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iPad 2 8GB edition to land alongside iPad 3?

iPad 2 8GB edition to land alongside iPad 3?

Rumours that a cut-price version of the iPad is on the way got fresh legs today, in the wake of more leaks from Apple’s supply chain.

Talk that Apple would introduce a lower-cost tablet to its range has been rife for months. The move is thought to be intended to head off the challenge from the huge-selling Amazon Kindle Fire, which can be had in the US for $199 and is due to launch in Europe imminently.

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Today, it looks like Apple's device is finally about to go from tech-press rumour to reality. According to suppliers cited by DigiTimes, a cheaper edition of the iPad 2 will be unveiled alongside the iPad 3 on March 7th at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena centre.

Alas, details about specs were thin on the ground. But the site’s tech deepthroats did disclose that will feature cut-down memory of 8GB, compared with standard iPad 2 memory options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

As is the way with all things Cupertino, specifics about the iPad 3 are similarly hard to come by.

However, the press invitation to next week’s showcase at least appeared to confirm reports that it will feature a high-density retina display and dispense with the time-honoured physical home button entirely.

It’s also purportedly home to a quad-core processor and a longer-life battery.

For an exhaustive look at all the iPad 3 speculation doing the rounds right now, check our handy rumour round-up

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