Planning For Your iPad 3 Purchase

With the iPad 3 all-but-confirmed for release next week, lots of people will be planning to grab themselves a shiny new chunk of Apple goodness. Others will be thinking it's a fine chance to grab a discounted iPad 2. Here's what you should be taking into consideration.

While Apple's customary secrecy means that we haven't specifically been told that Apple's next big announcement (on March 7, which translates to early morning March 8 in Australian timing) is the iPad 3, everyone is taking it for granted. Gizmodo notes that the device might well have ditched the home button in favour of an all-touch interface, and it's likely additional specs will leak before the actual launch.

The most important bit of advice up front? Right this minute is not the best time to buy yourself a new iPad 2. Last year, the iPad 2 went on sale in Australia a fortnight after its US release (which was, in turn, a week after the actual announcement). However, we didn't get told the actual price until two days beforehand.

What Apple did immediately do on launch day was drop prices on the original iPad model. (Right now, Apple's pricing for the iPad 2 is: 16GB $579; 16GB 3G $729; 32GB $689; 32GB 3G $839; 64GB $799; 64GB 3G $949.)

If it follows a similar pattern of reductions this time around, then we can expect to see prices for the iPad 2 fall. Apple has been shrinking the release gap between US and Australian releases, so it's also conceivable that the discounts might happen earlier.

Regardless, if you're in the market for a new tablet, it undoubtedly makes sense to wait until next week and see what the new prices are. You'll either decide you want the latest and greatest (in which case financial common sense may well go right out the window), or you might be happy to get the iPad 2 at a reduced price.

One other useful note: if you really must have an iPad 2 in the next week, buying it direct from Apple might be your best bet. Apple's price guarantee policy will refund you the difference if the pricing on the iPad 2 drops within 14 days of your purchase.

Excited by the notion of the iPad 3? Still happy with your iPad 2? Want to wait and see before spending? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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    iPad2 user, but craving the ASUS Padfone... or Padme as i've decided to call it... Padme/Amidala.. 2in1.. gettit ?? Anyway, slow day at work.

    I have been pondering a tablet for years, I've now decided an Ultrabook is the better form factor. Something about tablets and smartphones irked me and an article on Lifehacker the other day helped me figure it out what - it is that a tablet is great for information consumption but they not good for information production (eg word, excel, programming). So if you want to be an information consumer only then the form factor is OK IMO, but for me I don't think I want one now. Lenovo Yoga is the best of both worlds - tablet and ultrabook - so I'll be waiting for Windows 8 on a Yoga :)

      This was certainly the case about eight months ago, but there's now been a huge increase in the amount of content creation Apps. Plenty of writers and artists are now using Apps like AutoDesk's SketchPad Pro or the likes of IA Writer for iPad. With beefier hardware, I'd say it's going to become a whole lot more 'capable'.

    I've currently got the iPad 2, and will follow the same pattern as my iPad 1 purchase, in that I sold it about a week before the iPad 2 was released. Seems to be a great time to sell, as the iPad is back in the news everywhere and people are hyped up over it. Using this technique, I got back 85% of my original purchase price.

    I jsut really really want it to be called iPad 2s so apple fans can get pissed off again.

      ^ That would just make my day. Imagine the RAGE

      I don't think they will be pissed. They ate up that 4S crap like chocolate biscuits.
      Whether it's called iPad 2S or the iPad iExtreme it's heaven to them

        well the clowns in my facebook news feed were pissed. Seriously, countless (mainly because i'm too lazy) complaints along the lines of "Man apple are so crap, why did i wait just to get a 4s?"

    Seems like the iPad 2 only came out six months ago. Been a year already?
    And as much as Id love to see the iPad2s (for teh lulz) I think Apple are speeding up the iPad numbers and slowing the iPhone numbers so they eventually come in sync.

    iPhone 4
    iPad 2
    iPhone 4s
    iPad 3
    iPhone 5
    iPad 4
    iPhone 5s
    iPad 5
    iPhone 6
    iPad 6

      ... what happens after 6?

        The End Times.

          We're all finished Dec 21st anyway.... its irrelevant.

    I have an iPad 1 and an iPad 2 both launch day products, top of the line 64gb + 3G.
    And i will have an iPad 3 regardless of pricing in top spec form.


    Because apple.

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        haha, oh my god, I really can't tell if you're serious or not? If you're joking, funny. If you're not... wow.

    Probably going to ditch my wifi only iPad 2 for a 3G iPad 3. When is the best time to sell?

      Did you actually read the article?

    What's the point of getting a 3g tablet?

    I mean you're always going to have your phone as well aren't you why don't you just make a wifi hotspot and use your phone's data.

    launch day purchase, sold!
    shut up and take my money

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