Reason No. 1 to Skip the 'New iPad': Apple Cuts Price of iPad 2 to $399
But there was also some good news for those who don't need the absolute latest bells and whistles: Apple has lowered the price of its iPad 2 to $399, according to its website.
And in addition to saving customers $100 on the WiFi version, Apple will keep the baseline model at 16 GB of RAM.
Previously, the rumor mill had predicted that Apple would introduce a cheaper 8 GB version of its iPad 2. That move was expected to be Apple's response to rival tablets such as Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble's (BKS) Nook Color, as well as the many less-popular tablets that run Windows 8.
Savvy buyers mainly need to ask themselves whether they really need HD 1080p video-recording capability or the speedier network connection that comes with the new iPad. Yes, it also touts a richer resolution and a snappier 5MP iSight camera. But if you were primarily lusting after an iPad for its FaceTime feature and its lightweight, go-anywhere qualities, why not pay less and pick up an iPad 2?
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