Two retail pricing reports are shedding new light on the expected unveiling of Apple's next iPad tablet.
US retailer Best Buy has begun offering customers a $50 discount on the current iPad 2 retail models, a move that suggests the company is looking to deplete its inventory ahead of a product refresh.
Other reports indicate that Apple has already begun to receive shipments of the newest iPad model, a device unofficially referred to as 'iPad 3.' MacRumours reports sources in China which say Apple will offer the next version of the iPad at a cost $70-80 higher than current rates.
The reports chime with prior speculation that Apple was targeting the early weeks of March for its formal unveiling of the next iPad, with retail availability slated for later in the month.
Analyst reports have suggested that Apple has little desire to hit a lower price point. To date, lower-priced tablets such as the Amazon Kindle Fire have failed to steal any significant market share from the iPad.
Apple's dominance of the market is so complete, say analysts, that the biggest threat to iPad sales in recent months has been the Apple iPhone 4S.
Last week, V3 counted down its top 10 most-desired features for the next version of the iPad. Among the top items on staffers' wish lists were Flash support, new hardware peripherals and the addition of 4G wireless broadband support.
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