While its been a few months since the release of Apple’s second generation tablet, the idea of getting an iPad 3 release in 2011 seems crazy to say the least, but certain blogs are pushing this idea even if it means Apple would be launching a third iPad only half a year since the last one.
The iPhone will get iOS 5 in September with major improvements, but this software upgrade will also come to the current iPad selection and with it a complete revamp to what the popular tablet can do. So why would you want to upgrade so soon to the iPad 3? Fair enough there will be new buyers only too happy to get a newer iPad with features they been waiting for, but as soon as 6 months since the iPad 2 launch could be seen as disgusting to current owners.
Apple need to make sure they get the iPad release cycle right, failure to do so could anger current owners and push them towards another tablet brand. The annual refresh is perfect in our opinion, although we’re sure some buyers may think this is also too often. What could be possible is a minor update (aka iPad 2.5), which would bring a few needed features or price cut and at the same time not anger current iPad owners.
If the predictions by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber turn out to be true, then an iPad 3 could come towards the end of this year, and the rumors only gain momentum with apparent Apple employees stating the iPad 2 was a rush job. Other than the backlight bleeding, we could not be more happy with our iPad 2 purchase and would expect some sort of discount on the table if Apple did release a 3rd generation iPad just months after the last model, although the chances of this happening are almost the same as the crazy rumors themselves.
The iPad 3 will need a lot of improved specs for many iPad 2 owners to upgrade, this would include an A6 CPU, Retina display, a Thunderbolt port, SD card slot, improved cameras, and even NFC. Now for all that to come just half a year after iPad 2, you have more chance of winning the lottery. Share your views in the comments, and let us know what you think about the crazy rumors of iPad 3 releasing this year? What is the perfect release cycle for Apple products in your opinion?