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Potentially signaling its belief that the launch of the iPad 3 is imminent, Best Buy is now offering $50 discounts across the entire line of iPad 2 models, with pricing now beginning at $449.99 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi model.

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Furthermore, Engadget reports that Best Buy has begun updating its internal inventory management systems to reflect a "deleted" status for iPad 2 models.

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Best Buy generally does not have advance notice of new Apple products, especially those that are anticipated to appear as part of a major media event. Consequently, Best Buy's moves should not be taken as specific indicators of an iPad 3 launch, although numerous sources have indicated that a debut is near, with March 7 rumored for the planned media event.

But Best Buy certainly appears to be adjusting its offerings to make way for the updated model, and the company is not alone in that regard. Grocery and retail store chain Meijer earlier this month offered the entry-level iPad for $429, a $70 discount from the regular retail prices. Meijer's pricing has since returned to normal, but indications are that retailers are anticipating the arrival of the iPad 3.

Article Link: Best Buy Preparing for iPad Updates with $50 Price Cut, Inventory Cuts
 

borgqueenx

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sometimes with previous launches, some stores were accidently already adding "stock" new products to their store.
I hope best buy or another store soon "accidently" places the ipad 3 (128gb) on their site for sale. and then after an hour remove it :rolleyes:

the times that this happened in the past, the prices were correctly guessed by the stores. wouldnt be suprised if some stores already got intel on the ipad 3.
 
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Peace

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sometimes with previous launches, some stores were accidently already adding "stock" new products to their store.
I hope best buy or another store soon "accidently" places the ipad 3 (128gb) on their site for sale. and then after an hour remove it :rolleyes:

the times that this happened in the past, the prices were correctly guessed by the stores. wouldnt be suprised if some stores already got intel on the ipad 3.

In previous times some stores had dummy product codes too.
 
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striker33

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Hopefully the price hike rumours arent true. With Apple tax on top, the iPad 3 would end up at around £450 at the very least, which would be £20 more than the original iPad.
 
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Liquinn

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Hopefully the price hike rumours arent true. With Apple tax on top, the iPad 3 would end up at around £450 at the very least, which would be £20 more than the original iPad.
Another 300 quid more and someone could buy a 11" Macbook Air, hmm.
 
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Doc750

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Hopefully the price hike rumours arent true. With Apple tax on top, the iPad 3 would end up at around £450 at the very least, which would be £20 more than the original iPad.

If 4g is already built in, and no wifi option is available, it's pretty much guaranteed to have a higher price point.

This is before even accounting for a higher resolution screen
 
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striker33

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If 4g is already built in, and no wifi option is available, it's pretty much guaranteed to have a higher price point.

This is before even accounting for a higher resolution screen

There has to be a WiFi model though for European markets. No one in the UK uses 4g/LTE networks, so the inclusion would be pointless. There is however, strong HSPA+ coverage.

Plus they'd have to look at the market anyway. Over here, the most popular model by a mile is the 16GB WiFi option. If consumers were forced to pay extra for things like 4g and modem capabilities, they'd just stick with an iPad 2.

Personally I dont see the point in having a 3g/4g enabled iPad. I always have my phone with me, and most phones support tethering or can be used as WiFi hotspots, so an extra data plan is pointless. But thats just me though.
 
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min_t

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The CIA and FBI should be hiring these bloggers that ferret out Apple rumor stories. A deleted item in inventory in a retail chain database, a shipping manifest of air cargo carriers pointing to a change in schedule, the sudden shift in the trade winds - all pointing to an all-out iPad3 launch next week. :rolleyes:.
 
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akad

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Only a $50 drop? Do you think that gives support to the iPad price hike rumor? A rumor supporting a rumor, haha?
 
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macguy360

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please no 4g lte. The battery drain would be nasty. I dont want to lose my 10+ hour battery life. Retina display would be nice though.
 
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Doc750

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There has to be a WiFi model though for European markets. No one in the UK uses 4g/LTE networks, so the inclusion would be pointless. There is however, strong HSPA+ coverage.

Plus they'd have to look at the market anyway. Over here, the most popular model by a mile is the 16GB WiFi option. If consumers were forced to pay extra for things like 4g and modem capabilities, they'd just stick with an iPad 2.

Personally I dont see the point in having a 3g/4g enabled iPad. I always have my phone with me, and most phones support tethering or can be used as WiFi hotspots, so an extra data plan is pointless. But thats just me though.

I agree, I tether my IPad and never activated it's cellular plan. The europeans will just suck it upand pay twice the price like they always do. Sorry :D
 
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macguy360

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The CIA and FBI should be hiring these bloggers that ferret out Apple rumor stories. A deleted item in inventory in a retail chain database, a shipping manifest of air cargo carriers pointing to a change in schedule, the sudden shift in the trade winds - all pointing to an all-out iPad3 launch next week. :rolleyes:.

haha no kidding. these bloggers are like 007 agents in the making.
 
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doctor-don

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Since before Christmas, MicroCenter was selling iPad 2 models at $50 off the Apple selling price. Of course, it was because of the impending iPad 3 line.

And who said the iPad 3 would NOT have wi-fi?
 
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MarcDrummond

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iMacs discounted as well

When I was at Best Buy last night, I also noticed that iMacs were on sale. You can see this on BestBuy.com as well, where prices are discounted by about 5%:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemp...SP&sp=-bestsellingsort+skuid&usc=abcat0500000

This is also true of the Minis and the Mac Pros, as well as all of their laptops:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Laptop-Computers/MacBooks/pcmcat247400050001.c?id=pcmcat247400050001

So, if you're going to judge by price alone, I think you have to conclude that either all of their computers are about to be updated (unlikely given the Ivy Bridge timeline delays) or that prices at Best Buy are not enough to say whether or not a product update is imminent.

(Although there's certainly plenty of other evidence to suggest an iPad update around March 7 or so.)
 
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Mark Booth

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Target had the iPad 2 on sale with a free $50 Target gift card in December. That, combined with a Target Red Card 5% discount (another $25 off the base iPad 2) makes the Best Buy deal seem weak.

If the iPad 3 models do premiere at a higher price point, it seems to me that Apple will very likely keep around at least one iPad 2 model and lower the price to better compete with the Kindle Fire. I've got my fingers crossed for an iPad 2 16GB WiFi model for $349!

Mark
 
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AppleHater

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It's a bad news for those who trying to get rid of their current iPads to upgrade. I'm glad that I've sold mine last week, although it's painful to have no iPad for a few more weeks.
 
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JHankwitz

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please no 4g lte. The battery drain would be nasty. I dont want to lose my 10+ hour battery life. Retina display would be nice though.

You're in luck! You will be able to get a Wi-Fi only version. Or, if you're part of the 98% of the USA with no 4G LTE coverage, you don't have to worry about it anyway. I believe you will be able to choose '3G only' mode.
 
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Konrad9

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When I was at Best Buy last night, I also noticed that iMacs were on sale. You can see this on BestBuy.com as well, where prices are discounted by about 5%:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olstemp...SP&sp=-bestsellingsort+skuid&usc=abcat0500000

This is also true of the Minis and the Mac Pros, as well as all of their laptops:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Laptop-Computers/MacBooks/pcmcat247400050001.c?id=pcmcat247400050001

So, if you're going to judge by price alone, I think you have to conclude that either all of their computers are about to be updated (unlikely given the Ivy Bridge timeline delays) or that prices at Best Buy are not enough to say whether or not a product update is imminent.

(Although there's certainly plenty of other evidence to suggest an iPad update around March 7 or so.)


The Mac PCs have been on sale for a week or so, though the sale price is the same as the usual Amazon prices.
 
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jonnysods

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Price increases will suck, but we will all still buy it. ;)
 
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Konrad9

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You're in luck! You will be able to get a Wi-Fi only version. Or, if you're part of the 98% of the USA with no 4G LTE coverage, you don't have to worry about it anyway. I believe you will be able to choose '3G only' mode.

98% is a bit of a fallacy.

Top US cities by population, Verizon covered LTE in bold:
New York New York 8,175,133
2 Los Angeles California 3,792,621
3 Chicago Illinois 2,695,598
4 Houston Texas 2,099,45
5 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,526,006
6 Phoenix Arizona 1,445,632
7 San Antonio Texas 1,327,407
8 San Diego California 1,307,402
9 Dallas Texas 1,197,816
10 San Jose California 945,942
11 Jacksonville[g] Florida 821,784
12 Indianapolis[f] Indiana 820,445
13 San Francisco California 805,235
14 Austin Texas 790,390
15 Columbus Ohio 787,033
16 Fort Worth Texas 741,206
17 Charlotte North Carolina 731,424
18 Detroit Michigan 713,777
19 El Paso Texas 649,121
20 Memphis Tennessee 646,889


Area wise? Yeah, probably less than 2% of the country.

Population wise? Those 20 cities represent ~30 million people, about 10% of the country, and Verizon has another 100 cities where LTE is available. That's in addition to AT&T and whoever else has LTE.
 
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Shanpdx

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DO NOT BUY yet

the iPad 2 (if any one interested), do wait till the iPad 3 event and see the iPad 2 price cut and then buy.

iPad 2 16GB - might drop down all the way to $399.
 
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