There’s a rumor flying around this week that Apple plan to introduce the next iPad some time in November. As the story goes, the iPad 3 will be a premium model starting at $500 and the iPad 2 will be discounted and sold off to clear stock.
Industry executives estimated Apple to offer discounted prices for iPad 2s in order to clear inventories before launching sales of iPad 3s by this Thanksgiving or next year. They forecast iPad 3s would go on sales at the same prices as iPad 2s’ launching prices.
Pull the other one; it has bell’s on.
I think this rumor is at most half true. Apple might discount the iPad 2, but I don’t see them introducing a new iPad this year. Even if the iPad is losing sales to Android, it’s still doing quite nicely. It took Apple 5 months since the iPad 2 was announced to finally get enough on hand to be able to promise next day shipping. That is a hell of a lot of tablets sold.
This rumor assumes that 1, the iPad 3 is almost ready to ship, and 2, Apple are worried about the competition. I don’t think either part is true. Apple don’t have any competition in the iPad market besides themselves, and I don’t see them introducing some competition by releasing two models in a single calendar year.
This is one that doesn’t even pas the sniff test. What do you think?