John Gruber at Daring Fireball has an interesting post up about what the rest of this year may hold in terms of new iPad releases and the tablet market in general. The second most interesting thing he has to say is this, about the market for the iPad and other tablet devices:
The growth potential of this market is too big to be estimated. I genuinely believe that these platforms are the future of the entire computing industry. The market for these tablets — and whatever other future form factors arrive running these OSes — will soon, collectively, be bigger than today’s Windows/Mac PC market.
I think that’s absolutely right. I don’t see how it couldn’t be – with the trend toward mobile computing accelerating all the time.
Then there’s the most interesting thing about Gruber’s post – his guess that we may see two big iPad releases this year. Those would be the iPad 2 as expected in April, and then an iPad Pro type device or an iPad HD(with retina display) in September.
Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn will begin shipping Apple’s next-generation iPad within the next 100 days, allowing Apple to stock up for an April launch, a new report claims.
That’s a little slice from a report today at Apple Insider. The key thing to note here is that shipments of iPad 2 are going to go to Apple by around the end of February if these reports are correct. That is not saying that the new iPad model would go on sale at that time – just that production would be in motion by then and Apple would be gathering stock, presumably to avoid the supply shortages we saw with the original iPad this year.
This makes a whole lot more sense to me than earlier reports that we would see the iPad 2 hit the market by February.
Here’s a bit more from the Apple Insider report:
After checks with Taiwan-based component makers, industry publication DigiTimes reported Tuesday that Foxconn is set to ship the iPad 2 by the end of February 2011, with initial shipments of 400,000-600,000 units. Tuesday’s report echoes an earlier report from the publication that claimed suppliers would ramp up shipments of iPad 2 components in the first quarter of 2011.
For more details, see the full Apple Insider article HERE.
Apple’s overseas touch panel and reinforced glass suppliers are said to be preparing for the launch of Apple’s second-generation iPad in the first quarter of 2011.
According to Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes, the suppliers are completing validation for the second-generation iPad, which will maintain the same 9.7-inch screen when it debuts in the first quarter of 2011.
"Component suppliers of iPad are expected to start shipments for the second-generation iPad at the beginning of 2011," the report said.
Well there’s a rumor you’ve gotta love if you’re an iPad fan (unless you bought one yesterday I guess). I think it’s very obvious by now that a new model will have cameras and FaceTime. Hopefully we’ll also see a boost to 512MB of RAM at least and some other incremental improvements.
Sign me up for pre-order / launch day pickup whenever the next model comes along.
Via: Apple Insider