Originally Posted by Apple ][
This is hardly surprising. I've always said that the fall iPad3 rumors were completely stupid and came from ignorant minded people. Apple doesn't operate that way, and only a clueless person would even suggest such a dumb thing.
The iPad2 will still be selling a lot around Christmas. .... Apple will be selling millions and millions of iPads, while a bunch of clueless people will continue to make dumb predictions and suggestions. These "experts" and "anal
ysts" should offer their great advice to Apple's competitors instead, because they're the ones who could use it.
The competitors "could use" bad advice? Ohh-kay. But they seem to have had plenty already.
Originally Posted by Mike11
I second that. There's no reason why Apple couldn't introduce an iPad 2
S/HD/Pro/4G/etc. in September or Q4 2011.
Originally Posted by StrangeThingInTheLand
I vote with this. Nothing wrong with releasing an ipad 2 HD (or ipad 2 4g, though I think that's more of a stretch) and it's still the year of the ipad 2. They don't replace the ipad 2, they just grow the product line, and maybe have a price drop on the ipad 2 that would further squeeze competitors. Not saying one way or the other, but simply that it's a stretch to say there won't be an HD model prior to one year from now, based only on what was emphasized today.
An iOS 5 release (P>50%) (or at least 4.5) (P>85%) would do quite nicely to "upgrade" the iPad2 and again leapfrog over Android et al.
in the fall without changing component one.
Which is not to wholly rule out other pre-emptive strikes like adding LTE (P<50%) or an iPad Pro (P<33%), but I read two full pages of posts and no one had mentioned the OS upgrade factor.
And, think about it, that does make for a feasible "cycle" which updates the iPad twice a year, even it's one hardware and one software iteration (to extend its "newness") about six months apart. And gives the tablet its spring showcase and with the summer for the phones and fall for the Pods, and ATV's (and other staggered releases for iMacs, MBP's, Airs, etc.). Sounds like a good biz strategy to me.....
Originally Posted by Bevelmon
If there is any surprise hardware in the fall other than iPods Including a new 5-6" iPod it will be an Apple TV, a real TV not a set top box. If you're thinking anything else you're not paying attention!
Probably not. The current Apple TV works with all TV's and has plenty of maturation left to do. Q is whether it'll be a bump or the true next gen, 'cos it's gettin' due either way. About time with all the pieces in the ecosystem growing in sophistication and converging functions. (P>75%).
Apple may make a TV someday, but I think they have plenty of gas left in iDevices and there's so much unsettled in the TV biz these days (e.g., 3D and if so what 3D, what the content providers are going to make available thru the net and thru companies like Apple, all kinds of fragmented net widgets on sets, etc.), plus the issue of getting enough shelf space to sell something as big as 50" TVs. iPads are going to be at Verizon and AT&T stores, Apple Stores, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, the Shack and I read yesterday, maybe at places like Bed, Bath and Beyond. (I wouldn't kid about that.) A premium priced Apple Television (like 2 or 1 models to start) would have trouble standing out in a superstore TV section of set after set after set afer.... And what would a "true Apple TV" do that a Samsung connected to an ATV box wouldn't?? And why would Apple not want to provide a competitive experience on every HDTV in the land (with all the other "add-a-box" solutions - some of which do useful things Apple TV doesn't - building up some steam)? (2011 P<33%)
Originally Posted by melgross
I don't see a single one of you guys giving even one really good reason why Apple SHOULD come out with a new model in September. All you're doing is saying that you don't see why they couldn't, which is a waste of time. A double negative is not a positive.
Uhhh, I agree with most of your posts, but to answer your question, if they were to release a larger, likely gaming-centric Touch, how about to make a boat load of money eating the lunch of the handheld gaming guys like Nintendo and Sony with a Mega Touch (which will be also used for serious apps by those who don't want to carry/can't afford an iPad)? And because there's a hole or two in their SKU lineup at the $349 and $399 prince points? And Apple hates a vacuum like that. Will that do?
(I realize there are issues of how many units they'd project selling, how they'd handle resolution, since a tweener device is either gonna have much bigger pixels (not the "retina way"), or iPad level res with tiny ones, or iOS5 is going to leap to true res independence in 2011 (P<25%) or every developer has a new "tweener res" to write for (P<10%). So, maybe not. But then people above virtually all our pay grades are puzzling the details of things like this out, so whadda I know.....
PS: The new thing - if there's a new thing - doesn't have
to be a bigger screen iPod touch, or gaming optimized for that matter, e.g., maybe a Touch with the same screen size as the iPhone 5 (if it increases) - in a shell the size (or close to it) of the iP5 - utilizing all the space taken up by phone components to create an iDevice optimized for better photography that would really replace a lot of the P&S's people still carry in addition to their iPhones. My wish list would include: 8MP, HDR, 1080p, internal optical zoom, flash and video light functions and better apps to manage 'em... ...and I'd take an extra 2-3mm of depth to get 'em..... ...or???.... ...'jus sayin' there's plenty of market space left for iD's to conquer. Cams must be a big market 'cos so many companies are in it. And if people could have everything the Touch already offers in a cam with a few Appleseque cam tricks of its own at the above price points I'd say it'd be a big hit.....