I'd expect the iPad 3 to be this year's only iPad. And I'd also expect iOS 6 to have some killer apps.
Apple should release this year's iPad with iOS 5.1 initially. Then they should release the next-gen
iOS in the fall, as always, to give developers time to update their apps to use new APIs and features
after WWDC. The combination of high-res quad-core iPad 3 plus iOS 6 should prove to be an
enormous leap ahead in terms of power, features, and "experience." That's all Apple needs to do.
All very valid and thought out.
And think of it this way. If Apple ships an iPad 3 early in the year, then an improved iPad 4 later
in the year, it will "train" consumers to ignore the early 2013 iPad. They'll be expecting a better
iPad in late 2013, so they'll hold off on buying the "early one." This would be terrible for Apple,
especially if they don't release two iPads in 2013. Consumers would hold off on buying the
early 2013 iPad and wait for the later, better 2013 model that will never arrive.
Again, well though out.
could shift their iPad release schedule to fall every year. They could keep the iPhone release
in summer, freeing up spring.
Which would mean having to either release two iPhones in one year (unlikely) or wait 16-18 months for the next one. And we saw the negative PR that came out the last time they did that.
Seems pretty likely that they are going with
WWDC in June. --Announce the new iOS
Sept/Oct -- The release the new iPods and iPhones
the next March to May -- the new iPad.
this way they spread the devices out a bit. Also, given the rise in iPad use in schools, they could even end up adding a small discount during the Back to School promotion. Introducing the new iPad right before that launch, would avoid tons of pissed off parents that bought their kids the iPad 2 and then a better one came out (rather like the negative talk of using the students to burn off inventory for iPods).
The Apple television set. If Apple does commit to building their own TV set, they will give it several
months in the marketing spotlight every year. When Apple released the first iPad, it got nearly
6 months of home page exposure on Apple.com. Before and after its initial availability.
The TV set would merit the same focus. It would have most of the year to gain mindshare before
the crucial holiday / Super Bowl season. Just a thought.[/QUOTE]