That the iPad is going in for a fresh look is evident from quite a few indicators to the effect. One of the prominent one being the significant discount that Meijer, one of the leading regional retailers in the US is offering at its store. The Wi-Fi only 16 GB version of the Apple tablet is now being sold for $429, down $70 from the original price. Apart from the iPad 2 tablet itself, the Smart Cover iPad 2 accessory too will be cheaper by $5 from the regular Apple price of $40.
One of the possible reasons for offering such a steep discount is to clear existing stocks of the iPad 2 though offering discounts has always been on of the most preferred method of increasing footfall at stores. As for the iPad 3, it is expected in March as per speculations that are growing stronger by each passing day.