9to5Mac is countering recent claims that Apple may be shaking up the marketing surrounding the forthcoming iPad 3 by claiming that the new device will maintain the same $499/$599/$699 price points for the same respective 16/32/64GB storage capacities.
The same “Mr. X” who is the source of the claims in this report has previously released new model numbers for the new iPad. They are as follows:
MC705LL/A – J1 GOOD A-USA
MC706LL/A – J1 BETTER A-USA
MC707LL/A – J1 BEST A-USA
MD328LL/A – J1 GOOD B- USA
MD329LL/A – J1 BETTER B-USA
MD330LL/A – J1 BEST-B-USA
MD366LL/A – J2A GOOD A-USA
MD367LL/A – J2A BETTER A-USA
MD368LL/A – J2A BEST A-USA
MD369LL/A – J2A GOOD B-USA
MD370LL/A – J2A BETTER B-USA
MD371LL/A – J2A BEST B-USA
It is currently suspected that the J1 numbers represent the Wi-Fi only models, and the J2 number represents the models with cellular connectivity.
It is all but confirmed that the new iPad will have a Retina display. With that, system and application graphics will have to be much larger to counteract the denser pixel count. In turn, this requires more storage. Apparently Apple isn’t too concerned that this could be a problem if they are maintaing the same storage capacities as the previous two generations of the device. Perhaps it’s an issue with economies of scale. Apple will bump the storage when it is financially feasible for them to do so.
I suppose we’ll see soon enough. March 7th is only two days away. Stay tuned to iSource for coverage of the event.
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