Apple preparing iPad 3 for September?

Apple preparing iPad 3 for September?

Could Apple be preparing to surprise consumers -- and the growing competition -- with a Retina Display packing iPad 3 at this September's traditional iPod event? Daring Fireball's John Gruber is guessing they might while TechCrunch is saying they're hearing it's on the table. DF:

How could Apple release a third-generation iPad just six months or so after the second one? Maybe it won’t be an actual next generation model. Maybe it’s more like an iPad 2.5, or iPad 2 Pro — a new higher-end model that sits atop the iPad product family, not a replacement for the iPad 2 models (which, of course, haven’t even been released yet).

Or: an iPad 2 HD. What if that’s the source of the conflicting reports of a retina display next-gen iPad? I am nearly dead certain the iPad 2 is going to have the same display resolution and size as the current iPad. I am not so sure at all, though, that there won’t be a double-resolution 2048 × 1536 iPad in 2011.


We’ve now heard that this “fall surprise” is related to this would-be iPad 3. We don’t have any more concrete information beyond that. But, as of right now, the plan is apparently to release one iteration of the iPad in the next few weeks. And then blow the doors open with another new version in the fall.

So far iOS device releases have been once a year, the same time of year. iPad hasn't had an update yet so anything is possible. Given the rather conservative update for iPad 2 hinted at by the WSJs usually rock-solid sources, iPad 3 in the fall would definitely push the pace in the face of competition from Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, BlackBerry PlayBook and HP TouchSmart. Would mainstream consumers feel burned? Would you be upset if you bought an Pad 2 in spring and Apple fielded an iPad 3 in fall, or do you just want new Apple tech as fast as possible?

[Daring Fireball, Techcrunch]

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Apple preparing iPad 3 for September?


Damn you.. Right about when I have some spending money saved up for some fun gadgets, and waiting for the iPad2, this gets announced.

Sounds rather unlikely. Apple has always been very steady on their release cycles. They are stingy with rebates, yet consumers are forgiving because there is some certainty on how long your device is the latest and greatest. Android devices are supplied by multiple manufacturers and the latest and greatest is one-upped every few weeks.

I think they need to do something like this, although personally it would be easier to hold off on iPad 2 and release it in September! If that were the case! The release timing is all wrong! People won't want to buy an ipad for Xmas when it will be effectively out of date in 3 to 4 months!
It would be much better to release the update ready for Xmas!
Puts a whole new spin on whether I get the 2nd if this story is correct!?!? :s

So now that there are no more daily Verizon iPhone rumors we are left will iPad 3, retina display iPad rumors and the like? Good grief! I guess it never ends.

Can anyone that loves technology ever be upset with advancement, no matter how quickly it comes? What, you want to wait another 6 months just so you have time to save up again when it is potentially sitting there and waiting? HELL NO - BRING IT ON!

Very un apple like I don't think this will happen apple spaces out products so that way consumers can save up for them instead of having to choose between the products,plus why would apple release an iPad 3 at the music event,the music event is usually iPod love and music in general,not about making music which is a great tool on the iPad

I bet all the other tablet makers are saying it to get people to wait on iPad 2 so they can release something "better".

This is just 8th grade rumor crap. Not one piece of information in the post to draw any sort of conclusion about an iPad.
Want a rumor? iPhone 6 will be out in October.
Get my point?

If this is true it would be stupid on two fronts:
people that just spent $500+ for iPad 2 will be very pissed
people that were going to buy iPad two will wait.

yea a 6 month turn around will upset alot of customers, because most people get by now that apple does yearly launches, so i dont think it would be a smart move.
that said people will still buy it tho

I think it'd be smart to launch before the holidays then resume with sept launches. No telling how many holiday sells were lost last year.

I hope this isn't true, just because I've been waiting for the second gen iPad to come out because I would be first in line, just as I did with the 3G when that came out.
Who knows, this rumor may have been started from a competitor so that less people don't buy the iPad 2 when it comes out.

I have been waiting this whole time too. I don't think Apple would do this. They know it would make a lot of people angry and it would prevent sales because some people will just keep waiting until the next one comes out.

There will not be a September iPad 3. This March there will be a 16&32GB iPad II with 1024x768 screen resolution, and a 'one more thing' 64GB 2048x1536 iPad II+, a nod to the Apple II+. Though production facilities aren't there to meet the demand for all iPad II's to have the high-res screens, they can probably meet the demand for most expensive iPad II+ to have the high-res screen.

NO WAY! I was going to buy three iPad 2s for the family as soon as they came out, but now I'm DEFINITELY not buying them and will wait for the next iPad 3 coming out just six months after.
We waited this long, we'll have to wait just a bit longer, otherwise you're just getting a dud or "gimped" iPad 2 as the real one will be the September one. So glad I saw this.

There will not be an iPad with a 2048x1536 screen this year, and probably not for a few years to come. There are hardly any full size LCD monitors that can display that. Do you know how much LCDs with that resolution are being sold for? It ranges from $3,000 to well over $10,000. They are also all 20 inches or larger in size. The iPad would need such a screen, half the physical size, for a tiny fraction of the lowest price.
The only displays that can achieve a 2048x 1536 resolution cheaply are CRTs, and I don't think you want an iTube.

Oh and I forgot to add:
There is more to a 2048x 1536 display than just screen tech. You need a powerful GPU(Way more than what these things have at the moment), which in turn would require a monster battery to run for any significant length of time. Also with that comes heat issues, which also shorten battery life.
So in essence a 2048x 1536 iPad would be really expensive, really hot,and really short on battery life.

Us Windows folks are use to newer and better things coming out weekly or even daily. It's just part of it and I do not mind it. It means that when I once again save up $729, I can go to the store and get the item that just came out and not one that came out based on Apple's schedule and is outdated compared to many others.
Having said that, I'm sticking with the current iPad until one with HDMI or retina display comes out.
I hope I am not waiting until 2012. That's Apple's call...

If they do come put with a 2.5 model in September, I think it will be a 7-incher with a higher pixel density than the 10".

this viewpoint is true I think, and now so many people are waiting for the ipad2.... in my view, ipad must be have 9.7" screen, i dont prefer using 7"...

I would be pretty #@$@# off if I purchased a iPad 2 and in September they released iPad 3. Personally I don't think they would do it.

1) It's a choice for someone to buy an iPad 2 and have Apple come out with a version 3 only 6 months later. Stuff like this happens all of the time. It's worse in tech devices but happens in fashion, automobiles and a lot of other products. So, I wouldn't feel sorry for anyone who buys an iPad 2.
2) One has to ask the questions why and what. Why would Apple do this followed by What do they have planned between the two launches that would warrant a totally new device. The answer may be somewhere in North Carolina at their new data center.

When the big update came out on the iPhone, the iPad was left behind in the dust so to speak. No update for iPad, nomulti tasking, or wallpaper. None of the nice features of the iPhone. That caused a bad feeling among iPad owners. iPad 2 will come out in April as usual, but no iPad 3 in September, it should be an updated iOS to compete with other devices out there. That way there should not be a long wait for features that an iPhone 5 may have.

Yeah, way to go Apple. This wouldn't be the first time (anyone remember the macbook air update only a few months after initial release). Here I was waiting for an iPad 2 and now you tell me this?

Why would Apple release a new iPad in spring, and then another one in September? It seems to me that this "new" iPad in Spring, won't be worth the time or money if iPad 3 is coming in 7 months.

really cant see this happening. it would alienate way too many people! not to mention it would not really a good business move!

this is not possible, because this is apple strategy.... ipad2 (HD) or something hasn't been announ. yet! so why rumors are talking about the 3rd gen. they must be stupid or something like that... if they could what happened then that will they stay till to 2013...