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Rumors of a new iPad continue to grow, with Citigroup now saying Apple's next-generation tablet device is on schedule for a February, 2012 launch.

In a research note released on Thursday, Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner says that Apple will be ready to debut the next iteration of the company's hugely successful tablet as early as February, reports Business Insider.

Gardner notes that sources within Apple's Asian supply chain have seen increased iPad parts orders for the March quarter, attributing the ramp-up to the "launch of a new iPad with double the screen resolution on the current model."

The analyst cites several sources who have confirmed the early 2012 launch, and notes that "there do not appear to be any significant technical hurdles remaining" to meet a February release date.

Rumors have been swirling as to when an anticipated "Retina Display" iPad will break cover, with some alleging that Apple has seen technical setbacks in combining high-resolution panels with LED backlighting. Reports have claimed that the company will employ a dual-LED lighting system to overcome brightness issues seen by the high-dpi displays, which a November rumor indicated as possibly being IGZO panels sourced from Sharp.

The most recent rumors have come from an Asian supplier saying that the new tablet will sport a thicker case design than the iPad 2, but will retain the same 9.7-inch screen size allowing it to be compatible with existing Smart Covers.
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Here we go again.

Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy my iPad 2.
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Sigh...(puts in pile of ignored rumors, because analyst are crazy)
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Here we go again.

Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy my iPad 2.

Yep, same here.

But just to save a few bucks, I'll hold off on spending the $69 on the (P)RODUCT RED leather smart-cover (I was getting a tad tired of the neon green) that I was planning to order as a stocking stuffer for myself....
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Hmmm..so many rumors about it coming in February. And I just got my iPad 2 a month ago...oh well..I still love it.
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My next bowel movement rumored to arrive within 5 minutes. Lets see which rumor has more truth to it.
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Seems a little soon to me, but from a marketing perspective, the sooner the better. As Droid clones close the gap with features and polish, Apple needs to jump out front once again to keep them a distant second.
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Seems a little soon to me, but from a marketing perspective, the sooner the better. As Droid clones close the gap with features and polish, Apple needs to jump out front once again to keep them a distant second.

Features? Yes. Polish? Buahahahaha!

Anyway, being iPad 2 was launched in March, February launch almost seems like a no-brainer. I'd say either February or March for next iPad.
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An "iPad 2S" will launch in March, with updated internals and Siri added, but no retina display. iPad 3 launch to occur later in the same year, at the same time as the iPhone 5. The iPad 3 will include a retina display and 128gb of storage, and slightly thicker due to added volume of battery to handle the new display, but keep the current discharge times.
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The 3rd gen iPad will be here on the 30th of Feb. LOL.
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An "iPad 2S" will launch in March, with updated internals and Siri added, but no retina display. iPad 3 launch to occur later in the same year, at the same time as the iPhone 5. The iPad 3 will include a retina display and 128gb of storage, and slightly thicker due to added volume of battery to handle the new display, but keep the current discharge times.

So this is just a parody of the "simultaneous iPhone 4S/5 launch" nonsense, right? You don't actually believe this.

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post #12 of 35
Are they just recycling the iPad rumours from last year now?
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question...

will they keep selling the iPad2?? i would really love it since i cannot spend more than 500€ in one tablet.
but an iPad 2 at 250? buy all the iPads!!!!!
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will they keep selling the iPad2??

We can't possibly know, though I like the idea.

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an iPad 2 at 250?

Absolutely no way would it be $250. Likely $399.

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I suspect that someone at Citigroup is trying to manipulate the stock again by keeping X-mas iPad sales down.
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The most recent rumors have come from an Asian supplier saying that the new tablet will sport a thicker [emphasis added] case design than the iPad 2, but will retain the same 9.7-inch screen size allowing it to be compatible with existing Smart Covers.

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Hmmm..so many rumors about it coming in February. And I just got my iPad 2 a month ago...oh well..I still love it.

Isn't that what a rumor sight is supposed to do ...? Come up with rumors! If your want news go to the BBC web site
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Here we go again.

Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy my iPad 2.

Ditto, but I got the money set aside in case of an emergency iPad launch!
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Seems a little soon to me, but from a marketing perspective, the sooner the better. As Droid clones close the gap with features and polish, Apple needs to jump out front once again to keep them a distant second.


My guess is that it will be an iPad 2S, rather than an iPad 3. The main difference will be a better chip and SIRI. No Retina Display. Little else.
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My guess is that it will be an iPad 2S, rather than an iPad 3. The main difference will be a better chip and SIRI. No Retina Display. Little else.

Any reason why iPad2 users wouldn't be able to upgrade their OS that has siri. Are there any hacks for it yet?
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Here we go again.

Meanwhile, I'll just enjoy my iPad 2.

The normal product cycle is April. The end of February is only one month early. Why is this so unbelievable?
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The normal product cycle is April. The end of February is only one month early. Why is this so unbelievable?

I did not realize Apple had disclosed its "normal product cycle."

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Absolutely no way would it be $250. Likely $399.

Continuing to sell the current model as the new low end seems likely -- they've done this with the iPhone. I'm hoping for an 8GB iPad2 for $299, along with the release of the iPad3. This is $200 less than the current low end model, with half the memory. This would be near cost, but would really suck the oxygen out of the market for competing tablets. $349 is probably more likely, though.
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If they follow their release patterns, it does not need to be predicted, Personally happy with the iPad2, I don't know what features they will add to the next version that will want me to buy the new one. I will not be surprised if they extend the life of iPad2 by another 6 - 12 months. Which other tablet is anywhere near to what iPad is?

They can do a lot better if they just spend a year on improving the code base of iOS 5 and making it bug free, sometimes my iPad2 just seems freeze which never happened with the older iOS.

I think they kinda rushed out iOS 5 at the same time as iPhone4S, so has got a lot of chinks that need to be ironed out. IMO iDevices stand out becoz of the OS. there are a lot of other tablets that have better hardware specs than the iDevices, but iOS really stands out.

As if Apple will listen to me lol...
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I'm hoping for an 8GB iPad2 for $299

No way would it be 8GB! People, seriously, it's an iPad!

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Any reason why iPad2 users wouldn't be able to upgrade their OS that has siri.

Because if they could, Apple would sell fewer iPad 2Ss.
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Because if they could, Apple would sell fewer iPad 2Ss.

So you are claiming Apple didn't want to sell more iPad 2s between October and wheneever the iPad 3 is released. Once again your logic and business savvy astound the world¡

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Remember when the iPad came out, and the rumors were saying an iPad 3 was coming in November. It was a sure thing, and everyone should hold off.

What ever happened to that?
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Remember when the iPad came out, and the rumors were saying an iPad 3 was coming in November. It was a sure thing, and everyone should hold off.

What ever happened to that?

A mid-cycle iPad right before Christmas never made any sense.

While I'm still skeptical that a HiDPI iPad can arrive in early 2012 all the signs do point to it so I have to think it will be a possibility. I just hope Apple doesn't push back the special event until February.

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Continuing to sell the current model as the new low end seems likely -- they've done this with the iPhone. I'm hoping for an 8GB iPad2 for $299, along with the release of the iPad3. This is $200 less than the current low end model, with half the memory. This would be near cost, but would really suck the oxygen out of the market for competing tablets. $349 is probably more likely, though.


I think that what you are doing is thinking in terms of what you'd like Apple to offer but not seriously considering how this company has behaved in the past. With Apple it has never been about racing to the bottom in terms of price. Apple leaves the bargain end of the market to others. Instead, what Apple would be thinking is that an 8GB iPad is just a bad idea and would lead to customer dissatisfaction. As such, a 16GB model is the lowest Apple will go.

I just don't think that a $300 iPad is high on Apple's priority list. Amazon is offering a product in that price range but it's not even close to being comparable to the iPad and rather rough around the edges at this time. Price has not been a deterrent to iPad sales and really, considering how much more enjoyable to use the iPad is than the typical $300 netbook/laptop, why would it be. You don't buy an Apple product because it compares favourably in terms of price to competitors but because you know you're getting a well-designed device. Competitors could bring out all the lousy $300 tablets it wants and it would barely put a dent in iPad momentum. This is because the perception would be that you're too cheap if you're not buyng the real deal. We can't all afford an M3 BMW but we can all stretch our budgets to accommodate an iPad over a bad competitor.

Apple has worked hard to encourage this sort of reasoning and it only damages its reputation if it unacceptably compromises a product to achieve a particular price point.
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The normal product cycle is April. The end of February is only one month early. Why is this so unbelievable?

The 'normal' product cycle is when Apple wants it to be. If they want it to be tomorrow, that's when it will be.

That said, they have been doing with a roughly 1 year for devices for a while as a general rule of thumb so February at 10 months isn't that crazy a rumor.

Then again they majorly went off the general rule with the iPhone 4s launch in October rather than the 'general rule' July. So perhaps while the analysts are right about the typical being 1 year give or take they are adjusting the wrong way and it isn't April minus 1-2 but plus 1-2 and it will be early may to early June before we see it.

And not because of any issue anywhere just like the iPhone was never proven to be any issue of supply, parts, hoping Steve would have an upswing etc. Perhaps just because they want to line it up with the whole Back to School. iPads are growing as a tool and even required for students. Perhaps this time around they will offer a discount to students in general and/or include it in the back to school. It could be like "get $100 gift card for iTunes with the purchase of a computer or an iPad". Or get $100 off an iPad during this period.

And if they were going to do that then delaying the iPad to start with it makes total sense because they know that folks would flock to get the iPad 3 and then flock back to complain about how they want the $100 off or the free gift card cause Junior is a student. Even though they bought the iPad 2-3 months ago. This way they avoid that.
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No way would it be 8GB! People, seriously, it's an iPad!

If it was designed to hit the kiddies and such they might.

that said, I doubt it. I suspect they would keep the 16 GB wifi only iPad 2 and the iPad 3 will go 32, 64 and perhaps either 96 or 128.
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Remember when the iPad came out, and the rumors were saying an iPad 3 was coming in November. It was a sure thing, and everyone should hold off.

What ever happened to that?

It was a BS rumor, just like it is a BS rumor they are going to do the same thing next year. It will be a BS rumor when it is said about 2013 etc.
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It was a BS rumor, just like it is a BS rumor they are going to do the same thing next year. It will be a BS rumor when it is said about 2013 etc.

Did anyone really take those previous rumours seriously? There was never a sense that it was a sure thing.

As for talk of a retina-like display coming to the iPad, I do think that critics would do well to keep in mind that Apple has not at any point stated that it intends to put such a display in that device. In other words, if there is no such display introduced in a couple of months, in no way will Apple have done anything wrong.

There really is a sense that the retina display is a done deal but Apple is not repeatedly claiming that one is coming. Apple has done nothing wrong if it fails to bring out the iPad with the hardware that others are claiming it will.

By the way, I agree with the point you are trying to make, namely that Apple isn't inclined to release a revised version of the iPad with the notion of it being just a stopgap product to be replaced only a couple of months later. Whatever tech is in the iPad introduced in a couple of months, that will be the iPad as it will be for about a year. Only if a competitor came up with a surprising challenge would Apple be compelled to rush an update to market. That's highly unlikely.
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I suspect that someone at Citigroup is trying to manipulate the stock again by keeping X-mas iPad sales down.

exactly
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