Report: iPad 3 to Launch Within Months
December 12, 2011 10:01 AM
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iPad 2 successor possibly to hit stores as early as February
While this can be lumped squarely in the "unconfirmed" column, rumors have begun swirling about the possibility of Apple's next-generation tablet, the iPad 3, launching within the next "three to four months."
Anonymous sources in the supply chain are cited by
saying that the parts and components for the iPad 3 are being delivered to OEM contractors while reducing deliveries for the iPad 2.
"OEM production of iPad 2 will remain high at 14-15 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 but decline to 4-5 million units in the first quarter of 2012, paving the way for the launch of the new iPads,"
The rumors are bolstered by further reports from a Chinese
report that says Foxconn will begin production on the new models in January, and increasing production by February.
The aforementioned anonymous supply-chain sources say that anywhere from 9.5 to 9.8 million units of the iPad 3 will be produced in Q1 of 2012.
Another report from last week, this one from the
, cited February as the target launch date, so the new timeframe isn't too far off.
According to the
the iPad 3 will be similar to its predecessor, but will include Apple's retina display, doubling the resolution found on the current model.
The original iPad launched in April 2010. The iPad 2 launched in March 2011. If Apple's 11-month trend for next generation of its popular tablet continues, February 2012 would be the target.
With increased competition in the tablet market from
the likes of Microsoft
additional Android offerings
, Apple might be feeling
a sense of urgency
to stay ahead of the curve if it wants to hold on to its tablet market share.
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RE: Might want to unwrap that package that is sitting under the tree and return it now!
12/12/2011 9:32:33 PM
My key point is that the major gadget buying holiday is right before a very large jump forward. Android is a bit different, they incrementally improve year-round. Apple takes bigger leaps and the time you DON'T want to buy (and get good value) is during the few months prior to an update. That is why the launch is poorly timed. It will dampen Xmas purchases. If iPad3 came in August, no biggie. If it comes out in March there will be a lot of annoyed customers.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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