While we approach the final moments before Apple’s iPad 3 gets a release date, any news on a launch is just speculation until dates come from Apple directly, it’s interesting to see the market a 3rd generation tablet would enter, which will test Apple’s prowess.
If we look back two years ago when the first iPad launched it was a different playing field, and Apple brought a device to the table that innovated with technology already available, most of the specs, although Apple packed things a little differently to offer something the consumer needed.
How should Apple market the iPad 3 release, especially considering the diversity in 2012? In our opinion they shouldn’t launch a cheap model of iPad 3, which would be an extremely difficult market for Apple considering Android’s saturation and the unbelievable Kindle Fire sales. You can read how Amazon is ruling the low-end tablet sales in this article, which shows it’s a price Apple would find difficult to beat.
Another article looks at what the iPad 3 could do this year, which also takes the latest rumors onboard and studies the tablet competition in the marketplace today. The author also gives you a little insight into the growth of tablets, and how they’ve rocked PC sales especially when comparing iPad’s sold to HP computers sold. Check out the figures and let us know if you’ve discovered the benefits of an iPad or other tablet yet?
If you’re still unconvinced at how popular the tablet market is or at least how well some manufactures are doing thanks to the growth in mobile computing, then you should see this article that states Foxconn is expanding in Brazil with more factories. We know the company builds products for many brands, but Apple’s growth over the past few years and expected sales for the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 can only help Foxconn expand.
Not everyone would be happy with the success of Foxconn – some of our UK and US readers have commented in the past on how these jobs should be given to North America and the UK, although we’re sure costs might have something to do with it. How do you feel about an increase in products being built in other countries for demand in your own country? It’s not easy to understand the politics of this situation, and how products end up being so highly priced after being built much cheaper in China, Brazil and other countries other than your own.
Expect a traditional iPad 3 price that followers the previous generations – nothing is confirmed yet by Apple but we’d say expect an iPad 3 price in-line with what has happened over the last two generations, and while it would be amazing to see Apple launch two models so one could target Amazon and Android markets, you shouldn’t expect that to happen. Apple is likely to increase specs to offer another level of gaming and computing power in a streamlined tablet, and they would be right to play it safe considering the lower-end competition.
Would you be disappointed if Apple plays it safe with the iPad 3 price and keeps it pretty much the same, or do you want a diverse launch to cater for a lower-end market? You can read more about Android’s gains in the current tablet market here, and in another article found here you can get to grips with what it would take to create an iPad 3 display with an iPhone 4 equivalent retina display.