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    Talk about the iPad 2 (like the iPad 2 itself) is so boring that people are now starting to speculate about the iPad 3. Those rumors got a big shot in the arm yesterday as two prominent pundits - John Gruber of Daring Fireball and MG Siegler of TechCrunch - predicted that Apple will release a third-generation iPad in the fall. While Gruber made it clear that his guess was pure speculation, Siegler quotes a "very good" anonymous source as saying that Apple is planning a "big fall surprise" relating to the iPad 3, and asserts that this is "not a guess."

    John Gruber, who has a wealth of insider contacts at Apple, wrote that he wasn't relying on any of those sources when he predicted that Apple would switch to a late-fall release schedule. Right now, the iPad 2 is almost certainly on track for release 12 months after its predecessor first shipped in April 2010. As we all know, new iPhones ship in June or July and iPods ship in September. And while iPod refreshes are scheduled in the fall to position them for the holiday season, Gruber notes that the iPad was wildly popular last Christmas, and so his reasoning here was that it would make more sense to release new iPads in the fall to better compete for the holiday dollar. Add to that the fact that the HP TouchPad is shipping in the summer with specs like the rumored iPad 2's, and you have a good rationale for a September release to upstage the potential challenger.

    That was all well and good as a theory, but then MG Siegler at TechCrunch stepped up with a corroborating story, attributing it to a "very good source" within Apple, that said a "big surprise" was coming in the fall regarding a third-generation iPad. Why would Apple release two new models in a year? Well, for one thing, the TechCrunch article notes, the coming second-generation iPad is really more like the iPhone 3GS was compared to the iPhone 3G: a minor update, not a complete refresh. (We've already received rumors that this will be called the iPad "S" rather than the iPad 2.) And having had the tablet market all to itself for a year, Apple's not about to lay back and let competitors move in. As Gruber suggests, "they’re not going to leave any gas in the tank pushing the iPad hardware specs forward as fast as they can." Siegler said, however, that his "information on this isn't a guess," though obviously we don't have any way of judging whether his source is any good.

    Gruber also allowed that it might be possible that Apple might go to a twice-yearly upgrade schedule, like in the early days of the PC industry, or split the product line into "consumer" and "pro" levels as they did with the MacBook. As always, this is all talk until something is actually released, and even if Apple is talking about this now, there's no guarantee that it'll happen this way come September. However, even though there's always a lot of rumor-mongering about Apple products, these particular high-profile commentators have put their credibility on the line with this, especially in Siegler's case. Either way, it looks like the next six months are going to be a wild time for the iPad and its competing tablets.

    Sources: TechCrunch, Daring Fireball
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad 3 in September? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 79 Comments
    1. Quaddy's Avatar
      Quaddy -
      Yawn!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I could possibly see an iPad Pro come out like the MBP and the MB, two different versions. I'm not sure why they would do that, but its plausible. I think they'll stick with the one upgrade a year though.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      talking about b.s. why would apple do this? it just doesn't make any sense at all. If that is the case then I can't wait to get the iphone 6 in December...LOL!!!!
    1. hornet18's Avatar
      hornet18 -
      Maybe a high-end, retina display, "pro" version of iPad 2...for a $1,000?
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by aimetti View Post
      hey look , the verizon rumors are now over so we have to start up more garbage.
      I agree with this. What about the iPhone 27? No need to get ahead of ourselves.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPittsburgh View Post
      When you say apple owns the tablet market, I think youre referring to just to ipads vs samsung galaxy tab and not something like a fujitsu tablet pc. To say iPad will replace laptops is a pretty big stretch, iPad and laptops are a little different in that one could write code and create programs with a laptop and you couldnt with an iPad
      I think you missed the point entirely there. Laptops and tablets are not the same. No one said that tablets will overtake them, they won't, at least not for quite a while. Apple DOES own the tablet computing market. You show me a company that has more tablets out there, there isn't one. Fujitsu sells cool tablets, but they are expensive and are for some super niche markets.. Panasonic tough books have convertible options available, but don't come close either. Also, have you not heard of the app store?

      Quote Originally Posted by powa View Post
      From the current sources about what iPad2 is gonna be, which is only slightly powerful than an iPad, I'd probably give XOOM or other tablet a try. Apple is planned obsolete on all their product, if they are not willing to offer something more competitive, people will not choose it. Remember, tablet market has lots of potential buyers out there, and the people that buy them aren't dumb either. Unless they are die hard apple fans of course.
      Thing is, Apple knows that between iOS and Android, it is obvious which one offers the far superior interface. Motorola could offer the most amazing specs in the world, but it still has Android sitting atop. I realize that many people are satisfied with it, but I must say that 99% of those I know that own an Android handset have no idea how to use it.

      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post
      I think "Own the Tablet" market is a little over the top "IFan" talk.

      Fujitsu has had a Huge market share in Business for years.

      Also I wait to see more development like many.

      If the Ipad evolves ( I think it will) then yes I can see it being more and more mainstream.

      What it needs:
      SD slot
      DUal Core processor
      lots of Ram
      Lots of SSD storage ( 120gb more)
      Stylus add on

      Would be nice:
      Phone capabilities ( nice if they did it)
      I can agree with you about more memory and storage, but everything else will likely not happen. iPad will not get an SD slot, nor will it get a stylus, or phone capabilities. I can guarantee you that if you asked anyone one the streets to name a fujistsu tablet, they would be surprised to learn that they made them. To say that iPad isn't mainstream is 100% wrong. It is a household name, sold at several different electronics stores, and even Walmart. Not to mention the astounding number of units they sold in less than a year. What else does iPad need to do to become mainstream?


      Ok, seriously? Why are we reporting pure speculation as news? How about we find some actual news to report as news? If Apple announces an iPad in spring and fall, then they are asking to fail.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post
      Its a rumor ..............

      I have time today because I traveled because my Grandmother passed (She was 102). So forgive me when i read this stuff it gives me something else to talk and think about today.
      Sorry for your loss!

      Still don't think they'd come out with one so quickly.
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      Seriously? This is like trying to say "this is what the iPhone 6 will have" The iPad 2 hasn't even been confirmed, announced or anything and people are already talking about the iPad 3. Gotta find something better to do with 1s time
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JerseyScottie View Post
      Seriously? This is like trying to say "this is what the iPhone 6 will have" The iPad 2 hasn't even been confirmed, announced or anything and people are already talking about the iPad 3. Gotta find something better to do with 1s time
      You don't like reading rumors in the morning? I think its the best part of waking up..
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      You don't like reading rumors in the morning? I think its the best part of waking up..
      Haha rumors could be nice if they were realistic but this is just shatty journalism work
    1. daffysam22's Avatar
      daffysam22 -
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    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      I'm not a huge follower of Apple's products. However I do know that Apple has never cared what their competition is doing.
      They also have never released a product update more than once a year.
      That said I would love to see a iPad with osX. Same price structure as the current ipads. I'd buy 1 in a heartbeat. I know a lot of other people would as well. The ability to sync my iPhone to a iPad Pro would be very nice. As long as it has USB ports I'd be sold.
      They basically already have it. They just added a keyboard & called it MacBook Air.
    1. babyblue_pimp's Avatar
      babyblue_pimp -
      While I agree with everything said, I think you guys are missing the point of a September release, maybe they'd like to release ipads with iPods, during they're media event. It would make more sense to release a facttime enabled iPad now, and a full refresh in September along with ios5 and all of the other iPods. Then continue to release them in September. Getting two ipads in one year would be much better than waiting for a year and a half for one. Maybe they are trying to compete with the android tablets, and have a September release iPad specifically to dominate the new HP tablet coming soon. Super fast iPad now, retina enabled iPad for premium models in September? Who knows!

      I personally think the April release date is golden, but the iPad has only been released once, we have no idea if it's going to be on a yearly cycle like the iPods, or a double refresh like the MacBooks. Only time will tell.
    1. T4R06's Avatar
      T4R06 -
      john gruber, john gruber, john gruber, john gruber, john gruber, john gruber, john gruber, john gruber, john gruber, john gruber, john gruber, john gruber, john gruber, john gruber, john gruber,

      WTF...
    1. Silverado87's Avatar
      Silverado87 -
      Yeah I somewhat agree. Consumers always want the latest and greatest so why would they buy iPad 2 then turn around and iPad 3 comes out. I think what will happen is iPad "s" will come out with a huge upgrade compared to the first one and put those rumors to rest.
    1. smuj29's Avatar
      smuj29 -
      this is all just to get the hype up for ipad2 upcoming release. FACT
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Can I haz iPad 2 first? Thank you.
    1. ODB25's Avatar
      ODB25 -
      Lol @ tabaks...

      Seriously this rumor mill is getting to be a bit much I don't want to hear about a 3rd iPad when there hasn't even been a 2nd gen
    1. powa's Avatar
      powa -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imahottguy View Post

      Thing is, Apple knows that between iOS and Android, it is obvious which one offers the far superior interface. Motorola could offer the most amazing specs in the world, but it still has Android sitting atop. I realize that many people are satisfied with it, but I must say that 99% of those I know that own an Android handset have no idea how to use it.
      I agree that people with andriod iphone doesn't know what they are doing. But Honeycomb (Android 3.0) is something that makes Xoom powerful. Honestly, if Xoom runs on Android 2, it will be garbage. Android 3.0 has everything and even more features than iOS 4, however, the ONLY downside would probably be appstore having MORE apps whereas android marketplace isn't. BUT this might change due to the fact that Honeycomb's interface being so much better than iOS (no kidding, look at the gmail app from honeywell, how their interface do), more developer might put their hand on android development.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      "Gruber made it clear that his guess was pure speculation, Siegler quotes a "very good" anonymous source as saying that Apple is planning a "big fall surprise" relating to the iPad 3, and asserts that this is "not a guess."

      At least Gruber was smart enough to give himself an out, highly doubt Apple would be this stupid. From a hardware standpoint what are they going to add that would make it more compelling than iPad2 ?
      A real keyboard, ClamCase has already done that but they're missing in action.