Originally Posted by Feynman
I disagree. They are saying "come see what 2011 will be the year of". Lots of iPhone sales and a demo of what's next for the iOS, think about it. They wouldn't say that for just a revamped iPad but also the operating system that will eventually be on it.
You may be correct about the next iOS -- here's my reasoning:
-- the iOS beta 4.3 hasn't been updated since 2/1 - it is normally 2 weeks
-- there are some compelling APIs within the beta that have not been discussed or featured
-- there is the probability of faster dual-core CPU and GPU, more RAM
-- there would be an advantage to support OpenCL and CGD programming
-- there is a possibility of 1 or 2 cameras
-- there is a possibility of ThunderBolt high-speed connection to other devices
-- there is the potential to use the iPad as a standalone video creation/editing device
-- there is a potential to use an iPad as a display/control surface for coming Pro Apps
I think that these things, while somewhat useful for the iPhone, will truly exploit the larger screen iPad as a stand-alone device, and as full-fledged member of the iDevice/Mac family.
By announcing the iPad 2 with new capabilities, and concurrently announcing iOS 4.x with new APIs to support those features -- Apple could reset the bar:
-- Announce iPad 2 Mar 2
----- Available for pre-order immediately
----- Shipping begins Mar 25
-- Announce iOS 4.x
----- Available to developers immediately
----- Available April 2011
Here's the effect of all this, in a nutshell:
The competition is trying to get a usable, affordable system out the door. They are jerking around with home screen widgets, Flash-flagellation, over-speced under-supported hardware
-- in an attempt to differentiate themselves and appeal to the developer/buyer/user.
While they are doing that, Apple is enhancing the underlying iOS and SDK with constructs to exploit the hardware and software.
By April, the iPad 2, iOS 4.x combo will be doing things that the competition will not be able to address for another year.
Any or all of this can be included in the next iPhone iOS.It's all about the software, stupid!
That's what I think!