Apple kills fall iPad 3 rumors by calling 2011 "Year of iPad 2"

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Apple has grounded speculation of a fall release of "iPad 3," focusing its marketing message on the iPad 2 it will soon offer for sale by calling 2011 "the year of iPad 2."



Apple's chief executive Steve Jobs noted at today's event that 2010 was "Year of the iPad," and alluded to talk that suggests the company will face competition from an avalanche of competitors, including Google's Android 3.0 on the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab, HP's webOS tablet, and BlackBerry's new QNX PlayBook, by rhetorically asking if 2011 would be the year of iPad copycats.



"If we did nothing, maybe a little bit... probably not," Jobs said. "But we haven't been resting on our laurels. Today we're going to introduce iPad 2."



After detailing iPad 2's features and price, which Jobs pointed out to still be substantially cheaper than the entry level tablet being offered at $799 (another allusion to Motorola's Xoom), Jobs added, "when you add this together with over 65,000 apps, we think 2011 is going to be the year of iPad 2."













iPad 3 speculation



Jobs wouldn't have said that were he planning to introduce another iPad model this summer, indicating that speculation initiated by John Gruber's Daring Fireball blog that Apple might deliver a third generation iPad before the end of the year is not in the works.



Nearly a month ago, Gruber wrote, "I think the iPad fits most naturally into the same schedule as the iPods: where new hardware is announced and ships in September. The iPad was a massive hit during this past holiday season. I don?t think April is a particularly good month for an annual iPad release."



He added, "My gut feeling is that Apple will move the iPad to a September release schedule, alongside the iPods. But they wouldn?t want to wait over a year and a half from the announcement of the original iPad to announce the second one ? not with these stakes, and not with so many serious competitors trying their best to catch up."



He predicted Apple would release iPad 2 in March for an April release, then ship iPad 3 in September alongside the new iPod touch, suggesting that it could be "iPad 2.5" or "iPad HD," using the double-resolution 2048×1536 screen that evidence has pointed toward being part of the next iPad. A variety of other industry writers subsequently echoed the same idea.



MG Siegler of TechCrunch wrote, "we've now heard that this 'fall surprise' is related to this would-be iPad 3. We don't have any more concrete information beyond that. But, as of right now, the plan is apparently to release one iteration of the iPad in the next few weeks. And then blow the doors open with another new version in the fall."



Jim Dalrymple of The Loop described Apple's possible iPad strategy as being like the iPod nano, writing "Remember the iPod mini? It was Apple?s most successful iPod outselling all other models of its time. And Apple discontinued it. Just as the competition could say, 'we have a music player just like the iPod mini,' Apple canceled it and started over, releasing the iPod nano. This threw the competition into a tailspin. I wouldn?t be surprised to see Apple do it again, this time with the iPad."



iPad 3 component reports



Based on checks with Ming-Chi Kuo of Concord Securities, AppleInsider reported that iPad 3 does appear to be targeted for a higher 2048x1536 resolution, but that its release would likely be further out rather than being a September release.



In the interim however, Apple is thought to be working on a device that is not an iPad, but rather sized between it and the iPod touch. Other rumors have supported the potential for a new iOS device with a screen between 5 and 7 inches (roughly 12 to 18 cm), but this is unlikely to be a scaled down iPad for the same reasons Jobs criticized iPad competitors trying to release 7 inch tablets last fall.







Jobs' prediction that small tablets would not be popular and would subsequently be replaced by competitors' iPad-sized models this year, leaving their early adopters stranded without any upgrade potential, has been proven true by the failure of devices like the Dell Streak and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Both companies are now talking about 10" tablets, although they are, like Motorola, finding it difficult to match Apple's prices.



It is possible that Apple could release an oversized iPod touch, likely aimed at gaming and young users, this fall as part of its iPod event. However, it appears clear that Apple won't be releasing multiple iPad editions through the rest of 2011, leaving customers focused on the new iPad 2.
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  • Reply 1 of 131
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 5,990member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Jobs' prediction that small tablets would not be popular and would subsequently be replaced by competitors' iPad-sized models this year, leaving their early adopters stranded without any upgrade potential, has been proven true by the failure of devices like the Dell Streak and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Both companies are now talking about 10" tablets, although they are, like Motorola, finding it difficult to match Apple's prices.



    And yet the fandroids, trolls, and all-around Apple-haters will find some way to spin this story.



    "But, but... wait till the release of Android 'Septic-tank'!!! That will really give Apple a run for their money! Mark my words!!! It'll even run Flash for 45 minutes!!!!"



    Truth be told, there is ZERO incentive for manufacturers to offer upgradeable devices. They are in the business of selling hardware. Android is set to fail face-first in the mud because of it. The manufacturers deserve everything that is coming to them. They had DECADES to get it right and just sat by the sidelines selling the same old garbage. Now comes Apple, and they all stand on the sidewalk assaulting Apple's iPad as a dismal "failure" waiting to happen. The media as well changed their tune quickly. Bunch of hypocrites that should be fired on the spot for having such a narrow field of vision.



    Way to go Steve! Glad to see you're on your feet! Thank goodness there are people like you to b!tc#-slap the PC-tech heads. It was LONG overdue!!!
  • Reply 2 of 131
    extremeskaterextremeskater Posts: 2,248member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post


    And yet the fandroids, trolls, and all-around Apple-haters will find some way to spin this story.



    "But, but... wait till the release of Android 'Septic-tank'!!! That will really give Apple a run for their money! Mark my words!!! It'll even run Flash for 45 minutes!!!!"



    Truth be told, there is ZERO incentive for manufacturers to offer upgradeable devices. They are in the business of selling hardware. Android is set to fail face-first in the mud because of it. The manufacturers deserve everything that is coming to them. They had DECADES to get it right and just sat by the sidelines selling the same old garbage. Now comes Apple, and they all stand on the sidewalk assaulting Apple's iPad as a dismal "failure" waiting to happen. The media as well changed their tune quickly. Bunch of hypocrites that should be fired on the spot for having such a narrow field of vision.



    Way to go Steve! Glad to see you're on your feet! Thank goodness there are people like you to b!tc#-slap the PC-tech heads. It was LONG overdue!!!



    Good to see this thread totally useless after one post. Its like grade school around here.
  • Reply 3 of 131
    Quote:

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    Nearly a month ago, Gruber wrote, "I think the iPad fits most naturally into the same schedule as the iPods: where new hardware is announced and ships in September. The iPad was a massive hit during this past holiday season. I don?t think April is a particularly good month for an annual iPad release."



    IDK. I think spring is a good month for the iPad revs. Since I think a lot of people look at a iPad as something they can take with them instead of a laptop on vacation, getting out in the Spring gives customers plenty of time to purchase before going on vaca. They use it, see how much they like it and it feeds right into the "Back to School" and "Holiday Gift" ideas later in the year.



    Besides, Summer has the iPhone. Fall has the iPods. You don't want to release something near the holidays.
  • Reply 4 of 131
    elmcitywebelmcityweb Posts: 109member
    Damn, I guess I'll have to wait another year to upgrade iPad. iPad 2 is great, but it "ain't all that".
  • Reply 5 of 131
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post




    Jobs wouldn't have said that were he planning to introduce another iPad model this summer,



    source?



    Aside from saying it's the year of the iPad 2, there's nothing to substantiate this. Any reason this excludes an iPad 2.5, iPad 2 hd, or just changing their mind and making it the year of the iPad by releasing two versions?



    The tone is definitive but it's not substantiated enough for me
  • Reply 6 of 131
    alfiejralfiejr Posts: 1,524member
    Jobs does not play such cute petty word games. he uses lots of hype, yes, but not pure baloney. there won't be an iPad 3 this year, or 2.5 or HD.



    yup, instead a 5.5" iPod touch makes plenty of sense. there's are real market niche there. the "big pocket" market. the low-price market (for families with kids especially). coming in the Fall. but we will never see a 7" iPad, something else Jobs made ultra clear.



    the iPad 2 is really nice. the whole package is greater than the sum of its parts (and specs). the one big thing next year's iPad 3 might improve is cutting the weight a lot more with a carbon fiber shell. [edit] and oh yeah, a retina display and 4G. those three together in 2012 would be a Big Deal.



    Apple obviously prefers using dongles for expanding connectivity - last year's camera connection kit with USB and SD reader, VGA adapter, AV cables, and now the HDMI accessory. and also expanding wifi LAN connectivity, adding AirPlay for Apple TV and licensed accessories. so why do blog dummies keep writing about adding more physical ports to iPad? it ain't gonna happen, guys. you blind?



    and of course iOS 5 is coming this spring to IPhone with yet more capabilities, likely to be brought to the iPad in the Fall too. i suppose Apple TV will get a big update then too.
  • Reply 7 of 131
    maccherrymaccherry Posts: 924member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sflocal View Post


    And yet the fandroids, trolls, and all-around Apple-haters will find some way to spin this story.



    "But, but... wait till the release of Android 'Septic-tank'!!! That will really give Apple a run for their money! Mark my words!!! It'll even run Flash for 45 minutes!!!!"



    Truth be told, there is ZERO incentive for manufacturers to offer upgradeable devices. They are in the business of selling hardware. Android is set to fail face-first in the mud because of it. The manufacturers deserve everything that is coming to them. They had DECADES to get it right and just sat by the sidelines selling the same old garbage. Now comes Apple, and they all stand on the sidewalk assaulting Apple's iPad as a dismal "failure" waiting to happen. The media as well changed their tune quickly. Bunch of hypocrites that should be fired on the spot for having such a narrow field of vision.



    Way to go Steve! Glad to see you're on your feet! Thank goodness there are people like you to b!tc#-slap the PC-tech heads. It was LONG overdue!!!



    Praise the lawd brother!! Preach it!!!!

    I'm already talking in tongue.

    HIP HOP THE HIPITY THE HIPITY THE HIP HIP HOP YOU DON'T STOP!!!!

    Apple has done it again. This is a very clean update to the iPad 1. I love it.

    The competition will be pushing back their sh** now probably till Xmas. Xoom? Child please. That trash is a step back to the day when they were burning witches.

    I'm selling my iPad 1 16 gig with wifi/3G and getting the iPad 2 32 gig wifi/ 3G. I'm so freaking stoked right now. Hell yeah!!!!
  • Reply 8 of 131
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by halfyearsun View Post


    source?



    Aside from saying it's the year of the iPad 2, there's nothing to substantiate this. Any reason this excludes an iPad 2.5, iPad 2 hd, or just changing their mind and making it the year of the iPad by releasing two versions?



    The tone is definitive but it's not substantiated enough for me



    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.
  • Reply 9 of 131
    mike11mike11 Posts: 23member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by StrangeThingInTheLand View Post


    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.



    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.
  • Reply 10 of 131
    penchantedpenchanted Posts: 1,070member
    I was fairly certain before today that there would be a fall upgrade. After seeing the "2011 - Year of the iPad 2", I am much less certain.



    The one thing that still might make sense is introducing a premium product with Retina Display atop the current line-up if they can acquire displays in adequate quantities. These would probably also require additional RAM so I guess they would be $100 to $200 more expensive.
  • Reply 11 of 131
    11thindian11thindian Posts: 181member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Alfiejr View Post


    Apple obviously prefers using dongles for expanding connectivity - last year's camera connection kit with USB and SD reader, VGA adapter, AV cables, and now the HDMI accessory. and also expanding wifi LAN connectivity, adding AirPlay for Apple TV and licensed accessories. so why do blog dummies keep writing about adding more physical ports to iPad? i ain't gonna happen, guys. you blind?



    Apple's primary design motivation is THIN. Either you're onboard with this or not. Apple wants light, durable, thin, and long lasting battery life. An abundance of ports doesn't fit into that equation. Most people would never use those ports, so why would apple compromise the design to appease a relatively minor segment of the customer base. If you need a specific input/output peripheral, you can get a dongle for it.
  • Reply 12 of 131
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,639member
    Let me be the first to say that my prediction on a previous thread was wrong. I was sure this would be iPad 1.5, a minimal bump in speed and a few other enhancements, with the real iPad 2 coming in the fall. Hey, if you put stuff out on this this forum that proves to be off the mark, you should own it.
  • Reply 13 of 131
    jd_in_sbjd_in_sb Posts: 1,600member
    This is relevant to today's topic and very funny



    What it's like to own an Apple product
  • Reply 14 of 131
    netizennetizen Posts: 2member
    I agree that Apple's CEO had a field day b!tc#-slapping the PC-tech heads.
  • Reply 15 of 131
    nceencee Posts: 857member
    Damn folks, #2 isn't out yet, and we're in here pissing and moaning that #3, won't, or isn't likely to be coming this year????



    Folks, think like Steve and many others - LIVE for today, for tomorrow may not come, or worst yet, you could find yourself listed in the newspaper.



    Skip
  • Reply 16 of 131
    irelandireland Posts: 17,785member
    Bullshit.



    I've said it before and I'll say it again - look at what Apple does, don't listen to what they say.



    "In March we told you 2011 would be the year of iPad 2, and it is, but we're starting 2012 early." - September 2011



    I can so see Steve saying that.
  • Reply 17 of 131
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 9,233member
    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. Tablets aren't about clueless companies jamming in as much specs as they can into a box and calling it a tablet. It doesn't even matter if motorola, samsung, Hp or whoever came out with a quad core tablet in the summer. So what?



    Even Steve Jobs said it himself today at the end of the keynote - - - Apple recognizes that the whole tablet experience is a combination of different factors. Other companies (and android fanboys, apple haters and other retards) just don't get that simple fact.



    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 "analysts" should offer their great advice to Apple's competitors instead, because they're the ones who could use it.

  • Reply 18 of 131
    extremeskaterextremeskater Posts: 2,248member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by maccherry View Post


    Praise the lawd brother!! Preach it!!!!

    I'm already talking in tongue.

    HIP HOP THE HIPITY THE HIPITY THE HIP HIP HOP YOU DON'T STOP!!!!

    Apple has done it again. This is a very clean update to the iPad 1. I love it.

    The competition will be pushing back their sh** now probably till Xmas. Xoom? Child please. That trash is a step back to the day when they were burning witches.

    I'm selling my iPad 1 16 gig with wifi/3G and getting the iPad 2 32 gig wifi/ 3G. I'm so freaking stoked right now. Hell yeah!!!!



    Holy shit Charlie Sheen joined the forum.
  • Reply 19 of 131
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,709member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 11thIndian View Post


    Apple's primary design motivation is THIN. Either you're onboard with this or not. Apple wants light, durable, thin, and long lasting battery life. An abundance of ports doesn't fit into that equation. Most people would never use those ports, so why would apple compromise the design to appease a relatively minor segment of the customer base. If you need a specific input/output peripheral, you can get a dongle for it.



    I believe 'thin' is important but 'minimal' is Apple's design ethos. Less is more.



    On that note I can't really see why Apple would bring out a large iPod (or a small iPad - what is the difference?) is there really a 'need' out there? A significant one?
  • Reply 20 of 131
    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!
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