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iPad 3 to Carry Thinner and Lighter Battery?

Taiwan Economic News reports (via BGR) that Apple has contracted with suppliers Simplo and Dynapack for a thinner and lighter battery for the iPad 3, either opening the door for a thinner design or making room for a potentially thicker high-resolution Retina display.


iPad 2 battery (Source: iFixit)

According to the report, the new batteries will cost Apple 20-30% more than the current iPad batteries and are said to offer a greater service life and increased safety.
With the upcoming iPad 3 to feature a thinner, lighter battery module that is widely believed to be priced 20-30% higher than iPad 2’s, Simplo Technology Co. and Dynapack International Technology Corp., both Apple Inc.’s contract suppliers of iPad and Macbook battery packs, will hence secure a surefire profit drive for the near future.

Institutional investors pointed out that the battery pack for iPad 3, scheduled to be massively produced in the first quarter of next year, has been redesigned to be thinner and lighter with a longer service life than iPad 2 edition’s.
Initial deliveries of the new batteries are said to be set for the fourth quarter of this year, with mass production beginning in the first quarter of next year.

A number of rumors had suggested that Apple might be trying to release the iPad 3 before the end of this year, but recent reports have claimed that Apple and its partners are continuing to refine the Retina display rumored for inclusion in the device, pushing the iPad 3's launch to early next year.

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40 months ago
You mean it won't be fatter and heavier?? :confused:

:p
Rating: 30 Votes
40 months ago

Ive said it before and I'll say it again.

It will be the iPad Pro and cost a couple hundred more than the 2.

The 2 will still be available and seeing as it has no real competition, there is no reason to phase it out.

I don't see any reason a new iPad with a more expensive "Retina" screen, and a more expensive battery would be the same price.

Realistically , Apple can charge whatever they want for this new product and everyone will still buy it. If they cant afford it ....get the iPad 2

Simple


Why didn't they then charge more for the iPhone 4 with the Retina display then and make it the iPhone 4 Pro and release a non-retina display iPhone 4? Because that would be ***** stupid.

They aren't going to make 2 models of the iPad (pro and nonpro_ and then have to make 3 versions of each (16,32,64) and then 3 more versions of each (wifi/3G).

There is no market for a Pro version of it. Period. End of story.

They are just going to make the iPad 3 and it's going to have the better screen.

It's
Called
Product
Evolution
and
Innovation

Apple has the #s to get those displays and batteries down to prices where they can charge the same basically as the current iPad. The last thing Apple is going to do is make a pro iPad and charge more. These aren't the laptops, they are the iOS devices.


Disagree. You could have made roughly the same argument before the iPad 2 was released. No competitor was comi g close, so why bother improving on the original? Things haven't changed that much. The iPad 2 is still selling like gangbusters, so why discontinue it?

Because Apple likes to push the competion even further behind, that's why. By early next year, MAYBE Samsung will be close to an iPad 2 competitor. But before they can get any traction with it, Apple will force them back to the drawing board with a thinner, lighter, faster, higher-res iPad 3. And Apple is the only tablet maker that can buy cutting-edge components in such bulk that they can still make a nice profit on each one. Everyone else has to wait for prices to come down, but by that time they aren't cutting-edge anymore.


Agreed. At least someone understands.

Hmm. Does this mean that the iPad 3 will cost 20% more? I hope not. But If it does get a retina display and the more expensive battery...Apple might just raise the base prices. They usually don't do that...but ya never know. This would be a pretty big step up from the ipad 2 with costlier parts.

Too soon to speculate. This thing won't be shipping until next spring or summer. That is a loooooooong time from now.


When was the last time Apple actually increased a product's price? The iPhone came down in price. The MBAir came down in price. Same with the iMac and so on.

There is NO WAY Apple is going to charge more for the iPad 3. Especially since competitors are finally starting to come into the area (they still cant compete but there is no way Apple will give them a way in with a price point).

NO
WAY
Rating: 13 Votes
40 months ago
Cool, hope the iPad stays on a yearly upgrade cycle.
Rating: 8 Votes
40 months ago

You mean it won't be fatter and heavier?? :confused:

:p



Yeah, I thought the iPad2 was just a fluke and they would get back to making each successive generation bulkier and heavier.
Rating: 8 Votes
40 months ago
Thinner lighter battery=higher screen resolution with low power consumption..were getting close to iPaper:D
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago
Just don't sacrifice battery life and I'll be happy.
Rating: 6 Votes
40 months ago
Personally, I'd rather see battery technology improve rather than battery size increase.
Rating: 3 Votes
40 months ago

Quite true. It's like going to an amusement park park or museum or something and you pay an admission fee to get in. Going to an Apple store is a privilege, not a right and we should be honored to pay an admission fee for such a mind blowing experience.


Please say that was sarcasm, please.
Rating: 3 Votes
40 months ago

Wrong on so many points but I have little patients...


I can't be the only one who pictured a doctor's office filled with little people.
Rating: 3 Votes
40 months ago

Ive said it before and I'll say it again.


Do you mean you are repeating what Apple's chief designer Jonathan Ive has said, or do you mean you are too lazy to write an apostrophe even when leaving it out completely alters the meaning of what you are saying?


would the "20-30% mor expensive" statement also be true next year when Aplle orders 12 million of them?


If I order one of these batteries then I'll pay $120 instead of $100. If Apple orders 12 million then they pay $36 each instead of $30. Numbers made up obviously, but 20% more expensive stays 20% more expensive no matter how many you order.
Rating: 3 Votes

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