Based on a recent story, published in Taiwan Economic News, business executives are suggesting that, according to their approximations, Apple will be launching the iPad 3, “by Thanksgiving or next year.”
This rumor assumes that:
1. the iPad 3 is almost ready to ship, and
2. Apple are worried about the competition.
I don’t think either part is true. Apple don’t have any competition in the iPad market besides themselves, and I don’t see them introducing some competition by releasing two models in a single calendar year. According to sources, irrespective of whether the new edition is available to customers by the time this year’s holiday season comes around, many anticipate that Apple Inc. will be selling the iPad 3, at its current retail price; after which they will reduce the price of the iPad 2, in order to finish their inventory stock. As the story goes, the iPad 3 will be a premium model starting at $500.
But, some sources are saying that iPad 3 won’t be out to the market until the summer next year. The two resons include:
1. The almighty dollar and
2. Apple’s great and passionate love affair with it.
Apple has more money on hand than the United States treasury. The iPad is a cash cow and only recently has Apple been able to keep up with demand. That won’t change for the next year. And even though the iPad 2 will have been out for more than half a year, it will still be a top gift item come Black Friday and the rest of the Christmas shopping season. People will line up outside of numerous stores in hopes of getting them at $449 for the first fifty customers. We will post stories about where to get the best deal on an iPad and they will sell so many of them that Apple will make a killing selling iPad apps December 25 and beyond. The iPad doesn’t need a new version to sell a ton of them.
What we can expect with the new iPad 3
- Retina Display – Apple have hinted that we may be seeing the appearance of a retina display (already found on the iPod touch and iPhone 4) for the iPad 3. Although many thought it would appear on the iPad 2, Digitimes are still doubtful that it will appear on the iPad 3 and will instead be brought out later in the year.
- NFC (Near Field Communication) – Apple is looking to put this in the iPhone 5 and the iPad 3 may follow. This would allow you to transfer data wirelessly, from your iPhone to your computer, or your camera to your TV. This technology can also be used as a ‘digital wallet’, meaning you will be able to pay for products in shops in a very similar way that you use an oyster card, maybe this would be useful with your iPhone 5, but will this work in practise with an iPad?
- SD Card Slot – Many people would like to see this as it would be another move to make the iPad more independent from the PC and would allow you to slide a card in and transfer pictures or data. This would be a step forward from the iPad 2 where you are required to buy a kit consisting of a USB dongle and a SD card reader.
- Quad Core Processor – This would help if you wanted to run multiple programs and applications at the same time, but it may also cause it to be slower if you are running two or less programs. TechRadar has hinted at this but we think it’s unlikely as Apple haven’t even bought out a dual core processor.
- Wireless Sync and Backup – This could be a new feature for the iPad 3 and would be another step away from the dependence on PCs. Information obtained from TechRadar claims It would allow you to sync, backup or transfer data wirelessly. This would be a step in the right direction for the iPad and increase its independence from the computer and make the process easier at the same time.
- Increased Storage Capacity – The memory options for the iPad 2 are 16/32/64GB, the standard across many Apple products. However, TechRadar claims that with the price of flash storage lowering there could be a 128GB option. This option would no doubt be more expensive but could be put on offer at a price you may consider buying it.