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Apple May Be Planning a Surprise iPad 3 for Release This Fall!

Apple May Be Planning a Surprise iPad 3 for Release This Fall!

Posted February 9, 2011 at 7:04pm by iClarified
In a surprising move, Apple may be planning to launch a third iPad this fall, according to Daring Fireball and TechCrunch.

While commenting about the HP TouchPad, Daring Fireball's John Gruber wrote, "Summer feels like a long time away. If my theory is right, they’re not only going to be months behind the iPad 2, but if they slip until late summer, they might bump up against the release of the iPad 3. And not only did they announce this with a distant ship date, they did it with no word on pricing."

TechCrunch has just followed up on Gruber's article with some information of their own.

A few days ago, we heard from a very good source that Apple was assembling the pieces for a "big fall surprise". While intriguing, that could obviously mean anything. But the "surprise" part clearly means it's something beyond the regular iPod/iTunes (and perhaps MacBook Air) refreshes that Apple does in the fall. Still, that leaves a lot of room for guesses. An actual Apple television? iTunes in the cloud? A touchscreen iMac? Who knows?

Well, until today. We’ve now heard that this "fall surprise" is related to this would-be iPad 3. We don’t have any more concrete information beyond that. But, as of right now, the plan is apparently to release one iteration of the iPad in the next few weeks. And then blow the doors open with another new version in the fall.

At this point its unclear whether the iPad 2 will be a minor or major bump. So far rumors suggest a thinner device, with a faster processor, and two cameras. This would be considered by many as minor changes.

If Apple does release two iPads this year it will be to maintain its huge lead over the competition.

We will update you as more information becomes available.

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Rob - February 10, 2011 at 3:19pm
Many of you bring up very good points. I don't think people will hold up a 10" screen to take photos, but they might want to share a moment via FaceTime or snap a pic of a document with GeniusScan to edit on their iPad. And I doubt Apple would release another version of the same product within a year of itself, unless like someone else said another product--ie 7" iPad. As far as the claims that Steve Jobs is against the 7" size, he always denies products until the final launch. Check his history on that. They run a very smart, yet exciting business. I'm a fan and can't wait for that...one more thing.
mibear - February 9, 2011 at 9:17pm
Geese Louise! How about combining the ipad 2 and the ipad 3 and calling it>>ipad23.This speculation is so far out.Lets just cool our jets a bit.We don't even know the whole story with the ipad 2 yet.
IPwn - February 9, 2011 at 8:55pm
I think its gonna be either iPhone 5 or the new iTouch
yoshac - February 9, 2011 at 7:42pm
iPad3 = iPad mini, with a 7" screen to position it midway between iPod touch and the iPad2, and possibly with a reflexive screen, targeted at the Kindle/Nook market.
Me - February 10, 2011 at 12:17am
I say a dumb guess. Jobs has already dismissed 7" screens as crap.
SunLizard - February 9, 2011 at 7:33pm
Umm. No. Just no. Honestly, I'm not sure why iC does the rumor generation stuff, the other stuff is actually so good, I don't feel you need to feed the speculation buzz, it detracts from your overall cred, in my opinion. And what's with this 2 camera thing, still. Just cause all the other lemmings are convinced of 2 cameras, stop and think... does that make sense? I mean really, holding up a 10 inch device to snap a photo...? REALLY? If it turns out I'm wrong (and the only reason I'd be wrong was because its cheaper to use the iPhone camera part in the device -- something Jonny Ive would cringe at) I'll STFU myself. Now, for the facts: Is there any evidence to support a 'big launch' in the fall. Absolutely. What will it be? Neither John Gruber nor anyone else outside of apple and their suppliers know for sure, but take what you do know: Apple likes OLED, they want bigger OLEDs, LiquidMetal acquisition has yielded only patents on Cell Battery Technology thus far, updated a product 5 months after launch is rarely (if ever) done outside of fixing an issue - doesnt' make business sense (especially when most of thier product lives are 220-330 day update cycles.) Given the facts, not the conjectures, I'd say something portable, ultra-light and lasts for a very, very long time. Given product cycles either I'd say late iPhone 5 or Mac Book update. Only time will tell.
What - February 9, 2011 at 7:12pm
"We will update you as more information becomes available" Why bother waiting for facts, just make something up. Rumours, whispers, guesses and speculation ... the foundation stones of iClarified
Jay - February 10, 2011 at 12:41am
Gotta love this site! They take all their news from other sites... twist words around... throw in a question mark or the word "may" and BOOM! Only thing this site has going for them is the Jailbreaking Instructions but really anyone can figure that out they just post pretty pictures. Guess what I'm saying is if IC ever wants to be a actual site you guys better get the crap together and start doing some work yourself and get the facts not the guess.
Jay - February 9, 2011 at 7:09pm
Ummm STUPID! There has to be an iPad 2 first... Why would people even be thinking about this stupid crap! That's like saying 'I SO PUMPED FOR IPHONE 7 TO COME OUT!!!!!"
Josh - February 9, 2011 at 7:13pm
screw iPhone 7. what about iPhone 10? haha, yea. I totally agree. aren't we getting ahead of ourselves just a touch?
Kingsford - February 11, 2011 at 6:58am
Josh eat a bagel!! IPHONE 10 OH YEAH!
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