It is becoming clear that iPad 3 will not be the only one in the range, and that it will be accompanied by an updated (or at least modified) version of iPad 2. Most probably, according to the Japanese media, Apple will use the same technique it uses with the old iPhone models and will launch an 8 GB version of iPad 2 as the basic tablet model together with some 16 GB and 32 GB models that we are supposed to see of iPad 3.
Surprisingly, there is no mention of a 64GB model, but there is no reason to believe that it won’t come out. If this is true, the rumour of a slightly more expensive iPad 3 makes more sense leaving room for a somewhat cheaper basic iPad 2 (perhaps with that improved A5 processor called A5X).
And of course, there is also talk of that 7.85 inch iPad that Apple seems to be studying. It has also been DigiTimes that has filtered the most recent data, suggesting that since Cupertino they intend to start producing an iPad of that size from the third quarter of this year.
I’m not very optimistic with that size of tablet, but what does seem to be taking shape is the sales model Apple will use for its next iPad: it looks like the current model will survive as a cheaper option (as is happening with the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4) and that a somewhat more expensive model with a retinal screen will become the company’s flagship tablet.