'iPad 3 coming March and iPad 4 in October' - Rumor mill recycles failed 2011 rumor

'iPad 3 coming March and iPad 4 in October' - Rumor mill recycles failed 2011 rumor

Summary: The rumor made no sense in 2011, and it makes no sense in 2012.

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DigiTimes is recycling an old rumor that was popular in 2011 - That Apple will release two iPads in 2012. The rumor made no sense in 2011, and it makes no sense in 2012.

Note: As a source of rumors, DigiTimes can, at best, be described as mostly inaccurate.

The rumor is that the iPad 3 will feature a QXGA (1,536x2,048 pixels) display and longer battery life, and then later in the year Apple will update refresh the iPad again, releasing the iPad 4 with unknown specification.

According to 'sources,' the iPad 4 refresh will 'compete with an array of Android-, Wintel- or WoA (Windows on ARM)-based tablet PCs to be released in the fourth quarter.'

It makes no sense - no sense whatsoever - for Apple to release two iterations of the iPad in less than a year.

  • The iPad 2 is already light years ahead of the competition. The iPad 3 will only increase this gulf.
  • Two iPad refreshes within a year would put significant pressure on the supply chain.
  • An iPad launch is a big deal. Releasing two iPads in the same year would create an expectation among who would begin to expect twice-yearly launches.
  • Why would Apple need to release a new iPad in October to counter the pressure from 'Android-, Wintel- or WoA (Windows on ARM)-based tablet PCs' when a new iPad would be inbound come March anyway?
  • The reason for these aggressive release schedule being hinted at by DigiTimes is price-pressure. Really? Apple is selling iPads as fast as it can get them made. What price-pressure?

Like i said, the rumor made no sense in 2011, and it makes no sense in 2012.

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    • RE: 'iPad 3 coming March and iPad 4 in October' - Rumor mill recycles failed 2011 rumor

      Exactly, solid analysis.
      jeremychappell
      • RE: 'iPad 3 coming March and iPad 4 in October' - Rumor mill recycles failed 2011 rumor

        What makes no sense at all is Apple have had a line of iPods for years now but only sell one iPhone and one iPad. Why is there no iPhone HD, Budget iPhone and Budget iPad. The iPod Nano or Shuffle are budget iPod Touches after all.
        bradavon
        • I guess you don't count the iPhone3GS for $0 or the iPhone4 for $99

          budget iPhones? The iPad 2 maybe become the budget iPad, once iPad 3 ships.
          @bradavon
          GoPower
        • RE: 'iPad 3 coming March and iPad 4 in October' - Rumor mill recycles failed 2011 rumor

          @bradavon Whilst I am no champion of Apple, the reason they dont release budget products is that they don't need to. The are a premium device maker and charge a premium price and we all buy them. Budget products would come with too high a risk, market them incorrectly and you might have users who would otherwise buy the more premium product buying these budget devices which may not work as good and scare people away from the brand.
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    • RE: 'iPad 3 coming March and iPad 4 in October' - Rumor mill recycles failed 2011 rumor

      The rumor is that DigiTimes is attempting to generate an "Osborn" effect in order to stimulate sales of other competing tablets. Additionally, the rumor states that DigiTimes officials have taken bribes to orchestrate this effect from certain Asian manufactures.

      Of course, these rumors can best be described as inaccurate and morally reprehensible but there you go. Rumors can be anything cited by anyone. Grin.
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    • RE: 'iPad 3 coming March and iPad 4 in October' - Rumor mill recycles failed 2011 rumor

      The iPad 2 is not light years ahead of the Transformer Prime in terms of technology. It will not be light years ahead of the Acer Iconia A700 when it ships this quarter. An iPad 3 is due, and it will catch up to these. It's light years ahead in sales of course, but the gulf is narrowing, not growing.

      I'm with you on the no-two-ipads thing though. That's just silly. The iPad 4 will be 8-core and not come out until next year.
      symbolset
      • RE: 'iPad 3 coming March and iPad 4 in October' - Rumor mill recycles failed 2011 rumor

        @symbolset
        "An iPad 3 is due, and it will catch up to these."

        Just sent that one to "Joke of the day".
        Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • The gulf is narrowing? In what universe?

        Because Amazon has an Amazon purchasing device out called the Kindle Fire?
        @symbolset
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    • RE: 'iPad 3 coming March and iPad 4 in October' - Rumor mill recycles failed 2011 rumor

      That's nothing. A friend of mine who is interning at Apple knows a guy who said that the iPad 4 is coming out by March of next year, and will feature a 12 inch screen, a molecular transporter, and a brain implant for fingerless use. It'll also be paper thin!
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • LOL!

        @Cylon Centurion
        [i]a 12 inch screen, a molecular transporter, and a brain implant for fingerless use. It'll also be paper thin![/i]

        +1 :D
        William Farrel
      • Isn't that the WinPad, oh wait they don't have one.

        LOL!
        @Cylon Centurion
        GoPower
    • Exactly right AKH, Apple can let the iPad stagnate

      That's one of the benefits of having a monopoly.
      toddybottom
      • Like the Microsloth stagnation?

        ....
        @toddybottom
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