Apple May Release iPad 1.5 At Next Week’s Media Event; iPad 2 Later This Year?
Folks at iLounge have provided some interesting details of what to expect at next weekâ€™s media event where it is widely speculated that Apple will unveil the 2nd generation iPad.
iLounge claims that according to their reliable sources Apple may not unveil the â€œreal iPad 2â€ at next weekâ€™s event due to production problems and instead release a tweaked version of the current generation iPad.
Two reliable sources are suggesting that next weekâ€™s â€œiPad 2â€ event has some serious cliffhanger potentialâ€”as in, consumers may not see the real â€œiPad 2â€ for some time. Thereâ€™s apparently some truth to the reports of production problems with the new model, and as a result, no one is really sure at this point what Apple is going to be shipping as the â€œiPad 2,â€ or when.
iLounge goes on to add:
But last August, Apple was rumored to be working on a more modest incremental update to the iPad that was going to add a front-facing camera, with a possible release date of right before the holidays. That last part sounded crazyâ€”impossible, reallyâ€”even though it did sound like Apple was testing something that wasnâ€™t quite an iPad 2, but was actually more like an iPad 1.5, sort of like the third-generation iPod touch. (You remember that one, right? The one where Apple pulled the rear camera at the last minute due to production problems.) If the real â€œiPad 2â€ wasnâ€™t ready in time, Apple could just release the mildly tweaked version as a stop-gap measure.
Frankly, its a little difficult to believe given Apple’s track record. But if these rumors are indeed accurate then John Gruberâ€™s guess that Apple may also release iPad 3 in September will turn out to be accurate.
Based on the information provided by iLounge, Apple could potentially launch iPad 1.5 (may call it iPad 2), which is just an incremental update to the first generation iPad at next weekâ€™s media event and release the completely revamped iPad 2 (may call it iPad 3) in September.
iLounge points out that there is another possibility:
One expects that Apple will only preview the next iPad at next weekâ€™s event, then release it widely around June. A price drop for the current model would keep sales flowing until then.
However, since Apple is holding a special event to unveil the new iPad, it seems unlikely that Apple will delay the release to June. But one cannot rule out the possibility of Apple releasing iPad 2 and iPad 3 this year. Is Apple giving us the hint in the tag line of next weekâ€™s event â€œCome see what 2011 will be the year ofâ€?
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