A spot from Macrumors appears to be our first hint at the price tag the imminent iPad 3 will carry. The picture source was found on the Chinese networking site Weibo, and suggests an $80 price hike for Wifi iPad models, and a $70 rise in the equivalent 3G models.
One post seems to depict a price comparison between the iPad 2 and iPad 3 possibly revealing a price increase for the iPad 3. The headings are labled left to right: “Apple iPad Model”, “iPad 2 US Price”, “iPad 3 US Price”, “iPad 3 RMB equivalent price”. The final column is calculated on the exchange rate.
The iPad 2 prices on the left are shown in US dollars and state the current Wifi model price at $499, however as you can see the equivalent ‘iPad 3′ wifi model is given a $579 price tag. It is the same case with 3G models but instead only a $70 rise.
How credible these figures can be is questionable, but with how revolutionary the iPad 3′s Retina screen is supposed to be, combined with the possibility of a new A5x processor, a rise in price would not be all that surprising. However for Apple to rice the price so much would be extremely uncommon for their usual marketing plan, especially given the price drop from the iPad to the iPad 2.