Apple (AAPL) to Announce Refreshed Version of Its 9.7-inch iPad: Report

Apparently, the iPad Mini won’t be the only tablet talk at Apple (AAPL)’s media event next week. According to 9to5Mac, the iPhone-maker will announce a “refreshed version” of its 9.7-inch iPad with Retina Display at next Tuesday’s press event. The site also claims that the third-gen full-size iPad will not expand upon the current pricing structure of the current model by keeping the same $499, $599, and $699 WiFi-only price points. The LTE line is also expected to retain the current $629, $729, and $829 pricing.

The revised iPads, which despite rumors of a number of minor upgrades and the much-talked inclusion of a smaller Lightning connector from the iPhone 5, fifth-generation iPod touch, and seventh-generation iPod nano, are also expected to retain the same storage capacity as the current models. Also likely in the rumor mix for this new and improved iPad is global LTE connectivity, and perhaps even a move to Apple’s new A6 chip found in the iPhone 5.

The new iPad, which comes within a year of the latest iPad introduction, won’t be considered an iPad 4 but would be an iPad 3 with “improved internals”.

It is yet unclear just which of the rumored changes will actually be included in the revision, but we will get to find out on the 23rd when the highly-anticipated Apple event takes place.

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