What you’re about to read might seem like it was written by a delusional fellow. The Apple “iPad 3″ might be releasing this fall. Hang on a second! Apple hasn’t released the iPad 2 or even commented on it as yet ! Although some reports do claim that the “iPad 3″ might be coming soon enough. More on that, after the break.
Summer feels like a long time away. If my theory is right, they’re not only going to be months behind the iPad 2, but if they slip until late summer, they might bump up against the release of the iPad 3. And not only did they announce this with a distant ship date, they did it with no word on pricing
See the magic word in the quote up there? Yes, “iPad 3″ is what we’re talking about. While we know that the iPad 2 is going to be fantastic, it has to be kept in mind that Apple’s tablet market share has slid down to 77% as compared to Android tablets even after Apple’s record sales figures announcement. Which means that Apple will definitely take steps to be the ultimate tablet market dominator once again. However does that necessarily entail that we shall be seeing not one, but two iterations of the iPad this year?
TechCrunch tries to explain:
A few days ago, we heard from a very good source that Apple was assembling the pieces for a “big fall surprise”. While intriguing, that could obviously mean anything. But the “surprise” part clearly means it’s something beyond the regular iPod/iTunes (and perhaps MacBook Air) refreshes that Apple does in the fall. Still, that leaves a lot of room for guesses. An actual Apple television? iTunes in the cloud? A touchscreen iMac? Who knows?
Well, until today. We’ve now heard that this “fall surprise” is related to this would-be iPad 3. We don’t have any more concrete information beyond that. But, as of right now, the plan is apparently to release one iteration of the iPad in the next few weeks. And then blow the doors open with another new version in the fall.
Considering all of the above mentioned information, it looks like the report claiming that production of iPad 2 has started was legit after all, as Apple would definitely have to speed up its production cycles if it wants to ship out two new iterations of the iPad.
According to previous reports, the iPad 2 is said to be thinner, lighter and faster than the original iPad alongwith two cameras similar to the 4th gen iPod touch and a faster processor. Rumored launch of the iPad 2 is said to occur between first or second Saturday of April.
Stay tuned as we will report when we hear more about the “iPad 3″