Originally Posted by drumrobot
I'm calling BS on this post because anyone who calls the 6th iPhone the iPhone 5 is just repeating rumors. We all know that's what he's doing in any case because he's just saying the exact same thing but he'll keep pushing the date back. An "iPad 2S" prediction is pathetic.
I could see an iPad 2S like device as a simple enhancement over the current model to buffer a retina display based iPad 3.
He's assuming that 4->4S means that it'll be 2->2S.
I don't think so. It appears that he means a 2S will be a low end device with a significant production capacity already in place. A contingency if you will. Apple wont go with absolutely new technology 100% because the risk is to great. Instead they will want to have something to sell customers if production problems crop up for the retina display.
Remember Apple needs a capacity in the area of millions per month. That is a though thing to do no matter how much money you have in the bank.
Never mind the fact that the iPad 2S was supposed to be released this October. A ten inch Retina Display would be insanely expensive.
It doesn't have to be expensive. If Apple engaged the supplier in a joint venture they will save money right there. Beyond that each technology advancement in displays finds new efficiencies. I suspect that the road to high res displays is built on technologies easy to move forward with. In other words they won't go with a screen diffupicult to manufacture.
Beyond that LCD manufactures have been shopping around high resolution display technology for a couple of years now. I don't believe the displays are an issue. Driving the displays might be though. If we get retina displays in the iPad then I suspect a radically different A6. I have a real question in my mind that Apple will have a SoC powerful enough to actually drive the display.
Apple's not going to release two iPads at the same time. It's FRAGMENTATION, you pathetic excuse for an analyst.
By going with retina they fragment the market anyways. However you seem to grossly over estimate just how bad that will be on the iPad. Due to resolution independence the impact will be less than you think.
That's why Apple didn't release two iPhones this year.
And guess what? This is the same idiot who's been flooding the Internet with speculations about the Apple TV (a TV, not the box). And here's what he said about the new iPhone: "We expect Apple to continue with a lead device (iPhone 5) that carriers sell subsidized for $199/$299 along with a previous generation device (iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S) for $99." Funny how Apple did the exact same thing for the past two-three years, but hey, this is big news! They'll release a new one and keep the old one! Oh, and look. He got the names wrong and he thought there'd only be two new models.
Analyst? Give me a break.
At least in the case of TVs Steveo gave us a little hint that something is coming. However what that is could be almost anything. I for one would love to have an iPad that could also tune broadcast TV. It would be great for travel, RVs, boats & etc. Such a beast would be easy to do except for one thing, the antenna. Ideally the aspect ratio would be suitable for HDTV, so this product would be distinct from iPad. It would also run iOS apps. In effect a portable TV / iPad combo. However I suspect that Apples goals are focused on the other end of the size spectrum.
In any event it is Christmas - chill out.