skybetA British sports book is offering odds on whether certain features will be included in the iPad 3 which is expected to be announced next week.

The web is awash with rumours about the specifications of the new hardware and Sky Bet has chalked up odds on exactly which features it will and won’t have.

Sky Bet’s Helen Jacob, said: “It would be foolish to bet on the specification of most new products given the risk of information leaks but details of new Apple products are so well guarded that we have no qualms about offering odds.”

Sky Bet, a division of News Corp., is taking bets on a number of different features, but has kept maximum bets low "due to the risk of people with insider info", according to Jacob.

- Will the iPad 3 have a Retina Display?
Yes: 1/8 - Max bet: £1,600
No: 9/2 - Max bet: £44.44

- Will the iPad 3 launch with a Samsung-made AMOLED screen?
Yes: 8/1 - Max bet: £25
No: 1/25 - Max bet: £5,000

- Will the iPad 3 actually be called the iPad 2S?
Yes: 1/8 - Max bet: £1,600
No: 9/2 - Max bet: £44.44

- Will the US Market have an iPad 3 LTE version?
Yes: 5/4 - Max bet: £160
No: 4/7 - Max bet: £350

- Will the iPad 3 hardware include an NFC chip?
Yes: 4/1 - Max bet: £50
No: 1/7 - Max bet: £1,400

Will the iPad 3 have 128GB of storage?
Yes: 6/1 - Max bet: £33.33
No: 1/12 - Max bet: £2,400

Will the iPad 3 include a Thunderbolt port?
Yes: 5/1 - Max bet: £40
No: 1/9 - Max bet: £1,800

Will the iPad 3 include a SD card slot?
Yes: 12/1 - Max bet: £20
No: 1/50 - Max bet: £10,000

Will the iPad 3 feature a carbon fiber backplate?
Yes: 6/5 - Max bet: £166.64
No: 8/13 - Max bet: £325

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Top Rated Comments

movie-mac Avatar
156 months ago
The odds and max bets are pretty pointless. Understandable, but still pointless. Maximum payout per bet is £200. Invest those £10000 on no SD card slot in AAPL instead and sell them when the iPad 3 is released and you will most likely make more money, much more actually I guess.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
leukotriene Avatar
156 months ago
Some of these bets are worded such that, if Skybets were really evil, they could totally scam a bunch of people out of money.

For example:
Will the iPad 3 include an NFC chip? Well that depends on how you define an NFC chip. I could see lots of people betting "no", but Bluetooth 4.0 could be considered by some people as an NFC chip. "Near Field Communication" could mean anything.

Will the iPad 3 feature a carbon fiber backplate? Most would bet no, but what about the black band that goes over the 3G radio? What's that made of? If the new iPad 3G does use carbon fiber for that black band, does that qualify?

And of course, if Apple does 2x resolution but doesn't market it as "Retina" does that count? What if Skybets were evil and they defined "retina" as greater than 300 dpi, and therefore "it's not retina because it's only 276 ppi"? (you know immediately after the iPad 3 announcement there's gonna be lots of haters anyway trying to claim its not retina)

And what if Apple does call the thing iPad 2S instead of iPad 3? What does that do to all the other bets in the list since they're all using the name "iPad 3"? Does that mean Skybets will throw out all the bets that reference the word "iPad 3"? A lawyer could have a field day with this.

Skybets could find themselves in a heap of trouble with people arguing the outcome of these bets based on the wording. Even if Skybets isn't trying to mislead people, there will still be some betters who will claim that they technically won a bet based on the wording.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nickelt Avatar
156 months ago
Is there odds on if it will blend?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
colmaclean Avatar
156 months ago
So if I bet no on the sd card slot....I get 50x what I bet back?
No, you get one fiftieth of your original stake. Bookies aren't that daft! :)

So a £1 bet would return you a mighty £1.02 including your original stake.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
elppa Avatar
156 months ago
Will the iPad 3 have a Retina Display?
Yes

Will the iPad 3 launch with a Samsung-made AMOLED screen?
Definitely not AMOLED, probably Sharp/LG. Not Samsung.

Will the iPad 3 actually be called the iPad 2S?
No

Will the US Market have an iPad 3 LTE version?
Yes

Will the iPad 3 hardware include an NFC chip?
No, they'll launch this with iPhone.

Will the iPad 3 have 128GB of storage?
Maybe.

Will the iPad 3 include a Thunderbolt port?
No

Will the iPad 3 include a SD card slot?
No

Will the iPad 3 feature a carbon fiber backplate?
No

Would never gamble. But it was fun to guess.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Andy-V Avatar
156 months ago
Placed a couple of bets that I'm quite confident on:

No carbon fibre backplate - We've seen it. It's not.
No to it being called the iPad 2S instead. The rumours strongly suggest a significant update, I don't think this is going to merely be an "S" revision.

Pretty confident :D
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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