While we did discuss that there is a possibility that Apple would want to compete against Amazon’s Kindle Fire, we didn’t assume it’d be in the form of a smaller storage sized iPad 2. It looks like there’s a possibility this will be unveiled tomorrow as well.
“The sometimes-reliable DigiTimes reports that Apple is planning to launch a new 8 GB iPad 2 model next week alongside the iPad 3, presumably seeking to reduce costs to make the device as affordable as possible while also differentiating the offering from the iPad 3.”
From the same report:
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 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.
Notice that the regular 64GB and maybe even a newer/larger 128GB version aren’t mentioned in the report. Many had assumed that these new iPads will be host to larger storage devices considering the screen will be four times the resolution of iPad 2.
We’ll find out soon enough tomorrow as Apple officially unveils its third generation tablet in San Francisco!