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New iPad priced at £399, on sale next Friday

The new iPad will cost the same as its predecessor at launch, with the iPad 2 coming down in price.

The new iPad is up for pre-order now, but you won't be able to get your hands on one until next Friday. But good news -- it'll cost the same as the iPad 2 did at launch. And the iPad 2 is coming down in price.

If you want the basic 16GB Wi-Fi-only model of new iPad, you'll have to pay £399. The 32GB will set you back £479, while for the 64GB you'll have to cough up £559. For Wi-Fi + 4G, you'll have to pay £499 for the 16GB model, £579 for the 32GB, and £659 for the 64GB model. So not exactly cheap, but then at least Apple hasn't ratcheted up the price.

The iPad 2 is also dropping from £399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only model to £329, and £429 for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model. So the iPad 2 won't get the bump to 4G, and it looks like Apple is killing off the larger storage sizes too. Could it have the Amazon Kindle Fire in its sights? I think it could.

Networks Three and Vodafone have also confirmed they'll be offering up the new iPad, though they're yet to publish any details on pricing.

This is in keeping with Apple's usual policy of pricing a new generation of product the same as the previous. The cheaper iPad 2 was also rumoured beforehand, and should help Apple compete with the budget spate of Android tablets out there at the moment.

The new iPad packs a retina display with four times the pixels as the iPad 2, and a 5-megapixel camera that also doubles as taking 1080p movies. Inside is an A5X processor with "quad-core graphics" that should lead to even more impressive games coming to the device. The tablet is slightly heavier than its predecessor though -- check out our hands-on impressions here.

What do you make of the price? Will you be buying? Let me know in the comments below, or on Facebook.