretionary and there are no artificial barriers to competition, then capitalism will dictate the appropriate price.
    AncientGeek2
    • RE: Is Apple prepping three versions of the iPad 2 for a 2011 launch?

      This is why I didn't say that it was overpriced. It isn't, because that would be based on personal use. 500$ for the cheapest one isn't a super deal by any stretch of the imagination.
      Michael Alan Goff