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

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.