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The Best Time to Get a Deal on iPad 3? 6 Months From Now

By - Source: DealNews | B 28 comments

Since we pretty much know that Apple will be revealing its next iPad on March 7, it is not a surprise that we are already seeing advice on buying this still-unannounced tablet.

If you want to save a few bucks, you may want to hold off buying the new iPad right away, especially if the rumors that suggest that the iPad 3 will be $70 to $80 more expensive than the iPad 2 turn into fact.

According to DealNews, iPads were offered in the past with discounts, despite Apple's tight grip on the retail pricing of the tablet. The iPad 2, for example, was seen with a $10 discount three months after launch, but some stores began offering 16 GB, Wi-Fi iPad 2s for only $449 instead of $499 just half a year after the launch of the tablet. Buyers willing to do their research today can find the iPad 2 for as low as $429, DealNews said.

If you are craving the latest Apple device and time as well as money do not matter, standing in line on launch day may be the only option. However, if DealNews is correct, patience can pay off. While you get are getting more value out of the iPad 2, the entry-level iPad 3 could be selling for $519 instead of the rumored $579 suggested retail price by September.

In any case, we'll find out the real price when the iPad 3 goes on stage on March 7.

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    omega21xx , February 29, 2012 8:14 PM
    If you already have an iPad 2, I don't see much reason to bother with an iPad 3. Usually by the time you need to upgrade your Apple device, they already stop supporting the one you are upgrading from.
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    mx2138 , February 29, 2012 8:22 PM
    misleading graph is misleading.
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    mickey21 , February 29, 2012 8:25 PM
    Seriously, people would wait 6 months to save a couple of bucks? What is the point on a niche device like this? I might understand if you had another tablet, but waiting 6 months to buy a product you know you want is kind of stupid. (not saying I would buy one either though) By the time you do, they will already be talking about how great the Ipad 4 is going to be so why bother, you will just want to wait at that point for the next one, and so on and so forth.
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    threefish , February 29, 2012 8:28 PM
    The best time to buy new hardware is never.
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    soldier37 , February 29, 2012 8:30 PM
    As with anything tech 6 months is a long time these days with a couple of generations of chips come out for the device in that time. So either buy now and enjoy the device or youll be stuck in a endless tech loop waiting for the next best thing.
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    Anonymous , February 29, 2012 8:42 PM
    the best deal to get an ipad 3 would be 5 yeas later in ebay.
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    willard , February 29, 2012 8:50 PM
    mx2138misleading graph is misleading.

    Seriously. This is the third chart I've looked at (not all of them here) in the last two days where the scale makes a 10% difference look like 1000%.

    If you have a valid point to make, you won't need misleading graphics to make it.
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    eddieroolz , February 29, 2012 8:59 PM
    Of course, by then the rumor mill for iPad4 will be in full swing and that might sway some to wait.
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    bavman , February 29, 2012 9:05 PM
    threefishThe best time to buy new hardware is never.


    fixed:

    The best time to buy anything made by apple is never
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    _Cubase_ , February 29, 2012 9:11 PM
    Wait 6 months to get $60 off? Apple "discounting" at it's best I see. They might even take a dollar off the smart cases too! It's practically a STEAL!
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    phate , February 29, 2012 9:12 PM
    The best deal regarding an iPad 3? Not buying an iPad3.

    Hey I'm 600 bucks richer already.
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    jaber2 , February 29, 2012 9:32 PM
    iPad 1 is still better in so many ways than the new tablets from others, if you have iPad 1 or 2 you are in better shape than most new tablet owners.
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    soldier37 , February 29, 2012 9:48 PM
    Apple haters lol. 99% of them never used one touched one or could afford one. But yet still come to bash on something they have no clue about just like to hate on something popular makes them feel...well complete. Complete waste of everyone's time here. Fail at life.
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    belardo , February 29, 2012 10:00 PM
    omega21xxIf you already have an iPad 2, I don't see much reason to bother with an iPad 3. Usually by the time you need to upgrade your Apple device, they already stop supporting the one you are upgrading from.

    I have an iPad1, Apple still support it... it runs iOS 5.x just fine - of course without the camera functions or gaming abilities.

    Then in 6 months... you will be told "wait 6 months, the iPad 4 will be coming out". People will buy when they want to buy or can buy it. $480~520 isn't a big deal.

    When its the 1980s and you spend $280 for JUST a 320k FLOPPY DRIVE, the $450 iPad2 is nothing. I still have that floppy drive with its box, bigger and heavier than my ThinkPad.

    bavmanfixed: The best time to buy anything made by apple is never
    In the end, Apple, MS, Google, Samsung, etc.. its all just business.
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    del35 , February 29, 2012 10:27 PM
    Quote:
    iPad 1 is still better in so many ways than the new tablets from others,


    And you just proved that you are an uninformed moron!
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    del35 , February 29, 2012 10:29 PM
    Quote:
    Apple haters lol. 99% of them never used one touched one or could afford one. But yet still come to bash on something they have no clue about just like to hate on something popular makes them feel...well complete. Complete waste of everyone's time here.


    Go hang out in a Church of iCrap website.
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    aaronstyle , February 29, 2012 11:49 PM
    It seems like Apple has been churning out refreshes of their products, but lately I've noticed that the steps that they take have increasingly diminished. The Iphone 4s isn't THAT big of an improvement over the Iphone4.

    The premiums seem large, which is expected for a new product. It's unfitting that the components don't scale equivalently. Maybe it's just me. I've owned several Ipods, 2 or 3 nanos, and a couple of itouches. My girlfriend has had an iphone 3gs, and now has an iphone4.

    The jump from the 3gs to the 4 was pretty large, and is definitively noticeable, which justifies the price tag. (albeit a particularly hefty one) The updates from the generations of other ipods have always scaled fairly well, in my opinion as well.

    Is this just a marketing trick to dupe uninformed shoppers? I think it's possible, but anyone who does a little research will find that apple products are quite pricey. I always hear "but they last longer" or "they don't get viruses" or something like "they're better than...."

    Anyone that has made the switch from pc to apple has always praised apple, and shunned pcs, but the majority of the time, the pc that they had was never maintained properly. Poor ventilation, from dust build up, and very few ever ran diagnostic tools, to identify and fix compounding problems.

    I can agree that they're fairly reliable products, but the price v performance ratio is way off track. ( I'm sure every Tom'sHW member knows this)


    /rant.
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    molo9000 , March 1, 2012 12:15 AM
    What a load of bullshit.

    The best time to buy stuff like this is right after an update. Either buy an iPad 2 really cheap or buy an iPad 3, but don't wait to save a few bucks on what will then be old technology.

    If waiting 6 months is worth 60 bucks to you, then you shouldn't be buying an iPad 3 in the first place.
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    ap3x , March 1, 2012 12:51 AM
    omega21xxIf you already have an iPad 2, I don't see much reason to bother with an iPad 3. Usually by the time you need to upgrade your Apple device, they already stop supporting the one you are upgrading from.


    Not true, the device comes with a 1 year warranty unless you purchase Apple Care which makes it 3 years. Support for the tablet in terms of IOS updates happens for 3-5 years weather you have Apple care or not.
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    ap3x , March 1, 2012 12:55 AM
    aaronstyleIt seems like Apple has been churning out refreshes of their products, but lately I've noticed that the steps that they take have increasingly diminished. The Iphone 4s isn't THAT big of an improvement over the Iphone4. The premiums seem large, which is expected for a new product. It's unfitting that the components don't scale equivalently. Maybe it's just me. I've owned several Ipods, 2 or 3 nanos, and a couple of itouches. My girlfriend has had an iphone 3gs, and now has an iphone4.The jump from the 3gs to the 4 was pretty large, and is definitively noticeable, which justifies the price tag. (albeit a particularly hefty one) The updates from the generations of other ipods have always scaled fairly well, in my opinion as well.Is this just a marketing trick to dupe uninformed shoppers? I think it's possible, but anyone who does a little research will find that apple products are quite pricey. I always hear "but they last longer" or "they don't get viruses" or something like "they're better than...."Anyone that has made the switch from pc to apple has always praised apple, and shunned pcs, but the majority of the time, the pc that they had was never maintained properly. Poor ventilation, from dust build up, and very few ever ran diagnostic tools, to identify and fix compounding problems.I can agree that they're fairly reliable products, but the price v performance ratio is way off track. ( I'm sure every Tom'sHW member knows this) /rant.


    Well we have no idea what the new iPad will have. We know that it is supposed to have a high resolution screen and possibly LTE and probably a faster processor and or GPU and a better camera but we know nothing about the software side. It remains to be seen what the iPad 3 will have so it is hard to say that it will just be a small incremental update.
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