Originally Posted by AdonisSMU
Apple had better have a release for next Spring. Otherwise they will be sending the wrong message to developers. You don't stay on top by simply being on top. Given Apple's history I don't see that happening. They are a hardware company and they have to constantly be bettering their products otherwise they are loosing money because no one is going to buy what they already own. In any case, I doubt this is true based on Apple's historical record.
I agree. Apple will have an iPad 3 ready for release next spring. Apple is pretty serious about updating their hardware to incorporate the next and best, and in the case of the iPad that will probably be higher resolution screen and cameras, new processor, etc. I think the gist of the writer of this article is that Apple needn't push up the release of the iPad 3 into this year's holiday shopping season since the competition's offerings have failed to make a dent in the marketplace. Had the Zoom, Playbook, or other tabs been hits, Apple probably could have done a mid-cycle upgrade, but since the others are falling by the roadside, there's no need to rush an already set schedule.
Now having said that, I'm sure the iPhone 5 delay was mainly influenced by 2 things: Verizon getting the iPhone 4 in February, and the iPod losing some of it's luster in the market. Granted, any other MP3 player seller would LOVE to have the sales the iPod still enjoy 10 years after introduction, the iPod has become a component in the other Apple devices, thus canabalizing sales. Moving the iPhone release to what was once the iPod release makes perfect sense, especially if the iPhone 5 is all the rumors suggest. Have one large product refresh in the spring, and another in the fall. Let the upgrades to the iMac, Macbook Air, and MBP fill in the rest of the calendar.