Apple Quietly Discounting 64GB 3G iPad? Price Falls To £600

UK Department store TJHughes has slashed the price of the most expensive iPad, the 64GB 3G version (MC497B/A), from £699 to £600, one of the biggest price cuts we've ever seen on any Apple products in the UK.

We have been monitoring the product for the last 24 hours and it seems that there is still plenty of stock left should you want to grab one.

A £99 discount (15 per cent in value) brings the price of the iPad right next to the top of the range Apple iPhone 4 and brings up its own set of questions.

Why would Apple allow the price of its top of the range 3G iPad to be cut by so much? Why would TJHughes seemingly have so much stock of a product that sells so well? Will others (Argos, Debenhams) follow suit?

One would not imagine that TJHughes would sell this iPad at a loss, not without a significant discount (and permission) from Apple.

At this point we can only speculate about how the discount department store manage to get hold of what could well be one of the bargains of the year.