iPad 3 to have Fall 2011 launch? Some say it makes sense
Apple has yet to confirm the existence of the iPad 2, but there are already rumors that the third-generation of the company's popular tablet will be launched this fall.
The rumors started when blogger John Gruber wrote on his site, Daring Fireball, that the HP TouchPad's summer release would "bump up against the release of the iPad 3." Gruber has clarified that, saying his comments were his own speculation and not top-secret information. But the comment and Gruber's later justification for it has caused people to wonder if Apple might mix-up its production schedule and throw an iPad release in this fall.
Some reasons Gruber and others have offered:
A spring release doesn't make sense. Yes, the iPad was released last April and Apple loves to stick to its schedules. But right now the fall release is usually saved for iPod/iTunes announcements. Pushing an iPad announcement to the fall makes it less likely that people will expect another release before the holidays.
Conflicting reports about the display quality. Gruber is also saying that the fall release of the iPad won't be a full-blown third-generation tablet, but an iPad 2.5 with retina display. "I am nearly dead certain the iPad 2 is going to have the same display resolution and size as the current iPad," he wrote. "I am not so sure at all, though, that there won't be a double-resolution 2048 × 1536 iPad in 2011."
Apple's reportedly planning a "big fall surprise." TechCruch agreed with Gruber, adding that they have heard that Apple is gearing up for a major surprise in the fall. "Apple has a history of not resting on their laurels," Tech Crunch wrote. "That's perhaps the key reason why they've been so successful in recent years. And that's exactly why they strike with the iPad 3 in the fall."
The tablet field is getting crowded. HP's TouchPad made serious waves Wednesday, and the Motorola Xoom is breathing down the iPad's neck (and openly mocking the iPad.) With seemingly every other company in the world looking to take on the iPad, Apple is likely to want to shake things up again, and soon.
| February 10, 2011; 11:20 AM ET
Categories: Apple, Gadgets, Tablets
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