Rumor Claims No iPad 3 in 2011

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Consumers hoping for a third generation iPad launch before the end of the year may be in for a disappointment if upstream component vendors are correct. Anonymous sources in the production stream claim Apple hasn’t ordered any parts for an iPad 3, and they aren’t expecting parts orders to come in any time soon, according to DigiTimes.

iPad 3 soon? Nope.An iPad 3 this year? Not likely.

Rumors that Apple would break from its typical annual mobile product release cycle and release a second major update to the iPad line this fall after Daring Fireball’s John Gruber tossed the idea out to the Internet. The iPad 2 shipped in March, nearly a year after the first generation model hit store shelves.

Apple hasn’t indicated that it plans to offer two major updates to the iPad in a singe year, and its historically annual release cycle for the iPhone and iPod touch make a twice-a-year update for the iPad seem somewhat unlikely.

Despite DigiTimes’ hit-and-miss luck with industry sources, there’s a good chance that this time they’re right and that the iPad 3 update rumor that spawned from an off hand comment may be just what it seems: an unlikely rumor.

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3 Comments

mhikl

One of the reasons Apple products may be so well designed and constructed, avoiding the issues from which the early Android imitators seem to suffer, is that it doesn’t respond quickly without planning, testing and refining. Apple may also take into consideration the costs of an early update and the position, present and near future, of its competition before it introduces its next iteration.

By the end of the year there may be other pads out that best Apple on specs but they wont come close to the quality and experience of its ecosystem. The superior experience, discussed on a number of topics lately, also adds to the edge.

Apple is just being smart in squeezing as much juice from this iteration before going on to the next.

Speculation of what iPad 3 will offer is always open for discussion. I’d like to see the boarders round the display shrunk. This would necessitate smaller, more efficient batteries (to keep the ten hour standard). Would the consumer put up with a slightly thicker iPad 3 if the boarders were significantly narrowed? That would open up another wow factor for the iPad 4; again, thinner and even narrower boarders?

trrll

It was a silly notion to begin with. The iPad2 is selling extraordinarily well. It has no major competitors. Why on earth would Apple release another model early? Apple wouldn’t make any more money, and they’d just irritate recent iPad2 purchasers, making them more reluctant to buy Apple products in the future. By waiting a full year, Apple will have a better chance of offering a meaningful improvement in pad technology at a lower parts cost to Apple.

Chad

You people seriously need to get a life. The iPad 2 just came out a month ago and your talking about iPad 3 rumors. Go kill yourselves.

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