MacRumors reports that a post on Chinese microblogging site Sino Weibo has revealed a price comparison chart of iPad 2 and iPad 3, which indicates that iPad 3 may cost $70 (for Wi-Fi+3G model) to $80 (for Wi-Fi only model) more than iPad 2.

MacRumors points out that the rumor is unverified so take this with a pinch of salt.

The headings are labled left to right: “Apple iPad Model”, “iPad 2 US Price”, “iPad 3 US Price”, “iPad 3 RMB equivalent price”. The final column is calculated on the exchange rate.  

The iPad 2 prices are in U.S. dollars at the present pricing, which starts at $499 for the 16GB+WiFi model. The iPad 3, meanwhile, is listed at a starting price of $579 for the $16GB+WiFi model and goes as high as $899 for the 64GB+WiFi+3G model. According to the chart, the iPad 3 costs $80 more for the equivalent Wi-Fi models, and $70 more for the equivalent 3G models.  [..] 

[..] It’s also not clear if the usage of “3G” in the chart means that the iPad 3 will be 3G-only, or if it was just used for the price comparison.

Even though iPad 3 is expected to feature a high resolution 2048×1536 Retina Display, which will cost more than the current iPad 2 LCD display, it seems highly unlikely that Apple will increase the price an iPad 3, especially with pressure from cheaper Android-based tablets like Amazon’s Kindle Fire, unless it wants to keep some price parity between the rumored sub-$400 iPad mini. Despite new features such as Retina Display, faster quad-core or dual-core processor, 4G LTE support, improved cameras etc, the price increase will not go down too well with customers eagerly waiting to buy or upgrade to Apple’s third generation iPad.

But what do you think about the possibility of a more expensive iPad 3? Or will you buy one even if Apple increases the price of iPad 3 by $70 to $80?

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