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iPad 3 announcement coming in early February?

Apple plans to hold a special event in early February to debut the iPad 3, according to a new report. Citing an Asian supplier and a source in the U.S., Macotakara reports that Apple is prepared to hold a special event in early February, at which it will debut both the next-generation iPad as well as iOS 5.1, which is currently in developer beta testing. The report claims that due to the Chinese New Year, the next iPad would not be released until early March, leaving a month-long gap between the product’s announcement and its release; last year, Apple debuted the iPad 2 on March 2nd, then released the device to stores on March 11, making for a debut-to-release gap of only nine days. [via BGR]

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A February announcement would be great, but it seems rather dubious that Apple would allow for a month-long lag on a product that from what everyone can gather is physically similar to the existing iPad 2.

I am not sure why Apple wouldn’t want to hold to the announcement to a similar pattern as last year.

In addition, Macotakara’s track record isn’t exactly the most accurate.

Posted by cxc273 on January 17, 2012 at 3:06 PM (CST)


If this is true it would indicate a price drop on the iPad2 - otherwise Apple is killing its sales for a whole month (which seems unlikely).
I’m also dubious that Apple would introduce a new iPad when the current model is still selling well and seems to be facing no impending threat from other manufacturers.

Posted by Jon Myles on January 18, 2012 at 5:17 AM (CST)


@2: Ixnay to both those points.

1. Apple knows something you seem to be unaware of: their products sell even when “everyone” knows something new is coming out. Strange as this may seem to you, turns out most people don’t follow tech pages or even general news. I’ve been here for nearly 8 years, and Apple has been pretty predictable over those 8 years, yet I can’t tell you how many posts I’ve read from people who finally did find their way here only to complain they’d bought an Apple product for full price just a week or two (sometimes just a day) before the new model came out even though no regular would have purchased the then current product for anything other than emergency purposes for the previous 8 weeks. Everyone who knows the deal already knew there would be a new iPad this spring, so they aren’t buying announcement or not, and the rest of the people, well, they probably won’t notice such an announcement if it should come to pass.

2. Apple is not going to stop updating the iPad annually any time soon. The product is facing plenty of impending threat. Apple is updating their tablet products annually; collectively, their competition is updating every couple of months and, yes, most of those are either woefully behind the curve or fail for other reasons, but don’t assume everybody is ready to sign onto the fruit bandwagon. Samsung, in particular, is hot on Apple’s heels and the more distance Apple can keep between themselves and the competition the better, and the rumored 2048x1536 resolution would be just the thing to do that.

Posted by Code Monkey on January 18, 2012 at 7:53 AM (CST)

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